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Loeb tops French rally shakedown

Home favourite Sebastien Loeb posts fastest time on Strasbourg shakedown.
As expected, the factory Citroen pairing of Sebastien Loeb and Ogier dominated the shakedown for this weekend's Rallye de France, posting the fastest times through the test based around Strasbourg's Zenith entertainment complex.

Loeb, running on home soil in the Alsace region, completed his mandatory runs with a time of 1min 47.1secs, putting the world championship leader a couple of tenths clear of team-mate Ogier, with former Citroen man Dani Sordo again underlining Mini's tarmac potential in third spot, with a time identical to the tenth to the younger Frenchman.

The best of the Fords was Jari-Matti Latvala in fourth place, the Finn lapping the 2.2km asphalt stretch a full half-second and more slower than Ogier and Sordo, while Petter Solberg rounded out the top five in his privateer Citroen, but failed to break into the 1min 47s. The Norwegian finished the session marginally ahead of Kris Meeke's Mini, with brother Henning seventh overall, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Matt Wilson and Mikko Hirvonen.

The first competitive stage of this year's Rallye de France Alsace gets underway at 0748hrs local time on Friday [30 September], but the event continues with a ceremonial start in the city of Strasbourg on Thursday evening.


Shakedown times (unofficial):

Sebastien Loeb Citroën 1min 47.1s
Sebastien Ogier Citroën 1m 47.3s
Dani Sordo Mini 1m 47.3s
Jari-Matti Latvala Ford 1m 47.9s
Petter Solberg Citroën 1m 48.1s
Kris Meeke Mini 1m 48.2s
Henning Solberg Ford 1m 48.3s
Kimi Räikkönen Citroën 1m 48.5s
Matt Wilson Ford 1m 48.6s
Mikko Hirvonen Ford 1m 48.9s

times courtesy www.pettersolberg.com



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Chris - Unregistered

September 29, 2011 3:06 PM

Good spot Taz. Was wondering if Crash would run the 'back to basics' story but then again I reckon M-Sport/Stobart stopped supplying Crash with Hapless press releases (for like minded realists to knock down) a long time ago. The back to basics story is great as it confirms Hapless has: (i) no championships (ii) no wins (iii) no podiums (this year's target despite last year supposed to be the championship year (iv) no speed (v) no personality and (vi) finally confirmation that he can't develop a car. What an asset! Or is that ****t?

fernando - Unregistered

September 29, 2011 9:12 PM

i bet it will be a massacre! Ford give up and avoid another humiliation! how long latvala is going to resist without crashing? i bet hirvonen will drive slow enough to avoid any mistake. 5th is good for him! k. block... two special is enough for his first "go out". h. solberg.. i bet he is going out at second day! wilson jr. doesnt care!



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