sábado, julio 30, 2011

Rally de finlandia loeb gana por 8 seg a latvala

The Finnish rally is known for its speed, its jumps and of course its crashes. Here is a little selection of the most spectacular crashes seen around Jyvaskyla those previous years... In 3rd position, Petter Solberg takes out some trees in great style in 2000. Then it's Dani Sordo with his accident in 2006. And finally, let's remember the Hirvonen's crash of last year...

salió un minuto tarde la última especial
Loeb se mantiene al frente en la segunda jornada

Bonito el duelo que están manteniendo en lo alto los dos hombres de Citröen
Ogier podría intentar no superar al líder para no tener que abrir pista
Dani Sordo se mantiene en sexta posición

El francés Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) finalizó líder la segunda etapa del rally de Finlandia, octava cita del Mundial, tras las diversas estratagemas dispuestas por él y sus rivales en el último tramo para evitar salir primeros a los tramos mañana.

Una vez más, tras un día de competición, de altas velocidades y de riesgos en exceso para conseguir buenos tiempos en los tramos, los pilotos perdieron tiempo en el último tramo para evitar el liderato al final del día y no tener que salir primeros en la última jornada.

Así, Loeb salió un minuto tarde la última especial, para recibir una penalización de diez segundos, y distanciar a sus rivales, aunque era el primero en salir y todos le controlaban los tiempos con lo que sabían cuánto era el tiempo que debían perder para dejarle el liderato de nuevo.

Su compañero y compatriota, Sebastien Ogier, líder hasta el último tramo, perdió más de trece segundos aquí para cederle el primer puesto y quedar pegado en la clasificación, mientras que el finlandés Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford), tercero, también cedió tiempo para finalizar tercero.

Tras este golpe de teatro, la diferencia es de 1,5 segundos entre los pilotos franceses, y de 2,6 segundos entre Loeb y Latvala.

Clasificación tras la segunda etapa del rally de Finlandia.
.1. Sebastien Loeb (FRA/Citroen) 1h 29:01.3
.2. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/Citroen) a 1.5
.3. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN/Ford) a 2.6
.4. Petter Solberg (NOR/Citroen) a 29.2
.5. Mads Østberg (NOR/Ford) a 1:00.1
.6. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Ford) a 1:28.7
.7. Dani Sordo (ESP/Mini) a 1:36.2
.8. Kris Meeke (GBR/Mini) a 1:51.0
.9. Juho Hanninen (FIN/Ford) a 2:04.0
10. Henning Solberg (NOR/Ford) a 2:06.1



Sordo abandonó por problemas en su Mini
Loeb gana el rally de Finlandia por delante de Latvala

30/07/11 - 19:08.

El francés Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) se ha impuesto en el rally de Finlandia, octava cita del mundial, mientras el finés Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford) fue finalmente segundo.
La tercera plaza fue para el compañero y compatriota de Loeb, Sebastien Ogier.

La última jornada vio como el piloto local Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) fue el más rápido sobre las pistas finlandesas, con varios mejores tiempos (el jueves perdió dos minutos por un accidente), pero Loeb (Citroen DS3 WRC) demostró una vez más su superioridad para lograr la 66 victoria de su carrera y la segunda en este rally.

Latvala (Ford Fiesta) hizo valer su condición de piloto anfitrión y al final desbancó de la segunda posición a Ogier, con lo que le devolvió a éste la jugada de Portugal, en la que el francés se hizo con el triunfo por sólo dos décimas.
El piloto español Dani Sordo hubo de abandonar al tener su Mini oficial problemas mecánicos.

Mala fortuna la de los Mini oficiales, pues Kris Meeke también quedó fuera de carrera de forma anticipada por un sobrecalentamiento en el motor, tras haber entrado arena en el radiador, con lo que la refrigeración quedó muy disminuida.

Neste Oil Rally Finland
Sebastien Loeb has extended his lead at the top of the Word Rally Championship to 27 points following a stunning second win on Neste Oil Rally Finland, which finished in the city of Jyvaskyla this evening (Saturday).

Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Loeb started first on the road on all three days of the high-speed gravel event but battled to his 66th victory at world championship level alongside co-driver Daniel Elena. In doing so he becomes the first non-Nordic driver to win the event twice.

Loeb, from France, began the final day with a 1.5s lead over team-mate Sebastien Ogier but feared he would drop time cleaning the surface gravel for his rivals behind. However, overnight rain cancelled out any possible delay to the extent he was able to extend his margin thanks to a staggering display on stages 12 and 13.

But with some stages badly rutted for the afternoon loop, Loeb still faced a tough fight to maintain his lead. However, when Ogier picked up a front-left puncture on stage 17, Loeb was almost in the clear despite Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala cutting his advantage to less than 10 seconds in the closing stages.

“It feels very good,” said Loeb at the finish of the event-closing Power Stage. “For sure it was a very difficult race with the other drivers dropping behind me to make me clean the road. But finally we won and in the end it was a big relief and maybe the best win of my career.”

Latvala began the final day 2.6s behind leader Loeb in third position but his efforts to move ahead were hampered by a lack of traction at the rear of his car. Adjustments to the rear differential preload at midday service solved the problem and the Finn was able to mount a late attack, taking second place from Ogier on stage 18.

“It was a tough weekend and I woke up a little bit too late,” said the works Fiesta RS WRC driver. “Of course it’s a disappointment not to win but it’s been a great rally.”

Ogier could barely hide his disappointment at the finish having been convinced that he could take his first win in Finland. “Of course I have not given up but this is not a good result for the championship,” he said. “With my road position today I should play for the victory but it was finished after the puncture.”

Mikko Hirvonen started the first of Saturday’s 11 stages in sixth position and almost one minute behind fourth-placed Petter Solberg. But a combination of Hirvonen’s pace - he was fastest on eight stages today - and differential problems for a lacklustre Solberg allowed the Finn to snatch fourth in the second factory Fiesta.

While Hirvonen, who hails from Jyvaskyla, was frustrated not to have challenged for first place following his stage one off, he was fastest on the Power Stage to bag three bonus points.

Solberg was a disconsolate fifth with Mads Ostberg impressing at the wheel of his M-Sport Stobart Fiesta. Although the Ostberg’s bid to demote his fellow Norwegian Solberg for fifth ultimately failed, he nevertheless set several strong stage times.

“I am very happy because we were able to mix it with the big five on this rally,” said Ostberg, who wore a black armband throughout the rally as a mark of respect to the victims of the twin terror attack in his country recently.

Ostberg was followed home by team-mates Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson who finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Kimi Raikkonen came home ninth but co-driver Kaj Lindstrom reckoned the ex-Formula One world champion could have claimed seventh had he not damaged the front of his ICE 1 Racing Citroen in an off on stage 17.

Super 2000 World Rally Championship winner Juho Hanninen completed the point scorers in 10th overall at the wheel of his Red Bull Skoda, one place ahead of FERM Power Tools World Rally Team’s Dennis Kuipers, who impressed on his Rally Finland debut aboard his Fiesta.

Team Abu Dhabi’s Khlaid Al Qassimi marked the four-year anniversary of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority’s support of the world championship by finishing 14th. PG Andersson was 15th in his R4-specification Tommi Makinen Racing-run Subaru Impreza.

An overheating problem forced MINI WRC Team bosses to retire Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo before the finish. Both drivers had been on course for the top 10 before they hit trouble following an extremely encouraging display by the John Cooper Works WRCs.

Neither of the two Volkswagen Motorsport-run Skoda Fabias reached the finish. Joonas Lindroos crashed out on day two, while a broken radiator forced Andreas Mikkelsen’s retirement at the end of stage 17.

The Norwegian had impressed throughout despite being told not to push in an effort to secure a finish for the German squad, which was using the event as part of its preparations for a full WRC entry from 2013.

Final Results

Pos No Driver Group Class Stage Time Penalties TotalTime Diff Prev Diff 1st
1 1 S. LOEB M A0 2:39:27.0 10.0 2:39:37.0 0.0 0.0
2 4 J. LATVALA M A0 2:39:45.1 0.0 2:39:45.1 +8.1 +8.1
3 2 S. OGIER M A0 2:39:49.8 0.0 2:39:49.8 +4.7 +12.8
4 3 M. HIRVONEN M A0 2:40:46.1 0.0 2:40:46.1 +56.3 +1:09.1
5 11 P. SOLBERG M A0 2:40:53.2 0.0 2:40:53.2 +7.1 +1:16.2


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