SS15: Despair for Solberg in Argentina

Power steering failure wrecks Solberg’s hopes

By Franck Drui

28 May 2011 - 22:54
SS15: Despair for Solberg in Argentina

Petter Solberg’s bid for his second consecutive podium finish is in tatters after his Citroen DS3 WRC suffered a mechanical failure on Saturday’s final stage.

A distraught Norwegian reached the stage finish punching the steering wheel of his car after a power steering failure resulted in him falling 1m16.1s adrift of leader Sebastien Ogier.

Ogier’s Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb won the stage to close to within four seconds of factory Ford pilot Mikko Hirvonen, who is second overall, 43.7s behind Ogier.

Standings after SS15:

01 S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA Citroën DS3 WRC 3h20m05.8s
02 M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +43.7s
03 S. LOEB / D. ELENA Citroën DS3 WRC +47.7s
04 P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSSON Citroën DS3 WRC +1m16.1s
05 M. ØSTBERG / J. ANDERSSON Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m55.9s
06 F. VILLAGRA / J. PÉREZ COMPANC Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m52.9s
07 M. WILSON / S. MARTIN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +7m00.3s
08 J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA Ford Fiesta RS WRC +12m12.6s
09 H. PADDON / J. KENNARD Subaru Impreza +21m58.3s
10 P. FLODIN / M. ANDERSSON Subaru Impreza +29m58.3s
11 M. KOSCIUSZKO / M. SZCZEPANIAK Mitsubishi Evo X +30m18.5s
12 D. TAGIROV / A. ZAVERSHINSKAYA Subaru Impreza +32m45.0s
13 A. KREMER / K. WICHA Mitsubishi Evo X +37m02.4s
14 N. FUCHS / F. MUSSANO Mitsubishi Evo X +37m20.4s
15 K. BLOCK / A. GELSOMINO Ford Fiesta RS WRC +37m21.7s



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