2012 Rally de Portugal

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2012 Rally Portugal
46º Rally de Portugal
Round 4 of the 2012 World Rally Championship season
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Host country Portugal Portugal
Rally base Faro, Portugal
Dates run March 29 – April 1, 2012
Stages 22 (434.77 km; 270.15 mi)
Stage surface Gravel
Results
Crews 49 at start, 30 at finish

The 2012 Rally de Portugal is the fourth round of the 2012 World Rally Championship season. The event is based in Faro, Portugal, and started with a street stage in Lisbon on 29 March, and will conclude on 1 April after twenty-two special stages, totalling 434 competitive kilometres.

Report[edit]

Before the rally[edit]

The rally was preceded by the "Fafe Rally Sprint", a single-stage exhibition event run over the famous Fafe stages in the country's north which was won by Ford World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg.[1] Solberg's team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala won the rally's qualifying stage on the Wednesday before the start of the rally.[2] Latvala elected to run seventeenth on the road as a result; by contrast, Citroën Total World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Sébastien Loeb elected to run first and second respectively.[3]

Results[edit]

Event standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
Overall
1. Norway Mads Østberg Sweden Jonas Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC 4:21:16.1 0.0 25
2. Russia Evgeny Novikov France Denis Giraudet Ford Fiesta RS WRC 4:22:49.3 1:33.2 18
3. Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Chris Patterson Ford Fiesta RS WRC 4:23:11.7 1:55.6 15
4. Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Citroën DS3 WRC 4:27:21.9 6:05.8 12
5. Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Zdeněk Hrůza Ford Fiesta RS WRC 4:27:25.3 6:09.2 10
6. Netherlands Dennis Kuipers Belgium Robin Buysmans Ford Fiesta RS WRC 4:28:03.4 6:47.3 8
7. France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Škoda Fabia S2000 4:28:25.1 7:09.0 6
8. Belgium Thierry Neuville Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul Citroën DS3 WRC 4:29:54.0 8:37.9 4
9. Finland Jari Ketomaa Finland Mika Stenberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC 4:31:08.9 9:52.8 2
10. Netherlands Peter van Merksteijn, Jr. Belgium Eddy Chevaillier Citroën DS3 WRC 4:31:27.1 10:11.0 1
11. Spain Dani Sordo Spain Carlos del Barrio Mini John Cooper Works WRC 4:33:39.8 12:23.7 3
13. Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Fiesta RS WRC 4:38:18.7 17:02.6 2
14. Estonia Ott Tänak Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ford Fiesta RS WRC 4:38:31.2 17:15.1 1
SWRC
1. (16.) New Zealand Hayden Paddon New Zealand John Kennard Škoda Fabia S2000 4:49:41.2 0.0 25
2. (17.) Poland Maciej Oleksowicz Poland Andrzej Obrebowski Ford Fiesta S2000 4:54:43.5 5:02.3 18
3. (18.) Portugal Pedro Meireles Portugal Mário Castro Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X R4 4:58:31.5 8:50.3 15
WRC Academy
1. United Kingdom Alastair Fisher United Kingdom Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta R2 2:32:02.9 0.0 28
2. Australia Brendan Reeves Australia Rhianon Smyth Ford Fiesta R2 2:32:43.2 40.3 20
3. Sweden Pontus Tidemand Norway Stig Rune Skjærmoen Ford Fiesta R2 2:34:08.6 2:05.7 16
4. Netherlands Timo van der Marel Netherlands Erwin Berkhof Ford Fiesta R2 2:37:07.9 5:05.0 12
5. Spain Jose Antonio Suarez Spain Candido Carrera Ford Fiesta R2 2:39:37.4 7:34.5 10
6. Sweden Fredrik Ahlin Norway Morten Erik Abrahamsen Ford Fiesta R2 2:42:19.6 10:16.7 11
7. United Kingdom Elfyn Evans United Kingdom Andrew Edwards Ford Fiesta R2 2:47:58.2 15:55.3 6
8. Portugal João Silva Portugal José Janela Ford Fiesta R2 2:49:17.7 17:14.8 4
9. United Kingdom John MacCrone United Kingdom Stuart Loudon Ford Fiesta R2 2:52:01.9 19:59.0 2
^† – The WRC Academy features only the first 13 stages of the rally.

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time (UTC+1) Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(29 Mar)
SS1 15:00 SSS Lisboa 3.27 km Norway Petter Solberg 2:57.1 66.47 km/h Norway Petter Solberg
SS2 20:19 Gomes Aires 10.19 km Norway Petter Solberg 6:38.1 92.15 km/h
SS3 20:49 Santa Clara 14.29 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 8:34.4 100.01 km/h Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS4 21:25 Ourique 11.10 km Estonia Ott Tänak 6:45.5 98.55 km/h
Leg 2
(30 Mar)
SS5 12:01 Tavira 1 25.01 km Spain Dani Sordo 17:55.3 83.73 km/h Norway Petter Solberg
SS6 12:36 Alcarias 1 25.15 km Spain Dani Sordo 20:14.7 74.54 km/h Finland Mikko Hirvonen1
SS7 13:28 S. Brás de Alportel 1 16.18 km Spain Dani Sordo 13:11.7 73.57 km/h
SS8 15:56 Tavira 2 25.01 km stages cancelled due to poor weather[4]
SS9 16:31 Alcarias 2 25.15 km
SS10 17:23 S. Brás de Alportel 2 16.18 km
Leg 3
(31 Mar)
SS11 09:49 Almodovar 1 26.22 km Spain Dani Sordo 16:30.8 95.27 km/h
SS12 10:43 Vascao 1 25.29 km Norway Petter Solberg 17:03.5 88.95 km/h
SS13 11:33 Loulé 1 22.57 km Norway Petter Solberg 15:49.7 85.56 km/h
SS14 14:39 Almodovar 2 26.22 km Norway Petter Solberg 16:06.9 97.62 km/h
SS15 15:33 Vascao 2 25.29 km Norway Petter Solberg 16:16.5 93.24 km/h
SS16 16:23 Loulé 2 22.57 km Spain Dani Sordo 15:25.0 87.84 km/h
Leg 4
(1 Apr)
SS17 07:59 Silves 1 21.42 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 12:01.2 106.92 km/h
SS18 08:52 Santana de Serra 1 31.04 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 22:48.0 81.68 km/h
SS19 09:42 Sambro 1 5.08 km Norway Petter Solberg 3:09.2 96.66 km/h
SS20 12:23 Silves 2 21.42 km Norway Petter Solberg 12:05.2 106.33 km/h
SS21 13:16 Santana de Serra 2 31.04 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 22:54.1 81.32 km/h
SS22 14:10 Sambro 2 (Power stage) 5.08 km Spain Dani Sordo 3:10.4 96.05 km/h

Notes:

Power Stage[edit]

The "Power stage" was a 5.08 km (3.16 mi) stage at the end of the rally.[5]

Pos Driver Time Diff. Avg. speed Points
1 Spain Dani Sordo 3:10.473 0.000 96.1 km/h 3
2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 3:10.747 +0.274 95.9 km/h 2
3 Estonia Ott Tänak 3:12.569 +2.096 95.0 km/h 1

Championship standings after the event[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
GRE
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
 Pts 
1 France Sébastien Loeb 1 1 6 1 1 2 Ret 66
2 Norway Petter Solberg 3 4 2 3 1 3 62
3 Norway Mads Østberg 3 4 3 1 53
4 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 4 2 2 2 DSQ 50
5 Russia Evgeny Novikov 5 3 5 Ret 2 39
6 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Ret 1 3 Ret 13 2 28
7 Spain Dani Sordo 2 Ret 11 1 21
8 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 21 6 4 20
9 Estonia Ott Tänak 8 Ret 5 14 3 15
10 Czech Republic Martin Prokop 9 9 5 14
11 France Sébastien Ogier Ret 11 8 7 10
12 France François Delecour 6 8
13 Netherlands Dennis Kuipers 6 8
14 Portugal Armindo Araújo 10 15 7 15 7
15 Norway Henning Solberg 13 7 DNS DNS 6
16 France Pierre Campana 7 6
17 Belgium Thierry Neuville Ret 12 13 8 4
18 Sweden Patrik Sandell 8 Ret 4
19 Finland Jari Ketomaa Ret 9 2
20 United States Ken Block 9 2
21 Netherlands Peter van Merksteijn, Jr. 19 10 1
22 Mexico Ricardo Triviño 10 26 1
23 Norway Eyvind Brynildsen 10 1
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
GRE
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
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)

Notes:

  • 1 2 3 refers to the classification of the drivers on the 'Power Stage', where bonus points are awarded 3–2–1 for the fastest three drivers on the stage.

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Pos Manufacturer MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
GRE
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
 Pts 
1 France Citroën Total World Rally Team 37 28 43 0 108
2 United Kingdom Ford World Rally Team 15 40 15 26 96
3 United Kingdom M-Sport Ford World Rally Team 16 12 10 31 69
4 Qatar Qatar World Rally Team 8 8 15 31
5 United Kingdom Mini WRC Team 26 26
6 France Citroën Junior World Rally Team 6 12 18
7 Norway Adapta World Rally Team 12 12
8 Brazil Brazil World Rally Team 10 10
Portugal Armindo Araújo World Rally Team 4 0
Brazil Palmeirinha Rally 2 0
Pos Manufacturer MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
MEX
Mexico
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
GRE
Greece
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts

Notes:

SWRC Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
POR
Portugal
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
GBR
United Kingdom
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
 Pts 
1 Republic of Ireland Craig Breen 1 2 Ret 43
2 New Zealand Hayden Paddon 4 1 37
3 Poland Maciej Oleksowicz 6 2 26
4 Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson Ret 1 25
5 Sweden Pontus Tidemand 3 15
6 Portugal Pedro Meireles 3 15
7 Saudi Arabia Yazeed Al-Rajhi 5 Ret 10
8 United Kingdom Alister McRae 7 6
Italy Giandomenico Basso Ret 0
Pos Driver MON
Monaco
SWE
Sweden
POR
Portugal
NZL
New Zealand
FIN
Finland
GBR
United Kingdom
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
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)

WRC Academy Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos Driver POR
Portugal
GRE
Greece
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
 Pts 
1 United Kingdom Alastair Fisher 1 3 28
2 Australia Brendan Reeves 2 2 20
3 Sweden Pontus Tidemand 3 1 16
4 Netherlands Timo van der Marel 4 12
5 Sweden Fredrik Ahlin 6 3 11
6 Spain Jose Antonio Suarez 5 10
7 United Kingdom Elfyn Evans 7 6
8 Portugal João Silva 8 4
9 United Kingdom John MacCrone 9 2
United States Christopher Duplessis Ret 0
Pos Driver POR
Portugal
GRE
Greece
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
FRA
France
ESP
Spain
 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)

Notes:

  • 1 refers to the number of stages won, where a bonus point is awarded per stage win.

References[edit]