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STOP PRESS: Loeb wins in Finland

Sebastien Loeb takes the honours in Finland, finishing 6.1 seconds up on Mikko Hirvonen; Jari-Matti Latvala completes the podium.
Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has won Rally Finland following a good fight with team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen.

Loeb eventually finished the event 6.1 seconds up on Hirvonen, who had to console himself with the runners-up spot and victory in the event ending Power Stage.

Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala meanwhile took the final spot on the podium, 28.9 seconds further back, followed by Petter Solberg, Mads Ostberg, Ott Tanak and Matti Rantanen in positions 4 through to 7. Jari Ketomaa, Martin Prokop and Sebastien Ogier rounded out the top ten.

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Rally Finland: Overall standings after Stage 18 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2hours 28mins 11.4secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 06.1secs M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 35.0secs M
4. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 56.1secs M
5. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 32.1secs M
6. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 47.6secs M
7. Matti Rantanen Ford Fiesta RS WRC +04mins 51.7secs
8. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC +06mins 01.9secs
9. Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta RS WRC +06mins 04.3secs
10. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +08mins 46.0secs

Others

11. P-G Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 +10mins 49.8secs S
12. Karl Kruuda Ford Fiesta S2000 +11mins 08.9secs


Rally Finland: Power Stage / SS18 (Top 3):

1. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 15mins 17.3secs M
2. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 00.6secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 01.1secs 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 18 (Top 3):

1. P-G Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 2hours 39mins 01.2secs S
2. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +03mins 17.8secs S
3. Juha Salo Proton Satria Neo S2000 +05mins 46.7secs S


WRC Academy standings after Stage 17 (Top 3)#:

1. Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R2 2hours 34mins 07.7secs A
2. Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2 +00mins 55.3secs A
3. Brendan Reeves Ford Fiesta R2 +01mins 27.4secs A

# WRC Academy event ended after SS17


Notable retirements:

SS5. Hayden Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 Engine S
SS9/SS10. Chris Atkinson Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC Hit a rock M*
SS10. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Went off the road*
SS11. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC Rolled M*

SS14. Ken Block Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road
SS17. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 Went off the road S
SS17. Riku Tahko MINI John Cooper Works WRC Went off the road

* denotes re-started under Rally 2


all times unofficial



Related Pictures

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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
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
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total 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

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Yawn... - Unregistered

August 04, 2012 10:38 PM

As tommivo wrote, who else was going to win? The only time you'd need to write "STOP PRESS" is if Loeb forgot to turn up and someone else won an event.



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