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Loeb retains lead

F1 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen moved into eighth place on Halfway 2 although he lost his lights at one point and couldn't see as well as he wanted. The man he demoted, Mads Ostberg, was very unhappy: "There's not much for me to do as it's impossible for me to drive the car," he revealed. "Even though I'm pushing to the maximum, the car is understeering on corners and our times are poor. It's unbelievable."

With Ken Block retiring with a rear driveshaft failure but planning to re-join the event tomorrow under the SupeRally, Ostberg was joined in joint ninth place on Halfway 2 by Andreas Mikkelsen.

Mikkelsen continues to lead the SWRC in his Ford Fiesta Super 2000, ahead of Jari Ketomaa and Xavier Pons, even though his car kept filling with smoke this afternoon and he had to drive with the windows down.

In the PWRC, Ott Tanak retains his lead, with Martin Semerad second in the category and reigning champion Armindo Araujo third.

The second day now concludes – as the opening leg began - with a blast through the short 1.70 kilometre Cardiff Bay Super Special stage [SS16]. It is scheduled to start at 18.34 hours local time.


Wales Rally GB: Overall standings after Stage 15 (Top 10):


1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2hours 31min 08.5secs M
2. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 04.6secs A8
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +01mins 26.9secs M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +01mins 36.2secs M
5. Dani Sordo Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +01mins 51.1secs M
6. Henning Solberg Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus RS WRC +04mins 58.5secs M
7. Matthew Wilson Stobart M-Sport Ford Focus WRC +06mins 47.0secs M
8. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +08mins 30.2secs M
9. Mads Ostberg Subaru Impreza WRC +11mins 00.1secs A8
= Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia S2000 +11mins 00.1secs S


SWRC Standings after Stage 15 (Top 3):

1. Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia S2000 2hours 42mins 08.6secs S
2. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta S2000 +00mins 23.0secs S
3. Xavier Pons Ford Fiesta S2000 +04mins 23.5secs S


PWRC Standings after Stage 15 (Top 3):

1. Ott Tanak Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 2hours 49mins 01.5secs P
2. Martin Semerad Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +02mins 09.6secs P
3.Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +03mins 18.4secs P


Notable retirements:

SS8. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC Crashed M
SS12/SS13. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Focus WRC Mechanical A8


all times unofficial




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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen C4 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
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) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën C4, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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