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WRC - Rally Italia Sardegna: Day 1

18.10.12
FIA World Rally Championship - Rally Italia Sardegna: Day 1 review

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA
(18 – 21 OCTOBER 2012)

At the end of the opening afternoon of Rally Italia Sardegna, the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Sébastien Loeb heads the leaderboard with team-mate Mikko Hirvonen hot on his heels and just 1.1 seconds adrift. Flying the flag for Ford, Petter Solberg sits in third position after just two stages.

Running as a four-day event this year, Rally Italia Sardegna got underway this afternoon with two runs through the 28.14 kilometre Terranova stage. In the first stage, Loeb - running fifth on the road - took the plaudits and inched out a 1.4 second advantage over Hirvonen. However, in the second run, as darkness began to fall, Hirvonen claimed the stage victory to close the gap to his team-mate. Behind them, Solberg had a trouble-free run and is 13.9 seconds adrift of the lead.
  
Thierry Neuville is fourth while Mads Østberg holds fifth after hitting a stone in the first stage and damaging the steering arm. Jari-Matti Latvala - who elected to run first on the road today - is sixth after breaking a wheel in the second running of the stage, leaving him 42.1 seconds adrift at this early point in the event.
  
Friday’s first full day of competition includes two new stages near Sassari - Castelsardo and Tergu-Osilo - the second being a classic Sardinian stage. In total, the crews tackle six tests and 117.36 competitive kilometres with only a 15 minute remote service in Sassari.
   
Rally Italia Sardegna – Provisional Results 
  

1.   Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena
2.   Mikko Hirvonen/Jarmo Lehtinen
3.   Petter Solberg/Chris Patterson
4.   Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul
5.   Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson
6.   Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila
7.   Evgeny Novikov/Ilka Minor
8.   Chris Atkinson/Stephane Prévot
9.   Ott Tänak/Kuldar Sikk
10. Martin Prokop/Zdenek Hruza
Citroën DS3 WRC
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Citroën DS3 WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
MINI Cooper Works WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
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38 min 41.2sec
38 min 50.3sec
39 min 28.0sec
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