SS16 - Pietra Rossa - Verghia 2 (26.32km): Hirvonen fastest through final test; Loeb second; Duval third; Mikkelsen fourth; Latvala fifth; Henning Solberg sixth; Prokop wins the JWRC category; Ogier takes second in the JWRC and secures the 2008 Junior title; Loeb wins the overall event by 3mins 24.7secs after Ford play tactics.

NB. Francois Duval and Jari-Matti Latvala both picked up time penalties on purpose so that they finished behind Mikko Hirvonen. Duval checked into time control 2 minutes early to pick up a 2 minute penalty, while Jari was 9 minutes late for the start of SS16 to pick up a 1.5 minute penalty.

Top ten stage times for SS16:

1. Mikko HirvonenBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 16mins 27.4secs M
2. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 04.9secs M
3. Francois DuvalBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 11.1secs M
4. Andreas MikkelsenRamsport Ford Focus WRC 07+00mins 11.2secs A8
5. Jari-Matti LatvalaStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07+00mins 14.3secs MT
6. Henning SolbergStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07+00mins 23.1secs A8
7. Mads OstbergAdapta WRT Subaru WRC +00mins 26.6secs A8
8. Conrad RautenbachPH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC+00mins 26.8secs A8
9. Chris AtkinsonSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008+00mins 27.4secs M
10. Urmo AavaPH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC+00mins 29.4secs A8

Overall times after SS16:

1. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT C4 WRC 3hours 42mins 58.0secs M
2. Mikko HirvonenBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +03mins 24.7secs M
3. Francois DuvalBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +03mins 31.6secs M
4. Jari-Matti LatvalaStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07+03mins 37.5secs MT
5. Petter SolbergSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008+05mins 35.4secs M
6. Chris AtkinsonSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008+06mins 10.4secs M
7. Urmo AavaPH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC+07mins 25.2secs A8
8. Matthew WilsonStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07+09mins 02.2secs MT
9. Mads OstbergAdapta WRT Subaru WRC +09mins 13.3secs A8
10. Barry ClarkStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07+13mins 38.3secs A8
11. Andreas MikkelsenRamsport Ford Focus WRC 07+13mins 46.0secs A8
12. Khalid Al QassimiBP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +14mins 06.3secs A8
13. Toni GardemeisterSuzuki WRT SX4 WRC+14mins 31.2secs M
14. Conrad RautenbachPH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC+14mins 42.2secs A8
15. Henning SolbergStobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07+15mins 53.4secs A8
16. Gareth JonesSubaru Impreza WRC S12B+18mins 45.0secs A8
17. P-G AnderssonSuzuki WRT SX4 WRC+18mins 57.0secs M
18. Alain VauthierPeugeot 206 WRC+21mins 28.6secs A8
19. Martin ProkopCitroen C2 S1600+21mins 45.9secs J
20. Sebastien OgierCitroen C2 S1600+22mins 03.6secs J

Overall JWRC after SS16:

1. Martin ProkopCitroen C2 S16004hours 04mins 43.9secs J
2. Sebastien OgierCitroen C2 S1600+00mins 17.7secs J
3. Pierre CampanaRenault Clio R3 MAXI+00mins 53.3secs J

Notable retirements:

SS1. Michal KosciuszkoSuzuki Swift S1600Accident. J
SS3. Daniel SordoCitroen Total WRT C4 WRCAccident. M

SS7. Arnaud AugoyardRenault Clio R3Accident. J
SS10. Simone BertolottiRenault Clio Sport CR R3Accident. J
SS11. P-G AnderssonSuzuki WRT SX4 WRCWent off the road. M*

SS14. Brice TirabassiSubaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008Mechanical. A8
SS15. Alessandro BettegaRenault Clio R3Stopped in stage. J

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
J - denotes Junior WRC entry.
all times unofficial

 

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