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STOP PRESS: Loeb wins in Wales

Joy for Jari-Matti Latvala in Wales as he secures his first win of the season ahead of Mads Ostberg and Henning Solberg; Sebastien Loeb takes his eighth WRC drivers' title, despite not finishing...
Jari-Matti Latvala has won Wales Rally GB, his first victory since he triumphed on Rally Finland around 18 months ago.

It was a dramatic conclusion to the 2011 World Rally Championship, even though the title fight between Sebastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen was decided on Friday in SS7, when the latter went off and damaged his radiator. Mikko's retirement gave Loeb his eighth successive WRC drivers' title, but the drama wasn't over and Seb himself was forced out on the final day, following an accident on the road section after SS18, when he collided with a car, which was on the wrong side of the road. No one was injured, but the Frenchman couldn't continue.

That left Latvala to cruise to the finish today and he took a deserved victory, eventually coming through more than 3.5 minutes up on Mads Ostberg.

Ostberg also enjoyed a good event and benefitted from the demise of Hirvonen and Loeb to finish the year as he started it in Sweden, on the podium in second place.

Henning Solberg held on to give Ford a clean sweep of the rostrum places, just ahead of Britain's Kris Meeke, in the ever impressive MINI John Cooper Works WRC car. Meeke put in a charge on the final day and cut the gap to 1.8 seconds prior to the final test. However in the Power Stage he spun and had to settle for fourth.

Matthew Wilson completed the top five, albeit more than 1.5 minutes further back, followed by Ott Tanak, who shone on his first outing in his DMACK tyres-shod Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Evgeny Novikov, Dennis Kuipers, Ken Block and Armindo Araujo rounded out the points' scorers in positions 7 through to 10.

In terms of retirements, in addition to Hirvonen and Loeb, Petter Solberg and Kimi Raikkonen also failed to finish. Solberg was forced out on the road section to Hafren 1 on Saturday when a fuel pump broke, while Kimi went out after going into a ditch in SS12.

Sebastien Ogier and Dani Sordo completed the event, albeit outside the top-ten, having restarted under the SupeRally. Ogier crashed in the very first test, but fought back to take P11, while Sordo went off on Friday in SS5. He finished 20th in his MINI.

Both also did well in the Power Stage, Ogier taking the win, 2.7 seconds up on Sordo in second.


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Wales Rally GB: Overall standings after Stage 23 - Top 10:

1. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC 3hours 27mins 03.5secs M
2. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +03mins 42.9secs M
3. Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +07mins 05.1secs
4. Kris Meeke MINI WRT John Cooper Works +07mins 12.3secs
5. Matthew Wilson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +08mins 57.3secs M
6. Ott Tanak M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +09mins 27.1secs
7. Evgeny Novikov Team Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC +09mins 47.7secs M
8. Dennis Kuipers FERM Powertools Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10mins 12.7secs M
9. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +16mins 01.2secs M
10. Armindo Araujo Motorsport Italia MINI John Cooper Works +17mins 01.6secs

Others:

11. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +17mins 47.8secs
13. Kevin Abbring VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +17mins 57.3secs
14. Haydon Paddon Subaru Impreza STi R4 +18mins 51.6secs
14. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza +22mins 28.7secs P
19. Dani Sordo MINI WRT John Cooper Works +38mins 10.5secs


Wales Rally GB: Power Stage / SS23 (Top 3):

1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2mins 41.3secs M
2. Dani Sordo MINI WRT John Cooper Works +00mins 02.7secs
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 03.2secs M

NOTE: Top three finishers in Power Stage are awarded bonus points. 1st = 3 points; 2nd = 2 points; 3rd = 1 point


PWRC standings after Stage 23 - Top 3:

1. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza 3hours 49mins 32.2secs P
2. Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +12mins 14.7secs P
3. Nicolas Fuchs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +12mins 46.5secs P


Notable retirements:

SS1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Hit a wall and ripped off a wheel M*

SS5. Dani Sordo MINI WRT John Cooper Works Went off*
SS5. Peter van Merksteijn Van Merksteijn Citroen DS3 WRC Went off M
SS6. Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off*
SS7. Mikko Hirvonen Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off M
SS7. Bader Al-Jabri Subaru Impreza Went off P
SS11. Jarkko Nikara Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Went off P

SS12. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC Broken fuel pump M
SS12/13. Kimi Raikkonen ICE1 Racing Citroen DS3 WRC Went off
SS16. Jason Pritchard Subaru Impreza Mechanical P

SS18/19. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Accident on road section M
SS23. Benito Guerra Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Went off P

DSQ. Martin Semerad Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Excluded, as his upper suspension plates failed to conform to the technical regulations - had finished 2nd in PWRC and 15th overall P

*denotes re-started under SupeRally


all times unofficial



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Henning Solberg (NOR) Ilka Minor (AUS), Ford Fiesta RS WRC ,  M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Henning Solberg (NOR) Ilka Minor (AUS), Ford Fiesta RS WRC ,  M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team. Title celebrations
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team. Title celebrations
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

November 14, 2011 10:37 AM

This is for Fernando and any other Muppets who think Ford should Leave the Sport : The Sport is finally going in the right direction with the R2 cars in the Academy to S2000 to WRC Cars Ford provide most of this platform and are a Huge part of the Sport, most of the Customer Cars are Ford thanks to Malcolm having to Build and Sell lots of Customer cars to Finacially Support the Main Programme Also Ford have a very Impressive History in the Sport dating back to the 70s and 80s. Any one who is a True fan will know this and want to see Ford continue Finally we have two new Manufacturers in Mini and VW and who knows who else will come to the party, I hope Ford get the Green Light real soon, Fords big Boss from the States was in Builth on the weekend so thats a good sign.

Aye - Unregistered

November 13, 2011 2:55 PM

Jari-Matti thoroughly deserves that victory. It's good to see him get it after all the times he had to give up positions to help Ford's so-called team leader. Hope he wins a lot more in 2012.



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