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STOP PRESS: Loeb wins in Wales

Jari-Matti Latvala wins in Wales, finishing 27.8 seconds up on Sebastien Loeb; Petter Solberg is pipped for second and finishes 0.9 seconds off Loeb...
Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala has won Wales Rally GB leading the event pretty much from start-to-finish.

Latvala took the lead in SS3 on Friday and then proceeded to pull further and further ahead of his rivals, beginning the final day today with a 24.5 second cushion. In the end the Finn triumphed by 27.8 seconds to take his second win in succession in Cardiff. The result is a welcome boost for the Finn and the Ford works team, as it is their first victory since Sweden back in February.

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb meanwhile pipped Petter Solberg to take second, just 0.9 seconds splitting the two after a thrilling finish.

Further back, Mads Ostberg survived an engine misfire this morning to come home fourth, followed by Mikko Hirvonen – who won the Power Stage - and then Evgeny Novikov and Matthew Wilson in sixth and seventh. Thierry Neuville, Martin Prokop and Nasser Al-Attiyah rounded out the top ten, with Craig Breen taking an emotional win in the SWRC.

Ott Tanak was a late retirement, stopping in SS17 after losing a wheel.

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Wales Rally GB: Overall standings after Stage 19 (Top 10):

1. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 3hours 03mins 40.3secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 27.8secs M
3. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 28.7secs M
4. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 10.6secs M
5. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +01mins 29.5secs M
6. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +03mins 37.0secs M
7. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC +04mins 11.9secs M
8. Matthew Wilson M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +06mins 00.4secs
9. Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta RS WRC +06mins 58.9secs
10. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +09mins 32.1secsM

Others

11. Chris Atkinson WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +09mins 37.0secs
12. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +09mins 44.0secs
13. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +14mins 42.6secs S
14. Tom Cave Proton Satria Neo S2000 +17mins 20.4secs S



Wales Rally GB: Power Stage / SS19 (Top 3):

1. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 8mins 51.4secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 01.2secs M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 01.5secs 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 19 (Top 3):

1. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 3hours 18mins 22.9secs S
2. Tom Cave Proton Satria Neo S2000 +02mins 37.8secs S
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta S2000 +04mins 30.8secs S


Notable retirements:

SS16/SS17. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Mechanical
SS17. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Lost a wheel M


all times unofficial



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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ford World Rally Team

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shaken - Unregistered

September 16, 2012 3:58 PM

Good on yer Jari. That Fiesta is well and truly flying off the road! Pity the opportunity of the 2012WRC isnt there for you (that will go to Loeb...)



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