Loeb still leads - but Ogier is homing in...

Having started out looking like yet another Sébastien Loeb demonstration, the 2010 Rallye de España now appears as though it might turn into a battle after all, as Sébastien Ogier turns up the heat on his fellow Citroën star...
It is shaping up to be a battle royale between the Citroën World Rally Team's 2011 duo of Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier in the 2010 edition of Rallye de España this weekend – with less than four seconds separating the pair heading into day two.

Having held an advantage of just under twelve seconds at the midday service, Loeb has come under attack from his namesake and countryman over the three afternoon stages, with Ogier winning the first of them and similarly outpacing the multiple World Rally Champion on SS5, too, before the Alsace native hit back on the day's final run through the mixed-surface Les Garrigues on SS6 to claim the top spot and carry a 3.8-second margin into Saturday's asphalt stages, thereby successfully maintaining his on-the-road position of first.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi star Jari-Matti Latvala remains the sole non-Citroën interloper in the leading four positions, narrowly ahead of former WRC Champion Petter Solberg in his privately-run C4, with the Finn and Norwegian doing battle for the last podium position. Latvala's team-mate and compatriot Mikko Hirvonen still holds a watching – if distant – brief in fifth, ahead of off-form local hero Dani Sordo.

Rallye de España: Overall standings after Stage 6 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1hr 25mins 26.8secs M
2. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 03.8secs M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 19.9secs M
4. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 22.4secs A8
5. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 42.4secs M
6. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 54.7secs M
7. Matthew Wilson Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus WRC +02mins 46.9secs M
8. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +03mins 21.2secs M
9. Ken Block Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus WRC +03mins 42.8secs M
10. Henning Solberg Stobart M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 +04mins 21.6secs A8

JWRC Standings after Stage 6 (Top 3):

1. Yeray Lemes Renault Clio S1600 1hr 34mins 50.8secs J
2. Hans Weijs Jnr Citroen C2 S1600 +00mins 44.9secs J
3. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 +01mins 19.4secs J

all times unofficial

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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Antilla (FIN) Ford Focus RS WRC 09
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ES), Hyundai I20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Martin Prokop, Michal Ernst (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #21 Jipocar Czech National Team)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Lorenzo Bertelli,  Mitia Dotta (Ford Fiesta WRC)
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (FRA), (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Mads Ostberg, Jonas Andersson (Citroen DS3 WRC, #4 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
French Rally
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)

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Taz - Unregistered

October 23, 2010 2:52 AM

Epic fail by Sordo as usual hence the rolling eyes when the original thread saying he was pushing for a win was posted.......laughable. Sordo is on a lower level.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

October 23, 2010 12:18 AM

Spanish organisers must be scratching their heads right now... Great start by Loeb against the odds. Normally, he still retains the upper hand on Ogier as far as tarmac driving is concerned. We'll see if Seb II can take the fight to Seb I !

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