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Result: Rally Sweden 2012

Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala wins Rally Sweden, 16.6 seconds up on his former team-mate and Citroen rival Mikko Hirvonen; Mads Ostberg completes the podium ahead of Petter Solberg and Evgeny Novikov; Sebastien Loeb has to settle for sixth after his off in SS7 on day one...

Rally Sweden: Overall standings after Stage 24 (Top 20):

1. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 3hours 18mins 28.3secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 16.6secs M
3. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 38.8secs
4. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 14.3secs M
5. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 41.4secs M
6. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +02mins 55.1secs M
7. Henning Solberg Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC +03mins 49.5secs
8. Patrik Sandell Prodrive MINI John Cooper Works WRC +05mins 08.9secs M
9. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC +05mins 30.0secs
10. Eyvind Brynildsen Ford Fiesta RS WRC +06mins 27.2secs

11. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +07mins 35.0secs
12. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC +10mins 03.7secs
13. Andreas Mikkelsen VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +10mins 18.5secs
14. P-G Andersson Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 +11mins 48.5secs S#
15. Armindo Araujo WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +13mins 00.9secs M
16. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +13mins 24.3secs S
17. Mikko Pajunen Subaru Impreza STi R4 +14mins 26.0secs
18. Pontus Tidemund Skoda Fabia S2000 +14mins 38.1secs S
19. Peter Van Merksteijn Van Merksteijn Citroen DS3 WRC +15mins 19.2secs
20. Michal Solowow M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +16mins 40.2secs

Others

21. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +17mins 10.1secs M
37. Alister McRae Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 +1hr 12mins 33.8secs S#


Rally Sweden: Power Stage / SS24 (Top 3):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2mins 58.7secs M
2. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 04.9secs M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 05.7secs M

NOTE: Top three finishers in Power Stage are awarded bonus points. 1st = 3 points; 2nd = 2 points; 3rd = 1 point


SWRC standings after Stage 24:

1. P-G Andersson Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 3hours 30mins 16.8secs S#
2. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +01mins 35.8secs S
3. Pontus Tidemund Skoda Fabia S2000 +02mins 49.6secs S
4. Hayden Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 +09mins 10.1secs S
5. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta S2000 +14mins 17.6secs S
6. Maciej Oleksowicz Ford Fiesta S2000 +48mins 33.6secs S
7. Alister McRae Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 +1hr 00mins 45.3secs S#


Notable retirements:

SS2. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Went off*
SS8. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC Accident
SS8. Dani Sordo Prodrive MINI John Cooper Works WRC Went off

SS22. Ott Tanak Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC Mechanical
SS22. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC Went off

* denotes re-started under Rally 2 (new name for SupeRally)
# denotes both Proton cars given 2 minute penalties post-event for a technical infringement (front suspension arms found to be underweight). The team was also given a 'severe reprimand' for using parts which were not properly homologated.

all times unofficial



Related Pictures

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Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroen DS 3, Citro‘n Total World Rally Team
Evgeny Novikov (RUS) Denis Giraudet (FRA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR) FORD FIESTA, FORD WRT
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Jonas Andersson (SWE) Ford Fiesta RS WRC,
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen(FIN) CITROEN DS 3, CITROEN TOTAL WRT
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila(FIN), Ford Fiesta, FORD WRT
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila(FIN), Ford Fiesta, FORD WRT, 1st position
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila(FIN), Ford Fiesta, FORD WRT, 1st position
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila(FIN), Ford Fiesta, FORD WRT, 1st position
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen(FIN) CITROEN DS 3, CITROEN TOTAL WRT, 2nd position
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen(FIN) CITROEN DS 3, CITROEN TOTAL WRT, 2nd position
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila(FIN), Ford Fiesta, FORD WRT, 1st position

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Observer - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 3:11 PM

Good to see Latvala win the rally and three of the top four be fords for a change. Does anyone remember when was the last time the first Frenchman finished only sixth? Too bad for Petter, not being able to get a podium but great to have Ostberg take it. It's been going on for a while, but I still don't like the powerstage concept. It makes no sense that you can get championship points by finishing in the top three of one short stage. How is that rallying? Maybe if it was for the most stage wins in a rally, but this way, no. Worked especially bad here since drivers who weren't fighting for overall positions could conserve their tires for the last stage and earn points. Imho a concept like that has no business being in a rally.

Observer - Unregistered

February 12, 2012 7:21 PM

Powerstages might be a cheap way to provide live coverage, which I also love to see, but giving points for them just doesn't seem right. Ofcourse the points are a motivation for the drivers to push on that televised stage instead of cruising to the finish, but it's not in the nature of rallying. Rallying is about the best performance over a weekend, a balance of speed and consistency, not about short time trials like the powerstage. Maybe it's just me, but I follow rallying because of those great overall performances not because of one televised live "stage". Maybe it is worth having them if they gets more people interested in rallying.



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