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Hirvonen wins Rally de Portugal

Mikko Hirvonen wins in Portugal, almost 2 minutes up on Mads Ostberg in second; Evgeny Novikov takes the final spot on the podium.
STOP PRESS: Mikko Hirvonen was excluded after the event, something that hands Mads Ostberg the win, pending the outcome of Citroen's appeal. See separate story - CLICK HERE.


Mikko Hirvonen has taken the victory on Rally de Portugal today, the fourth round in the 2012 World Rally Championship.

Hirvonen began today's leg comfortably out front and in the end he took the victory by almost 2 minutes. It is his first win with Citroen and comes after a dramatic event, in which his team-mate, Sebastien Loeb went out on Thursday night and both Ford works drivers, Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg went off on Friday, when heavy rain, fog and mud made conditions extremely treacherous.

Mads Ostberg came through to take the runners-up spot, with Evgeny Novikov third despite a problem with his throttle cable on the final loop.

Solberg fought back from his day two woe to take fourth with Nasser Al-Attiyah and Martin Prokop completing the top six.

Dani Sordo meanwhile took the honours in the event ending Power Stage, ahead of Latvala and Ott Tanak.

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Rally de Portugal: Overall standings after Stage 22 – Top 10:

1. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 4hours 19mins 24.3secs M
2. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 51.8secs
3. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +03mins 25.0secs M
4. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +03mins 47.4secs M
5. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +07mins 57.6secs M
6. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC +08mins 01.0secs
7. Dennis Kuipers M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +08mins 39.1secs
8. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +09mins 00.8secs
9. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC +10mins 29.7secs M
10. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC +11mins 44.6secs


Rally de Portugal: Power Stage / SS22 (Top 3):

1. Dani Sordo Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC 3mins 10.4secs
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 00.3secs M
3. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 02.1secs 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 22:

1. Hayden Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 4hours 49mins 41.2secs S
2. Maciej Oleksowicz Ford Fiesta S2000 +05mins 02.3secs S
3. Pedro Meireles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X R4 +03mins 48.0secs S


WRC Academy standings after Stage 13 - Top 8#:

1. Alastair Fisher Ford Fiesta R2 2hours 32mins 02.9secs A
2. Brendan Reeves Ford Fiesta R2 +00mins 40.3secs A
3. Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2 +01mins 55.7secs A
4. Timo van der Marel Ford Fiesta R2 +05mins 05.0secs A
5. Jose Antonio Suarez Ford Fiesta RS +07mins 34.5secs A
6. Fredrik Ahlin Ford Fiesta RS +10mins 16.7secs A
7. Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS +15mins 55.3secs A
8. Joao Silva Ford Fiesta RS +17mins 14.8secs A

# WRC Academy event ended after SS13


Notable retirements:

DNS. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Did not start – crashed in Qualifying stage
DNS. Kevin Abbring VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 Did not start – crashed in shakedown

SS2. Dani Sordo Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC Did not start SS2*
SS3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Went off the road M

SS5. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road M*
SS5. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road M*
SS5. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC Stopped in test M*
SS5. Hayden Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 Stopped in stage S*
SS6. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road M*
SS6. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 Mechanical S

SS14. Patrik Sandell Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC Went off the road*
SS15. Armindo Araujo WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Lost a wheel*

SS18. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RCC Suspension damage S
SS21. Patrik Sandell Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC Rolled

* denotes re-started under Rally 2

all times unofficial



Related Pictures

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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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