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Rally Ireland: SS3.

SS3 - Aughnasheelan 1 (25.19km): Loeb fastest through a wet and rainy SS3; Aava second; Hirvonen third; Sordo fourth despite acceleration problems; Henning Solberg fifth; Rautenbach sixth; Atkinson completed stage with windscreen damage - didn't secure bonnet properly; McShea retired in the new Proton Satria S2000 before stage - electrical problem; Prokop reported intermittent engine problems; Burkart heads the JWRC category; Aava leads overall by 6.7 secs.


Top ten stage times for SS3:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 14mins 35.2secs M
2. Urmo Aava Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 15.3secs MT
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 18.6secs M
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 21.7secs M
5. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 33.1secs MT
6. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 41.0secs A8
7. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 55.0secs A8
8. Gareth MacHale Ford Focus +01mins 04.3secs A8
9. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +01mins 06.2secs A8
10. Eamonn Boland Subaru Impreza WRC +01mins 08.5secs A8


Overall times after SS3:

1. Urmo Aava Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 36mins 26.0secs MT
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 06.7secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 30.9secs M
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 36.9secs M
5. Henning Solberg Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 55.4secs MT
6. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +01mins 26.2secs A8
7. Gareth MacHale Ford Focus +01mins 40.5secs A8
8. Eamonn Boland Subaru Impreza WRC +01mins 52.7secs A8
9. Matthew Wilson Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +02mins 05.0secs A8
10. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +02mins 10.5secs A8
11. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +02mins 29.9secs A8
12. Chris Atkinson Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +02mins 39.2secs MT
13. Aaron MacHale Ford Focus WRC +02mins 45.1secs A8
14. Alan Ring Mitsubishi Evo 9 +02mins 52.5secs N4
15. Shaun Gallagher Mitsubishi Evo 9 +03mins 14.9secs N4
16. Gary Jennings Mitsubishi Evo 9 +03mins 48.9secs N4
17. Austin MacHale Ford Focus WRC +05mins 06.0secs A8
18. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 +05mins 14.6secs J
19. Tim McNulty Subaru S12B +05mins 19.8secs A8
20. Hans Weijs Citroen C2 S1600 +05mins 23.6secs J


Overall JWRC after SS3:

1. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 41mins 40.6secs J
2. Hans Weijs Citroen C2 S1600 +00mins 09.0secs J
3. Yoann Bonato Suzuki Swift Sport +00mins 22.3secs J


Notable retirements:

SS2/3. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 Mechanical. M
SS2/3. Niall McShea Proton Satria Neo S2000 Electrical. S2000

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
J - denotes Junior WRC entry.

all times unofficial


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Urmo Aava (EST) Kuldar Sikk (EST), Ford Focus RS WRC 08, Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team

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Who Cares - Unregistered

January 30, 2009 11:50 AM

Matthew Wilson already more than 2 minutes adrift, and again dead last of the Stobart drivers... On the same car, Urmo Aava is leading the event. How long will this farce last, while drivers like Petter Solberg are left without a seat?

rich ard

January 30, 2009 4:09 PM

cb, three mchales in the top 17?? are there even 17 wrc cars competing? after all, the total field is 43. i remember the days when there were over 200 in the circuit, an INTERNATIONAL rally.



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