Loeb remains in the lead post-SS13

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb maintains his stranglehold on Rallye Deutschland, while Mikko Hirvonen stopped in SS13 with transmission problems.

Citroen number one driver Sebastien Loeb continues to lead Rallye Deutschland following SS13 this afternoon.

Loeb, who finished the morning loop with a 23 second lead, was second quickest in SS11, SS12 and SS13, to maintain his cushion over team-mate, Dani Sordo. In fact, he actually extended it, although only by 0.1 seconds.

"No problems, no mistakes - everything is okay," Loeb said. "But there are still a lot of kilometres ahead of us."

Sordo, who was fastest in SS12 and SS13, added: "We are not taking any risks. We just want to keep this result."

Sebastien Ogier meanwhile is still on course for the final spot on the podium, and he has extended the gap to Jari-Matti Latvala from 8.9 seconds to 13.7.

Further down the order, Francois Duval is up to fifth, after Mikko Hirvonen was forced to retire for the day in Freisen / Westrich. Early reports suggest he had transmission problems. It is not yet known if the Finn will re-start on Sunday under the SupeRally format.

Petter Solberg, who took his second stage win of the event in SS11, completes the top six in his privately entered Citroen C4 WRC followed by F1 2007 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen and Britain's Matthew Wilson. Wilson lost out to the 'ice-man' in the first stage this afternoon and is now 10.1 seconds off P7 in his Stobart Ford Focus RS WRC car.

The second leg now concludes with another run through the monster 48 kilometre Panzerplatte test.

Rallye Deutschland: Overall standings after Stage 13 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2hours 37mins 34.0secs M
2. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 23.1secs M
3. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +02mins 04.5secs M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +02mins 18.2secs M
5. Francois Duval Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus WRC +04mins 24.4secs M
6. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +05mins 24.4secs A8
7. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +06mins 30.8secs M
8. Matthew Wilson Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus WRC +06mins 40.9secs M
9. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +07mins 27.4secs M#
10. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Focus RS WRC +10mins 40.9secs A8


11. Mark van Eldik Subaru Impreza S14 WRC +11mins 15.8secs A8

SWRC Standings after Stage 13 (Top 3):

1. P-G Andersson Skoda Fabia S2000 2hours 50mins 02.7secs S
2. Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta S2000 +00mins 06.0secs S
3. Patrik Sandell Skoda Fabia S2000 +00mins 06.6secs S

PWRC Standings after Stage 13 (Top 3):

1. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 2hours 55mins 43.2secs P
2. Hayden Paddon Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +00mins 10.7secs P
3. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza STi +00mins 56.3secs P

JWRC Standings after Stage 13 (Top 3):

1. Hans Weijs Jr Citroen C2 S1600 2hours 56mins 43.4secs J
2. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 +04mins 03.4secs J
3. Karl Kruuda Suzuki Swift S1600 +08mins 32.0secs J

Notable retirements:

SS2. Henning Solberg Stobart M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 Mechanical*

SS13. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC Mechanical M#

* denotes able/elected to re-start under the SupeRally format.
# assumes Hirvonen will re-start on Sunday under the SupeRally format.

all times unofficial

Related Pictures

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

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Taz - Unregistered

August 21, 2010 3:49 PM

Ouch.... I fell of my chair with excitment...oh no, hang on,it was boredum. Top three as I predicted. Duval hasn't binned it strangely. Got that one wrong. Keep going kimi, beating the man with the 5 year plan in your 1st year :) :p

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