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STOP PRESS: Loeb wins in Monte Carlo

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb starts 2012 in style with victory on Rallye Monte Carlo – and victory in the event ending Power Stage; MINI's Dani Sordo and Ford's Petter Solberg complete the podium.
Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has come through Sunday's event ending Power Stage unscathed to clinch victory on the 2012 Rallye Monte Carlo.

Loeb went into the fifth and final day with a 2 minute 41.6 second cushion over MINI man Dani Sordo, and as expected SS18 today, the 5.16 km Ste Agnès-Col de la Madone test, was a mere formality, not that the Frenchman took it easy, as he also set the quickest time, to take the maximum 28 point haul from the event, the opening round in the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship.

Behind, Sordo took the runners-up spot for MINI, with Petter Solberg completing the rostrum in his Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC.


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Rally Monte Carlo: Overall standings after Stage 18 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 4hours 32mins 39.9secs M
2. Dani Sordo MINI WRC Team John Cooper Works WRC +02mins 45.5secs M
3. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +03mins 14.2secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +04mins 06.8secs M
5. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +06mins 03.4secs M
6. Francois Delecour M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +07mins 47.9secs
7. Pierre Campana MINI WRC Team John Cooper Works WRC +08mins 31.4secs M
8. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +10mins 34.6secs M
9. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC +16mins 10.7secs
10. Armindo Araujo Armindo Araujo WRT MINI Cooper Works WRC +16mins 16.6secs M

Others

11. Matthew Wilson Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC +18mins 51.0secs
12. Kevin Abbring Volkswagen Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +18mins 56.3secs
13. Henning Solberg Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC +20mins 16.3secs
14. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +24mins 26.3secs S
15. Bryan Bouffier Peugeot 207 S2000 +27mins 25.4secs
16. Michael Burri Peugeot 207 S2000 +30mins 19.5secs
17. Cedric Robert Citroen DS3 R3T +32mins 27.7secs
20. Paulo Nobre Palmeirinha Rally MINI John Cooper Works WRC +38mins 59.7secs M
30. Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +1hr 02mins 34.9secs P


Rallye Monte Carlo: Power Stage / SS18 (Top 3):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 3mins 27.8secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 01.2secs M
3. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 02.6secs M

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


SWRC standings after Stage 18:

1. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 4hours 57mins 06.2secs S


PWRC standings after Stage 18:

1. Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 5hours 35mins 14.8secs P
2. Louise Cook Ford Fiesta ST +1hour 27mins 24.8secs 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
SS10. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 Accident

SS16. P-G Andersson Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 Mechanical S

* 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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Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
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Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos del Barrio (ESP) Mini John Cooper Works WRC, Mini WRC Team
Dani Sordo (ESP) Carlos del Barrio (ESP) Mini John Cooper Works WRC, Mini WRC Team
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR) FORD FIESTA, FORD WRT
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR) FORD FIESTA, FORD WRT
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
SŽbastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team

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Chris - Unregistered

January 22, 2012 12:29 PM

Well done Loeb. Class act always. What about our local ace Hapless Wilson? Surely he'd want to start his 9th season in fine style to impress the new sponsor! Well it doesnt make for good reading does it.. 19mins off the lead, 2 1/2mins off the top ten. Granted he got lucky with a few S2000 retirements (including a Proton) to move him up the top 20 but what a joker. I think it's safe to say we're in for another season of shame for all concerned. I won't be buying any of his sponsor's product either.



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