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SS1 - Latvala on top

SS1 – Harvati (25.00km): Latvala quickest on SS1 from Hirvonen and Petter Solberg to secure early lead. Loeb down in eighth having run first on the road. Henning Solberg suffers brake issues.

Top ten stage times for SS1:

1. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 18mins 18.9secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 05.8secs M
3. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +00mins 09.1secs A8
4. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 10.2secs M
5. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +00mins 15.4secs A8
6. Evgeny Novikov Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 16.0secs MT
7. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 16.9secs A8
8. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 19.9secs M
9. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +00mins 22.5secs MT
10. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 29.6secs MT

Overall times after SS1 / Top 20:

1. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 18mins 18.9secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 05.8secs M
3. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +00mins 09.1secs A8
4. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 10.2secs M
5. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +00mins 15.4secs A8
6. Evgeny Novikov Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 16.0secs MT
7. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 16.9secs A8
8. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 19.9secs M
9. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +00mins 22.5secs MT
10. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 29.6secs MT

11. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +00mins 32.7secs MT
12. Khalid Al-Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 40.1secs A8
13. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus RS WRC +00mins 46.9secs A8
14. Jarkko Nikara Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +01mins 06.4secs N4
15. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +01mins 14.5secs P
16. Lambros Athanassoulas Skoda Fabia S2000 +01mins 17.0secs P
17. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza STi +01mins 18.5secs P
18. Patrik Sandell Skoda Fabia S2000 +01mins 19.5secs P
19. Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza N14 +01mins 21.6secs P
20. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +01mins 30.7secs P

Overall PWRC after SS1 / Top 3:

1. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 19mins 33.4secs P
2. Lambros Athanassoulas Skoda Fabia S2000 +00mins 02.5secs P
3. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza STi +00mins 04.0secs P

Notable retirements:

None

* denotes elected/able to restart under SupeRally

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


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Chris - Unregistered

June 12, 2009 10:19 AM

An encouraging start for Matt Wilson. 9th place overall and only 22 secs behind the leader after SS1 on this challenging and demanding rally. Hopefully he'll build on the retirements of others to may be reach a very satisfying 8th o/a by the end.



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