2009 Rally Norway

The 2009 Rally Norway, officially 3rd Rally Norway, is the second round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season and the first round of the Production World Rally Championship and is held between February 12 and February 15, 2009. The rally was held on ice- and snow-covered gravel roads between Oslo and Hamar.

2009 Rally Norway
3rd Rally Norway
Round 2 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Vikingskipet-Hamar.jpg
Vikingskipet Olympic Arena in Hamar, which served as depot.
Host countryNorway Norway
Rally baseHamar, Norway
Dates runFebruary 12 – February 15, 2009
Stages23 (361.12 km; 224.39 miles)
Stage surfaceIce/Snow covered Gravel
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total World Rally Team
Crews42 at start, 35 at finish

Rally Norway returned to the calendar in 2009 Season after a years absence. This is the Snow Rally of the season. Historically, the Swedish Rally has usually been the rally held on snow in every WRC Season except 1974 and 1990 due to cancellation, 1994 when it was only part of the FIA 2-Litre World Cup for Manufacturers.

Petter Solberg, driving a Citroën Xsara WRC car, won the first stage of the rally. But Sébastien Loeb of France won in a Citroën C4 WRC, his second win on snow since the 2004 Swedish Rally, remaining only non-Scandinavian rally driver ever to win a Snow Rally. Loeb finished ahead of Mikko Hirvonen by +9.8 seconds. Jari Matti Latvala finished third, despite having spun on the last stage on the second running of the Budor. The highest placed Norwegian driver was Henning Solberg in fourth, who was in a tight battle for the position with Dani Sordo. Sordo had held the position for most of the stages until SS14 Mountain 2, where Solberg passed Sordo for fourth place. Both were under pressure from Swede P-G Andersson, on board a privately entered Škoda Fabia WRC, who passed Solberg at SS7 Finnskogen 2. Andersson had to retire at SS12 Ringsaker 1 when he broke his clutch after hitting a snow bank. Solberg finished in sixth in one peace, although he doubted his clutch would last until the end. He was in a tight battle with Matthew Wilson of Great Britain, who finished in seventh place, ahead of Urmo Aava in eighth who collected his first point of the season.[1][2]

This rally marks the opening Round of the PWRC Season and as the WRC supporting event. Previously, the JWRC was the supporting event in 2007. Swede Patrik Sandell won the class. Eyvind Brynildsen and his co-driver Denis Giraudet, Didier Auriol's former co-driver finished second. Czech Martin Prokop finished in third place ahead of Armindo Araujo. Andis Neiksans of Latvia finished fifth ahead of Jaromir Tarabus in sixth.[3]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:28:15.9 10
2.   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:28:25.7 +9.8 8
3.   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:29:37.7 +1:21.8 6
4.   Henning Solberg   Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:31:49.4 +3:33.5 5
5.   Dani Sordo   Marc Marti Citroën C4 WRC 3:32:07.9 +3:52.0 4
6.   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Citroën Xsara WRC 3:34:41.3 +6:25.4 3
7.   Matthew Wilson   Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:34:51.5 +6:35.6 2
8.   Urmo Aava   Kuldar Sikk Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:35:05.0 +6:49.1 1
PWRC
1. (13.)   Patrik Sandell   Emil Axelsson Škoda Fabia Super 2000 3:49:43.6 10
2. (14.)   Eyvind Brynildsen   Denis Giraudet Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:50:27.7 +44.1 8
3. (16.)   Martin Prokop   Jan Tománek Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:52:40.3 +2:56.7 6
4. (17.)   Armindo Araujo   Miguel Ramalho Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:53:40.6 +3:57.0 5
5. (18.)   Andis Neiksans   Peteris Dzirkals Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4:00:23.5 +10:39.9 4
6. (20.)   Jaromir Tarabus   Daniel Trunkat Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000 4:02:33.1 +12:49.5 3
7. (26.)   Patrik Flodin   Göran Bergsten Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:10:01.1 +20:17.5 2
8. (30.)   Frederic Sauvan   Thibault Gorczyca Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4:24:48.0 +35:04.4 1

Special stagesEdit

Day Stage Time (CET) Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(12 FEB)
SS1 20:04 Oslo 1.92 km   Petter Solberg 1:32.8 74.5 km/h   Petter Solberg
2
(13 FEB)
SS2 09:03 Opaker 1 14.62 km   Mikko Hirvonen 8:06.0 108.3 km/h   Mikko Hirvonen
SS3 09:39 Kirkenær 1 8.0 km   Sébastien Loeb 6:36.8 72.6 km/h   Sébastien Loeb
SS4 10:19 Finnskogen 1 20.87 km   Mikko Hirvonen 11:55.4 105.0 km/h   Mikko Hirvonen
SS5 11:13 Kongsvinger 1 13.45 km   Mikko Hirvonen 8:56.9 90.2 km/h
SS6 12:45 Opaker 2 14.62 km   Per-Gunnar Andersson 8:11.2 107.1 km/h
SS7 13:51 Finnskogen 2 20.87 km   Per-Gunnar Andersson 11:58.9 104.5 km/h
SS8 14:45 Kongsvinger 2 13.45 km   Mikko Hirvonen 9:10.3 88.0 km/h
SS9 15:46 Kirkenær 2 8.0 km   Sébastien Loeb 6:55.0 69.46 km/h   Sébastien Loeb
3
(14 FEB)
SS10 07:53 Mountain 1 24.36 km   Sébastien Loeb 12:43.3 114.9 km/h
SS11 08:58 Lillehammer 1 6.78 km   Sébastien Loeb 5:04.8 80.1 km/h
SS12 09:58 Ringsaker 1 27.29 km   Sébastien Loeb 14:30.8 112.8 km/h
SS13 11:04 Hamar 1 1.15 km   Sébastien Loeb 1:11.8 57.7 km/h
SS14 13:15 Mountain 2 24.36 km   Henning Solberg 13:13.4 110.5 km/h
SS15 14:20 Lillehammer 2 6.78 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 5:15.3 77.4 km/h
SS16 15:20 Ringsaker 2 27.29 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 15:06.7 108.4 km/h
SS17 16:26 Hamar 2 1.15 km   Sébastien Loeb 1:14.1 55.9 km/h
4
(15 FEB)
SS18 07:34 Våler 1 30.03 km   Mikko Hirvonen 16:07.5 111.7 km/h
SS19 08:35 Elverum 1 13.31 km   Sébastien Loeb 6:18.9 126.5 km/h
SS20 09:23 Budor 1 19.74 km   Mikko Hirvonen 10:12.3 116.1 km/h
SS21 11:59 Våler 2 30.03 km   Mikko Hirvonen 16:23.4 109.9 km/h
SS22 13:00 Elverum 2 13.31 km   Mikko Hirvonen 6:24.6 124.6 km/h
SS23 13:48 Budor 2 19.74 km   Sébastien Loeb 10:24.7 113.8 km/h

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Loeb 1 1 20
2   Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 14
3   Dani Sordo 2 5 12
4   Henning Solberg 4 4 10
5   Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 6
6   Chris Atkinson 5 4
7   Matthew Wilson 7 7 4
8   Sébastien Ogier 6 10 3
9   Petter Solberg 6 3
10   Urmo Aava 10 8 1
11   Khalid al-Qassimi 8 1
Pos Driver IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
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 Driver Event Total
points
IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
1   Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 14 32
2   BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 22
  Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 16
4   Citroën Junior Team 5 3 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sebastien Loeb wins Rally Norway for Citroen!". WRC.com. 2009-02-16. Archived from the original on 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2009-02-16.
  2. ^ "Ecstatic Loeb wins Rally Norway". www.rallynorway.com. 16 February 2009. Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  3. ^ "Sandell takes historic P-WRC win". 2009-02-16. Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-16.

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