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Latvala opts to run first

Starting order for day one in Sardinia set

Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala has decided to start first in the order on the opening day of Rally Italia Sardegna.

Latvala got first pick of position after he set the best time this morning in the qualifying stage [see separate story - HERE].

“My decision was taken based on what I know from this rally from before,” Latvala told the official WRC site. “I know I will lose time on the first pass [cleaning the road] but on the second pass you have to think about the [fading] light and the dust.”

Petter Solberg then opted for third in the sister works Fiesta RS WRC, with Citroen's Sebastien Loeb hedging his bets and going for fifth. Ott Tanak will run second, with Evgeny Novikov fourth and Mikko Hirvonen sixth.

Paul Nobre will run last for WRC MINI Team Portgual, assuming he can start after crashing in the qualifying test.

Rally Italia Sardegna now starts 'proper' later this afternoon with two runs through the 28.14 km Terranova test. The first is due to start at 16.13 hours local time (15.13 hours UK time), while SS2 is scheduled to start at 18.16 hours local time (17.16 hours UK time).

Competitors will run in reverse order on Friday.



Rally Italia Sardegna: Day 1 (Thursday) running order:

1. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
2. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
3. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
4. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
5. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
6. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
7. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
8. Chris Atkinson WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC
9. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC
10. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC M
11. Luca Pedersoli Citroen DS3 WRC
12. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC



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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), 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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