SS9 - Kirkenaer 2 (8.00km): Loeb sets pace in final stage and moves up to P1 overall; Novikov is second; Andersson completes top three followed by Wilson and Sordo; Latvala sixth; Hirvonen seventh - complained that his rear tyres were 'completely finished'; Sandell heads the P-WRC category; Loeb leads overall at the end of day 1 by 2.6 seconds.

Top ten stage times for SS9:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 6mins 55.0secs M
2. Evgeny Novikov Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 06.1secs MT
3. P-G Andersson Skoda Fabia WRC +00mins 06.2secs A8
4. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus RS WRC +00mins 06.8secs A8
5. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 08.1secs M
6. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 08.6secs M
7. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 09.9secs M
8. Urmo Aava Stobart VK Ford Focus RS WRC +00mins 10.0secs MT
9. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 11.5secs A8
10. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +00mins 12.1secs A8

Overall times after SS9:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1hour 13mins 41.7secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 02.6secs M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 26.2secs M
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +01mins 08.6secs M
5. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +01mins 31.5secs A8
6. P-G Andersson Skoda Fabia WRC +01mins 31.6secs A8
7. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus RS WRC +01mins 39.4secs MT
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus RS WRC +02mins 03.3secs A8
9. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +02mins 41.2secs A8
10. Urmo Aava Stobart VK Ford Focus RS WRC +02mins 41.5secs MT
11. Evgeny Novikov Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +03mins 04.3secs MT
12. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +03mins 31.6secs MT
13. Mads ?stberg Adapta AS Subaru Impreza WRC +04mins 23.6secs A8
14. Patrik Sandell Skoda Fabia S2000 +05mins 26.3secs P
15. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +07mins 35.2secs P
16. Peter van Merksteijn Ford Focus RS WRC 07 +07mins 53.7secs A8
17. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +08mins 01.5secs P
18. Andis Neiksans Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +08mins 27.8secs P
19. Trond Lyseng Subaru Impreza STi +09mins 00.1secs N4
20. Andreas Mikkelsen Subaru Impreza WRX STI +09mins 05.0secs P

Overall PWRC after SS9:

1. Patrik Sandell Skoda Fabia S2000 1hour 19mins 08.0secs P
2. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +02mins 08.9secs P
3. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +02mins 35.2secs P

Notable retirements:

SS3. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STI Engine. P
SS7. Bernardo Sousa Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000 Engine. P

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

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
P - denotes Production Car WRC entry.

all times unofficial

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