Stages reviews Saturday morning  in Jordan

Stages reviews Saturday morning in Jordan

03.04.2010: SS14: Citroen and Ford shake up the order Saturday's final day of the Jordan Rally got off to a tactical start, with the factory Citroen and Ford teams both orchestrating a series of deliberate penalties to give their lead drivers the best chance of v

SS14: Citroen and Ford shake up the order

Saturday's final day of the Jordan Rally got off to a tactical start, with the factory Citroen and Ford teams both orchestrating a series of deliberate penalties to give their lead drivers the best chance of victory.

The tactical manoeuvring actually started on Friday, when Sebastien Ogier had intended to drop behind Jari-Matti Latvala in an effort to cancel out any advantage the Ford driver might gain by running further down the order on Saturday.

However, a delay receiving the target split time on the final stage of the day meant Ogier miscalculated how much he should slow down by.

This morning, Ogier checked-in five minutes LATE to the pre-stage service, incurring a 50 second time penalty and dropping to fifth in the start order.

Ford reacted, checking Mikko Hirvonen EARLY out of service (by nine minutes) and into the SS14 start control (by six minutes), to slot him ahead of team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala in the running order.

In a final move, Ogier checked-in EARLY at the start of SS14 (by eight minutes) jumping ahead of all the drivers and saving Sebastien Loeb from running first on the road by sacrificing his own position in the top five.

Driver comments at the stage end were mixed. "I have no comment to make," said Ogier. "I don't like it, but this is part of the game," said Hirvonen. "We're on the limit of the regulations," added Loeb.

On the stage, Loeb was fastest to extend his rally lead to 28.1sec. Latvala set the second fastest time, 0.4sec adrift of Loeb's. Third on the stage was Petter Solberg - who after Ogier's deliberate penalty was up to third place overall.





After SS16: Loeb pulls ahead


Sebastien Loeb's lead of the Jordan Rally stood at 33.4 seconds after Saturday's third stage, with the Frenchman remaining on course for victory today.

With his Citroen stable-mate Sebastien Ogier sweeping the road ahead of him, Loeb was second fastest to Petter Solberg through SS15 and the outright stage winner on SS16.

Second overall Jari-Matti Latvala set a string of top three times, but had no answer to Loeb's pace. Petter Solberg holds third place, 17 seconds behind Latvala.



SS17: Loeb well placed at Saturday midpoint


Another stage winning performance from Sebastien Loeb on SS17 moved the Frenchman further ahead in the Jordan Rally as Saturday's competition reached its midpoint.

With just the repeat loop of the morning's stages still to run, Loeb leads Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala by 37.8sec, while Petter Solberg, in a Citroen C4, is third, 20.8sec further back.


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