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WRC - Rally Espana: Day 3

FIA World Rally Championship - Rally Espana: Day 3 review

 

RALLYRACC CATALUNYA-COSTA DAURADA, RALLY DE ESPANA
(08 – 11 NOVEMBER 2012)

  

The final round of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship – Rally de España – was won by the Citroën Total World Rally Team crew of Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, providing a fitting exit for the reigning World Champions on their final event full-time in the WRC. It was also their eighth consecutive victory in Spain. Second position was claimed by Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila with Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen taking the final podium position.
 
In the FIA World Rally Championship, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena claimed their ninth title* on Rallye de France-Alsace two events ago, and Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen were assured second after claiming their first victory of the season on the penultimate round in Italy. Third in the Championship was fought out in Spain and Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila narrowly claimed the plaudits ahead of Norway’s Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Citroën also claimed the title in France*.
 
Today’s route included two identical loops of three stages covering 93.94 competitive kilometres, the penultimate test counting as the Power Stage. Here, Latvala, Dani Sordo and Loeb claimed the additional points for setting the fastest times in this single stage. Loeb has maintained his advantage throughout the day, with Latvala closing the gap to just seven seconds this afternoon. Hirvonen was in the midst of a battle with Østberg but the rivals held their third and fourth positions respectively. Jarkko Nikara completed a fine event – his first in a world rally car – in fifth position and Craig Breen rounded off the top six in his less powerful Ford Fiesta S2000 car. He also claimed the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship title*, just one year after winning the FIA WRC Academy Cup. Mexican Benito Guerra won the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship title**, having taken maximum points on the final round here in Spain.
 
The 2013 FIA World Rally Championship kicks off with the famous Rallye Monte-Carlo (15-20 January).
 
* Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA
* Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA and a complete engine inspection
 
Rally de España – Final Provisional Results

1.   Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena
2.   Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila
3.   Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen
4.   Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson
5.   Jarkko Nikara/Jarkko Kalliolepo
6.   Craig Breen/Paul Nagle
7.   Chris Atkinson/Glenn Macneall
8.   Per-Gr Andersson/E Axelsson
9.   Dani Sordo/Carlos Del Barrio
10. Evgeny Novikov/Ilka Minor
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
MINI Cooper Works WRC
Ford Fiesta S2000
MINI Cooper Works WRC
Proton Satria Neo S2000
MINI Cooper Works WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
4 hr 14 min 29.1sec
4 hr 14 min 36.1sec
4 hr 16 min 15.9sec
4 hr 16 min 25.5sec
4 hr 30 min 37.0sec
4 hr 32 min 39.5sec
4 hr 33 min 43.8sec
4 hr 34 min 45.2sec
4 hr 40 min 09.7sec
4 hr 40 min 15.7sec

 

FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers (after 13 of 13 rounds)

 

Sébastien Loeb (FRA)
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)
Mads Østberg (NOR)
Petter Solberg (NOR)
Evgeny Novikov (RUS)
Thierry Neuville (BEL) 
Ott Tänak (EST) 
Martin Prokop (CZE)
Sébastien Ogier (FRA) 
Dani Sordo (ESP) 
Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)
Chris Atkinson (AUS)
Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)
Armindo Araújo (PRT) 
Jarkko Nikara (FIN)
Craig Breen (IRL)
François Delecour (FRA)
Dennis Kuipers (NLD)
Henning Solberg (NOR)
Pierre Campana (FRA)
Matti Rantanen (FIN)
Jari Ketomaa (FIN)
Per-Gunnar Andersson (SWE)
Mathew Wilson (GBR)
Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU)
Patrik Sandell (SWE)
Ken Block (USA)
Abdulaziz Alkuwari (QAT)
Sébastien Chardonnet (FRA)
Ricardo Triviño (MEX)
Mathieu Arzeno (FRA)
Peter Van Merksteijn (NLD)
Eyvind Brynildsen (NOR)
Manfred Stohl (AUT)
Luca Pedersoli (ITA)
270 points
213 points
154 points
149 points
124 points
88 points
53 points 
52 points 
46 points
41 points 
35 points 
28 points
28 points
13 points
11 points 
10 points
8 points
8 points
8 points
6 points 
6 points
6 points
6 points 
4 points
4 points
4 points
4 points
4 points
1 point
1 point
1 point
1 point
1 point
1 point
1 point
1 point
 

 

FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers (after 13 of 13 rounds)

Citroën Total World Rally Team
Ford World Rally Team
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team
Adapta World Rally Team
Citroën Junior World Rally Team
Qatar World Rally Team
Brazil World Rally Team
MINI WRC Team
453 points
309 points
170 points
83 points
72 points
71 points
28 points
26 points