WRC RALLYES: UDDEHOLM SWEDEN Rallye - SS12: Loeb comes back at Gronholm and Results
WRC RALLYES: UDDEHOLM SWEDEN Rallye - SS12: Loeb comes back at Gronholm and Results
For the first time on the second leg, Sebastian Loeb took a stage win from Marcus Gronholm on the second run of the event's longest stage. However, despite Ford's Finn stalling on the start line, the Frenchmen only took 2.3 seconds back - not enough to make a serious dent in the leader's margin. "I had the tyre choice right," said Loeb, "and I knew what Marcus was on. So I pushed, not too much but enough to push Marcus a little."
Gronholm was clearly not letting Loeb have it easy and pushed himself; "I must be careful not to overdo it. That was about as fast as I could go, the tyres were finished at the end. But I am enjoying this fight."
Behind them, the event's big fight, that of Gigi Galli and Daniel Carlsson in the Mitsubishis, continues ferociously. The Italian took less than a second out of the Swede, closing the gap to just 1.5sec. Galli was back on form, joking with journalists at the end of the stage, while Carlsson admitted he was flat-out.
Mattias Ekstrom put in a stunning time to climb in front of Janne Tuohino, the pair enjoying a close fight with Kristian Sohlberg. Further back, Thomas Radstrom and Henning Solberg set almost identical times, with Solberg 54 seconds behind Radstrom following his earlier roll.
Petter Solberg's event wrong again on the day's penultimate stage, dropping 1m20s by the flying finish after going off the road and filling their airbox with snow. They cleared the snow and cotinued.
Result stage Stage 12
1. 1 S. LOEB 20:43.8 0.0 0.0 2. 3 M. GRÖNHOLM 20:46.1 2.3 2.3 3. 14 G. GALLI 21:02.8 16.7 19.0 4. 63 D. CARLSSON 21:03.7 0.9 19.9 5. 12 M. EKSTRÖM 21:05.2 1.5 21.4 6. 4 M. HIRVONEN 21:09.9 4.7 26.1 7. 6 C. ATKINSON 21:13.7 3.8 29.9 8. 18 K. SOHLBERG 21:20.1 6.4 36.3 9. 15 J. TUOHINO 21:20.5 0.4 36.7 10. 16 T. RÅDSTRÖM 21:23.3 2.8 39.5 11. 8 H. SOLBERG 21:23.4 0.1 39.6 12. 10 K. KATAJAMÄKI 21:25.5 2.1 41.7 13. 21 D. SORDO 21:26.4 0.9 42.6 14. 2 X. PONS 21:27.8 1.4 44.0 15. 19 J. JOGE 21:33.7 5.9 49.9 16. 17 J. KOPECKÝ 21:54.5 20.8 1:10.7 17. 5 P. SOLBERG 22:04.2 9.7 1:20.4 18. 62 A. GRÖNDAL 22:09.6 5.4 1:25.8 19. 9 M. WILSON 22:17.0 7.4 1:33.2 20. 73 J. HÄNNINEN 22:28.9 11.9 1:45.1 21. 65 J. KETOMÄKI 22:34.4 5.5 1:50.6 22. 71 M. SOLOWOW 22:52.1 17.7 2:08.3 23. 67 O. SVEDLUND 22:53.7 1.6 2:09.9 24. 35 P. ANDERSSON 22:56.7 3.0 2:12.9 25. 40 S. BLOMQVIST 22:59.8 3.1 2:16.0 26. 41 P. SANDELL 23:04.4 4.6 2:20.6 27. 11 A. AIGNER 23:06.4 2.0 2:22.6 28. 33 U. AAVA 23:07.2 0.8 2:23.4 29. 22 L. PEREZ COMPANC 23:24.0 16.8 2:40.2 30. 37 P. VALOUSEK 23:24.8 0.8 2:41.0 31. 48 G. WILKS 23:31.5 6.7 2:47.7 32. 69 H. WENG 23:35.6 4.1 2:51.8 33. 66 R. TAHKO 23:47.7 12.1 3:03.9 34. 50 K. PINOMÄKI 23:49.8 2.1 3:06.0 35. 78 P. BRYNILDSEN 23:56.1 6.3 3:12.3 36. 74 H. GUSTAVSSON 24:09.2 13.1 3:25.4 37. 45 J. BÉRES 24:22.7 13.5 3:38.9 38. 82 S. KARNABAL 24:41.6 18.9 3:57.8 39. 44 M. KOSCIUSZKO 24:46.7 5.1 4:02.9 40. 76 J. ROMAN 25:03.5 16.8 4:19.7
TOP10 OVERALL STANDINGS after SS12
1. 3 M. GRÖNHOLM 2:19:50.5 0:00 2:19:50.5 0.0 0.0 2. 1 S. LOEB 2:20:06.3 0:10 2:20:16.3 25.8 25.8 3. 63 D. CARLSSON 2:22:20.5 0:00 2:22:20.5 2:04.2 2:30.0 4. 14 G. GALLI 2:22:22.0 0:00 2:22:22.0 1.5 2:31.5 5. 12 M. EKSTRÖM 2:23:07.1 0:00 2:23:07.1 45.1 3:16.6 6. 15 J. TUOHINO 2:23:18.0 0:00 2:23:18.0 10.9 3:27.5 7. 18 K. SOHLBERG 2:23:27.9 0:00 2:23:27.9 9.9 3:37.4 8. 16 T. RÅDSTRÖM 2:24:07.5 0:00 2:24:07.5 39.6 4:17.0 9. 8 H. SOLBERG 2:25:01.6 0:00 2:25:01.6 54.1 5:11.1 10. 10 K. KATAJAMÄKI 2:25:45.5 0:00 2:25:45.5 43.9 5:55.0
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Henning Solberg rolls
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