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Loeb increases Rallye Monte Carlo lead

Further back, Novikov's M-Sport Ford team-mates, Francois Delecour and Ott Tanak lie seventh and ninth respectively, with the second works MINI of Pierre Campana sandwiched in between.

“It was not so good this morning,” said Delecour. “We had problems with the intercom which meant that it was impossible to hear Dominique [Savignoni] in the first two stages [SS5 and SS6]. Because of this my concentration was not fully on the road and we had a little moment where I started to brake late. We lost the front bumper but we didn't lose too much time. This afternoon we'll try to do a little better. We lost some time this morning and I want to make it back this afternoon.”

“It's been quite okay,” Tanak added. “I think I didn't have the best tyres for the first two stages [SS5 and SS6] but the last one [SS7] was much better. We're going at our own pace and not looking too much at everyone else's times. Let's wait until we are closer to them for that. This is a long rally and the most important thing for us is to get to the end.”

SWRC class leader P-G Andersson rounds out the top ten, with Kevin Abbring eleventh and Britain's Matt Wilson twelfth.

“We've been very cautious again this morning, as we have all week, but it's not been too bad,” Wilson commented. “We experimented with the tyres which didn't really work with a lot of sliding in the last stage [SS7]. The car stalled on SS6 which was a bit strange - it felt as if the launch didn't work. We're going to try a few different things in service and see how that works. We'll make the springs a bit stiffer and basically just use the event as a bit of a test.”

“Everything seems to be going okay,” added Henning, who is 16th in the sister Go Fast Energy WRT car. “We set a really good time in the second stage [SS6]. I was very happy and everything was getting better and better. But we had an engine misfire in the last stage [SS7] which cost us maybe 25 seconds. Apart from that, everything is good and I'm just driving at my own pace.”

The action now continues this afternoon with a repeat-run through this morning's tests to conclude the second day. SS8, Labatie d'Andaure-Lalouvesc 2, is scheduled to start at 14.50 hours local time.


Rally Monte Carlo: Overall standings after Stage 7 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2hours 08mins 12.1secs M
2. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 23.2secs M
3. Dani Sordo MINI WRC Team John Cooper Works WRC +01mins 26.9secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +03mins 00.9secs M
5. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +03mins 13.4secs
6. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +03mins 16.0secs M
7. Francois Delecour M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +04mins 07.9secs
8. Pierre Campana MINI WRC Team John Cooper Works WRC +05mins 31.6secs M
9. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +05mins 35.8secs M
10. P-G Andersson Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 +07mins 02.7secs S

Others

11. Kevin Abbring Volkswagen Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +07mins 48.9secs
12. Matthew Wilson Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC +09mins 14.2secs
13. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC +10mins 05.0secs
14. Armindo Araujo Armindo Araujo WRT MINI Cooper Works WRC +10mins 40.9secs M
15. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +11mins 54.6secs S
16. Henning Solberg Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC +12mins 02.9secs
17. Cedric Robert Citroen DS3 R3T +15mins 03.6secs
18. Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +15mins 21.7secs P


SWRC standings after Stage 7:

1. P-G Andersson Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 2hours 15mins 14.8secs S
2. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +04mins 51.9secs S


PWRC standings after Stage 7:

1. Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 2hours 23mins 33.8secs P
2. Louise Cook Ford Fiesta ST 53mins 41.8secs P


Notable retirements:*

SS1. Giandomenico Basso Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 Accident. S
SS2. Lorenzo Bertelli Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Gearbox P
SS3. Julien Maurin Ford Fiesta RS WRC Mechanical
SS4. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Rolled M
SS4. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC Retired

SS5. Peter van Merksteijn Sr van Merksteijn Motorsport Citroen DS3 WRC Mechanical

* Note: There is no Rally 2 (as the SupeRally has been renamed for this year) on Rallye Monte Carlo.

all times unofficial




Related Pictures

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17.01.2012- SŽbastien Loeb (FRA) , Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
17.01.2012- SŽbastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
17.01.2012- SŽbastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
17.01.2012- SŽbastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
17.01.2012- SŽbastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team

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Lizard - Unregistered

January 19, 2012 1:28 PM

No surprises then. I think Ogier will be a champion for years though, once Loeb retires. 5th place in a S2000 just behind his ex seat is stunning.



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