2011 Jordan Rally

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2011 Jordan Rally
29th Jordan Rally
Round 4 of the 2011 World Rally Championship season
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Host country  Jordan
Rally base Dead Sea Centre, Jordan
Dates run April 14 – 16 2011
Stages 20 (333.04 km; 206.94 mi)[1]
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 1,008.89 km (626.90 mi)[1]
Results
Overall winner France Sébastien Ogier
France Citroën World Rally Team
Crews 31 at start, 23 at finish

The 2011 Jordan Rally was the fourth round of the 2011 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place over 14–16 April, and was based beside the Dead Sea, some 50 kilometres (31 mi) from the country's capital, Amman. The rally was also be the second round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship.

The rally had been under threat ever since the previous round of the championship in Portugal due to the protests in neighbouring country Syria, where the equipment for the rally docks before being driven into Jordan;[2] Citroën World Rally Team principal Olivier Quesnel called for the event to be cancelled.[2] However, the teams confirmed attendance of the rally on 1 April, with equipment being docked in the Israeli port of Haifa.[3] The transportation took longer than expected, which forced the recce of the rally to be put back by a day.[4] Further delays with transportation, including the boat carrying the equipment suffering mechanical issues, left teams and officials with the possibility of having to erect the service park in one day, rather than the normal four days,[5] but were not scheduled to halt running of the rally.[6] A storm outside Haifa left it unsafe for the boat to dock until Wednesday morning, which eventually led to the cancellation of Thursday's stages.[7] No further changes were made to the remainder of the itinerary, leaving fourteen stages to be run.[8]

The rally concluded with the closest finish in the history of the World Rally Championship.[9] Heading into the final 10.50 km (6.52 mi) Power Stage, Jari-Matti Latvala held a lead of 0.5 seconds over Sébastien Ogier, but Ogier overhauled his rival by just 0.2 seconds after winning the stage by 0.04 seconds over Latvala's Ford team-mate Mikko Hirvonen,[10] and crucially, 0.7 seconds over Latvala. Sébastien Loeb finished third ahead of Hirvonen. Bernardo Sousa won the Super 2000 class with a tenth place overall finish.

Results[edit]

Event standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
Overall
1. France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Citroën DS3 WRC 2:48:28.2 0.0 28
2. Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:48:28.4 0.2 18
3. France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC 2:48:55.9 27.7 16
4. Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:51:12.9 2:44.7 14
5. United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:54:13.1 5:44.9 10
6. Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kaj Lindström Citroën DS3 WRC 2:54:43.1 6:14.9 8
7. Argentina Federico Villagra Argentina Jorge Pérez Companc Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:57:46.9 9:18.7 6
8. United Arab Emirates Khalid Al Qassimi United Kingdom Michael Orr Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:58:11.9 9:43.7 4
9. Netherlands Dennis Kuipers Belgium Bjorn Degandt Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:02:55.7 14:27.5 2
10. Portugal Bernardo Sousa Portugal António Costa Ford Fiesta S2000 3:03:33.7 15:05.5 1
SWRC
1. (10.) Portugal Bernardo Sousa Portugal António Costa Ford Fiesta S2000 3:03:33.7 0.0 25
2. (11.) Estonia Karl Kruuda Estonia Martin Järveoja Škoda Fabia S2000 3:03:55.4 21.7 18
3. (12.) Germany Hermann Gassner, Jr. Germany Kathi Wüstenhagen Škoda Fabia S2000 3:05:55.8 2:22.1 15
4. (17.) Andorra Albert Llovera Spain Diego Vallejo Abarth Grande Punto S2000 3:21:07.2 17:33.5 12
5. (18.) Norway Eyvind Brynildsen Norway Cato Menkerud Škoda Fabia S2000 3:26:55.2 23:21.5 10

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(14 Apr)
SS1 11:33 Wadi Shueib 1 8.65 km Leg cancelled[7][8]
SS2 12:16 Mount Nebo 1 11.09 km
SS3 13:03 Ma'in 1 17.00 km
SS4 15:30 Wadi Shueib 2 8.65 km
SS5 16:13 Mount Nebo 2 11.09 km
SS6 17:00 Ma'in 2 17.00 km
Leg 2
(15 Apr)
SS7 09:03 Suwayma 1 13.50 km France Sébastien Loeb 7:01.0 115.44 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
SS8 09:46 Kafrain 1 17.20 km Norway Petter Solberg 12:11.6 84.64 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
France Sébastien Ogier
SS9 10:49 Jordan River 1 41.45 km France Sébastien Ogier 27:32.6 90.29 km/h France Sébastien Ogier
SS10 13:37 Suwayma 2 13.50 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 6:59.0 115.99 km/h
SS11 14:20 Kafrain 2 17.20 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 11:48.2 87.43 km/h
SS12 15:23 Jordan River 2 41.45 km France Sébastien Ogier 27:13.5 91.35 km/h
Leg 3
(16 Apr)
SS13 08:20 Yakrut 1 14.16 km France Sébastien Loeb 8:30.6 99.84 km/h
SS14 08:50 Bahath 1 12.53 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 9:30.0 79.14 km/h
SS15 09:35 Mahes 1 20.44 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 14:33.0 84.29 km/h
SS16 10:18 Baptism Site 1 10.50 km France Sébastien Loeb 5:21.7 117.50 km/h
SS17 12:18 Yakrut 2 14.16 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 8:15.8 102.82 km/h
SS18 12:48 Bahath 2 12.53 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 9:10.5 81.94 km/h
SS19 13:33 Mahes 2 20.44 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14:09.1 86.66 km/h Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS20 15:00 Baptism Site 2 (Power stage) 10.50 km France Sébastien Ogier 5:21.7 117.50 km/h France Sébastien Ogier

Power Stage[edit]

The "Power stage" was a live, televised 10.50 km (6.52 mi) stage at the end of the rally, held near the Dead Sea Centre.

Pos Driver Time Diff. Avg. speed Points
1 France Sébastien Ogier 5:21.7 0.0 117.50 km/h 3
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 5:21.7 0.0 117.50 km/h 2
3 France Sébastien Loeb 5:22.0 0.3 117.39 km/h 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Itineraries" (PDF). Jordan Rally. Jordan Motorsport. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Evans, David (25 March 2011). "Syria unrest threatens Jordan Rally". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Evans, David (1 April 2011). "FIA, teams confirm Jordan presence". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Evans, David (8 April 2011). "Jordan recce delayed by boat issue". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Evans, David; Beer, Matt (11 April 2011). "Further delay to Jordan build-up". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Evans, David (11 April 2011). "Delays unlikely to halt Jordan Rally". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Evans, David (13 April 2011). "Rally Jordan's first day cancelled". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Jordan Rally action to begin on Friday". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 13 April 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ogier wins Jordan Rally". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 16 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Power Stage win for Ogier". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 16 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 

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