2011 Wales Rally GB

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2011 Wales Rally GB
67th Wales Rally of Great Britain
Round 13 of the 2011 World Rally Championship season
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Host country  Great Britain
Rally base Cardiff, Wales
Dates run November 10 – 13 2011
Stages 23 (358.59 km; 222.82 mi)[1]
Stage surface Gravel with some tarmac
Overall distance 1,883.73 km (1,170.50 mi)[1]
Results
Overall winner Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
United Kingdom Ford World Rally Team
Crews 78 at start, 39 at finish

The 2011 Wales Rally GB, formally the 67th Wales Rally of Great Britain, was the thirteenth and final round of the 2011 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place over 10–13 November, and was based in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.[1] The rally was also the seventh and final round of the Production World Rally Championship, and the sixth and final round of the WRC Academy. The route returned to the Great Orme stage for the first time in thirty years,[2] as well as the Dyfnant and Dyfi East and West stages for the first time in fifteen years.

Jari-Matti Latvala took his first WRC victory since 2010 Rally Finland, and the fifth of his career, after taking the lead midway through the running on Saturday. With Sébastien Loeb's retirement on Sunday after a collision on a road section,[3] Latvala's eventual winning margin was almost four minutes over Mads Østberg,[4] who matched his best WRC result from Rally Sweden at the beginning of the season. Henning Solberg took his first podium since 2009 Rally Poland after Kris Meeke, who had been challenging Solberg for his first WRC podium, spun on the final stage of the event.[4] Patrik Flodin took the PWRC victory to finish in second place in the class championship, while Craig Breen took the WRC Academy victory, and enough bonus points to win the championship.

Report[edit]

WRC Championship[edit]

Sébastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen headed into the final round of the championship for the second time in three years as the only drivers that could claim the world title. Loeb held the lead of the championship with 222 points, having won Rally Catalunya, the event prior to Rally GB. Hirvonen was eight points in arrears,[5] with a maximum of 28 points possible on the rally including Power Stage bonus points. Ultimately, the championship was decided during Friday's running when Hirvonen hit a tree stump during the first passing of the Dyfnant stage. He was forced to retire from the event after Ford deemed the damage to Hirvonen's Fiesta to be too extensive for him to rejoin.[6] With Hirvonen unable to restart, Loeb claimed his eighth consecutive world title.[7] While running second, 7.5 seconds behind Jari-Matti Latvala, Loeb retired from the event after a head-on collision with a spectator vehicle on the liaison route between the Halfway and Crychan stages on Sunday morning.[3] There were no injuries in the accident.[8]

Support categories[edit]

The PWRC title had already been decided prior to the rally, as Hayden Paddon had clinched the title in Australia after four wins from the first four rallies he contested. Paddon did not compete in the class in Great Britain, instead moving to an R4-specification Subaru Impreza.[9] Seven drivers remained within mathematical contention for the runner-up placing, all of whom contested the event. The WRC Academy title was also yet to be decided prior to the rally, with Egon Kaur, Craig Breen and Yeray Lemes the only drivers in contention for the €500,000 scholarship given to the champion. Kaur held a 20-point lead over Breen[10] and a 36-point advantage over Lemes with 42 points on offer. Breen won the event, and with numerous stage wins – including the final five stages – managed to beat Kaur for the championship title,[11] winning it on countback of stage wins.

Results[edit]

Event standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
Overall
1. Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:27:03.5 0.0 26
2. Norway Mads Østberg Sweden Jonas Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:30:46.4 3:42.9 18
3. Norway Henning Solberg Austria Ilka Minor Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:34:08.6 7:05.1 15
4. United Kingdom Kris Meeke Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle Mini John Cooper Works WRC 3:34:15.8 7:12.3 12
5. United Kingdom Matthew Wilson United Kingdom Scott Martin Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:36:00.8 8:57.3 10
6. Estonia Ott Tänak Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:36:30.6 9:27.1 8
7. Russia Evgeny Novikov France Denis Giraudet Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:36:51.2 9:47.7 6
8. Netherlands Dennis Kuipers Belgium Frédéric Miclotte Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:37:16.2 10:12.7 4
9. United States Ken Block United States Alex Gelsomino Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:43:04.7 16:01.2 2
10. Portugal Armindo Araújo Portugal Miguel Ramalho Mini John Cooper Works WRC 3:44:05.1 17:01.6 1
PWRC
1. (14.) Sweden Patrik Flodin Finland Timo Alanne Subaru Impreza WRX STI 3:49:32.2 0.0 25
2. (15.) Poland Michał Kościuszko Poland Maciej Szczepaniak Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 4:01:46.9 12:14.7 18
3. (16.) Peru Nicolás Fuchs Argentina Rubén Garcia Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 4:02:18.7 12:46.5 15
4. (17.) Russia Dmitry Tagirov Russia Anna Zavershinskaya Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:03:22.0 13:49.8 12
5. (18.) United Arab Emirates Majed Al Shamsi Republic of Ireland Killian Duffy Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:03:53.4 14:21.2 10
6. (23.) Ukraine Oleksiy Kikireshko Estonia Sergey Larens Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:11:33.8 22:01.6 8
7. (24.) United Kingdom Harry Hunt United Kingdom Robbie Durant Citroën DS3 R3 4:13:58.8 24:26.6 6
8. (25.) Ukraine Oleksandr Saliuk, Jr. Ukraine Pavlo Cherepin Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:15:08.5 25:36.3 4
9. (34.) Ukraine Valeriy Gorban Ukraine Andrey Nikolayev Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:32:54.4 43:22.2 2
WRC Academy
1. Republic of Ireland Craig Breen United Kingdom Gareth Roberts Ford Fiesta R2 3:06:10.7 0.0 39
2. Estonia Egon Kaur Estonia Erik Lepikson Ford Fiesta R2 3:10:46.8 4:36.1 19
3. United Kingdom Alastair Fisher United Kingdom Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta R2 3:13:14.7 7:04.0 16
4. Germany Christian Riedemann Germany Michael Wenzel Ford Fiesta R2 3:15:01.8 8:51.1 12
5. Australia Molly Taylor United Kingdom Sebastian Marshall Ford Fiesta R2 3:17:05.0 10:54.3 11
6. Russia Sergey Karyakin Russia Anton Vlasyuk Ford Fiesta R2 3:19:36.9 13:26.2 8
7. Germany Valentin Hummel Germany Katja Geyer Ford Fiesta R2 3:23:04.2 16:53.5 0
8. Italy Andrea Crugnola Italy Michele Ferrara Ford Fiesta R2 3:25:13.8 19:03.1 4
9. Spain Yeray Lemes Spain Rogelio Peñate Ford Fiesta R2 3:25:19.5 19:08.8 2
10. Estonia Miko-Ove Niinemäe Estonia Toomas Valter Ford Fiesta R2 3:30:15.9 24:05.2 1
^ – The WRC Academy featured the first two days of the rally.

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(10–11 November)
SS1 14:38 Great Orme 1 4.74 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 2:39.3 107.12 km/h Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS2 14:55 Great Orme 2 4.74 km France Sébastien Loeb 2:40.4 106.38 km/h
SS3 16:18 Clocaenog 15.77 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 9:14.1 102.46 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
SS4 7:33 Gartheiniog 1 19.72 km France Sébastien Loeb 11:18.9 104.57 km/h
SS5 8:30 Dyfi West 1 10.31 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 6:14.1 99.21 km/h
SS6 8:48 Dyfi East 1 6.72 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 3:41.5 109.22 km/h Finland Mikko Hirvonen
SS7 9:43 Dyfnant 1 21.34 km France Sébastien Loeb 12:41.0 100.95 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
SS8 14:18 Dyfi West 2 10.31 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 6:24.8 96.46 km/h
SS9 14:36 Dyfi East 2 6.72 km United Kingdom Kris Meeke 3:46.8 106.67 km/h
SS10 14:51 Gartheiniog 2 19.72 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 11:24.3 103.74 km/h
SS11 16:01 Dyfnant 2 21.34 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 12:47.1 100.15 km/h
Leg 2
(12 November)
SS12 9:24 Hafren 1 32.14 km France Sébastien Loeb 18:39.1 103.39 km/h
SS13 10:05 Sweet Lamb 1 4.01 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 2:48.5 85.67 km/h
SS14 10:23 Myherin 1 27.88 km France Sébastien Loeb 15:44.6 106.25 km/h
SS15 13:51 Hafren 2 32.14 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 19:11.6 100.47 km/h Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS16 14:32 Sweet Lamb 2 4.01 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 2:50.8 84.52 km/h
SS17 14:50 Myherin 2 27.88 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 15:57.4 104.83 km/h
Leg 3
(13 November)
SS18 7:38 Halfway 1 14.93 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 8:45.6 102.26 km/h
SS19 8:06 Crychan 1 22.73 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 12:29.6 109.16 km/h
SS20 8:42 Monument 1 4.36 km France Sébastien Ogier 2:41.9 96.95 km/h
SS21 10:36 Halfway 2 14.93 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 8:59.8 99.57 km/h
SS22 11:04 Crychan 2 22.73 km France Sébastien Ogier 12:39.8 107.70 km/h
SS23 12:11 Monument 2 (Power stage) 4.36 km France Sébastien Ogier 2:41.3 97.31 km/h

Power Stage[edit]

The "Power stage" was a live, televised 4.36 km (2.71 mi) stage at the end of the rally, held near Builth Wells.

Pos Driver Time Diff. Avg. speed Points
1 France Sébastien Ogier 2:41.3 0.0 97.31 km/h 3
2 Spain Dani Sordo 2:44.0 +2.7 95.71 km/h 2
3 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 2:44.5 +3.2 95.42 km/h 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Itineraries" (PDF). Wales Rally GB. Motor Sports Association. 14 May 2011. pp. 16–18. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Great Orme Stage – Thursday 10 November". Wales Rally GB. Motor Sports Association. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Evans, David; Beer, Matt (13 November 2011). "Sebastien Loeb retires from Rally GB after road section collision". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Jari-Matti Latvala clinches Rally GB victory for Ford". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 13 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Title rivals go face-to-face in Wales". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 9 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Evans, David (11 November 2011). "Ford explains Mikko Hirvonen's engine damage was just too severe". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hirvonen exit hands world title to Loeb". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 11 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jari-Matti Latvala holds big lead after Sebastien Loeb retires in road crash". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 13 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Class jump for champion Paddon". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 4 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Breen and Kaur prepared for WRC Academy showdown". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Breen is WRC Academy champion". World Rally Championship (International Sportsworld Communicators). 12 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 

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