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Loeb set for French win, ninth title

M-Sport Ford duo Ott Tanak and Evgeny Novikov hold positions seven and eight, the latter only just missing out on the stage win in the final test, when he was 0.3 seconds slower than Latvala.

WRC MINI Team Portugal man Chris Atkinson and Martin Prokop round out the points scorers', ahead of the VW Motorsport-run Skoda Fabia S2000s of Sebastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen in eleventh and twelfth.

In the support categories, Hayden Paddon heads the SWRC by almost 2 minutes, while Elfyn Evans has taken the WRC Academy win and with it the title with one round still to go. Evans beat Jose Suarez by 42.5 seconds, while John MacCrone was third.

As for retirements, Petter Solberg and Nasser Al-Attiyah were the most notable victims today, going out in SS9 and SS10 respectively.

The event now concludes on Sunday, with two loops of three stages on the bill and a total competitive distance of 61.54 km.

SS17, the 17.08 km-run through Vignoble de Cleebourg, is due to start tomorrow at 09.23 hours local time [08.23 hours UK time].



Rallye de France-Alsace: Overall standings after Stage 16 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2hours 54mins 33.4secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 29.7secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 54.0secs M
4. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 46.4secs M
5. Dani Sordo Prodrive MINI John Cooper Works WRC +01mins 50.5secs
6. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC +01mins 54.4secs M
7. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 32.0secs M
8. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 46.2secs M
9. Chris Atkinson WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +06mins 14.9secs
10. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC +07mins 46.7secs

Others

11. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +08mins 36.3secs
12. Andreas Mikkelsen VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +10mins 49.4secs
13. Julien Maurin Ford Fiesta WRC +12mins 17.0secs
14. Yvan Muller MINI John Cooper Works WRC +13mins 07.9secs
15. Sebastien Chardonnet FFSA Citroen WRT DS3 WRC +13mins 14.5secs
16. Hayden Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 +13mins 34.8secs S
17. Romain Dumas MINI John Cooper Works WRC +14mins 38.3secs
18. Hermann Gassner Skoda Fabia S2000 +15mins 01.2secs
19. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta S2000 +15mins 33.5secs S
20. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +15mins 48.4secs S
21. Daniel Oliveira Brazil WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +15mins 57.2secs M
24. Paolo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +21mins 46.2secs


SWRC standings after Stage 16 (Top 3):

1. Hayden Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 3hours 08mins 08.2secs S
2. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta S2000 +01mins 58.7secs S
3. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +02mins 13.6secs S


WRC Academy standings after Stage 16 (Top 3)#:

1. Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R2 3hours 20mins 42.6secs A
2. Jose Suarez Ford Fiesta R2 +00mins 42.5secs A
3. John MacCrone Ford Fiesta R2 +01mins 35.4secs A

# WRC Academy event ended after SS16


Notable retirements:

SS9. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road M
SS10. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC Accident M


all times unofficial




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

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ja - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 9:59 PM

the WRC drivers are what i call driving they are all awesome , this guy seb loeb is amazing no one seems to be able to stop the guy the only one to stop seb loeb will be seb loeb best of luck with your awesome 9th title but lets hope you can make it 10 GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SLOEB

JoePike - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 10:15 PM

A small but interesting anecdote about friday morning tyre choice. As you know teams are spying on each other in order to know what choice is made by the other team. On Friday morning, Citroen went with 4 hard tyres and 2 soft spares. Ford went with 5 hard (4 mounted and only one spare to save the dreaded 22kgs) The proper choice was Citroen as they mounted the soft tyres only when it was needed) and it was needed only on one SS really. But the reason Ford mounted soft tyres, is that just one minute before leaving the parc , Loeb in a loud voice said to Hirvo and the engineers , Ok CHANGE of MIND .LET'S MOUNT THE SOFT. The spies ran to their team and mounted the soft, and Citroen mechanics mounted the HARD with some coloured adhesive onto the barcode tag. Clever acting I would say :-))



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