Latvala top in Sardinia qualifying

Jari-Matti Latvala heads pack in qualifying in Sardinia

Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala was fastest this morning in the qualifying stage for Rally Italia Sardegna.

Latvala completed the 3.75 kilometre Telti test in 2 minutes 26.4 seconds, which put him 1.024 seconds up on his team-mate, Petter Solberg, who was 'best of the rest' in the sister works Fiesta RS WRC car.

Latvala will now get first choice of start position for today's opening two stages.

Sebastien Loeb meanwhile was third quickest for Citroen, 1.307 seconds off the pace, while Evgeny Novikov came in fourth in his M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC, followed by Mikko Hirvonen, Ott Tanak and Mads Ostberg.

Chris Atkinson was eighth for the WRC MINI Team Portugal outfit ahead of Martin Prokop and Thierry Neuville.

Paulo Nobre failed to set a time after crashing out in his MINI John Cooper Works WRC car. It has yet to be confirmed if he will be able to start.

Drivers will now select their start positions in a few hours time.

Rally Italia Sardegna then gets underway with two runs through the 28.14 km Terranova test, with the first due to start at 16.13 hours local time (15.13 hours UK time). SS2 is scheduled to start at 18.16 hours local time (17.16 hours UK time).

Rally Italia Sardegna: Qualifying stage:

1. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2m 26.4s M
2. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +1.024s M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +1.307 M
4. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +1.516s M
5. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +1.606s M
6. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +1.989s M
7. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +2.250s M
8. Chris Atkinson Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +2.777s
9. Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5.706s
10. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +7.247s M

Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC No time - crashed

all times unofficial

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chris h - Unregistered

October 18, 2012 12:10 PM

Looks like JML is in confident mood. Unlike some of the guys in F1 who jump ship, I think JML genuinely wants to do well for ford. No one can blame him for going to VW. A full factory team and in time, it is probably his best chance at a world title. Go JML and give Ford a real good swansong!!! on another note, i understand that guys can buy a seat in WRC and F1 butat least in F1 they can drive and have to have a superlicence or something. In WRC, as far as I know, an International licence is enough and anyone can get one fairly easily. But this should change, the likes of Nobre can just turn up, pay his money and compete alongside proper drivers. then he justs crashes all of the time. What a waste of money. Why cant he invest in good young driver if he is so interested in rallying and go off and become the president of whatever football club he supports.


October 18, 2012 12:12 PM

I think all the pressure is off Jari Matti now and we could well see him take wins in both Sardinia and possibly Spain too, imagine if he wins here in Sardinia, his confidence will be burtsing by the time he gets to Spain, and this is when he drives the best He was very close to Loeb in France and that was a Rally that Loeb was always going to win at all costs as it was the special Rally that he will always remember as the Rally where he clinched his last ever WRC drivers title, he doesnt have to win in Spain and so I dont think he will have the same motivation It would be Good for both Jari Matti and Ford to finally beat Loeb on an Asphalt event, it is a very big ask, but i think he can finally do it. Lets first of all wait and see if he wins in Sardinia though as this will ultimately give him the momentum to win in Spain

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