Loeb leads Rally France after Day 1

1.  S Loeb/D Elena                      FRA             Citroen C4              1hr 09min 24.3sec 2.  M Hirvonen/J Lehtinen               FIN             Ford Focus RS   1hr 09min 56.6sec 3.  F Duval/P Pivato                    BEL             Ford Focus RS   1hr 09min 58.3sec 4.  P Solberg/P Mills                   NOR             Subaru Impreza  1hr 10min 35.8sec 5.  J-M Latvala/M Anttila               FIN             Ford Focus RS   1hr 10min 37.0sec 6.  C Atkinson/S Prévot         AUS             Subaru Impreza  1hr 10min 39.7sec 7.  T Gardemeister/T Tuominen           FIN             Suzuki SX4              1hr 12min 40.3sec 8.  A Mikkelsen/O Floene                NOR             Ford Focus RS   1hr 12min 42.8sec 9.  B Tirabassi/F Gordon                FRA             Subaru Impreza  1hr 12min 45.7sec 10 U Aava/K Sikk                        EST             Citroen C4              1hr 12min 47.3sec

Stage Times

Stage 1: 1. Loeb 9min 27.4sec; 2. Hirvonen + 4.0; 3. Sordo + 4.5; 4. Duval + 7.3; 5. Latvala + 10.6; 6. Atkinson + 12.6; 17. Al Qassimi + 46.1.

Stage 2: 1. Loeb 9min 21.9sec; 2. Sordo + 2.7; 3. Duval + 5.4; 4. Hirvonen + 6.4; 5. Latvala + 10.0; 6. P Solberg + 11.0; 17. Al Qassimi + 46.4.

Overall: 1. Loeb 18min 49.3sec; 2. Sordo + 7.2; 3. Hirvonen + 10.4; 4. Duval + 12.7; 5. Latvala + 20.6; 6. Atkinson + 24.4; 15. Al Qassimi + 1:32.5.

Stage 3: 1. Loeb 15min 51.4sec; 2. Duval + 3.9; 3. Hirvonen + 4.0; 4. P Solberg + 10.9; 5. Atkinson + 14.2; 6. Latvala + 15.8; 15. Al Qassimi + 1:09.5.

Overall: 1. Loeb 34min 40.7sec; 2. Hirvonen + 14.4; 3. Duval + 16.6; 4. P Solberg + 36.3; 5. Latvala + 36.4; 6. Atkinson + 38.6; 16. Al Qassimi + 2:42.0.

Stage 4: 1. Loeb 9min 32.2sec; 2. Hirvonen + 6.1; 3. Duval + 6.8; 4. Atkinson + 11.3; 5. Latvala + 12.8; 6. Mikkelsen + 16.6; 16. Al Qassimi + 39.1.

Overall: 1. Loeb 44min 12.9sec; 2. Hirvonen + 20.5; 3. Duval + 23.4; 4. Latvala + 49.2; 5. Atkinson + 49.9; 6. P Solberg + 53.5; 16. Al Qassimi + 3:21.1.

Stage 5: 1. Loeb 9min 22.5sec; 2. Hirvonen + 5.2; 3. Duval + 5.3; 4. P Solberg + 10.4; 5. Atkinson + 11.4; 6. Latvala + 12.0; 16. Al Qassimi + 39.1.

Overall: 1. Loeb 53min 35.4sec; 2. Hirvonen + 25.7; 3. Duval + 28.7; 4. Latvala + 1:01.2; 5. Atkinson + 1:01.3; 6. P Solberg + 1:03.9; 16. Al Qassimi + 4:08.9.

Stage 6: 1. Loeb 15min 48.9sec; 2. Duval + 5.3; 3. Hirvonen + 6.6; 4. P Solberg + 7.6; 5. Latvala + 11.5; 6. Atkinson + 14.1; 16. Al Qassimi + 1:06.6.

Overall: 1. Loeb 1hr 09min 24.3sec; 2. Hirvonen + 32.3; 3. Duval + 34.0; 4. P Solberg + 1:11.5; 5. Latvala + 1:12.7; 6. Atkinson + 1:15.4; 15. Al Qassimi + 5:15.5.

Today’s Route

The second day takes competitors north of Ajaccio for two identical loops of three speed tests covering 122.84km, the longest day of the rally.  The opening stage climbs to almost 930 metres while the other two tests skirts the picturesque Golfe de Sagone.  Cars leave Ajaccio at 07.45 and return at 18.28.


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