2007 Rally New Zealand

The 2007 Rally New Zealand (37th Propecia Rally New Zealand), 11th round of 2007 World Rally Championship, was run on 31 August to 2 September. After a tight battle for three days, Marcus Grönholm beat Sébastien Loeb for the win by 0.3 seconds, making it the second-closest finish in WRC history (after 2011 Jordan Rally's 0.2s). This was the closest finish in the history of the World Rally Championship. The previous record was held by the 1998 Rally de Portugal, in which Colin McRae took the win 2.1 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz.[1]

2007 Rally New Zealand
37th Propecia Rally New Zealand
Round 11 of the 2007 World Rally Championship
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Cape Palliser coast.jpg
Coast of New Zealand.
Host country New Zealand
Rally baseHamilton, New Zealand
Dates run31 August – 2 September 2007
Stages18 (353.56 km; 219.69 miles)
Stage surfaceGravel
Overall distance1,255.98 km (780.43 miles)
Results
Overall winnerFinland Marcus Grönholm
United Kingdom BP Ford World Rally Team
Crews68 at start, 59 at finish

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1.   Marcus Grönholm   Timo Rautiainen Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:52:53.9 0.0 10
2.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:52:54.2 0.3 8
3.   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:54:36.7 1:42.8 6
4.   Chris Atkinson   Stéphane Prévot Subaru Impreza WRC 07 3:55:26.2 2:32.3 5
5.   Jari-Matti Latvala   Ole Kristian Unnerud Ford Focus RS WRC 06 3:55:30.8 2:36.9 4
6.   Daniel Sordo   Marc Marti Citroën C4 WRC 3:56:35.9 3:42.0 3
7.   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC 07 3:56:48.6 3:54.7 2
8.   Urmo Aava   Kuldar Sikk Mitsubishi Lancer WR05 4:02:10.2 9:16.3 1
PCWRC
1. (13.)   Toshi Arai   Tony Sircombe Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:13:35.8 0.0 10
2. (14.)   Niall McShea   Gordon Noble Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:13:38.4 2.6 8
3. (15.)   Richard Mason   Sara Randall Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:14:46.0 1:10.2 6
4. (16.)   Gabriel Pozzo   Daniel Stillo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4:14:48.9 1:13.1 5
5. (17.)   Fumio Nutahara   Daniel Barritt Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4:14:55.7 1:19.9 4
6. (18.)   Armindo Araujo   Miguel Ramalho Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4:15:16.0 1:40.2 3
7. (19.)   Juho Hänninen   Mikko Markkula Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4:15:46.9 2:11.1 2
8. (22.)   Martin Rauam   Kristo Kraag Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 4:16:15.2 2:39.4 1

Special StagesEdit

All dates and times are NZST (UTC+12).

Leg Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(31 Aug)
SS1 09:18 Pirongia West 1 18.30 km   M. Grönholm 13:40.5 80.29 km/h   M. Grönholm
SS2 10:21 Waitomo 1 43.88 km   M. Grönholm 28:47.8 91.43 km/h
SS3 14:07 Pirongia West 2 18.30 km   S. Loeb 13:32.4 81.09 km/h
SS4 15:10 Waitomo 2 43.88 km   S. Loeb 28:20.4 92.9 km/h
SS5 17:03 Mystery Creek 1 3.14 km   C. Atkinson 2:56.2 64.15 km/h
2
(1 Sep)
SS6 09:03 Port Waikato 17.21 km   S. Loeb 9:33.2 108.09 km/h
SS7 09:41 Possum 13.88 km   M. Grönholm 10:38.2 78.3 km/h
SS8 10:19 Franklin 31.57 km   S. Loeb 21:15.7 89.09 km/h
SS9 12:32 Mystery Creek 2 3.14 km   M. Grönholm 2:54.7 64.71 km/h
SS10 14:58 Te Akau South 31.92 km   S. Loeb 18:25.0 103.99 km/h
SS11 15:41 Te Akau North 32.36 km   S. Loeb 16:59.8 114.23 km/h   S. Loeb
3
(2 Sep)
SS12 09:03 Maungatawhiri 1 5.34 km   M. Grönholm 2:41.3 119.18 km/h   M. Grönholm
SS13 09:31 Te Hutewai 1 11.22 km   S. Loeb 7:54.3 85.16 km/h   S. Loeb
SS14 09:59 Whaanga Coast 1 29.81 km   S. Loeb 21:00.8 85.12 km/h
SS15 11:38 Maungatawhiri 2 5.34 km   M. Grönholm 2:39.7 120.38 km/h
SS16 12:06 Te Hutewai 2 11.22 km   M. Grönholm 7:43.0 87.24 km/h
SS17 12:34 Whaanga Coast 2 29.81 km   M. Grönholm 20:32.1 87.1 km/h   M. Grönholm
SS18 14:18 Mystery Creek 3 3.14 km   S. Loeb 2:52.5 65.53 km/h

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
NOR
 
MEX
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
IRL
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Marcus Grönholm 3 1 2 2 4 2 1 1 1 4 1 90
2   Sébastien Loeb 1 2 14 1 1 1 Ret 2 3 1 2 80
3   Mikko Hirvonen 5 3 1 3 5 3 2 4 2 3 3 69
4   Dani Sordo 2 12 25 4 3 6 3 24 Ret Ret 6 31
  Petter Solberg 6 Ret 4 Ret 2 Ret 5 3 Ret 6 7 31
6   Henning Solberg 14 4 3 9 9 5 4 5 5 14 9 28
7   Chris Atkinson 4 8 19 5 Ret 7 10 6 4 15 4 25
8   Jari-Matti Latvala Ret Ret 5 7 8 4 9 12 Ret 8 5 17
9   Toni Gardemeister 7 6 Ret DSQ 6 7 10
10   Daniel Carlsson 5 7 6 Ret 9
  Manfred Stohl 10 7 12 6 10 8 7 8 Ret Ret 12 9
12   François Duval Ret 2 8
  Jan Kopecký 8 10 8 22 Ret 7 Ret 5 8
14   Gigi Galli 13 6 7 5
15   Xavier Pons 25 Ret 16 6 18 Ret 3
  Urmo Aava 28 15 13 14 7 12 8 3
17   Matthew Wilson 12 Ret 26 8 12 30 12 10 10 9 10 1
  Juho Hänninen DSQ 17 11 8 Ret Ret 19 1
  Mads Østberg 9 37 Ret Ret 8 1
Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
NOR
 
MEX
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
IRL
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
Key
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)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Rank Manufacturer Event Total
points
MON
 
SWE
 
NOR
 
MEX
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
IRL
 
GBR
 
1 BP Ford World Rally Team 10 16 18 14 9 14 18 15 18 11 16 - - - - - 159
2 Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 9 1 15 16 13 6 8 6 10 11 - - - - - 113
3 Subaru World Rally Team 8 2 5 4 8 2 5 9 5 5 7 - - - - - 60
4 Stobart VK M-Sport Ford 1 5 10 3 2 9 7 4 4 5 5 - - - - - 55
5 OMV Kronos 2 7 5 3 4 1 3 2 0 8 0 - - - - - 35
6 Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 - - - - - 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Closest wins". World Rally Archive. Retrieved 2 September 2007.

External linksEdit