2009 Rally Australia

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2009 Rally Australia
20th Repco Rally Australia
Round 10 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Mikko Hirvonen - 2009 Rally Australia.jpg
Eventual winner Mikko Hirvonen during day one.
Host country Australia Australia
Rally base Kingscliff
Dates run 3 – 6 September 2009
Stages 35
Stage surface Gravel
Results
Overall winner Finland Mikko Hirvonen
United Kingdom BP Ford WRT
Crews 40 at start, 25 at finish
Commons-logo.svg Picture gallery on Wikimedia Commons

The 2009 Repco Rally Australia was the 20th Rally Australia and the tenth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. The rally consisted of 35 special stages and was won on the road by Citroën's Sébastien Loeb. However, Loeb's win was short-lived as his Citroën along with those of his team-mate Dani Sordo, and Sébastien Ogier were given one-minute time penalties for irregularities with their cars' anti-rollbars. Ford's Mikko Hirvonen inherited the win, for his fourth win in succession.

Entries[edit]

The final entry list included 40 crews. 10 drivers contested in the World Rally Car class and 14 contested in the Production World Rally Championship class. This was the first time in the season that Petter Solberg and co-driver Phil Mills did not compete in their privately entered Citroën Xsara WRC since Rally Ireland.

Protests[edit]

The event was disrupted by environmental activists protesting against the running of the rally, claiming that the event threatened local wildlife. One week before the rally, protesters unsuccessfully filed an injunction against the event in an effort to stop it. During the rally itself, signs were placed around the route of the rally, telling the drivers and those involved in the rally to go home.[1] The CTEK East stages, scheduled to be held on 4 September as the sixth and eleventh stages of the rally, were cancelled after rocks were thrown at the course car and the stage itself was blocked when protesters pulled a fence across the road.[2] Early reports also emerged claiming that protesters had taken animals killed on local roads and placed them along the rally route to give the appearance that wildlife had been killed by rally cars, though these reports were later denied.[citation needed] Following the cancellation of the CTEK East stages, New South Wales police announced that they would prosecute those responsible as public nuisances.

Results[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Penalty Difference Points
WRC
1 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 2:53:06.5 0.0 10
2 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 2:53:54.0 1:00 +47.5 8
3 Spain Dani Sordo Spain Marc Martí Citroën C4 WRC 2:54:11.1 1:00 +1:04.6 6
4 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 2:54:58.5 +1:52.0 5
5 France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Citroën C4 WRC 2:55:29.8 1:00 +2:23.3 4
6 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 2:58:32.8 +5:26.3 3
7 Norway Henning Solberg Norway Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:00:24.3 0:20 +7:17.8 2
8 Argentina Federico Villagra Argentina Jorge Pérez Companc Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:00:45.9 +7:39.4 1
PWRC
1 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:08:51.2 0.0 10
2 New Zealand Richard Mason New Zealand Sara Mason Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3:09:33.4 +42.2 8
3 Australia Cody Crocker Australia Ben Atkinson Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3:10:26.5 +1:35.3 6
4 Portugal Armindo Araújo Portugal Miguel Ramalho Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:12:59.3 +4:08.1 5
5 New Zealand Stewart Taylor New Zealand Warwick Searle Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:14:30.3 +5:39.1 4
6 Italy Gianluca Linari Italy Massimo Salvucci Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3:38:52.8 +30:01.6 3

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time (AEST) Name Length Winner Time Rally leader
1
(3-4 Sep)
SS1 18:53 Tweed 1 2.55 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:49.0 France Sébastien Ogier
SS2 19:08 Tweed 2 2.55 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:46.1
SS3 7:38 Kyogle 1 7.32 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 4:05.5
SS4 8:36 Repco 1 22.41 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 10:27.3 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS5 9:24 Kyogle 2 7.32 km Spain Dani Sordo 3:59.1
SS6 10:37 CTEK East 1 11.33 km stage cancelled
SS7 11:40 Mooball 1 5.85 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 4:41.7
SS8 11:58 Kidney Health 1 5.74 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 4:29.4
SS9 12:16 Castrol Edge 1 6.85 km France Sébastien Ogier 4:38.9
SS10 14:03 Castrol Edge East 2 6.85 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 4:29.3
SS11 15:03 CTEK East 2 11.33 km stage cancelled
SS12 16:06 Mooball 2 5.85 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 4:36.7
SS13 16:24 Kidney Health 2 5.74 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 4:26.0
SS14 18:30 Tweed 3 2.55 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:48.1
SS15 18:45 Tweed 4 2.55 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:46.8
2
(5 Sep)
SS16 7:28 Dayco 1 20.31 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 9:45.1
SS17 8:13 Bosch 1 18.75 km France Sébastien Loeb 9:26.3
SS18 9:04 Armor All 1 8.2 km France Sébastien Loeb 3:47.2
SS19 10:42 Urliup 5.24 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 4:25.7
SS20 13:55 Armor All 2 8.2 km France Sébastien Loeb 3:42.8
SS21 14:34 CTEK West 1 8.59 km France Sébastien Loeb 4:28.3 France Sébastien Loeb
SS22 15:27 Dayco 2 20.31 km France Sébastien Loeb 9:38.3
SS23 16:12 Bosch 2 18.75 km Spain Dani Sordo 9:30.6 Finland Mikko Hirvonen
SS24 19:15 Tweed 5 2.55 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:47.4
SS25 19:30 Tweed 6 2.55 km France Sébastien Ogier 1:46.2 Spain Dani Sordo
3
(6 Sep)
SS26 7:14 Monroe 1 7.4 km France Sébastien Loeb 3:25.8 France Sébastien Loeb
SS27 7:36 Castrol Edge West 1 21.52 km Spain Dani Sordo 10:01.9
SS28 8:37 Gondwana 1 10.88 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 6:19.0
SS29 8:56 Upper Clarence 1 6.94 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 3:14.6
SS30 9:40 CTEK West 2 8.59 km France Sébastien Loeb 4:27.5
SS31 11:03 Monroe 2 7.4 km France Sébastien Loeb 3:21.1
SS32 11:25 Castrol Edge West 2 21.52 km Spain Dani Sordo 9:46.9
SS33 12:26 Gondwana 2 10.88 km France Sébastien Loeb 6:09.1
SS34 12:45 Upper Clarence 2 6.94 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
France Sébastien Ogier
3:12.2
SS35 13:27 Repco 2 22.41 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 10:14.4

Championship standings after the event[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 2 Ret 2 1 1 1 1 78
2 France Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 1 1 4 Ret 7 2 2 73
3 Spain Dani Sordo 2 5 4 3 2 23 12 2 4 3 50
4 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 Ret 6 1 3 Ret 3 4 36
5 Norway Henning Solberg 4 4 18 5 3 8 15 3 30 7 29
6 Norway Petter Solberg 6 3 4 Ret 3 Ret 4 Ret 25
7 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 Ret 5 6 14 5 8 6 23
8 France Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 17 7 Ret 2 Ret 6 5 20
9 Argentina Federico Villagra 7 7 4 Ret 4 11 8 15
10 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 Ret Ret 9 5 8 Ret Ret 8
11 Norway Mads Østberg 9 6 7 7 Ret Ret 7
12 United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 8 16 6 9 19 6
13 Russia Evgeny Novikov 12 Ret Ret 5 16 9 Ret 4
14 Australia Chris Atkinson 5 4
15 Finland Matti Rantanen 5 4
16 Poland Krzysztof Hołowczyc 6 3
17 Finland Jari Ketomaa 7 2
18 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 11 16 8 10 EX 1
19 Estonia Urmo Aava 10 8 29 1
20 Greece Lambros Athanassoulas 8 1
Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Pos Team Event Total
points
IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
1 France Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 14 16 16 18 8 4 12 13 14 133
2 United States BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 8 3 18 18 10 16 15 120
3 United Kingdom Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 6 5 10 7 5 11 4 5 69
4 France Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 0 2 5 6 5 4 4 37
5 Argentina Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 4 5 0 6 0 2 1 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, David (September 4, 2009). "Loeb defends rally amid protests". Autosport. 
  2. ^ Evans, David (September 4, 2009). "Police warn of action on protests". Autosport. 

External links[edit]