2009 Rally d'Italia Sardegna

The 2009 Rally d'Italia Sardegna was the sixth running of the Rally d'Italia Sardegna and the sixth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. The rally consisted of 17 special stages.

2009 Rally d'Italia Sardegna
6º Rally d'Italia Sardegna
Round 6 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Host countryItaly Italy
Dates runMay 22 – 24, 2009
Stages17
Stage surfaceGravel with some Tarmac
Results
Overall winnerFinland Jari-Matti Latvala
United Kingdom BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT
Crews59 at start, 39 at finish

This year's Rally d'Italia Sardegna has new reforms of this rally, with new stages at the first day & the last day, mostly these new stages are gravel with some section of tarmac that make it difficult for drivers especially the grip of the tyres.

Finns Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen took a double win for the Ford factory team.[1] Latvala's win was his career second, after becoming the youngest-ever driver to win a world rally at the 2008 Swedish Rally. Norwegian privateer Petter Solberg took the final podium spot.

SummaryEdit

Several front-runners ran into problems on stage eleven. Citroën's defending world champion Sébastien Loeb lost over a minute and dropped from third to fourth due to a puncture. His fifth-placed teammate Dani Sordo lost even more time and positions with a turbo problem. Eighth-placed Stobart driver Henning Solberg's day ended after he went off the road and broke his Ford Focus WRC's right-hand front suspension, and Citroën Junior Team's Conrad Rautenbach retired after the stage from tenth place with a damper failure. The rally leader Jari-Matti Latvala of Ford also spun during the stage, but escaped without damage.[2]

Latvala led the event from start to finish, taking Ford's first win since the one-two at the 2008 Rally Japan. His teammate Mikko Hirvonen was less than ten seconds behind after two days and supposed to benefit from running behind Latvala on the road, but dust clouds and the resulting hampered visibility suddenly forced him to settle for second. Ford boss Malcolm Wilson decided against applying team orders. Loeb, whose record-equaling six win streak came to an end, took the third place back by passing Petter Solberg, but was later given a two-minute penalty for a safety rule violation; co-driver Daniel Elena unfastened his safety belts before the crew stopped the car for a tire change (after the puncture on SS11). Loeb escaped a disqualification as the stewards considered the infringement less severe because it had happened while they were not driving at a competitive pace.[3]

Citroën Junior Team's 18-year-old Evgeny Novikov finished fifth, taking his career first points-finish. Stobart's Matthew Wilson took sixth place despite hydraulic problems that slowed him down on day one. After Khalid al-Qassimi had run into several problems while heading for career-best seventh place, the battle for the position was between two Norwegians who had had troublesome rallies, both losing about ten minutes and re-joining the event under SupeRally rules. Henning Solberg chased down Mads Østberg throughout the last day but only got within 0.6 seconds. Nasser Al-Attiyah edged out Patrik Sandell on the last stage to take the honours in the Production World Rally Championship, while the win in the Junior World Rally Championship went to Martin Prokop.[4]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:00:55.7 0.0 10
2   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:01:25.1 29.4 8
3   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Citroën Xsara WRC 4:02:53.3 1:57.6 6
4   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 4:04:39.4 3:43.7 5
5   Evgeny Novikov   Dale Moscatt Citroën C4 WRC 4:06:07.5 5:11.8 4
6   Matthew Wilson   Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:08:25.0 7:29.3 3
7   Mads Östberg   Veronica Engan Subaru Impreza WRC 4:14:16.3 13:20.6 2
8   Henning Solberg   Cato Menkerud Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:14:16.9 13:21.2 1
JWRC
1   Martin Prokop   Jan Tománek Citroën C2 S1600 4:23:40.6 0.0 10
2   Michal Kosciuszko   Maciek Szczepaniak Suzuki Swift S1600 4:23:53.8 13.2 8
3   Aaron Nikolai Burkart   Michael Kölbach Suzuki Swift S1600 4:31:55.4 8:14.8 6
4   Yoann Bonato   Benjamin Boulloud Suzuki Swift S1600 4:34:45.2 11:04.5 5
5   Alessandro Bettega   Simone Scattolin Renault Clio R3 4:35:40.2 11:59.5 4
6   Hans Weijs   Bjorn Degandt Citroën C2 S1600 4:37:14.2 13:33.5 3
7   Simone Bertolotti   Luca Celestini Suzuki Swift S1600 5:13:03.0 49:22.4 2
PWRC
1   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza N14 4:20:39.4 0.0 10
2   Patrik Sandell   Emil Axelsson Škoda Fabia S2000 4:20:40.9 1.5 8
3   Armindo Araujo   Ramalho Miguel Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:24:23.5 3:44.1 6
4   Patrick Flodin   Göran Bergsten Subaru Impreza 4:27:14.9 6:35.5 5
5   Eyvind Brynildsen   Denis Giraudet Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:34:37.9 13:58.5 4
6   Frederic Sauvan   Sebastien Capanna Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:47:14.5 26:35.1 3
7   Gianluca Linari   Paolo Gregoriani Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4:48:10.7 27:31.3 2
8   Gabor Mayer   Robert Tagai Subaru Impreza 4:48:11.3 27:31.9 1

Special stagesEdit

Day Stage Time (CEST) Name Length Winner Time Rally leader
1
(22 May)
SS1 9:32 Sa Conchedda 1 14.99 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 10:33.3   Jari-Matti Latvala
SS2 10:08 Loelle 1 22.3 km   Dani Sordo 13:41.6
SS3 10:43 Crastazza 1 27.81 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 18:24.8
SS4 14:57 Sa Conchedda 2 14.99 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 10:16.3
SS5 15:33 Loelle 2 22.3 km   Sébastien Loeb 13:19.8
SS6 16:08 Crastazza 2 27.81 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 17:57.0
2
(23 May)
SS7 8:45 Sa Linea 1 14.2 km   Mikko Hirvonen 9:10.5
SS8 9:31 Fiorentini 1 22.02 km   Sébastien Loeb 18:06.4
SS9 10:32 Monte Lerno 1 29.15 km   Sébastien Loeb 19:36.7
SS10 15:05 Sa Linea 2 14.2 km   Mikko Hirvonen 9:05.4
SS11 15:51 Fiorentini 2 22.02 km   Petter Solberg 17:53.3
SS12 16:52 Monte Lerno 2 29.15 km   Sébastien Loeb 18:58.6
3
(24 May)
SS13 7:08 Monte Olia 1 19.31 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 14:24.3
SS14 7:42 Sorillis 1 18.66 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 14:21.1
SS15 10:19 Arzachena 10.24 km   Henning Solberg 5:46.7
SS16 11:46 Monte Olia 2 19.31 km   Henning Solberg 14:02.6
SS17 12:20 Sorillis 2 18.66 km   Sébastien Loeb 13:48.3

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 1 1 1 4 55
2   Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 2 Ret 2 38
3   Dani Sordo 2 5 4 3 2 23 31
4   Henning Solberg 4 4 18 5 3 8 21
5   Petter Solberg 6 3 4 Ret 3 20
6   Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 Ret 6 1 19
7   Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 Ret 5 6 15
8   Federico Villagra 7 7 4 Ret 9
9   Mads Østberg 9 6 7 5
  Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 17 7 Ret 5
11   Evgeny Novikov 12 Ret Ret 5 4
  Chris Atkinson 5 4
13   Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 Ret Ret 9 3
  Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 8 16 3
15   Nasser Al-Attiyah 11 16 8 10 1
  Urmo Aava 10 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 Driver 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 - - - - - - 90
2   BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 8 3 18 - - - - - - 61
3   Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 6 5 10 7 - - - - - - 44
4   Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 0 2 6 - - - - - - 19
5   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 4 5 0 - - - - - - 12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Latvala wins Rally of Sardinia in Ford 1-2". USA Today. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  2. ^ "SS11: Carnage!". WRC.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  3. ^ Beer, Matt. "Penalty drops Loeb to fourth". Autosport. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  4. ^ Beer, Matt. "Latvala ends Loeb's winning streak". Autosport. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009.

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