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Ogier wins first time out in Japan

"After steering clear of mistakes for so long, it's really disappointing that such a small thing caused us to retire," Raikkonen said. "I just didn't quite understand the note, so we were a bit too quick into the corner.

"I tried to get the car back but unfortunately there was nothing to do and we went off. If there had been some spectators around then we would have had no problem to get back onto the road but it was in a place where nobody was there so unfortunately that was it."

Britain's Matthew Wilson had a similar problem to Raikkonen, but on Saturday, when he got stuck in a ditch in SS11. He re-joined under the SupeRally today and was classified 22nd.

The 2010 FIA World Rally Championship now returns to asphalt later this month with the new-look Rallye de France. The event has moved from its traditional home on the island of Corsica and will be based in Strasbourg, running from 30 September - 3 October.


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Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

September 12, 2010 9:34 AM

Fairplay to Ogier, a good result, but great shame for Petter. Would have been great to see him take the first win for a privateer for 16 years. Shame for him to be slowed by a mechanical problem on the final day. He's still got the chance to overhaul Latvala to finish 3rd in the drivers championship which would be an incredible achievement. So, when is Mr Wilson going to wake up and get over the fact that Petter walked away from his 5 year deal with Ford a few years ago. He's tried and failed to sign Ogier, he's looking at trying to sign Sordo who is'nt in the same league as Solberg, or nearly as big a star. I don't understand his lack of plain logic ? I was reading this week that Citroen's Norwegian importer has seen sales increase by 67% since Solberg switched to Citroen. I cannot for the life of me understand why Malcolm Wilson doesn't swallow his pride and get Petter signed up. Ford Motor Company should overule him, and take the decision out of his hands.

Chris - Unregistered

September 12, 2010 9:52 AM

Sets it up beautifully for a victorious Citroen/Loeb homecoming in France. Superb drive from Ogier. Belies the line oft tripped out from Cumbria that experience is key. Barely believable that the Focus will be retired from WRC action without a Drivers' title. With all the great drivers Malcolm has had - McRae, Sainz, Martin, Gronholm surely Ford are looking at MSport's management and the utter lack of trophies occupying Dovenby Hall. Malcolm's approach highlighted his useless son's continued occupation of a top seat. 65 rallies no podiums, 3mins 16 secs down before he went off. Speed not experience is key Malcolm. Should not be forgotten this was Ogier's first Rally Japan, Ogier seems to manage without 'gaining experience of technically difficult rallies'. Malcolm you're a joke.



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