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Hirvonen well out front at close of day three

Of the rest, Andreas Mikkeslen lies seventh, more than 1.5 minutes off the fight for P5 ahead, while Martin Prokop, Petter Solberg, who re-joined under the Rally 2 format, and Karl Kruuda hold positions 8 through to 10.

“We were not pushing today,” said Solberg. “I was quite disappointed this morning. I feel really sorry about what I did because I let [Ford boss] Malcolm [Wilson] down [when I hit a rock in SS7]. The afternoon was a bit better but now I'm thinking about Spain already”.

In the PWRC, Nicolas Fuchs still holds the lead, despite losing almost 2 minutes in SS13 with a puncture. Marcos Ligato is his closest threat, 46.1 seconds back, while Valeriy Gorban has slipped to third.

The event now concludes on Sunday and the final day includes just 16.48 competitive kilometres and one short stage, the 8.24 km Gallura test, which will be run twice.


Rally Italia Sardegna: Overall standings after Stage 14 (Top 10):

1. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 3hours 10mins 51.7secs M
2. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 28.2secs M
3. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 20.6secs M
4. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +03mins 48.3secs
5. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +04mins 30.5secs
6. Chris Atkinson WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +04mins 34.4secs
7. Andreas Mikkelsen VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +06mins 06.2secs
8. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC +09mins 18.9secs
9. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +10mins 15.0secs M
10. Karl Kruuda Ford Fiesta S2000 +10mins 56.6secs

Others

11. Luca Pedersoli Citroen DS3 WRC +19mins 45.9secs
12. Giuseppe Dettori Skoda Fabia S2000 +22mins 26.5secs
14. Nicolas Fuchs Subaru Impreza STi +24mins 11.5secs P
15. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +24mins 36.8secs M
16. Marcos Ligato Subaru Impreza STi +24mins 57.6secs P
17. Valeriy Gorban Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +25mins 09.2secs P
19. Paolo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +30mins 58.8secs
21. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +31mins 45.6secs M


PWRC standings after Stage 14 (Top 3):

1. Nicolas Fuchs Subaru Impreza STi 3hours 35mins 03.2secs P
2. Marcos Ligato Subaru Impreza STi +00mins 46.1secs P
3. Valeriy Gorban Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 57.7secs P


Notable retirements:

SS2. Lorenzo Bertelli Subaru Impreza Mechanical P

SS3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Went off M
SS3/SS4. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC Rolled M*
SS4. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off M*
SS7. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off M*
SS8. Paolo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Stopped on road section after final test - engine*

* denotes re-started under Rally 2


all times unofficial




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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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