Hirvonen snatches Swedish lead as Solberg charges

Per-Gunnar Andersson paced SS10 and set the second-best time on SS11 to move into seventh as he continues to recover from a troubled opening day, with compatriot Patik Sandell an impressive eighth in his Skoda Fabia. Former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen runs ninth in his Ice 1 Racing Citroën DS3 WRC, ahead of runaway Production World Rally Championship leader Anders Grondal, who completes the top ten.

PWRC rival Patrik Flodin – the only man anywhere close to the Norwegian in the class – was excluded from the event after the wheel rims on his Subaru Impreza were found not to conform to technical regulations. Third-placed Valeriy Gorban stunned by claiming the fastest time of all on SS10 in his Mitsubishi Evo.

Matthew Wilson is twelfth, paying the price for a brace of hefty errors on SS10, Fredriksberg, but proving to be consistently inside the top ten elsewhere, whilst Ken Block lost two minutes when he went off the road on SS11, leaving the American 15th overall.

Rally Sweden: Overall standings after Stage 11 (Top 10):

1. Mikko Hirvonen Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC 1hour 54mins 57.5secs M
2. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 00.3secs M
3. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC +00mins 31.0secs A1
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 44.3secs M
5. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +01mins 10.0secs M
6. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +02mins 43.6secs M
7. PG Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC +04mins 11.0secs A1
8. Patrik Sandell Skoda Fabia S2000 +04mins 19.8secs A2
9. Kimi Raikkonen ICE 1 Racing Citroen DS3 WRC +05mins 22.4secs M
10. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza STi +07mins 00.0secs P


11. Khalid Al-Qassimi Team Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC +07mins 03.7secs A1
12. Matt Wilson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +07mins 07.6secs A1
13. Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta S2000 +07mins 38.9secs A2
14. Denis Kuipers FERM Powertools Ford Fiesta RS WRC +08mins 19.7secs M
15. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +11mins 57.0secs M
27. Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +21mins 23.8secs M
29. Eyvind Brynildsen Skoda Fabia S2000 +22mins 24.7secs A2

PWRC standings after Stage 11 (Top 3):

1. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza STi 1hour 21mins 51.5secs P
2. Martin Semerad Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +05mins 40.5secs P
3. Valeriy Gorban Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +08mins 57.4secs P

Notable retirements:

EXC. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza STi P

all times unofficial

Related Pictures

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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Citroen DS3 WRC, Petter Solberg Rallying
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Volkswagen celebrates 2015 Monte Carlo 1-2-3 [credit: VW Media]
3th place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
1st place Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)
2n place Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
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Oval - Unregistered

February 12, 2011 10:17 PM

What team orders? Do you mean stopping Latvala taking the lead? It's a sensible approach, splitting the strategy. All I've heard from Latvala today is he didn't know which was the best decision so he just listened to the team.

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