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Debut IRC victory for Sordo in Corsica

French rising star Mathieu Arzeno had been fifth prior to Friday's closing test only for a differential fault and a puncture to drop him down the order. He finished eleventh on the back of several strong stage times. Marty McCormack's competitive debut in a Super 2000 car netted 17th overall after the Northern Irishman lost ground when he picked up two punctures on the same stage on Friday in his Petter Solberg Engineering Fiesta. Oleksii Tamrazov failed to make it to first service within the time limit due to a crank sensor failure on his Dream Team Ukraine Fiesta. Rashid Al-Ketbi finished 22nd in his Skydive Dubai-backed Fabia.

Subaru driver Andreas Aigner marked his return to international competition with victory in the IRC Production Cup. The Stohl Racing driver led from start to finish and, apart from a minor gear lever issue on Friday, nothing troubled the Austrian, who underlined his potential with a stirring display. Toshi Arai finished second in a Tommi Mäkinen Racing Impreza, with rallying legend François Delecour completing the podium on his debut in the category in a Renault Mégane RS after Jarkko Nikara dropped out with a gearbox fault following stage nine.

With pre-event favourites Pierre-Antoine Guglielmi and Emmanuel Guigou both failing to go the distance, it was left to Petru Antone Boschetti to claim top honours in the IRC 2WD Cup in his Renault Clio R3. François Delecour added to his success in the IRC Production Cup with second in the two-wheel-drive division. Former category champion Harry Hunt secured his first podium of 2012 in style, having lost ground on day one with a fuel pump glitch and a puncture on day two.


Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse - Top ten IRC positions (after day three)

1. Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio MINI John Cooper Works S2000 3h22m01.6s
2. Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler ŠKODA Fabia S2000 +17.9s
3. Pierre Campana/Sabrina de Castelli Peugeot 207 S2000 +32.4s
4. Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri Peugeot 207 S2000 +53.5s
5. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene ŠKODA Fabia S2000 +4m19.0s
6. Craig Breen/Gareth Roberts Peugeot 207 S2000 +5m28.7s
7. Jean-Marc Manzagol/Etienne Patrone Peugeot 207 S2000 +6m22.1s
8. Sepp Wiegand/Timo Gottschalk ŠKODA Fabia S2000 +6m54.8s
9. Hermann Gassner Jr/Klaus Wicha ŠKODA Fabia S2000 +7m10.2s
10. Jean-Mathieu Leandri/Pierre-Marien Leonardi Peugeot 207 S2000 +7m39.9s

IRC Production Cup: Andreas Aigner/Daniela Ertl (Subaru Impreza R4 STI)
IRC 2WD Cup: Petru-Antone Boschetti/Benoît Manzo (Renault Clio R3)

IRC standings (after round four of 13) - Top ten*

1. Andreas Mikkelsen 71pts
2. Jan Kopecký 58pts
3. Juho Hänninen 43pts
4. Sepp Wiegand 34pts
5. Bryan Bouffier 27pts
6. Dani Sordo 25pts
7. Craig Breen 18pts
8. Pierre Campana 15pts
= Luis Monzón 15pts
10. Mathieu Arzeno 12pts
= Hermann Gassner Jr 12pts

* - best eight rounds to count

IRC manufacturers' standings (after round four of 13)

1. ŠKODA 166pts
2. Peugeot 102pts
3. Renault 37pts
4. Subaru 12pts
5. M-Sport 24pts
6. Honda 18pts


Tagged as: IRC , Dani Sordo , Corsica , MINI , tour de corse

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Abdo - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 8:06 PM

Just to help you understand co-driving a liltte bit better, here's again my description of Dani's notes (as posted on his onboard on Portugal's 8th stageb7 1 to 10 for turning angleb7 Slow, bit slow, fast, very fast, flat out for acceleration usedb7 Brake, late brake, braking to know when to brakeb7 Place ( situar , similar to Sainz-Moya's shortened word sasar ) to know when placing the car between turns is needed

Aye - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 1:03 PM

About time Sordo has won a major rally! Hopefully this will lead to better things in the WRC. It's a pity that the Eurosport coverage is so useless that I didn't actually see Dani win though.



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