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Mikkelsen returns to winning ways in IRC

Having been plagued by a spate of punctures on day one, Swiss Michaël Burri was hoping for a change of fortune on Saturday. Instead, an errant stone broke the timing belt on his Saintéloc Racing Peugeot 207, which caused the car's engine to fail. His team-mate Mathieu Arzeno didn't restart following his stage-two exit due to a crack being discovered in the shock absorber top mounting.

Marco Tempestini was in seventh place when his privateer Fabia suffered clutch failure. Dan Girtofan continued under restart rules on day two and set some impressive times in his ŠKODA Romania-backed entry. A broken right-rear wheel ended Gergély Szabó's challenge after stage eight. The Hungarian had run as high as second in his Eurosol Fabia, which he was using in competition for the first time.

Valeriy Pushkar impressed with his maiden IRC Production Cup win after fighting back from a double puncture on Saturday's opener. Valentin Porcisteanu started the day leading the category as the top Romanian driver when disaster struck on stage nine.

“After three kilometers from the start we got a puncture and it damaged the steering,” he said. “Then the car fell down from the jack, later Vitaliy passed us and we didn't see anything in the dust.”

Porcisteanu eventually finished third in class behind team-mate Edwin Keleti. Slovenian lady driver Aska Zupanc took fourth with Bogdan Marisca fifth and Marius Klein sixth. Title leader Andreas Aigner did not restart in his Stohl Racing Subaru Impreza R4 STI following his exit on stage two with broken suspension.

Robert Consani landed his first victory in the IRC 2WD Cup in a hugely impressive sixth overall at the wheel of his Renault Clio R3. The French ace trailed Harry Hunt by almost a minute with three stages remaining but took advantage when Hunt was slowed by a broken right-rear shock absorber, which caused two punctures and his rear brakes to falter. Despite the numerous setbacks Hunt fought his way to the finish in second with Vlad Cosma third and Alexandru Filip fourth in another Clio R3. Serban Tomita gave Honda reason to celebrate by heading home category regular Davide Catania in ninth place. The Japanese make's lead driver Martin Kangur was a favourite for victory but a succession of punctures wrecked his hopes, which were finally ended when a rock broke his Civic Type R's fuel tank on Friday's final run. He elected not to restart on day two.

Sibiu Rally - Top 10 IRC positions (after day two)

1 Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene Škoda Fabia S2000 2h15m28.0s
2 Patrik Flodin/Göran Bergsten M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 +5m33.8s
3 François Delecour/Dominique Savignoni Peugeot 207 S2000 +11m56.9s
4 Vitaliy Pushkar/Ivan Mishyn Ralliart Lancer Evolution X +13m57.2s
5 Edwin Keleti/Botond Csomortani Ralliart Lancer Evolution X +14m45.6s
6 Robert Consani/Cédric Beynet Renault Clio R3 +17m26.7s
7 Valentin Porcisteanu/Daniel Dobre Ralliart Lancer Evolution X +18m04.6s
8 Asja Zupanc/Spela Trcek Ralliart Lancer Evolution IX +21m14.0s
9 Bogdan Marisca/Sebastian Itu Ralliart Lancer IX +21m43.3s
10 Alexandru Filip/Bogdan Iancu Renault Clio R3 +24m39.1s

IRC Production Cup: Vitaliy Pushkar/Ivan Mishyn Ralliart Lancer Evolution X
IRC 2WD Cup: Robert Consani/Cédric Beynet Renault Clio R3

IRC Standings (after round 8 of 13) - Top Ten*

1 Andreas Mikkelsen 132pts
2 Jan Kopecký 83pts
3 Juho Hänninen 68pts
4 Sepp Wiegand 52pts
5 Giandomenico Basso 40pts
6 Patrik Flodin 28pts
7 Bryan Bouffier 27pts
= Umberto Scandola 27pts
9 Dani Sordo 25pts
10 Craig Breen 18pts
= Freddy Loix 18pts

IRC Manufacturers standings (after round eight of 13)

1 Škoda 307pts
2 Peugeot 169pts
3 M-Sport 102pts
4 Renault 86pts
5 Subaru 63pts
6 Honda 36pts


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podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)

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