2009 Rally Norway

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2009 Rally Norway
3rd Rally Norway
Round 2 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Vikingskipet-Hamar.jpg
Vikingskipet Olympic Arena in Hamar, which served as depot.
Host country Norway Norway
Rally base Hamar, Norway
Dates run February 12 – February 15, 2009
Stages 23 (361.12 km; 224.39 mi)
Stage surface Ice/Snow covered Gravel
Results
Overall winner France Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total World Rally Team
Crews 42 at start, 35 at finish

The 2009 Rally Norway, officially 3rd Rally Norway, is the second round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season and the first round of the Production World Rally Championship and is held between February 12 and February 15, 2009. The rally was held on ice- and snow-covered gravel roads between Oslo and Hamar.

Rally Norway returned to the calendar in 2009 Season after a years absence. This is the Snow Rally of the season. Historically, the Swedish Rally has usually been the rally held on snow in every WRC Season except 1974 and 1990 due to cancellation, 1994 when it was only part of the FIA 2-Litre World Cup for Manufacturers.

Petter Solberg, driving a Citroën Xsara WRC car, won the first stage of the rally. But Sébastien Loeb of France won in a Citroën C4 WRC, his second win on snow since the 2004 Swedish Rally, remaining only non-Scandinavian rally driver ever to win a Snow Rally. Loeb finished ahead of Mikko Hirvonen by +9.8 seconds. Jari Matti Latvala finished third, despite having spun on the last stage on the second running of the Budor. The highest placed Norwegian driver was Henning Solberg in fourth, who was in a tight battle for the position with Dani Sordo. Sordo had held the position for most of the stages until SS14 Mountain 2, where Solberg passed Sordo for fourth place. Both were under pressure from Swede P-G Andersson, on board a privately entered Škoda Fabia WRC, who passed Solberg at SS7 Finnskogen 2. Andersson had to retire at SS12 Ringsaker 1 when he broke his clutch after hitting a snow bank. Solberg finished in sixth in one peace, although he doubted his clutch would last until the end. He was in a tight battle with Matthew Wilson of Great Britain, who finished in seventh place, ahead of Urmo Aava in eighth who collected his first point of the season.[1][2]

This rally marks the opening Round of the PWRC Season and as the WRC supporting event. Previously, the JWRC was the supporting event in 2007. Swede Patrik Sandell won the class. Eyvind Brynildsen and his co-driver Denis Giraudet, Didier Auriol's former co-driver finished second. Czech Martin Prokop finished in third place ahead of Armindo Araujo. Andis Neiksans of Latvia finished fifth ahead of Jaromir Tarabus in sixth.[3]

Results[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1. France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:28:15.9 10
2. Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:28:25.7 +9.8 8
3. Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:29:37.7 +1:21.8 6
4. Norway Henning Solberg Norway Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:31:49.4 +3:33.5 5
5. Spain Dani Sordo Spain Marc Marti Citroën C4 WRC 3:32:07.9 +3:52.0 4
6. Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills Citroën Xsara WRC 3:34:41.3 +6:25.4 3
7. United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:34:51.5 +6:35.6 2
8. Estonia Urmo Aava Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:35:05.0 +6:49.1 1
PWRC
1. (13.) Sweden Patrik Sandell Sweden Emil Axelsson Škoda Fabia Super 2000 3:49:43.6 10
2. (14.) Norway Eyvind Brynildsen France Denis Giraudet Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:50:27.7 +44.1 8
3. (16.) Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:52:40.3 +2:56.7 6
4. (17.) Portugal Armindo Araujo Portugal Miguel Ramalho Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:53:40.6 +3:57.0 5
5. (18.) Latvia Andis Neiksans Latvia Peteris Dzirkals Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4:00:23.5 +10:39.9 4
6. (20.) Czech Republic Jaromir Tarabus Czech Republic Daniel Trunkat Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000 4:02:33.1 +12:49.5 3
7. (26.) Sweden Patrik Flodin Sweden Göran Bergsten Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:10:01.1 +20:17.5 2
8. (30.) France Frederic Sauvan France Thibault Gorczyca Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4:24:48.0 +35:04.4 1

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time (CET) Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(12 FEB)
SS1 20:04 Oslo 1.92 km Norway Petter Solberg 1:32.8 74.5 km/h Norway Petter Solberg
2
(13 FEB)
SS2 09:03 Opaker 1 14.62 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 8:06.0 108.3 km/h Finland Mikko Hirvonen
SS3 09:39 Kirkenær 1 8.0 km France Sébastien Loeb 6:36.8 72.6 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
SS4 10:19 Finnskogen 1 20.87 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 11:55.4 105.0 km/h Finland Mikko Hirvonen
SS5 11:13 Kongsvinger 1 13.45 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 8:56.9 90.2 km/h
SS6 12:45 Opaker 2 14.62 km Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson 8:11.2 107.1 km/h
SS7 13:51 Finnskogen 2 20.87 km Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson 11:58.9 104.5 km/h
SS8 14:45 Kongsvinger 2 13.45 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 9:10.3 88.0 km/h
SS9 15:46 Kirkenær 2 8.0 km France Sébastien Loeb 6:55.0 69.46 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
3
(14 FEB)
SS10 07:53 Mountain 1 24.36 km France Sébastien Loeb 12:43.3 114.9 km/h
SS11 08:58 Lillehammer 1 6.78 km France Sébastien Loeb 5:04.8 80.1 km/h
SS12 09:58 Ringsaker 1 27.29 km France Sébastien Loeb 14:30.8 112.8 km/h
SS13 11:04 Hamar 1 1.15 km France Sébastien Loeb 1:11.8 57.7 km/h
SS14 13:15 Mountain 2 24.36 km Norway Henning Solberg 13:13.4 110.5 km/h
SS15 14:20 Lillehammer 2 6.78 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 5:15.3 77.4 km/h
SS16 15:20 Ringsaker 2 27.29 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 15:06.7 108.4 km/h
SS17 16:26 Hamar 2 1.15 km France Sébastien Loeb 1:14.1 55.9 km/h
4
(15 FEB)
SS18 07:34 Våler 1 30.03 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 16:07.5 111.7 km/h
SS19 08:35 Elverum 1 13.31 km France Sébastien Loeb 6:18.9 126.5 km/h
SS20 09:23 Budor 1 19.74 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 10:12.3 116.1 km/h
SS21 11:59 Våler 2 30.03 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 16:23.4 109.9 km/h
SS22 13:00 Elverum 2 13.31 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 6:24.6 124.6 km/h
SS23 13:48 Budor 2 19.74 km France Sébastien Loeb 10:24.7 113.8 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 1 20
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 14
3 Spain Dani Sordo 2 5 12
4 Norway Henning Solberg 4 4 10
5 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 6
6 Australia Chris Atkinson 5 4
7 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 7 7 4
8 France Sébastien Ogier 6 10 3
9 Norway Petter Solberg 6 3
10 Estonia Urmo Aava 10 8 1
11 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 14 32
2 United States BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 22
United Kingdom Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 16
4 France Citroën Junior Team 5 3 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sebastien Loeb wins Rally Norway for Citroen!". WRC.com. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Ecstatic Loeb wins Rally Norway". www.rallynorway.com. 2009-02-16. Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Sandell takes historic P-WRC win". 2009-02-16. Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 

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