SS20: Late drama for Novikov
Broken wheel forces Russian’s retirement on day-closing test
Evgeny Novikov is out of Rally Guanajuato Mexico after he ripped a wheel off his M-Sport Ford Fiesta two corners from the stage start.
The Russian had been chasing team-mate Ott Tanak for sixth position when disaster struck. Although he attempted to reach the stage finish he was forced to retire as a result of the damage to his car.
“I’m very sorry for him, it was a really good battle,” said Tanak. “I almost hit his upright on the road.”
Volkswagen Motorsport’s Sebastien Ogier clouted an earth bank avoiding a large rock in the middle of the road nearing the stage finish, puncturing a front-left tyre in the process. Armindo Araujo and Mads Ostberg said they had narrowly avoided the obstruction.
Jari-Matti Latvala won the stage from Ford team-mate Petter Solberg. Mikko Hirvonen was third quickest with event leader Sebastien Loeb fourth fastest.
|01||S. LOEB / D. ELENA||Citroën DS3 WRC||3h25m17.5s|
|02||M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN||Citroën DS3 WRC||+36.2s|
|03||J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+1m53.0s|
|04||P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSON||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2m10.9s|
|05||M. ØSTBERG / J. ANDERSSON||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2m44.2s|
|06||O. TÄNAK / K. SIKK||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+4m22.1s|
|07||N. AL ATTIYAH / G. BERNACCHINI||Citroën DS3 WRC||+6m10.8s|
|08||A. ARAÚJO / M. RAMALHO||MINI WRC||+10m42.1s|
|09||S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA||Skoda Fabia S2000||+12m02.7s|
|10||K. BLOCK / A. GELSOMINO||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+13m51.8s|
|11||E. NOVIKOV / D. GIRAUDET||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+14m29.1s|
|12||B. GUERRA / B. ROZADA||MITSUBISHI Lancer Evo X||+18m42.0s|
|13||R. TRIVINO / A. HARO||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+18m48.4s|
|14||N. FUCHS / F. MUSSANO||MITSUBISHI Lancer Evo X||+21m18.7s|
|15||C. ATKINSON / S. PRÉVOT||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+21m57.8s|
|16||T. NEUVILLE / N. GILSOUL||Citroën DS3 WRC||+29m11.3s|
|17||G. LINARI / N. ARENA||SUBARU Impreza||+37m07.6s|
|18||M. KOSCIUSZKO / M. SZCZEPANIAK||MITSUBISHI Lancer Evo X||+38m14.9s|
|19||T. ERDI JUN / A. TABORSZKI||MITSUBISHI Lancer Evo X||+1h02m43.2s|
|20||P. NOBRE / E. PAULA||MINI WRC||+1h06m23.4s|
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