2012 Rallye de France

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2012 Rallye de France
Rallye de France – Alsace 2012
Round 11 of the 2012 World Rally Championship
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Host country  France
Rally base Strasbourg, Alsace
Dates run 4 – 7 October 2012
Stages 22 (404.14 km; 251.12 mi)
Stage surface Tarmac
Overall distance 1,404.89 km (872.96 mi)
Results
Overall winner France Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën World Rally Team
Crews 71 at start, 45 at finish

The 2012 Rallye de France – Alsace was the eleventh round of the 2012 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place over 4–7 October, and was based in Strasbourg, the capital city of the Alsace region of France. The rally was also the seventh round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship, and the fifth round of the WRC Academy.

Victor Sébastien Loeb retained his driver champion title in this rally, and the third place of his team mate Mikko Hirvonen allowed Citroën to retain the manufacturer title as well, making this rally a repeat of the 2010 event.[1][2]

Results[edit]

Event standings[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
Overall
1. France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC 3:32:53.0 0.0 25
2. Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Antilla Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:33:08.5 15.5 18
3. Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Citroën DS3 WRC 3:33:37.1 44.1 15
4. Belgium Thierry Neuville Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul Citroën DS3 WRC 3:34:00.3 1:07.3 14
5. Norway Mads Østberg Sweden Jonas Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:34:09.4 1:16.4 11
6. Estonia Ott Tänak Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:35.20.9 2:27.9 11
7. Russia Evgeny Novikov Austria Ilka Minor Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:38:44.6 5:51.6 6
8. Australia Chris Atkinson Australia Glenn MacNeall Mini John Cooper Works WRC 3:39:35.4 6:42.4 4
9. Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Zdeněk Hrůza Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:41:39.8 8:46.8 2
10. France Sébastien Chardonnet France Thibault de la Haye Citroën DS3 WRC 3:41:52.7 8:59.7 1
SWRC
1. (17.) Republic of Ireland Craig Breen Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle Ford Fiesta S2000 3:50:11.3 0.000 25
2. (18.) Saudi Arabia Yazeed Al-Rajhi United Kingdom Michael Orr Ford Fiesta RRC 3:50:48.9 37.6 18
3. (24.) Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson Sweden Emil Axelsson Proton Satria Neo S2000 4:07:44.1 17:32.5 15
4. (30.) Austria Andreas Aigner Germany Detlef Ruf Proton Satria Neo S2000 4:10:26.6 20:15.3 12
WRC Academy
1. United Kingdom Elfyn Evans United Kingdom Philip Pugh Ford Fiesta R2 3:20:42.6 0.0 28
2. Spain José Antonio Suárez Spain Cándido Carrera Ford Fiesta R2 3:21:25.1 42.5 22
3. United Kingdom John MacCrone United Kingdom Stuart Loudon Ford Fiesta R2 3:22:18.0 1:35.4 17
4. Australia Brendan Reeves Australia Rhianon Smyth Ford Fiesta R2 3:23:49.1 3:06.5 13
5. Sweden Fredrik Åhlin Norway Morten Erik Abrahamsen Ford Fiesta R2 3:24:18.9 3:36.3 11
6. Sweden Pontus Tidemand Norway Stig Rune Skjærmoen Ford Fiesta R2 3:27:57.7 7:15.1 10
7. Netherlands Timo van der Marel Netherlands Erwin Berkhof Ford Fiesta R2 3:35:09.8 14:27.2 6
  • Note: ^† – The WRC Academy featured the two first legs of the rally.

Special stages[edit]

Leg Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1 (4 Oct/5 Oct) SS1 16:30 SSS Strasbourg 3.63 km Belgium Thierry Neuville 2:44.7 79.34 km/h Belgium Thierry Neuville
SS2 9:23 Hohlandsbourg – Firstplan 1 28.67 km France Sébastien Loeb 14:36.1 117.81 km/h France Sébastien Loeb
SS3 10:06 Vallée de Munster 1 22.16 km France Sébastien Loeb 11:18.8 117.53 km/h
SS4 11:22 Soultzeren – Pays Welche 1 19.93 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 9:49.2 121.77 km/h
SS5 13:56 Hohlandsbourg – Firstplan 2 28.67 km France Sébastien Loeb 14:28.9 118.78 km/h
SS6 14:39 Vallée de Munster 2 22.16 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 11:07.0 119.60 km/h
SS7 15:55 Soultzeren – Pays Welche 2 19.93 km France Sébastien Loeb 9:44.6 122.73 km/h
SS8 18:35 SSS Mulhouse 4.65 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 3:37.7 76.89 km/h
Leg 2 (6 Oct) SS9 8:38 Massif des Grands Crus – Ungersberg 1 18.16 km France Sébastien Loeb 10:58.0 99.36 km/h
SS10 9:36 Pays d'Ormont 1 43.45 km France Sébastien Loeb 23:20.0 111.73 km/h
SS11 10:47 Pays de la Haute Bruche 1 24.04 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 11:13.1 128.58 km/h
SS12 11:45 Klevener 1 10.75 km Stage cancelled
SS13 14:38 Massif des Grands Crus – Ungersberg 2 18.16 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen
Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
10:53.8 99.99 km/h
SS14 15:36 Pays d'Ormont 2 43.45 km France Sébastien Loeb 23:09.9 112.54 km/h
SS15 16:47 Pays de la Haute Bruche 2 24.04 km France Sébastien Loeb 11:10.8 129.02 km/h
SS16 17:45 Klevener 2 10.75 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 6:08.4 105.05 km/h
Leg 3 (7 Oct) SS17 9:23 Vignoble de Cleebourg 1 17.08 km Belgium Thierry Neuville 10:11.7 100.52 km/h
SS18 10:46 Bischwiller – Gries 1 7.95 km Belgium Thierry Neuville 4:19.2 110.42 km/h
SS19 11:16 SSS Haguenau 1 5.74 km Belgium Thierry Neuville 4:16.2 80.66 km/h
SS20 12:44 Vignoble de Cleebourg 2 (Power stage) 17.08 km Estonia Ott Tänak 10:24.0 98.54 km/h
SS21 14:07 Bischwiller – Gries 2 7.95 km Belgium Thierry Neuville 4:16.8 111.45 km/h
SS22 14:37 SSS Haguenau 2 5.74 km Belgium Thierry Neuville 4:03.7 84.79 km/h

Power stage[edit]

The Power stage was a 17.08 km stage run through the Vignoble de Cleebourg. The three fastest crews through this stage were awarded by drivers' championship points. Ott Tänak was the fastest driver through the stage, earning three additional championship points. Thierry Neuville was second, while Mads Østberg finished third.

Pos. No. Driver Co-driver Car Class Time Difference Avg. spd. Points
1 5 Estonia Ott Tänak Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ford Fiesta RS WRC WRC 10:24.0 0.000 98.32km/h 3
2 8 Belgium Thierry Neuville Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul Citroën DS3 WRC WRC 10:24.9 0.9 98.23km/h 2
3 10 Norway Mads Østberg Sweden Jonas Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC WRC 10:25.8 1.8 98.15km/h 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home sweet home: Loeb celebrates his ninth World Rally Championship in France". Daily Mail. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rally France: Sebastien Loeb clinches final World Rally title". Autosport. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

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