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Ogier pips Latvala in thrilling finish!

“We were full on it, and I definitely gave it the best shot I had,” the 30-year-old confessed. “I'm a little bit disappointed with the overall result because yesterday I struggled, but today was better.”

More than three minutes in arrears again in fifth place at the finish was Matthew Wilson in the M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta, whose battle with ex-F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen was more-or-less resolved when the ICE 1 Racing Team star picked up a puncture not far into SS19.

“Something happened after service,” mused the Cumbrian. “Maybe we lost a little pre-load from the rear diff. Even on the straight, I couldn't keep it in a straight line, but we got a bit of luck to finish fifth. We've learned a lot again about the car.”

“We wanted to push a bit harder after the first gravel rally,” added the Finn. “From the driving side this was probably one of my best and most consistent rallies, so I'm happy with that.”

Munchis Ford World Rally Team's Federico Villagra overcame some oil temperature issues to take his best finish of the season to-date in seventh, with Khalid Al Qassimi behind in eighth tallying his best-ever result on Rally Jordan as a part of the official WRC calendar. Dennis Kuipers claimed ninth, with Bernardo Sousa rounding out the final top ten to score a championship point to add to his SWRC laurels, despite a late suspension problem.

“In the end it was okay,” reflected the Portuguese ace. “We were pushing a lot, but we kept it on the road. In the left-hand corners, we had to be cautious not to put too much pressure on the shock. I'm delighted with this win.”


Rally Jordan: Final overall standings (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2hrs 48mins 28.2secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 00.2secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 27.7secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 44.7secs M
5. Matthew Wilson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +05mins 44.9secs A0
6. Kimi Raikkonen ICE1 Racing Citroen DS3 WRC +06mins 14.9secs M
7. Federico Villagra Munchis Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +09mins 18.7secs M
8. Khalid Al-Qassimi Team Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC +09mins 43.7secs M
9. Dennis Kuipers FERM Powertools Ford Fiesta RS WRC +14mins 27.5secs M
10. Bernardo Sousa Team Quinta do Lorde Fiesta S2000 +15mins 05.5secs S


Others:

13. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +17mins 35.7secs M
14. Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +22mins 01.7secs M


Final SWRC standings (Top 3):

1. Bernardo Sousa Team Quinta do Lorde Fiesta S2000 3hrs 03mins 33.7secs S
2. Karl Kruuda ME3 Rally Team Skoda Fabia S2000 +00mins 21.7secs S
3. Hermann Gassner Jnr Red Bull Skoda S2000 +02mins 22.1secs S


Notable retirements:

Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC
Nasser Al-Attiyah Barwa Rally Team Fiesta S2000
Peter Van Merksteijn Van Merksteijn Citroen DS3 WRC


all times unofficial




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Matthew Wilson (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
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spiney - Unregistered

April 16, 2011 10:51 PM

That was one Brilliant Rally. Don't really care who won the enjoyment value was second to none. The 2011 regs are certainly working in favour of the fans and indeed the sport in general. Keep it up guy's



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