SS17 : Power stage triumph for Loeb

“I’m very happy about that”

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By www.wrc.com

27 March 2011 - 16:09
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Sebastien Loeb has won Vodafone Rally de Portugal’s Power Stage to clinch three world championship bonus points in his Citroen DS3 WRC.

But Loeb wasn’t the only winner at the end of the 31.04-kilometre test, which was shown live on television, as team-mate Sebastien Ogier made it through unscathed to claim his second consecutive victory on the event.

“I’m very happy about that,” said Loeb after winning his first Power Stage of the season. “I tried hard and had a good feeling with the car. There were no moments on the stage.”

Jari-Matti Latvala was second fastest through the stage to claim two bonus points with Ogier third fastest to land the final bonus score.

Petter Solberg said a mistake in a corner had cost him victory on the stage although his pace was enough to snatch sixth position in the overall standings from Kimi Raikkonen.

Mikko Hirvonen’s efforts to win the Power Stage suffered a setback when a suspected rear damper failure slowed his Fiesta through the closing kilometres of the run.

Standings after SS17:

Pos.DriverCarTime
01 S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA Citroën DS3 WRC 4h10m53.4s
02 S. LOEB / D. ELENA Citroën DS3 WRC +31.8s
03 J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m22.1s
04 M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6m13.3s
05 M. WILSON / S. MARTIN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +7m48.5s
06 P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSON Citroën DS3 WRC +10m17.4s
07 K. RAIKKONEN /K. LINDSTROM Citroën DS3 WRC +10m54.1s
08 F. VILLAGRA / J. PÉREZ COMPANC Ford Fiesta RS WRC +11m38.8s
09 H. SOLBERG / I. MINOR Ford Fiesta RS WRC +14m16.4s
10 D. KUIPERS / F. MICLOTTE Ford Fiesta RS WRC +17m54.6s
11 H. PADDON / J. KENNARD Subaru Impreza STI +22m40.0s
12 B. MAGALHAES / P. GRAVE Peugeot 207 S2000 +24m02.2s
13 K. KRUUDA / M. JARVEOJA Skoda Fabia S2000 +26m23.5s
14 K. AL QASSIMI / M. ORR Ford Fiesta RS WRC +27m10.1s
15 J. KETOMAKI / K. RISBERG Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +30m19.9s
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