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Points for Mads Ostberg and Citroen
Posted by: newsla on Mar 10, 2014 - 06:43 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Points for Mads Ostberg and Citroen


Impressive in the early stages of the rally, Mads Østberg headed the overall standings between SS3 and SS6 on Friday.

However on day two, the crew ran into difficulties when they broke part of the suspension on their car. Despite their attempts to repair the damage, they failed to arrive on time for the start of the next stage.

 

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After rejoining this morning under Rally 2 rules, the Norwegian continued to drive at a strong pace, securing two stage wins today, firstly on the longest stage of the rally, the 56 kilometre-long Guanajuatito, and then on Derramadero.

Having moved back into the top 10, Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson ended up scoring two points. They therefore remain in third place in the Drivers’ and Co-drivers’ Championships.

Ninth overall this morning, Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle ran into trouble after hitting a rock on the Power Stage and were unable to complete the rally.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE

Mads Østberg: “There are many positives we can take from the rally. We clearly have the speed. We showed that we are able to match the pace of the best crews. Today’s final leg has given us the opportunity to work on preparations for the upcoming events. Apart from one unfortunate corner, it was a very good rally. I’m really pleased to finish the rally with a couple of stage wins. I am convinced that we have improved this week. We know a lot more now than we did at the start of the rally. We have some very solid foundations we can build on in our tests for the Rally de Portugal.”

Kris Meeke: “I feel like I have made a huge amount of progress in terms of understanding the Citroën DS3 WRC and the pace to adopt in the stages. It’s very disappointing not to finish the rally. On the Power Stage, I had good pace notes and I was on the right line, but I hit a rock on the inside of a corner. I was first on the road, so I couldn’t avoid it. Not making it to the finish is very frustrating even if there are lot of positives that we can take away from this rally.”

Yves Matton (Citroën Racing Team Principal): “Obviously, it’s a disappointing result when you know the potential of our team, the Citroën DS3 WRCs and our crews. Once again Mads showed, however, that he was capable of matching the best drivers. He was one of the quickest drivers throughout the weekend. He is improving consistently and quickly, which is highly encouraging for the next few events. As regards Kris, obviously it was tough for him competing in such a difficult rally for the first time. We knew our crews were relatively inexperienced. We’ve probably paid the price for that today, but that takes nothing away from their potential.”

HOW THE ACTION UNFOLDED

SS19 – Super Special Stage 5 (4.42km) – Fastest time for Sébastien Ogier on the fifth running of the super special stage. Mads Østberg grabbed the third fastest time whilst Kris Meeke finished eighth.

SS20 – Guanajuatito (55.92km) – On the longest rally of the season thus far, Mads Østberg produced a superb performance. His fastest time moved him closer to the top 10 whilst Kris Meeke finished sixth.

SS21 – Derramadero (11.63km) – Another stage win for Mads Østberg, who grabbed tenth position in the overall standings. Fifth fastest, Kris Meeke remained in ninth position.

SS22 – El Brinco 2 Power Stage (8.25km) – On the Power Stage, Kris Meeke hit a rock and had to stop. Fifth fastest in the rain, Mads Østberg moved up into ninth position. The top three on this stage were Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen.

FINAL PROVISIONAL STANDINGS

1. Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) 4:27:41.8
2. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo R WRC) +1:12.6
3. Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) +5:28.6
4. Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +6:49.3
5. Martin Prokop / Jan Tomanek (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +9:54.4
6. Benito Guerra / Borja Rozada (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +12:57.6
7. Chris Atkinson / Stéphane Prévot (Hyundai i20 WRC) +15:15.4
8. Mikko Hirvonen / Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +17:06.8
9. Mads Østberg / Jonas Andersson (Citroën DS3 WRC) +25:41.6
10. Yuriy Protasov / Pavlo Cherepin (Ford Fiesta R5) +28:18.2

FASTEST TIMES

Sébastien Ogier, 14 – Mads Østberg, 5 – Jari-Matti Latvala, 2 – Kris Meeke, 1

LEADERS

SS1 and SS2, SS7 to SS22 (finish): Sébastien Ogier

SS3 to SS6: Mads Østberg

DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Sébastien Ogier 63 points
2. Jari-Matti Latvala 60 points
3. Mads Østberg 32 points
4. Andreas Mikkelsen 24 points
5. Elfyn Evans 20 points
6. Mikko Hirvonen and Bryan Bouffier 18 points
8. Kris Meeke 17 points
9. Thierry Neuville 15 points
10. Ott Tanak and Martin Prokop 10 points
12. Benito Guerra 8 points
13. Henning Solberg and Chris Atkinson 6 points
15. Jaroslav Melicharek and Pontus Tidemand 4 points
17. Matteo Gamba, Craig Breen and Yuriy Protasov 2 points

MANUFACTURERS’ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Volkswagen Motorsport 115 points
2. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 60 points
3. M-Sport World Rally Team 40 points
4. Hyundai Shell World Rally Team 31 points
5. Volkswagen Motorsport II 28 points
6. Jipocar Czech National Team 10 points
7. RK M-Sport World Rally Team 4 points


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