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Latvala takes Welsh win, Loeb secures title

“It was a tall order and I gave it everything,” Meeke said. “But I went wide and didn't have the grip from the front tyres. The car has exceeded expectations this year though and we're at a very good level and know where we have to be. For sure we can push for a win next year. Hopefully I can get on the podium in 2012.”

“It was a good fight with Kris today,” added Henning, who ensured Ford took a clean sweep of the podium places. “I tried to keep calm and just look at the times to make sure we could try to stay ahead. I am very, very happy to finish on the podium. It has been a really tough year but this is just the most perfect way to end the season. I will now speak to my sponsors for next year so I hope this result will help secure us a good deal for 2012.”

Matthew Wilson was next up and completed the top five, albeit 1.5 minutes further back. The Englishman was happy though with the result, his best ever finish on home soil: “Wow, what a weekend! It's been a long rally with a lot of action but it's been a good event for us. We've not made any big mistakes although we struggled with the very slippery road surfaces at times on Friday. We've found a good rhythm today and we've been able to enjoy ourselves too so we are very happy,” he noted.

Further back Ott Tanak took P6, after an impressive first outing in his DMACK tyres-shod Ford Fiesta RS WRC, while Evgeny Novikov was seventh, despite a spin in the Power Stage, 25 seconds up on Dennis Kuipers.

Ken Block and Armindo Araujo rounded out the points' scorers, followed by Sebastien Ogier, who finished thanks to the SupeRally after crashing in SS1 on Thursday, and then Kevin Abbring, Haydon Paddon and PWRC class winner, Patrik Flodin.

In terms of retirements, in addition to Hirvonen and Loeb, Petter Solberg and Kimi Raikkonen were amongst the others who failed to get to the end. Solberg was forced out on the road section to Hafren 1 on Saturday when a fuel pump broke, while Kimi went out after going into a ditch in SS12.

The WRC now takes a break before the 2012 season gets underway in January with Rallye Monte Carlo.




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Matthew Wilson (GBR) Scott Martin (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Kris Meeke (GB) Paul Nagle (IRL), Mini John Cooper Works, MINI WRC TEAM
Henning Solberg (NOR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC ,  M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Henning Solberg (NOR) Ilka Minor (AUS), Ford Fiesta RS WRC ,  M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SUE), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team. Title celebrations
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team. Title celebrations
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

November 14, 2011 11:02 AM

Im sure the titile said Latvala wins and Loeb Retires ! Lets not go on about Matt Wilson all the time Guys ! I know he doesnt show the potential to improve beyond his current level, but it is what it is There are lots of drivers who are in the same boat like Quassimi and Raikkonen to name but a few. But lets try and be positive and talk about more interesting things, it was a thrilling weekend but a shame the fight didnt go on any longer than it did I sometimes dont even look on Crash.net much less bother to post my thoughts as I have become bored with the constant Matt Bashing, Im not sticking up for the kid, im just saying Im bored with this constant Matt Bashing thing and its dissapointing to see it all the time I would much prefer to read positive thoughts on interesting topics regarding the Sport that we are clearly passionate about

richard

November 14, 2011 10:36 AM

straughan. loeb is "so up himself"? are you for real? seb is one of the most unassuming drivers in the wrc series. further he has formed his own team to enter lms, so he is prepared to put his money into his sport. and to cap it all, he is also a good race driver.



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