2011 Rally Australia
|2011 Rally Australia
21st Rally Australia
|Round 10 of the 2011 World Rally Championship season
Eventual winner Mikko Hirvonen during a stage
|Rally base||Coffs Harbour, New South Wales|
|Dates run||8 September – 11 2011|
|Stages||26 (368.96 km; 229.26 mi)|
|Overall distance||1,246.78 km (774.71 mi)|
|Overall winner|| Mikko Hirvonen
Ford World Rally Team
|Crews||29 at start, 24 at finish|
The 2011 Rally Australia was the 21st Rally Australia and the tenth round of the 2011 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place over 8–11 September, and was based in Coffs Harbour, a coastal city in the New South Wales state of Australia. The rally was also the fifth round of the Production World Rally Championship. Rally Australia returned to the WRC calendar after a year's hiatus, and after demonstrations marred the 2009 running of the rally, held north of Coffs Harbour in the Northern Rivers area. Residents' concerns for the event meant that the rally was moved for the foreseeable future to Coffs Harbour.
Ford World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen took his third successive Rally Australia victory, after team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala slowed tactically on the penultimate stage, in order to aid Hirvonen's chances for the drivers' championship title. The Ford drivers had moved into the top two placings on the opening day of the rally after Citroën's Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier both had to retire from the day's proceedings and return to the rally the following day under the SupeRally regulations. Loeb recovered to score a tenth place finish with the Power Stage victory, to extend his championship by four points over Ogier, who slowed on the last two stages to drop from eighth to eleventh behind Loeb.
Petter Solberg finished third behind the Ford pairing, 44.8 seconds in arrears, but finished over seven minutes clear of the fourth-placed driver Matthew Wilson, who matched his career-best placing from Rally Japan in 2007. Khalid Al Qassimi scored a career-best fifth place, ahead of a quartet of PWRC competitors. Hayden Paddon was the best of the PWRC competitors with sixth place overall, securing his fourth PWRC victory in succession, and the championship title as Martin Semerád – who elected not to compete at the event – could only tie Paddon on points and lose on countback. Michał Kościuszko, Oleksandr Saliuk, Jr. and Benito Guerra also scored overall championship points by finishing in the top ten.
|Day||Stage||Time||Name||Length||Winner||Time||Avg. spd.||Rally leader|
|SS1||19:15||Coffs Jetty Precinct 1||3.77 km||Sébastien Ogier||2:46.1||81.71 km/h||Sébastien Ogier|
|SS2||19:30||Coffs Jetty Precinct 2||3.77 km||Sébastien Loeb||2:41.1||84.25 km/h|
|SS3||10:03||Shipmans 1||29.03 km||Sébastien Loeb||15:17.0||113.97 km/h||Sébastien Loeb|
|SS4||10:58||Brooklana 1||12.78 km||Petter Solberg||10:01.9||76.44 km/h||Sébastien Ogier|
|SS5||11:29||Ulong 1||12.45 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||6:37.9||112.64 km/h|
|SS6||14:42||Shipmans 2||29.03 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||16:15.2||107.17 km/h||Mikko Hirvonen|
|SS7||15:37||Brooklana 2||12.78 km||Mikko Hirvonen||10:23.1||73.84 km/h|
|SS8||16:08||Ulong 2||12.45 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||6:55.1||107.97 km/h|
|SS9||18:30||Coffs Jetty Precinct 3||3.77 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||2:51.0||79.37 km/h|
|SS10||18:45||Coffs Jetty Precinct 4||3.77 km||Mikko Hirvonen||2:49.9||79.88 km/h|
|SS11||8:33||Welshes 1||21.10 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||12:10.2||104.03 km/h||Jari-Matti Latvala|
|SS12||9:21||Grace 1||19.77 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||11:10.9||106.08 km/h|
|SS13||10:14||Valla 1||14.84 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||8:56.2||99.63 km/h|
|SS14||10:54||Urunga 1||13.79 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||8:41.8||95.14 km/h|
|SS15||14:02||Welshes 2||21.10 km||Sébastien Ogier||11:55.2||106.21 km/h|
|SS16||14:50||Grace 2||19.77 km||Sébastien Ogier||10:56.0||108.49 km/h|
|SS17||15:43||Valla 2||14.84 km||Sébastien Ogier||8:39.7||102.80 km/h|
|SS18||16:23||Urunga 2||13.79 km||Sébastien Loeb||8:28.8||97.57 km/h|
|SS19||18:30||Coffs Jetty Precinct 5||3.77 km||Sébastien Loeb||2:34.9||87.62 km/h|
|SS20||18:45||Coffs Jetty Precinct 6||3.77 km||Sébastien Ogier||2:33.8||88.24 km/h|
|SS21||6:56||Bucca 1||14.83 km||Mikko Hirvonen||7:18.3||121.81 km/h|
|SS22||8:19||Plum Pudding 1||30.00 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||16:26.3||109.50 km/h|
|SS23||9:32||Clarence 1||4.58 km||Sébastien Loeb||2:22.8||115.46 km/h|
|SS24||12:03||Bucca 2||14.83 km||Mikko Hirvonen||7:10.6||123.99 km/h|
|SS25||13:26||Plum Pudding 2||30.00 km||Mikko Hirvonen||16:07.8||111.59 km/h||Mikko Hirvonen|
|SS26||15:30||Clarence 2 (Power stage)||4.58 km||Sébastien Loeb||2:18.1||119.39 km/h|
The "Power stage" was a live, televised 4.58 km (2.85 mi) stage at the end of the rally, held in Clarence.
|1||Sébastien Loeb||2:18.1||0.0||119.39 km/h||3|
|2||Jari-Matti Latvala||2:19.3||+1.2||118.36 km/h||2|
|3||Petter Solberg||2:19.4||+1.3||118.28 km/h||1|
Standings after the race
- Bold Text indicates World Champion.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "Itinerary" (PDF). Rally Australia. World Rally Championship; International Sportsworld Communicators. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- Evans, David (29 September 2010). "Rally Australia moves to new location". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 8 September 2011.
- "Hirvonen moves into top spot". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- "Ogier not giving up on top 10 in Australia". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 10 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- "Paddon wins rally, claims title". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
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