Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has decided to start 14th in the order on the opening day of Rally de Espana.

Loeb got first pick of position after topping the times this morning in the qualifying stage. The Frenchman opted to run as far back as possible so as to avoid having to 'swept the road', as most of the stages on the opening day are on gravel, with the exception of the long 44.02 km Terra Alta test, which is a mixed surface stage.

Evgeny Novikov, who was second quickest in the QS, followed Loeb's lead, and will run 13th in the order, with Mikko Hirvonen 12th and the Fords of Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg 11th and 10th.

Chris Atkinson will run first in his WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC car.

Rally de Espana: Day 1 (Friday) running order:

1. Chris AtkinsonWRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC
2. Daniel OliveiraBrazil WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC M
3. Jarkko NikaraProdrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC
4. Han WeijsQatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC M
5. Martin ProkopCzech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC
6. Mads OstbergAdapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
7. Ott TanakM-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
8. Dani SordoProdrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC
9. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT Citroen DS3 WRC
10. Petter SolbergFord WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
11. Jari-Matti LatvalaFord WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
12. Mikko HirvonenCitroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
13. Evgeny NovikovFord Fiesta RS WRC
14. Sebastien LoebCitroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M

15. Abdulaziz AlkuwariSeashore Qatar WRT MINI John Cooper Works WRC#
16. John PowellM-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M#
17. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC#

# denotes start position determined by Clerk of Course on safety grounds due to lack of experience

 

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