2009 Rally d'Italia Sardegna

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2009 Rally d'Italia Sardegna
6º Rally d'Italia Sardegna
Round 6 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Host country Italy Italy
Dates run May 22 – 24, 2009
Stages 17
Stage surface Gravel with some Tarmac
Results
Overall winner Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
United Kingdom BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT
Crews 59 at start, 39 at finish

The 2009 Rally d'Italia Sardegna was the sixth running of the Rally d'Italia Sardegna and the sixth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. The rally consisted of 17 special stages.

This year's Rally d'Italia Sardegna has new reforms of this rally, with new stages at the first day & the last day, mostly these new stages are gravel with some section of tarmac that make it difficult for drivers especially the grip of the tyres.

Finns Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen took a double win for the Ford factory team.[1] Latvala's win was his career second, after becoming the youngest-ever driver to win a world rally at the 2008 Swedish Rally. Norwegian privateer Petter Solberg took the final podium spot.

Summary[edit]

Several front-runners ran into problems on stage eleven. Citroën's defending world champion Sébastien Loeb lost over a minute and dropped from third to fourth due to a puncture. His fifth-placed teammate Dani Sordo lost even more time and positions with a turbo problem. Eighth-placed Stobart driver Henning Solberg's day ended after he went off the road and broke his Ford Focus WRC's right-hand front suspension, and Citroën Junior Team's Conrad Rautenbach retired after the stage from tenth place with a damper failure. The rally leader Jari-Matti Latvala of Ford also spun during the stage, but escaped without damage.[2]

Latvala led the event from start to finish, taking Ford's first win since the one-two at the 2008 Rally Japan. His teammate Mikko Hirvonen was less than ten seconds behind after two days and supposed to benefit from running behind Latvala on the road, but dust clouds and the resulting hampered visibility suddenly forced him to settle for second. Ford boss Malcolm Wilson decided against applying team orders. Loeb, whose record-equaling six win streak came to an end, took the third place back by passing Petter Solberg, but was later given a two-minute penalty for a safety rule violation; co-driver Daniel Elena unfastened his safety belts before the crew stopped the car for a tire change (after the puncture on SS11). Loeb escaped a disqualification as the stewards considered the infringement less severe because it had happened while they were not driving at a competitive pace.[3]

Citroën Junior Team's 18-year-old Evgeny Novikov finished fifth, taking his career first points-finish. Stobart's Matthew Wilson took sixth place despite hydraulic problems that slowed him down on day one. After Khalid al-Qassimi had run into several problems while heading for career-best seventh place, the battle for the position was between two Norwegians who had had troublesome rallies, both losing about ten minutes and re-joining the event under SupeRally rules. Henning Solberg chased down Mads Østberg throughout the last day but only got within 0.6 seconds. Nasser Al-Attiyah edged out Patrik Sandell on the last stage to take the honours in the Production World Rally Championship, while the win in the Junior World Rally Championship went to Martin Prokop.[4]

Results[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:00:55.7 0.0 10
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:01:25.1 29.4 8
3 Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills Citroën Xsara WRC 4:02:53.3 1:57.6 6
4 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 4:04:39.4 3:43.7 5
5 Russia Evgeny Novikov Australia Dale Moscatt Citroën C4 WRC 4:06:07.5 5:11.8 4
6 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:08:25.0 7:29.3 3
7 Norway Mads Östberg Norway Veronica Engan Subaru Impreza WRC 4:14:16.3 13:20.6 2
8 Norway Henning Solberg Norway Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:14:16.9 13:21.2 1
JWRC
1 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Citroën C2 S1600 4:23:40.6 0.0 10
2 Poland Michal Kosciuszko Poland Maciek Szczepaniak Suzuki Swift S1600 4:23:53.8 13.2 8
3 Germany Aaron Nikolai Burkart Germany Michael Kölbach Suzuki Swift S1600 4:31:55.4 8:14.8 6
4 France Yoann Bonato France Benjamin Boulloud Suzuki Swift S1600 4:34:45.2 11:04.5 5
5 Italy Alessandro Bettega Italy Simone Scattolin Renault Clio R3 4:35:40.2 11:59.5 4
6 Netherlands Hans Weijs Belgium Bjorn Degandt Citroën C2 S1600 4:37:14.2 13:33.5 3
7 Italy Simone Bertolotti Italy Luca Celestini Suzuki Swift S1600 5:13:03.0 49:22.4 2
PWRC
1 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza N14 4:20:39.4 0.0 10
2 Sweden Patrik Sandell Sweden Emil Axelsson Škoda Fabia S2000 4:20:40.9 1.5 8
3 Portugal Armindo Araujo Portugal Ramalho Miguel Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:24:23.5 3:44.1 6
4 Sweden Patrick Flodin Sweden Göran Bergsten Subaru Impreza 4:27:14.9 6:35.5 5
5 Norway Eyvind Brynildsen France Denis Giraudet Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:34:37.9 13:58.5 4
6 France Frederic Sauvan France Sebastien Capanna Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:47:14.5 26:35.1 3
7 Italy Gianluca Linari Italy Paolo Gregoriani Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4:48:10.7 27:31.3 2
8 Hungary Gabor Mayer Hungary Robert Tagai Subaru Impreza 4:48:11.3 27:31.9 1

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time (CEST) Name Length Winner Time Rally leader
1
(22 May)
SS1 9:32 Sa Conchedda 1 14.99 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 10:33.3 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS2 10:08 Loelle 1 22.3 km Spain Dani Sordo 13:41.6
SS3 10:43 Crastazza 1 27.81 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 18:24.8
SS4 14:57 Sa Conchedda 2 14.99 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 10:16.3
SS5 15:33 Loelle 2 22.3 km France Sébastien Loeb 13:19.8
SS6 16:08 Crastazza 2 27.81 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 17:57.0
2
(23 May)
SS7 8:45 Sa Linea 1 14.2 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 9:10.5
SS8 9:31 Fiorentini 1 22.02 km France Sébastien Loeb 18:06.4
SS9 10:32 Monte Lerno 1 29.15 km France Sébastien Loeb 19:36.7
SS10 15:05 Sa Linea 2 14.2 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 9:05.4
SS11 15:51 Fiorentini 2 22.02 km Norway Petter Solberg 17:53.3
SS12 16:52 Monte Lerno 2 29.15 km France Sébastien Loeb 18:58.6
3
(24 May)
SS13 7:08 Monte Olia 1 19.31 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14:24.3
SS14 7:42 Sorillis 1 18.66 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14:21.1
SS15 10:19 Arzachena 10.24 km Norway Henning Solberg 5:46.7
SS16 11:46 Monte Olia 2 19.31 km Norway Henning Solberg 14:02.6
SS17 12:20 Sorillis 2 18.66 km France Sébastien Loeb 13:48.3

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 1 1 1 4 55
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 2 Ret 2 38
3 Spain Dani Sordo 2 5 4 3 2 23 31
4 Norway Henning Solberg 4 4 18 5 3 8 21
5 Norway Petter Solberg 6 3 4 Ret 3 20
6 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 Ret 6 1 19
7 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 Ret 5 6 15
8 Argentina Federico Villagra 7 7 4 Ret 9
9 Norway Mads Østberg 9 6 7 5
France Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 17 7 Ret 5
11 Russia Evgeny Novikov 12 Ret Ret 5 4
Australia Chris Atkinson 5 4
13 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 Ret Ret 9 3
United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 8 16 3
15 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 11 16 8 10 1
Estonia Urmo Aava 10 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 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 16 16 18 8 - - - - - - 90
2 United States BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 8 3 18 - - - - - - 61
3 United Kingdom Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 6 5 10 7 - - - - - - 44
4 France Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 0 2 6 - - - - - - 19
5 Argentina Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 4 5 0 - - - - - - 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Latvala wins Rally of Sardinia in Ford 1-2". USA Today. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  2. ^ "SS11: Carnage!". WRC.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Beer, Matt. "Penalty drops Loeb to fourth". Autosport. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Beer, Matt. "Latvala ends Loeb's winning streak". Autosport. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009. 

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