27 October 2013
Rally de Espana: Latvala extends lead, but Ogier closes
Jari-Matti Latvala finishes Sunday morning's opening loop with an 11.5 second lead over Dani Sordo; Sebastien Ogier now lies third, just 2.9 seconds further back; Mikko Hirvonen and Thierry Neuville round out the top five, the latter losing almost 60 seconds after picking up a puncture in SS11.
Jari-Matti Latvala has extended his lead on Rally de Espana this morning, but Sebastien Ogier has brought himself back into contention and now lies just 14.4 seconds back in third place.
Latvala began the final day, which saw the action switch from asphalt to gravel, just 1.6 seconds up on Dani Sordo. However, despite having to run first on the road, the Finn has remained out front, posting fourth fastest times in SS10 and SS11 and a fifth fastest time in SS12.
He now heads into service F 11.5 seconds up on Sordo, although his real concern will be his team-mate, who was 46.5 seconds back last night.
“Ogier is flying, [but] he has a good road position,” said Latvala after SS12. “The cleaning effect is bigger than I expected. But there is nothing I can do about that, I can openly do my best at the front and see how it goes - we still have three stages to go.”
Behind, Mikko Hirvonen now holds fourth, 38.7 seconds off Ogier and 25.9 seconds up on Thierry Neuville, who had been third, until he picked up a puncture in SS11 and lost over 50 seconds.
“We punctured the rear-right tyre about four kilometres into the second stage [of the morning, SS12]," Neuville explained. "The tyre came off the rim and we had to drive the remainder of the stage like that. Yes, we lost time, but it could have been a lot worse. Because the conditions were so tricky with the dust, we didn't lose as much as we might have to the guys in front.
“Then on the last stage [of the morning, SS13] we struggled with the set-up – we just didn't have enough traction. We're going to make some changes in service so hopefully that will help us for the second loop and we can start taking some time back.”
Evgeny Novikov remains sixth, with Mads Ostberg, Martin Prokop, Hayden Paddon and Robert Kubica in positions 6 through to 10, the latter poised to take the WRC2 win and secure the WRC2 title.
The event now concludes with a repeat-run through this morning's three stages. SS13, Gandesa 2, is due to start at 12.57 hours local time [11.57 hours UK time].
Rally de Espana: Overall standings after Stage 12 (Top 10):
1. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2hours 50m 30.5s M
2. Dani Sordo Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +00m 11.5s M
3. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +00m 14.4s M
4. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +00m 53.1s M
5. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +01m 19.0s M
6. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +01m 25.2s M
7. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02m 22.4s M
8. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +03m 51.4s M
9. Hayden Paddon Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +05m 16.4s
10. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC +07m 45.7s WRC2
11. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Seashore Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +11m 14.2s
12. Khalid Al Qassimi Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +11m 18.5s M
13. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +11m 19.2s WRC2
14. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +11m 51.5s WRC2
15. Enrique Garcia Ojeda Citroen DS3 R3T +18m 10.4s WRC3
16. Benito Guerra Jr Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +20m 30.2s
17. Robert Barrable Ford Fiesta R5 +21m 35.8s WRC2
18. Subhan Aksa Ford Fiesta R5 +23m 12.1s 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 12 (Top 3):
1. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC 2hours 58m 16.2s WRC2
2. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +03m 33.5s WRC2
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +04m 05.8s WRC2
WRC3 standings after Stage 12 (Top 3):
1. Enrique Garcia Ojeda Citroen DS3 R3T 3hrs 08m 40.9s WRC3
2. Mohamed Al-Mutawaa Citroen DS3 R3T +12m 25.1s WRC3
3. Mohamed Al-Sahlawi Citroen DS3 R3T +23m 48.0s WRC3
JWRC standings after Stage 12 (Top 3):
1. Yeray Lemes Ford Fiesta R2 3hrs 13m 43.2s JWRC
2. Marius Aasen Ford Fiesta R2 +02m 47.2s JWRC
3. Sander Parn Ford Fiesta R2 +04m 07.9s JWRC
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 Hit a concrete bollard WRC2*
SS11. Elfyn Evans Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta R5 Clutch damage WRC2
*denotes re-started under the Rally 2 regulations;
M denotes Manufacturer entry;
all times unofficial
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