Thursday, 3 May 2012

NEWS - WRC 2012 Round 5

The fifth stop for the WRC was Argentina, with longer stages and unpredictable road services. Changing camber, big rocks and variable grip levels meant we were certainly in for an interesting rally.

The biggest news of the weekend was that Jari-Matti Latvala, who has already had an unfortunately inconsistent season, would not be participating. After a skiing accident left him with a broken collar bone, team boss Malcolm Wilson decided it would be best to let the Fin rest to mean he was fighting fit for the next rally. In his place would be Dani Sordo. Ford decded that his experience and driving style would suit the Fiesta RS WRC, and he would be a good choice to try and score some points for the team.

This would have proved to be a good decision, as Sordo was on for a podium finish. Unfortunately he had to retire on the final day of the rally with a suspected broken alternator belt.

It was business as usual at Citroen, with Loeb and Hirvonen taking a 1-2 finish. Hirvonen also scored 2 bonus points by finishing the power stage in second place.

Ford's Petter Solberg was hoping to score well in Argentina, but after crashing on day 1 and restarting under rally 2 regulations he had a lot of chasing to do. However thanks to a big charge he finished in 6th place overall. Furthermore, he won the power stage and added 3 bonus points which may prove crucial later on in the season.

Nasser Al-Attiyah got the final bonus point for the power stage, which added to his 12th place 2 points.

Mads Otsberg finished the rally 3rd, and this puts him in 4th for the championship. More importantly, he has been running quite consistently all season, and is only 5 points away from Solberg in 2nd place, and only 2 behind Hirvonen in third.

Sebastien Ogier also seems to be increasing the pace of his Skoda Fabia S2000. He has started scoring more points and seems to be getting to grips with his car. It will be interesting to see his progression as the season moves on.

The next rally is Acropolis Rally Greece, from May 25th-27th, we look forward to it!


Drivers Championship Standings

PosDriverMonte CarloSwedenMexicoPortugalArgentina





Total
1.
Sebastien Loeb281127025




91
2.
Petter Solberg1514181511




73
3.
Mikko Hirvonen 141818020




70
4.
Mads Ostberg 15132515




68
5.
Evgeny Novikov11100184




43
6.
Jari-Matti Latvala 02602




28
7.
Martin Prokop221012




26
8.
Nasser Al-Attiyah08123




23
9.
Dani Sordo18030




21
10.
Ott Tanak401011




16


Manufacturers Championship Standings


PosTeamMonte CarloSwedenMexicoPortugalArgentina





Total
1.
Citroen Total World Rally Team372843043





151
2.
Ford World Rally Team1540152610





106
3.
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team1612103112





81
4.
Qatar World Rally Team88156





37
5.
Citroen Junior World Rally Team61212





30
6.
Adapta World Rally Team1215





27
7.
MINI WRC Team26





26
8.
Brazil World Rally Team100





10

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