Citroen's Sebastien Loeb
led the way on Wednesday morning in the shakedown for the Jordan Rally, the third round in the 2010 World Rally Championship.
Loeb completed the 2.3 kilometre test stage in 1 minute 13.4 seconds, 0.1 seconds up on his team-mate, Dani Sordo and Citroen
privateer, Petter Solberg.
"Everything went okay, but the road wasn't very representative of the ones we saw on the recce," Loeb told wrc.com
. "Today's road was fast and there was a lot of grip, while the proper stages are much more twisty and slippery. All we did today was check that everything was okay with the car."
Jari-Matti Latvala meanwhile was fourth, 0.2 seconds further back, followed by his BP Ford
Abu Dhabi team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen
and Sebastien Ogier. Federico Villagra
and Matt Wilson rounded out the top eight.
The Jordan Rally now begins 'proper' on Thursday, with SS1, the 15.34 kilometre Rumman Forest test, starting at 11.28 hours local time. The event starts a day earlier than 'normal' WRC rounds so that it will finish on Saturday to coincide with the Islamic holiday. Leading shakedown times:
1. Sebastien Loeb
Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1min 13.4secs
2. Dani Sordo
Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1min 13.5secs
= Petter Solberg
C4 WRC 1min 13.5secs
4. Jari-Matti Latvala
BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 1mins 13.7secs
5. Mikko Hirvonen
BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 1mins 13.8secs
6. Sebastien Ogier
Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 1min 13.9secs
7. Federico Villagra
Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 1min 15.1secs
8. Matthew Wilson
Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 1min 15.2secs
9. Henning Solberg
Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 1min 15.3secs
10. Kimi Raikkonen
Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 1min 16.2secs
Mtimes courtesy of the official WRC website