SS12: Despair for Latvala in the Algarve
"We can’t do anything for that"
Jari-Matti Latvala’s hopes of winning Vodafone Rally de Portugal have suffered a huge setback after his Ford Fiesta RS WRC broke a driveshaft.
The Finn, who started the stage in second overall, reported hearing a “strange noise” approximately 16 kilometres into the stage.
He completed the test 7.2 seconds slower than Sebastien Loeb and has now dropped 7.2s behind the Frenchman into third overall.
“We heard a noise that was not right, I think it was the right rear,” said Latvala. “We can’t do anything for that and that is making me very angry.”
Out front, Sebastien Ogier’s advantage has increased to 32.3 seconds. “It’s a good gap and I will try to conserve it on the last stage today,” said Ogier. “With this gap it will be crazy to slow down I think.”
Petter Solberg set the fastest time in his privateer Citroen as he continues his recovery from his retirement on day one.
Henning Solberg was delayed by a puncture and is now more than 2m30s behind M-Sport Stobart team-mate Matthew Wilson, who is a solid fifth overall with one stage of day two remaining.
Standings after SS12:
|01||S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA||Citroën DS3 WRC||2h44m13.35s|
|02||S. LOEB / D. ELENA||Citroën DS3 WRC||+32.3s|
|03||J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+39.5s|
|04||M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2m29.7s|
|05||M. WILSON / S. MARTIN||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+4m50.1s|
|06||H. SOLBERG / I. MINOR||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+7m21.3s|
|07||K. RAIKKONEN /K. LINDSTROM||Citroën DS3 WRC||+8m22.1s|
|08||F. VILLAGRA / J. PÉREZ COMPANC||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+8m31.2s|
|09||P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSON||Citroën DS3 WRC||+11m30.4s|
|10||D. KUIPERS / F. MICLOTTE||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+11m53.7s|
|11||H. PADDON / J. KENNARD||Subaru Impreza STI||+12m25.0s|
|12||B. MAGALHAES / P. GRAVE||Peugeot 207 S2000||+15m31.2s|
|13||K. AL QASSIMI / M. ORR||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+17m55.2s|
|14||A. ARAUJO / M. RAMALHO||Mini John Cooper Works S2000||+17m57.0s|
|15||K. KRUUDA / M. JARVEOJA||Skoda Fabia S2000||+18m12.8s|
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