Tuesday, 4 September 2012

NEWS - WRC 2012 Round 9

The ninth round of this year's WRC sees the teams head to Germany, for the ADAC Rallye Deutschland. An all-tarmac rally, it proves to be fast, technical and also treacherous with large concrete slabs just off the narrow roads. With the stunning vineyards providing a brilliant backdrop, this was a great rally to watch.

It was, once again, Sebastien Loeb who was dominant; the Frenchman never really looked like first place was out of his grasp. There has even been comments made that a second place is top place in Germany, as Loeb is always the favourite. He is now well on the way to his ninth consecutive WRC title, and looks unbeatable.

Second place went to Jari-Matti Latvala. The Finn is ever-improving and has started to show the promise of a works driver. He knew that there was no chance of catching Loeb, and so stayed cautious to ensure that he remained in second place. With the stages as treacherous as they are here, this was a vital move in obtaining some valuable points for himself and the Ford team.

The final podium spot went to the ever-consistent Citroen number two; Mikko Hirvonen. He has proven himself to be a vital asset to Citroen this year, picking up points in all-but-one of the rallies so far. He struggled on this rally, but thanks to some retirements above him he managed to claim third place.

Having mentioned how treacherous the German stages are, it was no surprise that there were some crashes. Quite a few actually. Solberg, Neuville, Sordo, Novikov, Van Merksteijn. Whilst some of these restarted under Rally 2 regulations, it was not possible for Martin Prokop to do so. His rally ended when his Fiesta RS WRC went up in flames.

Mads Ostberg finished in fourth place, in front of Chris Atkinson who earned a fifth place in his debut appearance in a Mini John Cooper Works WRC. Sebastian Ogier took sixth in his Skoda Fabia S2000.

When it came to the power stage, Loeb took first and three extra points. Mikko Hirvonen took second and two extra points, with Andreas Mikkelsen picking up the final point in his Skoda Fabia S2000.

A full table of championship standings can be found below. The next rally is Wales Rally GB, from the 13-16 September. I look forward to seeing the WRC head here again, and be sure to check back for an overview of the stages.


Driver's Championship Standings

PosDriver












Total
1.
Sebastien Loeb












199
2.
Mikko Hirvonen












145
3.
Petter Solberg












104
4.
Mads Ostberg












102
5.
Jari-Matti Latvala












87
6.
Evgeny Novikov












55
7.
Martin Prokop












38
8.
Thierry Neuville












32
9.
Dani Sordo












31
10.
Sebastien Ogier








31


Manufacturers Championship Standings

PosTeam












Total
1.
Citroen Total World Rally Team












320
2.
Ford World Rally Team












197
3.
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team












115
4.
Qatar World Rally Team












59
5.
Citroen Junior World Rally Team












54
6.
Adapta World Rally Team












49
7.
MINI WRC Team












26
8.
Brazil World Rally Team








20

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