2008 Rally Catalunya

The 2008 Rally Catalunya, officially 44è Rally RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada, was the 44th Rally Catalunya and the 12th round of the 2008 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place during October 2–5, 2008 and consisted of 18 special stages.

2008 Rally Catalunya
44è Rally RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada
Round 12 of the 2008 World Rally Championship
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Rally baseSalou
Dates runOctober 2 – 5 2008
Stages18 (352.87 km; 219.26 miles)
Stage surfaceTarmac
Overall distance1,359.96 km (845.04 miles)
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total World Rally Team
Crews69 at start, 48 at finish

The rally was won by Citroën Total World Rally Team's Sébastien Loeb ahead of his teammate Dani Sordo. This was Citroën's third double win in a row, after previous one-two finishes in Germany and New Zealand. BP Ford World Rally Team's Mikko Hirvonen and François Duval took comfortable third and fourth positions, although only battled with each other and never managed to challenge the Citroëns. Duval eased off in one stage to let Hirvonen, who continued his fight for the drivers' title with Loeb, to take the third place and one extra point.

Subaru World Rally Team's Petter Solberg fought for fifth place with Urmo Aava until the penultimate stage, when Aava retired after making a mistake and breaking his Citroën C4 WRC's suspension. The battle for sixth place went down to the wire, with Stobart M-Sport Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala edging out Subaru's Chris Atkinson by 1.1 seconds. Andreas Mikkelsen drove his privateer Ford Focus RS WRC 07 to eighth place, taking the second points finish of his career.

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:21:17.4 0.0 10
2.   Dani Sordo   Marc Marti Citroën C4 WRC 3:21:42.3 24.9 8
3.   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:22:19.9 1:02.5 6
4.   François Duval   Patrick Pivato Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:22:28.2 1:10.8 5
5.   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 3:24:44.8 3:27.4 4
6.   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:25:21.2 4:03.8 3
7.   Chris Atkinson   Stéphane Prévot Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 3:25:22.3 4:04.9 2
8.   Andreas Mikkelsen   Ola Floene Ford Focus RS WRC 07 3:26:37.0 5:19.6 1

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ARG
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
TUR
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Loeb 1 Ret. 1 1 10 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 96
2   Mikko Hirvonen 2 2 4 5 1 2 3 1 2 4 3 3 84
3   Dani Sordo 11 6 17 3 2 5 5 4 4 2 2 2 59
4   Chris Atkinson 3 21 2 2 3 6 Ret. 13 3 6 Ret. 7 42
5   Jari-Matti Latvala 12 1 3 15 7 3 7 2 39 9 Ret. 6 37
6   Petter Solberg 5 4 12 Ret. Ret. 10 2 6 6 5 4 5 36
7   Henning Solberg 9 13 5 Ret. 4 7 8 5 5 7 9 11 22
8   Gigi Galli 6 3 Ret. 7 8 4 Ret. Ret. Ret. Ret. Inj. Inj. 17
9   François Duval 4 3 Ret. 4 16
10   Matthew Wilson 10 Ret. 6 Ret. 5 12 6 7 9 12 17 9 12
11   Urmo Aava 18 Ret. 8 4 Ret. 16 8 5 35 11
12   Federico Villagra 7 6 6 14 13 9 Ret. 8 12 9
13   Conrad Rautenbach Ret. 16 16 4 26 13 10 8 10 10 Ret. Ret. 6
14   Andreas Mikkelsen 5 Ret. 19 12 11 8 5
15   Toni Gardemeister Ret. 7 Ret. Ret. Ret. Ret. 9 Ret. 8 10 7 13 5
16   Per-Gunnar Andersson 8 Ret. Ret. 24 Ret. 9 11 Ret. Ret. 15 6 32 4
17   Jean-Marie Cuoq 7 2
  Matti Rantanen 7
19   Juho Hänninen 8 21 13 14 29 1
  Sébastien Ogier 8 11 22 36 19 Ret.
  Andreas Aigner 31 8 14 11 Ret. Ret.
Pos Driver MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ARG
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
TUR
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
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 Team Event Total
points
MON
 
SWE
 
MEX
 
ARG
 
JOR
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
TUR
 
FIN
 
GER
 
NZL
 
ESP
 
FRA
 
JPN
 
GBR
 
1   Citroën Total World Rally Team 11 4 10 16 9 14 15 11 15 18 18 18 - - - 159
2   BP Ford World Rally Team 8 18 11 7 13 14 10 18 9 7 6 11 - - - 132
3   Subaru World Rally Team 10 6 9 8 6 3 8 3 9 7 5 6 - - - 80
4   Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 3 3 7 5 3 4 4 6 0 4 - - - 55
5   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 6 4 4 2 0 3 0 0 3 0 - - - 22
6   Suzuki World Rally Team 2 3 0 1 0 1 3 0 2 1 7 0 - - - 20

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