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Loeb best in German shakedown
23 August 2012
Citroen's Sebastien Loeb was quickest this morning in the shakedown for Rallye Deutschland.
Loeb, who is the favourite this weekend, completed the 4.55 kilometre test, located less than 8 kilometres south of the service park in Trier, in 2 minutes 25.2 seconds, 0.8 seconds up on both Jari-Matti Latvala and Mads Ostberg, who were joint second quickest.
Petter Solberg meanwhile came in fourth, 0.3 seconds further back, while Thierry Neuville completed the top five for the Citroen Junior World Rally Team.
Mikko Hirvonen had to settle for sixth, with Prodrive WRC team man, Dani Sordo seventh in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC car.
Ott Tanak, Evgeny Novikov and Chris Atkinson rounded out the top ten, the latter making his debut this weekend with the WRC MINI Team Portugal outfit, having been drafted in to replaced Armindo Araujo.
The event now begins tomorrow [Friday], with SS1, the 24.90 kilometre Mittelmosel 1 test, starting at 10.48 hours local time (09.48 hours UK time). Day 1 includes six stages and a total competitive distance of 137.84 kilometres. There is no qualifying stage in Germany, as Rallye Deutschland is an asphalt event. Qualifying is only deemed necessary on gravel events, where starting position is more critical as the roads can clean if it is dry, meaning those out first end up acting as 'road sweepers'.Rallye Deutschland: Shakedown:
1. Sebastien Loeb
Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2m 25.2s
2. Jari-Matti Latvala
Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2m 26.0s
= Mads Ostberg
Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2m 26.0s
4. Petter Solberg
Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2m 26.3s
5. Thierry Neuville
Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC 2m 26.4s
6. Mikko Hirvonen
Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2m 26.6s
7. Dani Sordo
Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Coopers Works WRC 2m 26.9s
8. Ott Tanak
M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2m 27.7s
9. Evgeny Novikov
M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2m 27.8s
10. Chris Atkinson
WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC 2m 28.6sall times unofficial