SS16: Solberg flies in the Portugal rain

Hirvonen back into fourth as heavy rain falls in Portugal

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27 March 2011 - 14:40
SS16: Solberg flies in the Portugal (...)

Petter Solberg has won the penultimate stage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal as heavy rain made driving conditions treacherous.

The top 20 drivers tackled the 21.39-kilometre test in reverse running order to establish the starting positions for the event-closing Power Stage.

Solberg was 11.4s faster through the stage than fellow Norwegian Mads Ostberg. Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen was third quickest to move back ahead of Matthew Wilson into fourth overall.

Afterwards Hirvonen said: “I am okay, I am here but some places it is like driving on ice.”

Sebastien Ogier’s overall lead to Sebastien Loeb has been trimmed to 35.9s heading into Power Stage. “I had the worst of the rain,” said Ogier. “I took it steady to keep my position.”

Henning Solberg has slipped to ninth overall after his Ford Fiesta RS WRC developed a suspected turbo problem during the stage.

Standings after SS16:

Pos.DriverCarTime
01 S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA Citroën DS3 WRC 3h48m13.4s
02 S. LOEB / D. ELENA Citroën DS3 WRC +35.9s
03 J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m24.5s
04 M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m58.4s
05 M. WILSON / S. MARTIN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6m15.5s
06 K. RAIKKONEN /K. LINDSTROM Citroën DS3 WRC +9m36.9s
07 P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSON Citroën DS3 WRC +10m06.0s
08 F. VILLAGRA / J. PÉREZ COMPANC Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10m10.6s
09 H. SOLBERG / I. MINOR Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10m36.0s
10 D. KUIPERS / F. MICLOTTE Ford Fiesta RS WRC +15m25.8s
11 H. PADDON / J. KENNARD Subaru Impreza STI +19m49.5s
12 B. MAGALHAES / P. GRAVE Peugeot 207 S2000 +21m08.0s
13 K. KRUUDA / M. JARVEOJA Skoda Fabia S2000 +24m04.8s
14 K. AL QASSIMI / M. ORR Ford Fiesta RS WRC +24m53.2s
15 J. KETOMAKI / K. RISBERG Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +28m05.3s
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