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2011 WRC : Ogier wins Rallye Deutschland

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Monday, August 22, 2011 | 5:24 AM


2011 WRC - Rallye Deutschland winners : Sebastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia No.2 Citroen Total World Rally Team - Citroen DS3 WRC

Sebastien Ogier has claimed his first victory on a Tarmac-round of the World Rally Championship by winning ADAC Rallye Deutschland, which finished in the historic city of Trier yesterday.



2011 WRC - Rallye Deutschland winners : Sebastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia No.2 Citroen Total World Rally Team - Citroen DS3 WRC

Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia began Sunday’s closing five stages with an advantage of 1m11.3s over team-mate Sebastien Loeb, who slipped back when he suffered a front-left puncture on Saturday’s final test.

By adopting a cautious approach, particularly through the second rain-hit Dhrontal run, Ogier was able to maintain a comfortable margin over Loeb, who was fastest on nine stages - including the rally-closing Power Stage - in his efforts to make up lost ground alongside co-driver Daniel Elena.

Ogier’s triumph ends Loeb’s run of eight-straight victories in Germany and elevates the French ace into second position in the drivers’ standings, 25 points behind Loeb with four rounds of this enthralling WRC season remaining.

In the manufacturers’ championship, Citroen, which has won the last eight rounds of the 2011 campaign, is now 89 points clear of Ford. It has also moved ahead of the Blue Oval on the list of all-time WRC event winners with 78 victories.

Loeb had never been beaten in Germany since the country joined the world championship in 2002. He recovered from his puncture to finish second, one place ahead of Dani Sordo who secured MINI’s maiden world championship podium following a strong display. Mikko Hirvonen was the leading Ford driver in fourth in his Fiesta RS WRC.

“My team-mate is so strong on this rally so to get the victory and the extra points in the Power Stage is a very good result,” said Ogier. “Mathematically the championship is still possible and I have to believe I have a chance. As long as there is a chance then I am going to try.”

Loeb said: “For sure I really like to win in Germany but I cannot be perfect every time and every year I say that one day it will stop and it stopped this time. I was unlucky yesterday but I tried my best.”

Sordo began Sunday’s stages 33.1s clear of Hirvonen in his John Cooper Works WRC. Despite Hirvonen’s advances - the Finn was quickest on stage 15 - Sordo was able to secure the final podium spot, which marked the first for his navigator Carlos del Barrio, with the Ford driver’s outside hopes faltering when he picked up a front-left puncture on the Power Stage.

While Sordo celebrated, there was late despair for his team-mate Kris Meeke, whose MINI ground to a halt with a suspected alternator failure on the penultimate stage. The Briton was fifth at the start of the day but a puncture and a brief off-road moment dropped him behind Petter Solberg, who overshot a junction on stage 18.

Solberg was delayed by a spate of punctures earlier in the event but persevered to secure fifth spot and the final Power Stage bonus point in his privately-run Citroen.

Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in his ICE 1 Racing Citroen despite front-left punctures on stages 17 and 19. “There were too many mistakes and I didn’t drive many stages well,” said the 2007 Formula One title winner. “It’s behind me now.”

M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta driver Henning Solberg’s bid to beat Raikkonen was hampered by a handbrake glitch on Sunday morning and a lack of confidence on soft compound tyres used on the day’s opening loop of stages. He settled for seventh, one place ahead of Armindo Araujo, who scored his first world championship points of 2011 in his Motorsport Italia MINI John Cooper Works WRC.

“I made some mistakes but we are still learning this car and improving it for the future,” said the Portuguese driver. “We still need to make more kilometres but eighth overall is a perfect result.”

Peter van Merksteijn Jr claimed his first WRC points in ninth in his privateer Citroen following a solid display alongside stand-in co-driver Erwin Mombaerts. “I’m really happy after all the trouble we have had this season,” said the Dutchman. “It is a good result and it can only go better from now on.”

Dennis Kuipers battled back from his puncture on Saturday to clinch the final championship point for the Dutch FERM Power Tools World Rally Team operation. “I am a bit disappointed but happy with my performance because we set some good times. We had some bad luck but it’s part of the game,” said Kuipers, who was comfortably clear of 11th-placed Matthew Wilson. Ott Tanak was the leading Super 2000 World Rally Championship finisher in 12th.

Jari-Matti Latvala restarted on Sunday morning under SupeRally regulations following his crash on Saturday’s final test. He was second fastest on stage 15 and fastest on stage 16 to underline the potential of his factory Fiesta on gravel. However, a puncture on stage 17 compounded a frustrating event for the Ford driver, who fought back to 14th, one place behind Volkswagen Motorsport driver Hans Weijs, who impressed in his Super 2000 Skoda Fabia.

Mads Ostberg, out of contention after damaging his M-Sport Stobart Fiesta’s suspension on Friday’s third stage, went off on stage 15 before crashing heavily on the subsequent test as a result of an incorrect pace note.

Aaron Burkart was slowed on stage 15 when his Fiesta’s windscreen wipers failed on the rain-hit test. A puncture caused the German driver further delay on the Power Stage. Corsican youngster Pierre Campana was 18th on his debut in a MINI WRC.

Race result : 2011 WRC : Rallye Deutschland





















































Pos No Driver
Group

Class
Stage

Time
Penalties
Total

Time
Diff

Prev
Diff

1st
1
2
S. OGIER M
A0
3:32:15.9
0.0
3:32:15.9
0.0
0.0
2
1
S. LOEB M
A0
3:32:55.7
0.0
3:32:55.7
+39.8
+39.8
3
37
D. SORDO
A0
3:34:11.5
0.0
3:34:11.5
+1:15.8
+1:55.6
4
3
M. HIRVONEN M
A0
3:34:59.6
0.0
3:34:59.6
+48.1
+2:43.7
5
11
P. SOLBERG M
A0
3:36:03.9
0.0
3:36:03.9
+1:04.3
+3:48.0
6
8
K. RÄIKKÖNEN M
A0
3:39:40.5
0.0
3:39:40.5
+3:36.6
+7:24.6
7
15
H. SOLBERG
A0
3:40:01.8
0.0
3:40:01.8
+21.3
+7:45.9
8
17
A. ARAÚJO
A0
3:41:45.7
0.0
3:41:45.7
+1:43.9
+9:29.8
9
14
P. VAN MERKSTEIJN M
A0
3:42:17.5
0.0
3:42:17.5
+31.8
+10:01.6
10
9
D. KUIPERS M
A0
3:42:24.9
0.0
3:42:24.9
+7.4
+10:09.0
11
5
M. WILSON M
A0
3:43:47.6
0.0
3:43:47.6
+1:22.7
+11:31.7
12
22
O. TÄNAK S
A0
3:46:04.8
0.0
3:46:04.8
+2:17.2
+13:48.9
13
20
H. WEIJS JR.
A0
3:46:59.3
0.0
3:46:59.3
+54.5
+14:43.4
14
4
J. LATVALA M
A0
3:49:36.3
0.0
3:49:36.3
+2:37.0
+17:20.4
15
19
C. RIEDEMANN
A0
3:50:15.0
10.0
3:50:25.0
+48.7
+18:09.1
16
23
N. AL-ATTIYAH S
A0
3:51:43.4
0.0
3:51:43.4
+1:18.4
+19:27.5
17
43
K. BLOCK M
A0
3:52:01.5
0.0
3:52:01.5
+18.1
+19:45.6
18
55
P. CAMPANA
A0
3:52:42.2
0.0
3:52:42.2
+40.7
+20:26.3
19
29
F. TURÁN S
A0
3:54:08.1
0.0
3:54:08.1
+1:25.9
+21:52.2
20
25
J. HÄNNINEN S
A0
3:57:21.9
20.0
3:57:41.9
+3:33.8
+25:26.0
21
56
H. GASSNER
A0
3:59:56.4
0.0
3:59:56.4
+2:14.5
+27:40.5
22
26
K. KRUUDA S
A0
4:00:56.6
0.0
4:00:56.6
+1:00.2
+28:40.7
23
16
A. BURKART
A0
4:01:35.9
0.0
4:01:35.9
+39.3
+29:20.0
24
60
M. BURRI
A0
4:05:17.8
0.0
4:05:17.8
+3:41.9
+33:01.9
25
59
C. MOHE
A0
4:08:06.1
0.0
4:08:06.1
+2:48.3
+35:50.2
26
61
J. DE WINKEL
A0
4:08:11.2
0.0
4:08:11.2
+5.1
+35:55.3
27
51
P. FLODIN
A0
4:10:20.5
0.0
4:10:20.5
+2:09.3
+38:04.6
28
63
J. PRITCHARD
A0
4:10:53.0
0.0
4:10:53.0
+32.5
+38:37.1
29
68
E. BOLAND
A0
4:11:36.2
1:00.0
4:12:36.2
+1:43.2
+40:20.3
30
21
M. PROKOP S
A0
4:12:50.9
0.0
4:12:50.9
+14.7
+40:35.0
31
82
E. MOREE
A0
4:13:16.2
0.0
4:13:16.2
+25.3
+41:00.3
32
27
H. GASSNER JR S
A0
4:19:04.2
0.0
4:19:04.2
+5:48.0
+46:48.3
33
64
H. VOSSEN
A0
4:18:35.0
1:10.0
4:19:45.0
+40.8
+47:29.1
34
65
R. PRITZL
A0
4:20:31.4
0.0
4:20:31.4
+46.4
+48:15.5
35
24
B. SOUSA S
A0
4:20:46.7
10.0
4:20:56.7
+25.3
+48:40.8
36
74
W. IHLE
A0
4:22:53.8
0.0
4:22:53.8
+1:57.1
+50:37.9
37
71
T. KURKA
A0
4:23:45.2
40.0
4:24:25.2
+1:31.4
+52:09.3
38
70
J. DEPPING
A0
4:26:55.7
0.0
4:26:55.7
+2:30.5
+54:39.8
39
50
F. HERBOLD S
A0
4:27:00.5
0.0
4:27:00.5
+4.8
+54:44.6
40
54
E. VAN LOON
A0
4:28:17.0
0.0
4:28:17.0
+1:16.5
+56:01.1
41
87
H. SAGEL
A0
4:34:45.3
0.0
4:34:45.3
+6:28.3
+1:02:29.4
42
81
J. MELICHÁREK
A0
4:39:05.4
0.0
4:39:05.4
+4:20.1
+1:06:49.5
43
90
M. GRIEBEL
A0
4:39:44.0
0.0
4:39:44.0
+38.6
+1:07:28.1
44
86
J. WECKER
A0
4:44:59.8
0.0
4:44:59.8
+5:15.8
+1:12:43.9
45
88
T. WEIGERT
A0
4:51:12.1
0.0
4:51:12.1
+6:12.3
+1:18:56.2
46
77
J. HOHLHEIMER
A0
4:57:08.9
0.0
4:57:08.9
+5:56.8
+1:24:53.0
47
89
C. HICKETHIER
A0
5:03:49.3
1:10.0
5:04:59.3
+7:50.4
+1:32:43.4
48
92
C. BÄCHLE
A0
5:17:47.1
0.0
5:17:47.1
+12:47.8
+1:45:31.2


2011 WRC : Drivers' Championship standing




























Pos
Driver R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 Total
1.
France S. LOEB
10
27
21
16
26
26
20
25
21




192
2.
France S. OGIER
15
R
26
28
12
15
28
16
27




167
3.
Finland M. HIRVONEN
25
21
12
14
21
20
16
15
12




156
4.
Finland J. LATVALA
16
15
17
18
2
6
2
20
0




96
5.
Norway P. SOLBERG
10
13
8
R
15
15
12
10
11




94
6.
Norway M. OSTBERG
18
10
0
0
10
10
0
8
R




56
7.
Great Britain M. WILSON
2
R
10
10
2
4
8
4
0




40
8.
Finland K. RAIKKONEN
4
-
6
8
-
-
6
2
8




34
9.
Norway H. SOLBERG
0
8
2
0
R
-
10
6
6




32
10.
Spain D. SORDO
-
-
-
-
8
-
-
R
15




23
11.
Argentina F. VILLAGRA
-
2
4
6
0
8
R
-
-




20
12.
Finland J. HANNINEN
-
4
-
-
4
-
4
1
0




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




7
14.
O. TANAK
-
1
-
-
6
-
R
0
0




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




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




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




5
18.
Portugal A. ARAUJO







4




4
19.
New Zealand H. PADDON
-
-
0
-
-
2
-
0
-




2
20.
P. VAN MERKSTEIJN JR.







2




2
21.
Portugal B. SOUSA
-
-
R
1
R
-
0
0
0




1
22.
Sweden P. FLODIN
0
-
-
-
-
1
-
0
0




1
23.
Qatar N. AL-ATTIYAH
-
Excl
-
R
0
-
0
-
0




0
24.
K. KRUUDA
-
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
0




0


2011 WRC : Team Championship standing















Pos
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 Total
1.
Citroen Total World Rally Team
22
25
43
40
37
40
43
40
43




333
2.
Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
40
33
27
30
20
24
21
30
17




242
3.
M-Sport Stobart Ford Rally Team
18
18
4
3
18
14
12
14
4




105
4.
Petter Solberg World Rally Team
0
12
10
0
15
12
12
10
12




83
5.
Ice 1 Racing
8
-
8
10
-
-
8
4
10




48
6.
Munchis Ford World Rally Team
-
6
6
8
4
8
R
-
-




32
7.
FERM Power Tools World Rally Team
4
R
2
4
R
-
4
2
6




22
8.
Team Abu Dhabi
6
-
1
6
6
-
-
1
-




20
9.
Monster World Rally Team
2
4
R
-
-
2
-
-
1




9
10.
Van Merksteijn Motorsport
-
-
0
R
R
R
R
-
8




8
11.
Brazil World Rally Team
-
-
0
0
1
R
R
0
R




1

Images : 2011 WRC - Rallye Deutschland

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

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