SS11: Loeb closes on Hirvonen with stage win

Relief for Latvala as Solberg and Ogier drop time

By Franck Drui

28 May 2011 - 17:00
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Sebastien Loeb has claimed his third stage win of day two by going fastest on Saturday morning’s fourth test.

The Citroen driver is on a charge following his one-minute time penalty on Friday and was 7.7s quicker than leader Jari-Matti Latvala through the stage. As a result he’s 26.2s behind fourth-placed Mikko Hirvonen with four stages of day two left to run.

“That’s a great stage,” said Loeb. “I will continue to push, which is the only thing I can do.”

Petter Solberg, in third overall, was hampered by a build up of dust in his Citroen DS3 WRC on his way to the fourth fastest time: “The door was not shut and I struggled in many places to see because the dust was so bad.”

But with second-placed Sebastien Ogier reaching the end of the stage with a damaged front-right tyre, Solberg’s gap to Ogier is down to three seconds.

Crews are now heading to Villa Carlos Paz for a regroup and a 30-minute service. Ford driver Latvala’s lead stands at 17.8s.

Standings after SS11:

01 J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2h34m45.1s
02 S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA Citroën DS3 WRC +17.8s
03 P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSSON Citroën DS3 WRC +20.8s
04 M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +40.5s
05 S. LOEB / D. ELENA Citroën DS3 WRC +1m06.7s
06 M. ØSTBERG / J. ANDERSSON Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m54.2s
07 F. VILLAGRA / J. PÉREZ COMPANC Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m42.0s
08 M. WILSON / S. MARTIN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m31.8s
09 H. PADDON / J. KENNARD Subaru Impreza +16m55.5s
10 K. BLOCK / A. GELSOMINO Ford Fiesta RS WRC +17m48.1s
11 P. FLODIN / M. ANDERSSON Subaru Impreza +25m27.3s
12 M. KOSCIUSZKO / M. SZCZEPANIAK Mitsubishi Evo X +25m44.6s
13 D. TAGIROV / A. ZAVERSHINSKAYA Subaru Impreza +26m16.6s
14 A. KREMER / K. WICHA Mitsubishi Evo X +30m12.5s
15 N. FUCHS / F. MUSSANO Mitsubishi Evo X +30m54.0s



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