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2012 WRC : Ford Sweeps WRC Podium After DQ

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Monday, April 2, 2012 | 10:10 AM

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team     

The result of the Vodafone Rally de Portugal was turned on its head shortly after Mikko Hirvonen began celebrating his first win for Citroen, when scrutineers found what they deemed to be illegal parts on his DS3.

As a result of the discovery, the Finn was thrown out of the results, handing a first WRC victory to Ford privateer Mads Ostberg and co-driver Jonas Andersson.

The official scrutineering report claimed that Hirvonen's clutch was 'not in conformity with the Homologation Form A5733', and that was not the only irregularity found during the usual post-event checks, although the stewards have decided to make further investigations to determine whether then #2 car's turbo also failed the regulations.

"The scrutineers found differences with both the clutch and the turbocharger," Citroen Racing technical director Xavier Mestelan-Pinon confirmed, as the French team confirnmed its intention to appeal the exclusion.

"The clutch mechanisms of the DS3 WRC are registered with lightening holes, but our supplier recently delivered a lot of these pieces without holes and one of them was mounted on the #2 car. The differences provide no performance gain, since they are heavier than those that were licensed.

"With regard to the turbo, which is a standard piece for all World Rally Cars, the extent of the turbine was reported to exceed the maximum allowed, but this measurement reflects the expansion of the turbine a result of temperatures and very high speeds."

The team's racing director, Yves Matton, claimed that the penalty handed down to Hirvonen, who finally had the chance to better wortld champion team-mate Sebastien Loeb, was out of proportion to the crime committed.

"Our intention was not to cheat and, given that the points raised [by the scrutineers] do not benefit us, we have decided to appeal their decision," he commented.

"I feel especially sorry for Mikko and [co-driver] Jarmo Lehtinen, who produced a perfect performance on a particularly difficult rally. They deserved this first victory with us and I can only apologise on behalf of the entire team. I hope that they will have the opportunity to get back on the top step of the podium very soon."

The surprising result also benefited Evgeny Novikov and Petter Solberg, who are promoted to second and third overall respectively, and has naturally reduced Citroen's advantage over its rivals in the two championships. Loeb remains at the head of the individual standings, but now enjoy a lead of just four points over Solberg, while Citroen's lead in the manufacturers' table is down to a dozen points over Ford.  

2012 WRC : Vodafone Rally de Portugal - Race rusult


Pos No Driver Group
Class
Stage
Time
Penalties Total
Time
Diff
Prev
Diff
1st
1 10 M. ØSTBERG A0 4:21:16.1 0.0 4:21:16.1 0.0 0.0
2 6 E. NOVIKOV M A0 4:22:49.3 0.0 4:22:49.3 +1:33.2 +1:33.2
3 4 P. SOLBERG M A0 4:23:11.7 0.0 4:23:11.7 +22.4 +1:55.6
4 7 N. AL-ATTIYAH M A0 4:27:21.9 0.0 4:27:21.9 +4:10.2 +6:05.8
5 21 M. PROKOP A0 4:27:05.3 20.0 4:27:25.3 +3.4 +6:09.2
6 18 D. KUIPERS A0 4:28:03.4 0.0 4:28:03.4 +38.1 +6:47.3
7 15 S. OGIER A0 4:28:25.1 0.0 4:28:25.1 +21.7 +7:09.0
8 8 T. NEUVILLE M A0 4:29:54.0 0.0 4:29:54.0 +1:28.9 +8:37.9
9 16 J. KETOMAA A0 4:31:08.9 0.0 4:31:08.9 +1:14.9 +9:52.8
10 17 P. VAN MERKSTEIJN (JR) A0 4:31:27.1 0.0 4:31:27.1 +18.2 +10:11.0
11 37 D. SORDO A0 4:33:39.8 0.0 4:33:39.8 +2:12.7 +12:23.7
12 9 D. OLIVEIRA M A0 4:36:18.4 0.0 4:36:18.4 +2:38.6 +15:02.3
13 3 J. LATVALA M A0 4:38:18.7 0.0 4:38:18.7 +2:00.3 +17:02.6
14 5 O. TÄNAK M A0 4:36:41.2 1:50.0 4:38:31.2 +12.5 +17:15.1
15 12 A. ARAÚJO A0 4:42:20.0 0.0 4:42:20.0 +3:48.8 +21:03.9
16 31 H. PADDON S A0 4:49:41.2 0.0 4:49:41.2 +7:21.2 +28:25.1
17 35 M. OLEKSOWICZ S A0 4:54:43.5 0.0 4:54:43.5 +5:02.3 +33:27.4
18 49 P. MEIRELES S A0 4:58:31.5 0.0 4:58:31.5 +3:48.0 +37:15.4
19 60 Y. PROTASOV A0 5:03:26.8 0.0 5:03:26.8 +4:55.3 +42:10.7
20 58 A. NEIKSANS A0 5:02:46.8 7:10.0 5:09:56.8 +6:30.0 +48:40.7
21 63 S. PÄRN A0 5:12:04.8 0.0 5:12:04.8 +2:08.0 +50:48.7
22 62 M. BARBOSA A0 5:11:20.1 2:30.0 5:13:50.1 +1:45.3 +52:34.0
23 56 F. FRISIERO A0 5:30:24.4 0.0 5:30:24.4 +16:34.3 +1:09:08.3
24 69 I. COMINELLI A0 5:39:03.8 0.0 5:39:03.8 +8:39.4 +1:17:47.7
25 66 S. CHARDONNET A0 5:40:46.1 1:10.0 5:41:56.1 +2:52.3 +1:20:40.0
26 59 R. TRIVINO A0 5:42:26.7 0.0 5:42:26.7 +30.6 +1:21:10.6
27 67 I. NOGUEIRA A0 5:52:00.3 0.0 5:52:00.3 +9:33.6 +1:30:44.2
28 65 J. RAMOS A0 5:54:21.8 0.0 5:54:21.8 +2:21.5 +1:33:05.7
29 61 R. SUNGKAR A0 6:30:07.6 7:20.0 6:37:27.6 +43:05.8 +2:16:11.5
30 70 P. SEMERARO A0 6:43:36.5 30.0 6:44:06.5 +6:38.9 +2:22:50.4

2012 WRC : Drivers' Championship Standings


Pos Driver R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 Total
1. Sebastien Loeb 28 11 27 0 66
2. Petter Solberg 15 14 18 15 62
3. Mads Ostberg 15 13 25 53
4. Mikko Hirvonen 14 18 18 0 50
5. Evgeny Novikov 11 10 0 18 39
6. Jari-Matti Latvala 0 26 0 2 28
7. Dani Sordo 18 0 3 21
8. Nasser Al-Attiyah 0 8 12 20
9. Ott Tanak 4 0 10 1 15
10. Martin Prokop 2 2 10 10
11. Sebastien Ogier 0 0 4 6 10
12. Francois Delecour 8 8
13. Dennis Kuipers 8 8
14. Armindo Araujo 1 0 6 0 7
15. Henning Solberg 0 6 6
16. Pierre Campana 6 6
17. Patrik Sandell 4 0 4
18. Thierry Neuville 0 0 0 4 4
19. Ken Block 2 2
20. Jari Ketomaa 2 2
21. Eyvind Brynildsen 1 1
22. Ricardo Trivino 1 0 1
23. Peter van Merksteijn Jr 1 1

2012 WRC : Manufacturers' Championship Standings


Pos TEAM R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 Total
1. Citroen Total World Rally Team 37 28 43 0 108
2. Ford World Rally Team 15 40 15 26 96
3. M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 16 12 10 31 69
4. Qatar World Rally Team 8 8 15 31
5. MINI WRC Team 26 26
6. Citroen Junior World Rally Team 6 12 18
7. Adapta World Rally Team 12 12
8. Brazil World Rally Team 10 10

[Source : WRC, CRASH]
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