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Rally de Espana: Latvala concludes day two on top

“About halfway through the first Special Stage, I slid off the track because of understeer,” Mikkelsen explained. “It was only a small mistake, but I hit a big stone in a ditch. Then the back right suspension broke and we replaced lots of parts on the car. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the start of the next stage in time.

“Now we face the gravel stages tomorrow, but we've got a good starting position at the back of the WRC field because we retired today. I hope this will mean we can put in a couple of good SS times tomorrow.”

“Today we started with some changes on the car and we were making improvements in many areas,” Al-Attiyah added. “I was really happy with the way things were going – we were driving at our own pace and learning a lot on the Tarmac – but unfortunately we had a crash [on SS8]. This is just part of rallying, and the main thing is that Giovanni [Bernacchini, my co-driver] and I are OK.”

The event now concludes on Sunday, with two loops of three stages on the bill. SS10, the 7 km Gandesa test, is due to start at 07.33 hours local time [06.33 hours UK time].


Rally de Espana: Overall standings after Stage 9 (Top 10):

1. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2hour 06m 08.9s M
2. Dani Sordo Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +00m 01.6s M
3. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +00m 29.3s M
4. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +00m 46.5s M
5. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +00m 57.8s M
6. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +00m 57.9s M
7. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02m 28.4s M
8. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +03m 06.7s M
9. Hayden Paddon Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +03m 08.6s
10. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC +04m 07.6s WRC2

Others

11. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +08m 08.4s WRC2
12. Khalid Al Qassimi Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +08m 14.2s M
13. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Seashore Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +08m 23.1s
14. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +08m 59.9s WRC2
15. Enrique Garcia Ojeda Citroen DS3 R3T +12m 40.3s WRC3
16. Benito Guerra Jr Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +15m 26.9s
17. Subhan Aksa Ford Fiesta R5 +16m 19.6s WRC2
18. Robert Barrable Ford Fiesta R5 +16m 36.0s WRC2


Rally de Espana: Power Stage / SS8 (Top 3):

1. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC 15m 36.8s M
2. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +00m 02.8s M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +00m 03.2s M

NOTE: Top three finishers in Power Stage are awarded bonus points. 1st = 3 points; 2nd = 2 points; 3rd = 1 point


WRC2 standings after Stage 8 (Top 3):

1. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC 2hours 10m 16.5s WRC2
2. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +04m 00.8s WRC2
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +04m 52.3s WRC2


WRC3 standings after Stage 8 (Top 3):

1. Enrique Garcia Ojeda Citroen DS3 R3T 2hrs 15m 53.5s WRC3
2. Mohamed Al-Mutawaa Citroen DS3 R3T +05m 48.4s WRC3
3. Mohamed Al-Sahlawi Citroen DS3 R3T +17m 01.7s WRC3


JWRC standings after Stage 8 (Top 3):

1. Yeray Lemes Ford Fiesta R2 2hrs 20m 16.5s JWRC
2. Marius Aasen Ford Fiesta R2 +02m 29.3s JWRC
3. Sander Parn Ford Fiesta R2 +03m 16.9s JWRC


Notable retirements:

SS4. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC Suspension damage – hit a rock M*
SS8. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Crashed M
SS9. Elfyn Evans Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta R5 Stopped in stage WRC2


*denotes expected to re-start under the Rally 2 regulations;
M denotes Manufacturer entry;


all times unofficial




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Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #7, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #7, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #7, Volkswagen Motorsport)

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