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2009 Rally de Portugal

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The 2009 Vodafone Rally de Portugal was the 43rd running of the Rally Portugal and the fourth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. It took place between 2-5 April 2009 and consisted of 18 special stages.

2009 Rally de Portugal
43º Vodafone Rally de Portugal
Round 4 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Eddie Stobart motorsport number 5 Wilson Portugal Rally 2009.jpg
Stobart's Matthew Wilson during the rally.
Host countryPortugal Portugal
Rally baseVilamoura
Dates run2 April – 5 April 2009
Stages18 (341.36 km; 212.11 miles)
Stage surfacegravel
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total World Rally Team
Crews68 at start, 41 at finish

The event was won by Citroën's Sébastien Loeb ahead of Ford's Mikko Hirvonen and Loeb's teammate Dani Sordo. Norwegian drivers Petter Solberg, his brother Henning Solberg and Mads Østberg took the following positions. The last point-scoring places went to Federico Villagra and Khalid al-Qassimi, after Evgeny Novikov crashed out from eighth place on stage 15, and fifth-placed Matthew Wilson and now eighth-placed Conrad Rautenbach both retired on the penultimate stage.

The early leader Jari-Matti Latvala had a big crash on the fourth stage, rolling his Ford Focus WRC 17 times over a distance of 150 metres. Marcus Grönholm, who came out of retirement to contest the rally in a Prodrive-prepared Subaru Impreza WRC, crashed out from fourth place on stage eight. [1]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 3:53:13.1 0.0 10
2   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:53:37.4 24.3 8
3   Dani Sordo   Marc Marti Citroën C4 WRC 3:54:58.5 1:45.4 6
4   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Citroën Xsara WRC 3:55:57.7 2:44.6 5
5   Henning Solberg   Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 08 3:58:59.4 5:46.3 4
6   Mads Østberg   Ole Kristian Unnerud Subaru Impreza WRC 08 3:59:33.9 6:20.8 3
7   Federico Villagra   Jose Diaz Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:06:12.6 12:59.5 2
8   Khalid al-Qassimi   Michael Orr Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:11:24.8 18:21.7 1
JWRC
1   Michal Kosciuszko   Maciek Szczepaniak Suzuki Swift S1600 4:22:38.6 0.0 10
2   Kevin Abbring   Erwin Mombaerts Renault Clio R3 4:28:45.1 6:06.5 8
3   Hans Weijs Jr.   Bjorn Degandt Citroën C2 S1600 4:32:01.3 9:22.7 6
4   Luca Griotti   Corrado Bonato Renault Clio R3 4:37:48.7 15:10.9 5
5   Alessandro Bettega   Simone Scattolin Renault Clio R3 4:49:23.1 26:44.5 4
6   Simone Bertolotti   Luca Celestini Suzuki Swift S1600 5:04:38.9 42:00.3 3
PWRC
1   Armindo Araujo   Miguel Ramalho Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:15:31.6 0.0 10
2   Martin Prokop   Jan Tománek Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:16:38.7 1:07.1 8
3   Eyvind Brynildsen   Denis Giraudet Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:16:44.7 1:13.1 6
4   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4:26:09.2 10:37.6 5
5   Mark Tapper   Jeff Rudd Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 4:41:21.2 25:49.6 4
6   Gianluca Linari   Andrea Cecchi Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4:43:39.3 28:07.7 3
7   Gaurav Singh Gill   David Senior Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4:46:25.3 30:53.7 2
8   Martin Semerád   Bohuslav Ceplecha Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 5:00:32.7 45:01.1 1

Special stagesEdit

Day Stage Time (WEST) Name Length Winner Time Rally leader
1
(2-3 APR)
SS1 16:50 Estadio Algarve 1 2.21 km   Henning Solberg 2:09.6   Henning Solberg
SS2 10:15 Ourique 1 23.42 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 14:26.9   Jari-Matti Latvala
SS3 11:12 Silves 1 21.54 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 12:11.6
SS4 11:55 Malhao 1 22.04 km   Sébastien Loeb 14:10.8   Daniel Sordo
SS5 15:00 Ourique 2 23.42 km   Mikko Hirvonen 14:27.3   Mikko Hirvonen
SS6 15:57 Silves 2 21.54 km   Daniel Sordo 12:09.8
SS7 16:40 Malhao 2 22.04 km   Sébastien Loeb 14:06.6
2
(4 APR)
SS8 09:55 Santa Clara 1 22.61 km   Sébastien Loeb 13:52.3
SS9 10:30 Almodovar 1 27.18 km   Sébastien Loeb 17:14.6   Sébastien Loeb
SS10 11:40 Vascao 1 22.8 km   Sébastien Loeb 14:47.2
SS11 14:50 Santa Clara 2 22.61 km   Sébastien Loeb 13:50.0
SS12 15:25 Almodovar 2 27.18 km   Sébastien Loeb 17:20.3
SS13 16:35 Vascao 2 22.8 km   Sébastien Loeb 14:40.6
3
(5 APR)
SS14 07:50 Loule 1 22.65 km   Sébastien Loeb 15:46.6
SS15 08:45 S. Bras Alportel 1 16.23 km   Sébastien Loeb 11:40.1
SS16 11:16 Loule 2 22.65 km   Mikko Hirvonen 15:34.9
SS17 12:11 S. Bras Alportel 2 16.23 km   Mikko Hirvonen 11:36.0
SS18 14:00 Estadio Algarve 2 2.21 km   Henning Solberg 2:08.8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Four in a row for Sebastien Loeb in Portugal". Rally De Portugal Official Site. 2009-04-05. Archived from the original on April 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-28.

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