2009 Rally Poland

The 2009 ORLEN Platinum Rally Poland was the 66th running of the Rally Poland and the eighth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. Rally Poland had previously been part of the WRC schedule during the inaugural 1973 season. The rally consisted of 18 special stages and was won by Ford's Mikko Hirvonen, who took his first-ever back-to-back victories. However, the team's celebration was subdued after Jari-Matti Latvala crashed out from second place on the final super special stage, losing important manufacturers' championship points.[1]

2009 Rally Poland
66th ORLEN Platinum Rally Poland
Round 8 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Host countryPoland Poland
Rally baseMikołajki
Dates runJune 25 – 28, 2009
Stages18
Stage surfaceGravel
Results
Overall winnerFinland Mikko Hirvonen
United Kingdom BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Crews48 at start, 34 at finish

Citroën's Dani Sordo then finished second and Stobart's Henning Solberg beat his brother Petter to take the final podium spot. Home country's Krzysztof Hołowczyc, a three-time winner of the event, finished sixth behind regular Stobart driver Matthew Wilson. This marked the first time a Polish driver scored WRC points in the history of the series.[2]

Citroën's defending world champion Sébastien Loeb lost the drivers' championship lead by crashing out in the second rally in a row. However, he re-joined the event under superally rules and with mechanical problems for Andreas Mikkelsen, Mads Østberg and Sébastien Ogier, he had climbed back into the top ten. Citroën then issued team orders and Citroën Junior Team's Conrad Rautenbach and Evgeny Novikov both stopped for enough minutes to let the Frenchman take the eighth place, which eventually became seventh after Latvala's mistake.[1]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 3:07:27.5 0.0 10
2   Dani Sordo   Marc Martí Citroën C4 WRC 3:08:37.8 +1:10.3 8
3   Henning Solberg   Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:09:33.2 +2:05.7 6
4   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Citroën Xsara WRC 3:09:51.8 +2:24.3 5
5   Matthew Wilson   Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:11:45.0 +4:17.5 4
6   Krzysztof Hołowczyc   Łukasz Kurzeja Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:12:01.4 +4:33.9 3
7   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:26:42.6 +19:15.1 2
8   Conrad Rautenbach   Daniel Barritt Citroën C4 WRC 3:26:48.1 +19:20.6 1
JWRC
1   Kevin Abbring   Erwin Mombaerts Renault Clio R3 3:35:05.2 0.0 10
2   Martin Prokop   Jan Tománek Citroën C2 S1600 3:36:15.4 +1:10.2 8
3   Yoann Bonato   Benjamin Boulloud Suzuki Swift S1600 3:40:39.7 +5:34.5 6
4   Hans Weijs   Bjorn Degandt Citroën C2 S1600 3:45:17.2 +10:12.0 5
5   Simone Bertolotti   Luca Celestini Suzuki Swift S1600 3:51:50.3 +16:45.1 4
6   Radosław Typa   Maciej Wisławski Citroën C2 R2 3:56:32.3 +21:27.1 3
7   Luca Griotti   Corrado Bonato Renault Clio R3 4:00:53.6 +25:48.4 2

Special stagesEdit

Day Stage Time (CEST) Name Length Winner Time Rally leader
1
(June 25)
SS1 20:00 Mikołajki 1 2.50 km   Petter Solberg 1:48.3   Petter Solberg
2
(June 26)
SS2 9:51 Grabówka 1 12.09 km   Mikko Hirvonen 6:49.7   Sébastien Loeb
SS3 10:19 Pianki 1 11.34 km   Mikko Hirvonen 5:22.2   Mikko Hirvonen
SS4 10:39 Paprotki 1 33.17 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 18:14.0
SS5 14:01 Grabówka 2 12.09 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 6:49.3
SS6 14:29 Pianki 2 11.34 km   Mikko Hirvonen 5:15.4
SS7 14:59 Paprotki 2 33.17 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 17:57.2
3
(June 27)
SS8 10:14 Danowo 1 11.88 km   Sébastien Loeb 6:18.1
SS9 10:59 Gawliki 1 32.75 km   Dani Sordo 17:44.4
SS10 11:52 Wydminy 1 30.09 km   Sébastien Loeb 15:40.9
SS11 15:18 Danowo 2 11.88 km   Mikko Hirvonen 6:12.5
SS12 16:03 Gawliki 2 32.75 km   Sébastien Loeb 17:21.1
SS13 16:56 Wydminy 2 30.09 km   Sébastien Loeb 15:26.9
4
(June 28)
SS14 7:51 Miłki 1 27.07 km   Sébastien Ogier 13:59.3
SS15 8:57 Tros 1 15.11 km   Henning Solberg 7:53.2
SS16 11:49 Miłki 2 27.07 km   Henning Solberg 13:56.0
SS17 12:55 Tros 2 15.11 km   Sébastien Loeb 7:44.4
SS18 14:24 Mikołajki 2 2.50 km   Petter Solberg 1:49.0

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 2 Ret 2 1 1 58
2   Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 1 1 4 Ret 7 57
3   Dani Sordo 2 5 4 3 2 23 12 2 39
4   Henning Solberg 4 4 18 5 3 8 15 3 27
5   Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 Ret 6 1 3 Ret 25
  Petter Solberg 6 3 4 Ret 3 Ret 4 25
7   Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 Ret 5 6 14 5 19
8   Federico Villagra 7 7 4 Ret 4 14
9   Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 17 7 Ret 2 Ret 13
10   Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 Ret Ret 9 5 8 8
11   Mads Østberg 9 6 7 7 Ret 7
12   Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 8 16 6 6
13   Evgeny Novikov 12 Ret Ret 5 16 9 4
  Chris Atkinson 5 4
15   Krzysztof Hołowczyc 6 3
16   Nasser Al-Attiyah 11 16 8 10 9 1
  Urmo Aava 10 8 1
  Lambros Athanassoulas 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

Pos Team Event Total
points
IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
1   Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 14 16 16 18 8 4 12 106
2   BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 8 3 18 18 10 89
3   Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 6 5 10 7 5 11 60
4   Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 0 2 5 6 5 29
5   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 4 5 0 6 0 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Beer, Matt (28 June 2009). "Hirvonen takes win and points lead". Autosport. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Solberg snatches a place on the podium". Rally-Live.com. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009.

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