2011 Rally Australia

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2011 Rally Australia
21st Rally Australia
Round 10 of the 2011 World Rally Championship season
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Mikko Hirvonen - 2011 Rally Australia.jpg
Eventual winner Mikko Hirvonen during a stage
Host country  Australia
Rally base Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
Dates run 8 September – 11 2011
Stages 26 (368.96 km; 229.26 mi)[1]
Stage surface Gravel
Overall distance 1,246.78 km (774.71 mi)[1]
Results
Overall winner Finland Mikko Hirvonen
United Kingdom 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] Michał Kościuszko, Oleksandr Saliuk, Jr. and Benito Guerra also scored overall championship points by finishing in the top ten.

Results[edit]

Event standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
1. Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:35:59.0 0.0 25
2. Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:36:13.7 14.7 20
3. Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Chris Patterson Citroën DS3 WRC 3:36:43.8 44.8 16
4. United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:44:44.2 8:45.2 12
5. United Arab Emirates Khalid Al Qassimi United Kingdom Michael Orr Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:48:32.3 12:33.3 10
6. New Zealand Hayden Paddon New Zealand John Kennard Subaru Impreza WRX STI 3:53:28.3 17:29.3 8
7. Poland Michał Kościuszko Poland Maciej Szczepaniak Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 3:55:00.3 19:01.3 6
8. Ukraine Oleksandr Saliuk, Jr. Ukraine Pavlo Cherepin Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:57:07.5 21:08.5 4
9. Mexico Benito Guerra Spain Borja Rozada Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 3:58:47.9 22:48.9 2
10. France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC 4:06:01.9 30:02.9 4
PWRC
1. (6.) New Zealand Hayden Paddon New Zealand John Kennard Subaru Impreza WRX STI 3:53:28.3 0.0 25
2. (7.) Poland Michał Kościuszko Poland Maciej Szczepaniak Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 3:55:00.3 1:32.0 18
3. (8.) Ukraine Oleksandr Saliuk, Jr. Ukraine Pavlo Cherepin Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:57:07.5 3:39.2 15
4. (9.) Mexico Benito Guerra Spain Borja Rozada Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 3:58:47.9 5:19.6 12
5. (12.) Ukraine Valeriy Gorban Ukraine Andrey Nikolayev Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:06:21.1 12:52.8 10
6. (16.) Italy Gianluca Linari Italy Nicola Arena Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:14:49.2 21:20.9 8
7. (17.) Australia Brendan Reeves Australia Rhianon Smyth Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:17:19.2 23:50.9 6
8. (18.) Australia Nathan Quinn Australia David Green Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:17:53.6 24:25.3 4
9. (20.) United Kingdom Harry Hunt United Kingdom Robbie Durant Citroën DS3 R3 4:25:40.9 32:12.6 2
10. (21.) United Arab Emirates Bader Al Jabri Republic of Ireland Stephen McAuley Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:29:41.2 36:12.9 1

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(8–9 September)
SS1 19:15 Coffs Jetty Precinct 1 3.77 km France Sébastien Ogier 2:46.1 81.71 km/h France Sébastien Ogier
SS2 19:30 Coffs Jetty Precinct 2 3.77 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:41.1 84.25 km/h
SS3 10:03 Shipmans 1 29.03 km France Sébastien Loeb 15:17.0 113.97 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
SS4 10:58 Brooklana 1 12.78 km Norway Petter Solberg 10:01.9 76.44 km/h France Sébastien Ogier
SS5 11:29 Ulong 1 12.45 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 6:37.9 112.64 km/h
SS6 14:42 Shipmans 2 29.03 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 16:15.2 107.17 km/h Finland Mikko Hirvonen
SS7 15:37 Brooklana 2 12.78 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 10:23.1 73.84 km/h
SS8 16:08 Ulong 2 12.45 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 6:55.1 107.97 km/h
SS9 18:30 Coffs Jetty Precinct 3 3.77 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 2:51.0 79.37 km/h
SS10 18:45 Coffs Jetty Precinct 4 3.77 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 2:49.9 79.88 km/h
Leg 2
(10 September)
SS11 8:33 Welshes 1 21.10 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 12:10.2 104.03 km/h Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS12 9:21 Grace 1 19.77 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 11:10.9 106.08 km/h
SS13 10:14 Valla 1 14.84 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 8:56.2 99.63 km/h
SS14 10:54 Urunga 1 13.79 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 8:41.8 95.14 km/h
SS15 14:02 Welshes 2 21.10 km France Sébastien Ogier 11:55.2 106.21 km/h
SS16 14:50 Grace 2 19.77 km France Sébastien Ogier 10:56.0 108.49 km/h
SS17 15:43 Valla 2 14.84 km France Sébastien Ogier 8:39.7 102.80 km/h
SS18 16:23 Urunga 2 13.79 km France Sébastien Loeb 8:28.8 97.57 km/h
SS19 18:30 Coffs Jetty Precinct 5 3.77 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:34.9 87.62 km/h
SS20 18:45 Coffs Jetty Precinct 6 3.77 km France Sébastien Ogier 2:33.8 88.24 km/h
Leg 3
(11 September)
SS21 6:56 Bucca 1 14.83 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 7:18.3 121.81 km/h
SS22 8:19 Plum Pudding 1 30.00 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 16:26.3 109.50 km/h
SS23 9:32 Clarence 1 4.58 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:22.8 115.46 km/h
SS24 12:03 Bucca 2 14.83 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 7:10.6 123.99 km/h
SS25 13:26 Plum Pudding 2 30.00 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 16:07.8 111.59 km/h Finland Mikko Hirvonen
SS26 15:30 Clarence 2 (Power stage) 4.58 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:18.1 119.39 km/h

Power Stage[edit]

The "Power stage" was a live, televised 4.58 km (2.85 mi) stage at the end of the rally, held in Clarence.

Pos Driver Time Diff. Avg. speed Points
1 France Sébastien Loeb 2:18.1 0.0 119.39 km/h 3
2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 2:19.3 +1.2 118.36 km/h 2
3 Norway Petter Solberg 2:19.4 +1.3 118.28 km/h 1

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold Text indicates World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Itinerary" (PDF). Rally Australia. World Rally Championship; International Sportsworld Communicators. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Evans, David (29 September 2010). "Rally Australia moves to new location". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hirvonen moves into top spot". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ogier not giving up on top 10 in Australia". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 10 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Paddon wins rally, claims title". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 

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