Friday, 1 June 2012

NEWS - WRC 2012 Round 6

As the WRC season continues we are just about half-way through. The 6th rally of 13 was the Acropolis Rally of Greece, and yet again promised excitement.

Jari-Matti Latvala was back in his Ford Fiesta after his recent injury, and had the task of making up ground on 8-time world champion Loeb, who yet again looks like the man to beat. Latvala had a good go as well, setting 10 fastest stage times and showing his blistering pace. Sadly there was more bad luck (he just can't seem to catch a break!) and a puncture resulted in him losing time and also his chance of fighting for the lead. Latvala did manage to finish third overall and second in the power stage, giving him some much-needed points.

It was Loeb who took the rally win, as was expected as soon as Latvala dropped off. He was as consistent as ever with his pace and avoided all of the dangers that Acropolis offers, with rocks and narrow stages that make crashes a likely event.

Second place went to Mikko Hirvonen who was 40 seconds back on Loeb. He too looked to be keeping a good pace, and more importantly staying out of trouble.

It was an unfortunate rally for Petter Solberg who crashed out on SS18. He had been running in 2nd place for the rally until the incident, just 10 seconds behind Loeb. His retirement was yet another blow for Ford's bid to win the manufacturers championship, and they now lie 73 points adrift.

Yet another brilliant performer was Mads Otsberg. He has been scoring consistently all season, and his fourth place at Acropolis puts him in third for the championship. If he continues this form who knows what he can achieve by the end of the season.

The next rally is the Brother Rally New Zealand, from 22nd - 24th June 2012.


Drivers Championship Standings

PosDriverMonte CarloSwedenMexicoPortugalArgentinaGreece



Total
1.
Sebastien Loeb28112702528






119
2.
Mikko Hirvonen 14181802019






89
3.
Mads Ostberg
1513251512






80
4.
Petter Solberg15141815110






73
5.
Jari-Matti Latvala 02602
17






45
6.
Evgeny Novikov111001840






43
7.
Martin Prokop22
101210






36
8.
Nasser Al-Attiyah
081230






23
9.
Sebastien Ogier004666






22
10.
Thierry Neuville0004108






22


Manufacturers Championship Standings

PosTeamMonte CarloSwedenMexicoPortugalArgentinaGreece





Total
1.
Citroen Total World Rally Team37284304343






194
2.
Ford World Rally Team154015261015






121
3.
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team161210311210






91
4.
Citroen Junior World Rally Team

6121212






42
5.
Qatar World Rally Team
881560






37
6.
Adapta World Rally Team

12
15







27
7.
MINI WRC Team26











26
8.
Brazil World Rally Team


1000






10

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