Loeb best in shakedown for Rally of Turkey

Sebastien Loeb tops the times in the shakedown for the Rally of Turkey ahead of his team-mate, Dani Sordo and Ford's Mikko Hirvonen.
Citroen's Sebastien Loeb topped the times this morning in the shakedown for the Rally of Turkey, the fourth round in the 2010 World Rally Championship.

Loeb completed the 4.75 kilometre test stage in Kadilli in 2 minutes 30.8 seconds, 0.3 seconds up on his team-mate, Dani Sordo. Mikko Hirvonen was third for the BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT, 0.6 seconds further back.

Henning Solberg meanwhile came in fourth, while Sebastien Ogier and Petter Solberg tied for fifth, ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala and 2007 F1 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen.

The Rally of Turkey now begins 'proper' on Friday, with SS1, the 15.66 kilometre Darlik 1 test, starting at 09.03 hours local time. Day 1 includes nine stages in total, covering just under 100 competitive kilometres. The ceremonial start is tonight at 17.30 in Sultanahmet Square.

Leading shakedown times:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 30.8secs M
2. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2mins 31.1secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 2mins 31.7secs M
4. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 2mins 32.2secs M
5. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 2mins 32.5secs M
= Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC 2mins 32.5secs A8
7. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 2mins 33.1secs M
= Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 2mins 33.1secs M
9. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 2mins 33.7secs M
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 2mins 35.2secs M
11. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Focus WRC 2mins 38.5secs A8

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Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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WhoCares - Unregistered

April 15, 2010 3:50 PM

Guys, you are lucky enough to be able to witness in action the greatest rally driver of all times. Please enjoy his incredible talent, instead of whining it was better in the past. Youngsters in 10-15 years will envy us to have had the possibility to actually see Loeb driving. I am so sad to be too young to have seen Mike Hailwood riding, or Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver playing, or Jim Clark driving... Whatever their domination on their sport may be, being able to follow Schumacher, Loeb or Rossi is a privilege. Go see them live while you can, enjoy each and every image of them on TV, because you are witnessing the legends of tomorrow. And for entertainment, you have Matt Wilson :)

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

April 15, 2010 2:03 PM

Although I dont think Mikko and Jari were pushing to be quickest in shakedown (playing very secretively) It is so nice to see Kimi up there in joint 7th quickest. It would be good to see him gradually edge further up the results with the passing of every Rally. Maybe getting 3rd fastest on Shakedown but 5th on the event etc. I would love to see him win an Asphalt event this year. Maybe that would seal his decision to stay in the WRC.

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