Thursday, 26 January 2012

NEWS - WRC 2012 Round 1

If there are any fellow rally fans out there, fear not! Here at Simply Motor we will be keeping up to date on the 2012 WRC season. The first rally was Monte Carlo, with Sébastien Loeb looking to drive his way to a 9th consecutive drivers title.

It was an eventful rally, and the season looks to be a good one. Jari-Matti Latvala looked to be pushing Loeb and had the lead of the rally until he made a crucial mistake, crashing out on stage 4.

From there on it was simple for Loeb who was in cruising mood for the rest of the rally; a win never in doubt.
Petter Solberg, racing in a full works car for Ford, was pushing for second place, but a puncture and broken wheel meant he could only settle for third.

Second place went to Danny Sordo, racing as a MINI works driver. Sordo was generally consistent throughout the rally. He  made a mistake on stage 2, hitting a bridge. This left his MINI to 'crab' its way to the end of the stage and time was lost on the cars ahead.

The other big story of the rally was Sébastien Ogier racing in a Super 2000 ŠKODA Fabia. His rally was cut short when he had a high speed crash on stage 10. Both Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia went to hospital for checks, and luckily escaped without serious injury.

The next rally will be Sweden, from the 9th-12th February.

Championship standings are as follows:

Drivers Championship
PosDriverTotal
1.
Sebastien Loeb28
2.
Dani Sordo18
3.
Petter Solberg15
4.
Mikko Hirvonen14
5.
Evgeny Novikov11
6.
Francois Delecour8
7.
Pierre Campana6
8.
Ott Tanak4
9.
Armindo Araujo2
10.
Martin Prokop1

Manufacturers Championship

PosTeamTotal
1.
Citroen Total World Rally Team37
2.
MINI WRC Team26
3.
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team16
4.
Ford World Rally Team15
5.
Armindo Araujo World Rally Team4
6.
Palmeirinha Rally2

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