SS18: Latvala flies into second

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30 July 2011 - 15:28
SS18: Latvala flies into second

Jari-Matti Latvala has moved into second position on Neste Oil Rally Finland after going faster than Sebastien Ogier through stage 18, Surkee 2.

The Ford Fiesta RS WRC driver is now 13.0s behind leader Sebastien Loeb with four stages remaining.

“This is first time in the rally that I really enjoy driving,” said stage winner Latvala. “I will keep going on like this.”

With no spare tyre available following his puncture on stage 17, Ogier said it was proving difficult to push.

“It’s not good now,” said Citroen star Ogier. “As I have no spare I had to drive more carefully to save the tyres.”

Latvala’s factory Ford team-mate Mikko Hirvonen has also made progress, moving ahead of Mads Ostberg into fifth position. The Finn is now 7.5s behind fourth-placed Petter Solberg.

Pos.DriverCarTime
01 S. LOEB / D. ELENA Citroën DS3 WRC 2h21m21.9s
02 J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA Ford Fiesta RS WRC +13.0s
03 S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA Citroën DS3 WRC +17.2s
04 P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSSON Citroën DS3 WRC +1m15.7s
05 M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m23.2s
06 M. ØSTBERG / J. ANDERSSON Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m26.0s
07 D. SORDO / C. DEL BARRIO MINI WRC +3m03.5s
08 H. SOLBERG / I. MINOR Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m19.7s
09 M. WILSON / S. MARTIN Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m41.1s
10 K. RAIKKONEN / K. LINDSTRÖM Citroën DS3 WRC +3m41.8s
11 J. HANNINEN / M. MARKKULA Skoda Fabia S2000 +4m32.2s
12 M. PROKOP / J. TOMÁNEK FORD Fiesta S2000 +6m47.6s
13 D. KUIPERS / F. MICLOTTE Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6m53.7s
14 O. TÄNAK / K. SIKK FORD Fiesta S2000 +8m04.9s
15 K. MEEKE / P. NAGLE MINI WRC +8m12.7s

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