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2011 WRC : Loeb fights back to win sixth Argentina title

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Sunday, May 29, 2011 | 10:53 AM

2011 WRC - Rally Argentina winners : Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

Seven-times world champion Sebastien Loeb overcame a one-minute time penalty to take a narrow victory in the Rally of Argentina on Sunday.


Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

The Frenchman, winning his sixth Argentine title in a Citroen, won by 2.4 seconds from Finn Mikko Hirvonen with overnight leader Sebastien Ogier third 7.3 seconds behind.

A gripping race went down to the wire after Frenchman Ogier rolled his Citroen on the gruelling, 48.21 kms Ascochinga stage, the first of the day, with damage to the front of the car and the power steering.

"This morning I made a mistake and it was impossible to drive the car," a visibly distraught Ogier, who was in the lead until the decisive final power special, told reporters.

Ogier come in more than 11 seconds off the pace set by power stage winner Petter Solberg of Norway, who took three bonus points to two for second-placed Hirvonen and one for Loeb.

Loeb, who was penalised on Friday but had cut compatriot Ogier's overall lead to a mere 3.3 seconds in the penultimate special, is top of the standings with 126 points from six races. Hirvonen is second on 113 with Ogier third with 96.

"After all the difficulties I had I'm pleased with this finish," Ford driver Hirvonen said at the finish.

Fog hung over the hills of Cordoba province during the early kilometres of the day's first stage as cars continued to get punished on the often tight dirt and gravel roads.

"The first 20 kilometres were in fog and we were fighting well...We hit a few banks here and there but no dramas," Hirvonen told the championship website (www.wrc.com).

Solberg, world champion in 2003 before Loeb notched up seven titles in a row, won the penultimate stage and the closing power stage in his Citroen for three bonus points. He finished fourth overall, just over half a minute behind Loeb.

Finn Jari-Matti Latvala, who led from early Friday until the 13th stage on Saturday before pulling out with suspension damage to his Ford, won the 17th special after being allowed to resume the race but finished seventh nearly 12 minutes off the pace.

"Rallying can be the hardest game," said the 26-year-old Finn.


2011 WRC - Rally Argentina -Race result



Pos No Driver




Group

Class
Stage

Time
Penalties Total

Time
Diff

Prev
Diff

1st
1
1
S. LOEB M
A0
4:02:56.9
1:00.0
4:03:56.9
0.0
0.0
2
3
M. HIRVONEN M
A0
4:03:59.3
0.0
4:03:59.3
+2.4
+2.4
3
2
S. OGIER M
A0
4:04:04.2
0.0
4:04:04.2
+4.9
+7.3
4
11
P. SOLBERG M
A0
4:04:29.5
0.0
4:04:29.5
+25.3
+32.6
5
6
M. ØSTBERG M
A0
4:09:13.7
0.0
4:09:13.7
+4:44.2
+5:16.8
6
7
F. VILLAGRA M
A0
4:10:45.4
0.0
4:10:45.4
+1:31.7
+6:48.5
7
4
J. LATVALA M
A0
4:13:21.4
2:10.0
4:15:31.4
+4:46.0
+11:34.5
8
5
M. WILSON M
A0
4:17:29.6
0.0
4:17:29.6
+1:58.2
+13:32.7
9
38
H. PADDON P
A0
4:29:30.7
10.0
4:29:40.7
+12:11.1
+25:43.8
10
21
P. FLODIN P
A0
4:36:51.1
40.0
4:37:31.1
+7:50.3
+33:34.1
11
33
D. TAGIROV P
A0
4:42:37.6
30.0
4:43:07.6
+5:36.5
+39:10.7
12
35
N. FUCHS P
A0
4:46:03.1
1:50.0
4:47:53.1
+4:45.5
+43:56.2
13
53
R. ORLANDINI
A0
4:48:46.1
2:50.0
4:51:36.1
+3:43.0
+47:39.2
14
26
M. SEMERAD P
A0
4:51:56.5
0.0
4:51:56.5
+20.4
+47:59.6
15
39
B. GUERRA P
A0
4:49:47.1
3:10.0
4:52:57.1
+1:00.6
+49:00.2
16
50
E. CAMPOS P
A0
4:54:07.5
10.0
4:54:17.5
+1:20.4
+50:20.6
17
23
G. LINARI P
A0
4:55:52.7
1:00.0
4:56:52.7
+2:35.2
+52:55.8
18
43
K. BLOCK M
A0
4:56:26.8
50.0
4:57:16.8
+24.1
+53:19.9
19
34
Y. PROTASOV P
A0
4:57:25.5
0.0
4:57:25.5
+8.7
+53:28.6
20
22
M. KOSCIUSZKO P
A0
4:58:04.7
0.0
4:58:04.7
+39.2
+54:07.8
21
27
H. HUNT P
A0
5:04:14.3
1:00.0
5:05:14.3
+7:09.6
+1:01:17.4
22
65
G. SUAREZ
A0
5:32:29.9
1:10.0
5:33:39.9
+28:25.6
+1:29:43.0
23
75
P. PELAEZ
A0
5:44:59.8
3:00.0
5:47:59.8
+14:19.9
+1:44:02.9
24
72
C. CUEVAS
A0
6:19:48.5
0.0
6:19:48.5
+31:48.7
+2:15:51.6
25
78
M. DURANTE
A0
6:27:12.9
1:00.0
6:28:12.9
+8:24.4
+2:24:16.0
26
71
G. BOTTAZZINI
A0
6:27:59.6
1:10.0
6:29:09.6
+56.7
+2:25:12.7
27
76
F. CLEMENTE
A0
7:01:20.1
1:40.0
7:03:00.1
+33:50.5
+2:59:03.2


2011 WRC : Drivers Championship Standing

Pos Driver Sweden Mexico Portugal Jordan Italy Argentina Greece Finland Germany Australia France Spain Great Britain Total
1.
France S. LOEB
10
27
21
16
26
26







126
2.
Finland M. HIRVONEN
25
21
12
14
21
20







113
3.
France S. OGIER
15
R
26
28
12
15







96
4.
Finland J. LATVALA
16
15
17
18
2
6







74
5.
Norway P. SOLBERG
10
13
8
R
15
15







61
6.
Norway M. OSTBERG
18
10
0
0
10
10







48
7.
Great Britain M. WILSON
2
R
10
10
2
4







28
8.
Argentina F. VILLAGRA
-
2
4
6
0
8







20
9.
Finland K. RAIKKONEN
4
-
6
8
-
-







18
10.
Norway H. SOLBERG
0
8
2
0
R
-







10
11.
Spain D. SORDO
-
-
-
-
8
-







8
12.
Finland J. HANNINEN
-
4
-
-
4
-







8
13.
M. PROKOP
0
6
-
-
1
-







7
14.
O. TANAK
-
1
-
-
6
-







7
15.
Sweden P. ANDERSSON
6
-
-
-
0
-







6
16.
K. AL QASSIMI
1
-
0
4
0
-







5
17.
D. KUIPERS
0
R
1
2
R
-







3
18.
New Zealand H. PADDON









2







2
19.
Portugal B. SOUSA



R
1
R
-







1
20.
Sweden P. FLODIN









1







1
21.
Qatar N. AL-ATTIYAH
-
Excl
-
R
0
-







0
22.
K. KRUUDA

0
0
0
0
-







0



2011 WRC - Manufacturer Championship Standing


Pos Team Sweden Mexico Portugal Jordan Italy Argentina Greece Finland Germany Australia France Spain Great Britain Total
1.

Citroen Total World Rally Team
22
25
43
40
37
40







207
2.

Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
40
33
27
30
20
24







174
3.

M-Sport Stobart Ford Rally Team
18
18
4
3
18
14







75
4.

Petter Solberg World Rally Team
0
12
10
0
15
12







49
5.

Munchis Ford World Rally Team
-
6
6
8
4
8







32
6.

Ice 1 Racing
8
-
8
10
-
-







26
7.

Team Abu Dhabi
6
-
1
6
6
-







19
8.

FERM Power Tools World Rally Team
4
R
2
4
R
-







10
9.

Monster World Rally Team
2
4
R
-
-
2







8
10.

Brazil World Rally Team
-
-
0
0
1
R







1
11.

Van Merksteijn Motorsport
-
-
0
R
R
R







0



Images : 2011 WRC - Rally Argentina





[Source : WRC-Official, Supersport, CRASH.Net]
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