Thierry Neuville rounded out the top-five and while he was 2 minutes further back, the Belgian could certainly be happy with his consistency. Indeed the Qatar WRT driver posted top-ten times in every single test, running in the points throughout.
Mikko Hirvonen was a disappointed sixth in his Citroen
DS3 WRC car. Hirvonen was only 8.9 seconds behind Loeb at the mid-day point on Friday. But a puncture in SS8 and electrical problems in SS9 dropped him right back, costing him over 6 minutes, and any chance of a decent result.
Mads Ostberg was another left cursing bad luck when he hit an unsighted rock in SS4 on Thursday afternoon. That incident broke a front steering arm on his Qatar M-Sport WRT-run Fiesta RS WRC car and he was forced to retire. He re-joined on Friday under Rally 2 and then fought back to claim seventh.
Volkswagen third driver Andreas Mikkelsen also took advantage of the Rally 2 regulations and he re-joined on Sunday, pipping Dani Sordo to eighth in the final stage. At the finish just 0.2 seconds split the two. Sordo dropped out of contention early on, when he rolled his Citroen
DS3 WRC car in SS3. The Spaniard later confirmed that co-driver, Carlos del Barrio had been distracted by a half open door and then called the wrong pace-note.
Martin Prokop rounded out the top ten, although disappointingly for the Czech driver he lost two places in the final two tests.
In WRC2, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari led the support class practically from start-to-finish, eventually taking a dominant win in his Ford Fiesta RRC - over 13 minutes up Nicolas Fuchs. Marcos Liagto completed the WRC2 podium.
As for retirements, Michal Kosciuszko was the most notable name on the DNF list. He retired his Lotos Team WRC-run MINI John Cooper Works WRC in the final stage on Thursday and while he did re-start on Friday, he went out again in the first test with suspension problems.
The WRC now heads back to Europe, with the Acropolis Rally of Greece, getting underway at the end of the month, running from May 31 to June 2.
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