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Hirvonen heads Ford 1-2 after dire day for Citroen

In the Production WRC category, Hayden Paddon leads the way in his Subaru over a minute up on his closest rival – and also seventh overall. Michal Kosciuszko, Oleksandr Saliuk and Benito Guerra round out the top ten, also second, third and fourth in the PWRC.

The action now continues on Saturday and the second leg heads south to the Nambucca and Bellingen shires and is the longest of the weekend (with 146.54 competitive kilometres). After leaving Coffs Harbour at 07.00, drivers face two identical loops of four stages, split by service back in the town. The day ends with a final two passes through the short seafront test in the heart of Coffs Harbour. Competitors return to the town for the final overnight halt at 19.48 [all times local].


Rally Australia: Overall standings after Stage 10 (Top 10):

1. Mikko Hirvonen Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC 1hour 17mins 11.2secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 07.0secs M
3. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC +00mins 44.3secs M
4. Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 26.9secs
5. Matthew Wilson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +03mins 03.1secs M
6. Khalid Al-Qassimi Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +04mins 47.3secs M
7. Hayden Paddon Subaru Impreza WRX STi +05mins 19.7secs P
8. Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +06mins 39.9secs P
9. Oleksandr Saliuk Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +07mins 22.4secs P
10. Benito Guerra Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +07mins 22.4secs P

Others:

11. Brendan Reeves Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +08mins 35.6secs P
12. Valeriy Gorban Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +10mins 17.1secs P


PWRC standings after Stage 10 (Top 3):

1. Hayden Paddon Subaru Impreza WRX STi 1hour 22mins 30.9secs P
2. Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +01mins 20.2secs P
3. Oleksandr Saliuk Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +02mins 02.7secs P


Notable retirements:

SS3. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road M
SS4. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Rolled M
SS6. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Hit a tree M
SS6. Daniel Oliviera Brazil WRT MINI John Cooper Works Radiator M
SS7. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC Hit a rock M
SS7. Peter van Merksteijn Van Merksteijn Citroen DS3 WRC Punctures M


all times unofficial




Related Pictures

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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (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
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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TooBored - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 11:10 AM

Wow, when was the last time Loeb AND Ogier didnt finish a rally? What a stroke of luck for Ford ...or is it? Will this be the rally Solberg finally win since his subaru days? I really hope so.

Max - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 8:01 PM

I dont think ford were lucky. In life u create ur own luck. Also it takes more concentration, perseverance, etc. to finish under such difficult circumstances. So kudos to those guys. We as armchair pundits can criticize them but really we dont have the funding or even the skill to do this. Some are more skillful than others it has to be said like all things in life. Personally i hope for hollywood but he seems too far back. @Taz/Chris - Why is he called that?



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