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Loeb consolidates lead

Of the rest, Juho Hanninen comes in seventh, and somewhat buoyed after setting the top time this afternoon in SS9, followed by Bryan Bouffier, Mads Ostberg and Martin Prokop. Ostberg was another of those that wasn't feeling very chipper.

“Today started quite well. We were able to increase the speed in some areas, but in others we have definitely not been able to do that. On the snowy sections where there is a tarmac line I am still struggling a lot. I tried some different approaches, but it seems that whatever I do I just lose more time," he lamented.

“On the snow and clean tarmac we have improved a lot, but there is still a lot of work to do overall. I think now it's all about trying some different things to see if the feeling improves on the sections we're finding difficult. We'll change a few things in service tonight and hopefully we can move forward tomorrow. This is a long and difficult rally and I think that we must take the fact that we are still here as a positive.”

In the support categories, Sepp Weigand now leads WRC2 by over 5 minutes from Armin Kremer, while Sebastien Chardonnet is set for WRC3 victory providing he can just get to the finish. His only rival, Renaud Poutot, went out on the second loop.

Rallye Monte Carlo now continues on Friday with three stages on the bill and a total competitive distance of 92 kilometres.

SS11, St Jean en Royans (33.19 km), is due to start at 09.08 hours local time [08.08 hours British time].


Rallye Monte Carlo: Overall standings after Stage 10 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC 3h 16m 29.1s M
2. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +1m 35.0s M
3. Dani Sordo Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +2m 38.0s T
4. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 53.2s M
5. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +3m 22.7s M
6. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +3m 43.2s M
7. Juho Hanninen Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m 11.3s T
8. Bryan Bouffier Citroen DS3 WRC +5m 45.8s
9. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m 49.5s M
10. Martin Prokop Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +14m 15.6s

Others

11. Sepp Weigand Skoda Fabia S2000 +18m 54.5s WRC2
12. Olivier Burri Peugeot 207 S2000 +21m 08.5s P
13. Armin Kremer Subaru Impreza +24m 06.1 WRC2
14. Michal Kosciousko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +24m 40.1s T


WRC2 standings after Stage 10 (Top 3):

1. Sepp Weigand Skoda Fabia S2000 3h 35m 23.6s WRC2
2. Armin Kremer Subaru Impreza +5m 11.6s WRC2
3. Yuriy Protasov Subaru Impreza +6m 35.5s WRC2


WRC3 standings after Stage 10:

1. Sebastien Chardonnet Citroen DS3 R3T 3h 47m 16.2s WRC3


Notable retirements:

SS4. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off T
SS9. Renaud Poutot Citroen DS3 R3T Mechanical WRC3
SS10. Julien Marin Ford Fiesta RS WRC Accident


all times unofficial




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Sebastien Loeb (FRA), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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Nanbawan - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 4:40 AM

In a way it's a bit sad that Loeb's brilliance isn't recognised as much as it should in the general sports world... I remember the tone of the US commentators when he entered the X-Games Rallycross..."He's been strong in the world rally" No sh... Maybe you should have stressed the fact that you were graced with the presence of a legend !

shaken - Unregistered

January 18, 2013 1:10 AM

Its business as usual! There is absolutely no doubt if he were fully competing this year, he would add another WRC to his incredible tally,- that is barring a serious accident or illness.



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