SS20: Late drama for Novikov

Broken wheel forces Russian’s retirement on day-closing test


By Franck Drui

11 March 2012 - 01:25
SS20: Late drama for Novikov

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
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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