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Latvala leads but Loeb draws closer

Jari-Matti Latvala leads after the second morning in Jordan, but Sebastien Loeb closes in
Jari-Matti Latvala has retained his lead on Rally Jordan after the second morning, although the Finn's role as road sweeper has allowed Sebastien Loeb to close to within five seconds of top spot.

Latvala held a lead of more than 30 seconds heading into the second day of the event. Having gone fourth quickest on the first two stages of the morning but the twisty Jordan River stage was where he lost most of his time to Loeb – who went 20 seconds quicker than Latvala to close the gap.

"Running first was difficult, but I expected that," the leader said at the mid-day service. "The first two stages were okay but I dropped more time in Jordan River than I thought. There were many rhythm changes and the stage is so long and featureless that it's hard to remember where you are. There aren't many landmarks and the road winds through scenery that is very similar. My pace notes were too ambitious in a couple of places and I slid wide into the gravel.

“The roads will be cleaner this afternoon, but there are so many smaller cars behind us that take different driving lines that the surface could be quite messy."

Loeb moved up to second place during the morning having started the day third, with Sebastien Ogier dropping a place to third. Petter Solberg sits in fourth place although he had briefly got ahead of both Loeb and Ogier to lie second after stage nine. However, the Norwegian then struggled for pace during the final stage of the morning to allow the French duo to move back ahead.

Dani Sordo lies fifth in the second of the works Citroens ahead of Matthew Wilson, who moved into the top six when team-mate Henning Solberg lost time on the final stage of the morning with a puncture and slipped outside the top ten.

Federico Villagra and Kimi Raikkonen now lie seventh and eighth with S2000 leader Xevi Pons ninth having battled ahead of Bernardo Souso during the morning.

Mikko Hirvonen retired from the leg after going off the road during the first test of the day.

Overall standings after Stage 10 (Top 10):

1. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 1hour 56mins 50.4secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 04.7secs M
3. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 14.1secs M
4. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 28.0secs A8
5. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 34.3secs M
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +03mins 17.9secs A8
7. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +04mins 26.3secs M
8. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +05mins 46.7secs M
9. Xavier Pons Ford Fiesta S2000 +07mins 12.2secs S
10. Bernardo Sousa Ford Fiesta S2000 +07mins 20.3secs S

Other:

12. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +01mins 20.9secs M
SS8. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC Off the road M


SWRC Standings after Stage 10 (Top 3):

1. Xavier Pons Ford Fiesta S2000 2hour 04mins 02.6secs S
2. Bernardo Sousa Ford Fiesta S2000 +00mins 08.1secs S
3. Michal Kosciuszko Ford Fiesta S2000 +08mins 58.6secs S


PWRC Standings after Stage 10 (Top 3):

1. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza Sti 2hour 04mins 26.1secs P
2. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +00mins 17.6secs P
3. Amjad Farrah Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +08mins 03.9secs


all times unofficial



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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

April 02, 2010 7:16 PM

I don't hate Matt, he seems quite a nice lad. It's just that...............well,....he's extremely slow, given the experience he's got. On a seperate note, I'm not on benefits, and I don't have a Daewoo in the garage. :?



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