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Rally Portugal: SS9 - Loeb takes lead

SS9 – Almodovar (27.18km): Loeb wins a second stage of the day by almost 13 seconds to snatch the lead from Hirvonen. Sordo remains on the fringes in third, ahead of Solberg and Wilson. Henning Solberg moves up to sixth after Novikov loses more than a minute. The Russian driver holds onto seventh overall. Flodin extends his PWRC lead, Kosciuszko leads JWRC by more than three minutes.

Top ten stage times for SS9:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 17mins 14.6secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +12.9secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +15.0secs M
4. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +18.2secs A8
5. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +29.6secs MT
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +31.9secs MT
7. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +35.4secs A8
8. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +42.6secs MT
9. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +1min 09.1secs A8
10. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +1min 21.3secs MT

Overall times after SS9:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1hr 55mins 37.5secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +1.6secs M
3. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +15.4secs M
4. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +1min 07.8secs A8
5. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +1min 48.2secs MT
7. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +2mins 10.8secs MT
7. Evgeny Novikov Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +3mins 20.8secs MT
8. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +3mins 23.2secs A8
9. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +4mins 32.9secs MT
10. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +6mins 01.1secs MT
11. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza N14 +10mins 37.1secs P
12. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +10mins 48.9secs P
13. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +10mins 59.2secs P
14. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +12mins 01.4secs P
15. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +12mins 30.0secs A8
16. Hermann Gassner Jr Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4 +13mins 48.1secs
17. Dennis Kuipers Ford Focus RS WRC 06 +13mins 59.1secs A8
18. Nicos Thomas Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +14mins 34.8secs P
19. Michal Kosciuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 +14mins 35.1secs J
20. Ricardo Teodosio Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4 15mins 14.6secs

Overall PWRC after SS9/ Top 3:

1. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza N14 2hrs 06mins 14.6secs P
2. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +11.8secs P
3. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +22.1secs P

Overall JWRC after SS9/Top 3:

1. Michal Kosciuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 2hrs 10mins 12.6secs J
2. Kevin Abbring Renault Clio RS +3mins 13.2secs J
3. Luca Griotti Renault Clio +7mins 42.0secs J

Notable retirements:

SS8 - Marcus Gronholm Prodrive Subaru Impreza WRC2008 Stop on stage A8
SS8 - Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC Stop on stage A8
SS7 - Peter van Merksteijn Jr Ford Focus RS WRC 06 Mechanical A8
SS5 - Peter van Merksteijn Ford Focus RS WRC 07 Off the Road A8
SS4 - Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC Off the Road

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


all times unofficial

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


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Ruaraidh mackay

April 04, 2009 1:30 PM

Excellent work from the Man (Loeb)! I think Ford should sign Petter for the main team, or at least test him to see if he's faster than the Finnish duo! Marcus should stay in rallying as well. I think he still has his magic. Petter and Marcus in the Fords. Or even Petter in a C4, be it Junior team or in place of Sordo.



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