IRC: Hanninen wins Rally of Scotland

Mikkelsen added: “This result means a lot for me. I came here hoping that we could make it to the podium; I'd never finished on the podium in the IRC before so that was the main target. We're very pleased to finish second, and also happy with the progress we're making with our tyres. We were trying out a new type of tyre and were very encouraged to see it perform so well.”

Local hero Alister McRae thrilled the home crowd with some impressive times in his Proton Satria Neo, but he was also ineligible for the final score having missed most of Saturday through an alternator failure.

Team-mate Keith Cronin also restarted the event this morning but he slid wide, hit a stack of logs and broke a wishbone on the first stage. Tom Cave, the sole remaining Proton driver eligible for points, struggled with decreasing grip levels as the rain intensified and crashed nose-first in to a ditch on the last stage.

The three-way Group N battle between the Lancers of David Bogie, Euan Thornburn and Jonathan Greer that had raged throughout Saturday fizzled out as first Thorburn and then Greer ran off the road, both on the Loch Ard stages that were broadcast live on Eurosport. Bogie was eventually classified in fourth.

The retirement of Thornburn and Greer enabled Daniel Barry to finish in the top 10, a well deserved achievement after the Irishman had struggled throughout the event with a litany of technical problems.

Burcu Çetinkaya became the first female driver to finish an IRC event in the points although her Peugeot Türkiye 207's gearbox became recalcitrant in the final stage. She took seventh.

Both the remaining 2WD Cup entries finished in the overall points. Siim Plangi finished his second IRC outing of the year in fifth place, even though his Honda Civic Type R had dropped on to three cylinders briefly during the morning.

Harry Hunt discovered that his Fiesta R2 had a cracked sump on the opening stage of the day but nursed it through to eighth overall. Hunt now shares the lead in the 2WD Cup drivers' title with one round to go.

The 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge now concludes next month with the FxPro Cyprus Rally, which runs from November 4-6.

Rally of Scotland - Top ten IRC positions (after day three)

1. Juho Hänninen/Mikko Markkula (Škoda Fabia S2000) 2h01m07.4s
2. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (Ford Fiesta S2000) +25.5s
3. Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (Peugeot 207 S2000) +3m24.2s
4. David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Ralliart Lancer Evo IX) +12m01.3s
5. Siim Plangi/Marek Sarapuu (Honda Civic Type R) +14m39.0s
6. Eamonn Boland/MJ Morrissey Beaton (Ralliart Lancer Evo X) +16m38.8s
7. Burcu Çetinkaya/Çiçek Güney (Peugeot 207 S2000) +16m56.1s
8. Harry Hunt/Sebastian Marshall (Ford Fiesta R2) +21m39.5s
9. Daniel Barry/Martin Brady (Ralliart Lancer Evo IX) +23m46.5s

Leading IRC 2WD Cup finishers: Siim Plangi/Marek Sarapuu (Honda Civic Type-R)

Drivers' standings (after round 11 of 12)#

1. Juho Hanninen 62pts
2. Jan Kopecky 47pts
3. Kris Meeke 39pts
4. Freddy Loix 36pts
5. Bruno Magalhaes 30pts
6. Guy Wilks 27pts
7. Andreas Mikkelsen 21pts
8. Paolo Andreucci 18pts
9. Thierry Neuville 12pts
10. Mikko Hirvonen 10pts

Manufacturers' standings (after round 11 of 12):#

1. Skoda 120pts
2. Peugeot 87pts
3. M-Sport 40pts
4. Ralliart 30pts
5. Subaru 11pts

# Note: Best seven results count

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Juho Hanninen/Mikko Markkula. Skoda Fabia S2000. Rally of Scotland. [Pic credit: IRC]
Juho Hanninen/Mikko Markkula. Skoda Fabia S2000. Rally of Scotland. [Pic credit: IRC]

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