2009 Rally Ireland

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2009 Rally Ireland
2nd Rally Ireland
Round 1 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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North Sligo Town.jpg
An aerial view of Sligo, where Rally Ireland's headquarters located.
Host country Republic of Ireland Ireland/Northern Ireland
Rally base Sligo, Ireland
Dates run January 30 – February 1, 2009
Stages 19 (366.94 km; 228.01 mi)
Stage surface Tarmac/Mud
Overall distance 1,407.68 km (874.69 mi)
Results
Overall winner France Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total World Rally Team
Crews 36 at start, 28 at finish

The 2009 Rally Ireland, officially 2nd Rally Ireland, was the first round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season and was held between January 30 and February 1, 2009, it's also the opening round of the Junior World Rally Championship this season. Sligo was once again the rally base with the special stages being held on agricultural tarmac roads and major tarmac roads in the north west of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Intro[edit]

The rally returned after a year's absence as to hold the opening round of the World Rally Championship after the Monte Carlo Rally was absent on the year's calendar due to the FIA's Round Rotation calendar system. This happens every two years, so the rally was out for 2010 in favour of Monte Carlo resuming its traditional place as the season opener, but returned in 2011 in the same position.[1]

WRC[edit]

Sébastien Loeb, winner of Rally Ireland for the second time.

During Friday, heavy rain dominated the weekend and drivers found it difficult to compete in this kind of torrential weather, also mud became a feature, especially on broken tarmac roads. But Sébastien Loeb took the win second time in the row with Dani Sordo sealing a Citroën 1–2, two events in succession since the inaugural Rally Ireland held in 2007. Mikko Hirvonen once again settled for third place against the Citroën's tarmac wizards, with 2:07.8 minutes behind Loeb. Norway's Henning Solberg was the only of the Solberg brothers present after the no-show of 2003 WRC Champion Petter Solberg. He finished fourth, his best result on tarmac, but he was almost beaten by Citroën's newbie Chris Atkinson who finished in fifth overall despite some big scary moments, including hitting a telegraph pole on Leg 1 and spinning on Stage 18. Sébastien Ogier finished in sixth ahead of Matthew Wilson in a tight battle, while Khalid al-Qassimi became the first Arab rally driver since 1993 by compatriot Mohammed Bin Sulayem.[2] But some drivers such as Jari Matti Latvala,who leads after Stage 1 broke his drive shaft after a puncture on two wheels, Ford's new driver Urmo Aava who leads after Stages 2 and 3, slid off the road and crashing without heavy impact at the Aughnasheelan Stage 6, and Conrad Rautenbach slid off at Stage 9 at Sloughan Glen and got his Citroën C4 deeply stuck at the mud, were all able to restart under the SuperRally rules to finish 10th by Aava, 14th by Latvala, and Rautenbach crossed the line in 18th place, and all of them score manufacturer's points for their respective teams.

JWRC[edit]

The JWRC drivers suffer it this torrential weather as well in the rally during the course of the weekend as eight JWRC drivers compete. Aaron Burkart who switch from his longtime associates Citroën to Suzuki this year was confident of the decision,[3] just won his first JWRC rally in his debut with the team, ahead of the Czech driver Martin Prokop, unlike Burkart stayed with Citroën. While a distant third place for Italian Suzuki driver Simone Bertolotti, who previously drove for Renault. But worst thing happened that Dutchman Hans Weijs jr. who crash heavily at Stage 14 at Tempo under heavy rain that cause to stop some times by rally drivers such as Yoann Bonato and countryman Kevin Abbring, both had activated the SuperRally rules after retiring at Leg 1, had start their runs all over again because of the incident, but fortunately, both he & his co-driver were uninjured & the car was not badly damaged.

Results[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1. France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 2:48:25.7 10
2. Spain Dani Sordo Spain Marc Marti Citroën C4 WRC 2:49:53.6 +1:27.9 8
3. Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 2:50:33.5 +2:07.8 6
4. Norway Henning Solberg Norway Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 08 2:54:58.1 +6:32.4 5
5. Australia Chris Atkinson Belgium Stéphane Prévot Citroën C4 WRC 2:56:17.6 +7:51.9 4
6. France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Citroën C4 WRC 2:59:09.7 +10:44.0 3
7. United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 2:59:49.5 +11:23.8 2
8. United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi United Kingdom Michael Orr Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:02:33.6 +14:07.9 1
JWRC
1. (16.) Germany Aaron Burkart Germany Michael Kölbach Suzuki Swift S1600 3:16:41.5 10
2. (17.) Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Citroën C2 S1600 3:17:28.8 +47.3 8
3. (19.) Italy Simone Bertolotti Italy Luca Celestini Suzuki Swift S1600 3:25:41.6 +9:00.1 6
4. (20.) France Yoann Bonato France Benjamin Boulloud Suzuki Swift S1600 3:29:47.7 +13:06.2 5
5. (22.) Netherlands Kevin Abbring Netherlands Erwin Mombaerts Renault Clio S1600 3:34:19.5 +17:38.0 4
6. (25.) Italy Luca Griotti Italy Corrado Bonato Renault Clio S1600 3:43:49.9 +27:08.4 3

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time (GMT) Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(30 JAN)
SS1 08:13 Glenboy 1 22.25 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 12:44.0 104.8 km/h Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS2 09:01 Cavan 1 15.09 km France Sébastien Loeb 8:31.5 106.2 km/h Estonia Urmo Aava
SS3 09:42 Aughnasheelan 1 25.19 km France Sébastien Loeb 14:35.2 103.6 km/h
SS4 13:02 Glenboy 2 22.25 km France Sébastien Loeb 11:37.4 114.9 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
SS5 13:50 Cavan 2 15.09 km France Sébastien Loeb 7:40.5 118.0 km/h
SS6 14:31 Aughnasheelan 2 25.19 km France Sébastien Loeb 13:44.6 110.0 km/h
SS7 18:54 Murley 24.70 km Stage cancelled
SS8 19:39 Fardross 14.77 km Stage cancelled
2
(31 JAN)
SS9 08:13 Sloughan Glen 1 27.76 km France Sébastien Loeb 14:43.3 113.1 km/h
SS10 09:06 Ballinamallard 1 25.46 km France Sébastien Loeb 13:02.1 117.2 km/h
SS11 09:49 Tempo 1 13.46 km France Sébastien Loeb 7:33.1 106.9 km/h
SS12 13:57 Sloughan Glen 2 27.76 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 14:33.9 114.4 km/h
SS13 14:50 Ballinamallard 2 25.46 km France Sébastien Loeb 12:51.4 118.8 km/h
SS14 15:33 Tempo 2 13.46 km France Sébastien Loeb 7:30.1 107.7 km/h
3
(1 FEB)
SS15 08:35 Geevagh 11.48 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 6:11.3 111.3 km/h
SS16 09:00 Arigna 10.88 km France Sébastien Loeb 6:03.6 107.7 km/h
SS17 09:51 Lough Gill 13.51 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 6:27.0 125.7 km/h
SS18 12:09 Donegal Bay 14.47 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 8:09.7 106.4 km/h
SS19 13:10 Donegal Town 1.50 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 1:08.1 79.3 km/h

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 France Sébastien Loeb 1 10
2 Spain Dani Sordo 2 8
3 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 3 6
4 Norway Henning Solberg 4 5
5 Australia Chris Atkinson 5 4
6 France Sébastien Ogier 6 3
7 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 7 2
8 United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi 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]

Rank Driver 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 18
2 United States BP Ford World Rally Team 8 8
United Kingdom Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8
4 France Citroën Junior Team 5 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 WRC calendars finalised". WRC. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Loeb wins Rally Ireland". Rally Ireland. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Burkart confident after Suzuki switch". 2009-02-03. Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 

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