2011 Jordan Rally

The 2011 Jordan Rally was the fourth round of the 2011 World Rally Championship season. The rally took place over 14–16 April, and was based beside the Dead Sea, some 50 kilometres (31 mi) from the country's capital, Amman. The rally was also be the second round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship.

2011 Jordan Rally
29th Jordan Rally
Round 4 of the 2011 World Rally Championship season
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Host country Jordan
Rally baseDead Sea Centre, Jordan
Dates runApril 14 – 16 2011
Stages20 (333.04 km; 206.94 miles)[1]
Stage surfaceGravel
Overall distance1,008.89 km (626.90 miles)[1]
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Ogier
France Citroën World Rally Team
Crews31 at start, 23 at finish

The rally had been under threat ever since the previous round of the championship in Portugal due to the protests in neighbouring country Syria, where the equipment for the rally docks before being driven into Jordan;[2] Citroën World Rally Team principal Olivier Quesnel called for the event to be cancelled.[2] However, the teams confirmed attendance of the rally on 1 April, with equipment being docked in the Israeli port of Haifa.[3] The transportation took longer than expected, which forced the recce of the rally to be put back by a day.[4] Further delays with transportation, including the boat carrying the equipment suffering mechanical issues, left teams and officials with the possibility of having to erect the service park in one day, rather than the normal four days,[5] but were not scheduled to halt running of the rally.[6] A storm outside Haifa left it unsafe for the boat to dock until Wednesday morning, which eventually led to the cancellation of Thursday's stages.[7] No further changes were made to the remainder of the itinerary, leaving fourteen stages to be run.[8]

The rally concluded with the closest finish in the history of the World Rally Championship.[9] Heading into the final 10.50 km (6.52 mi) Power Stage, Jari-Matti Latvala held a lead of 0.5 seconds over Sébastien Ogier, but Ogier overhauled his rival by just 0.2 seconds after winning the stage by 0.04 seconds over Latvala's Ford teammate Mikko Hirvonen,[10] and crucially, 0.7 seconds over Latvala. Sébastien Loeb finished third ahead of Hirvonen. Bernardo Sousa won the Super 2000 class with a tenth place overall finish.

ResultsEdit

Event standingsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
Overall
1.   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia Citroën DS3 WRC 2:48:28.2 0.0 28
2.   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:48:28.4 0.2 18
3.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC 2:48:55.9 27.7 16
4.   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:51:12.9 2:44.7 14
5.   Matthew Wilson   Scott Martin Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:54:13.1 5:44.9 10
6.   Kimi Räikkönen   Kaj Lindström Citroën DS3 WRC 2:54:43.1 6:14.9 8
7.   Federico Villagra   Jorge Pérez Companc Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:57:46.9 9:18.7 6
8.   Khalid Al Qassimi   Michael Orr Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2:58:11.9 9:43.7 4
9.   Dennis Kuipers   Bjorn Degandt Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:02:55.7 14:27.5 2
10.   Bernardo Sousa   António Costa Ford Fiesta S2000 3:03:33.7 15:05.5 1
SWRC
1. (10.)   Bernardo Sousa   António Costa Ford Fiesta S2000 3:03:33.7 0.0 25
2. (11.)   Karl Kruuda   Martin Järveoja Škoda Fabia S2000 3:03:55.4 21.7 18
3. (12.)   Hermann Gassner, Jr.   Kathi Wüstenhagen Škoda Fabia S2000 3:05:55.8 2:22.1 15
4. (17.)   Albert Llovera   Diego Vallejo Abarth Grande Punto S2000 3:21:07.2 17:33.5 12
5. (18.)   Eyvind Brynildsen   Cato Menkerud Škoda Fabia S2000 3:26:55.2 23:21.5 10

Special stagesEdit

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(14 Apr)
SS1 11:33 Wadi Shueib 1 8.65 km Leg cancelled[7][8]
SS2 12:16 Mount Nebo 1 11.09 km
SS3 13:03 Ma'in 1 17.00 km
SS4 15:30 Wadi Shueib 2 8.65 km
SS5 16:13 Mount Nebo 2 11.09 km
SS6 17:00 Ma'in 2 17.00 km
Leg 2
(15 Apr)
SS7 09:03 Suwayma 1 13.50 km   Sébastien Loeb 7:01.0 115.44 km/h   Sébastien Loeb
SS8 09:46 Kafrain 1 17.20 km   Petter Solberg 12:11.6 84.64 km/h   Sébastien Loeb
  Sébastien Ogier
SS9 10:49 Jordan River 1 41.45 km   Sébastien Ogier 27:32.6 90.29 km/h   Sébastien Ogier
SS10 13:37 Suwayma 2 13.50 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 6:59.0 115.99 km/h
SS11 14:20 Kafrain 2 17.20 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 11:48.2 87.43 km/h
SS12 15:23 Jordan River 2 41.45 km   Sébastien Ogier 27:13.5 91.35 km/h
Leg 3
(16 Apr)
SS13 08:20 Yakrut 1 14.16 km   Sébastien Loeb 8:30.6 99.84 km/h
SS14 08:50 Bahath 1 12.53 km   Mikko Hirvonen 9:30.0 79.14 km/h
SS15 09:35 Mahes 1 20.44 km   Mikko Hirvonen 14:33.0 84.29 km/h
SS16 10:18 Baptism Site 1 10.50 km   Sébastien Loeb 5:21.7 117.50 km/h
SS17 12:18 Yakrut 2 14.16 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 8:15.8 102.82 km/h
SS18 12:48 Bahath 2 12.53 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 9:10.5 81.94 km/h
SS19 13:33 Mahes 2 20.44 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 14:09.1 86.66 km/h   Jari-Matti Latvala
SS20 15:00 Baptism Site 2 (Power stage) 10.50 km   Sébastien Ogier 5:21.7 117.50 km/h   Sébastien Ogier

Power StageEdit

The "Power stage" was a live, televised 10.50 km (6.52 mi) stage at the end of the rally, held near the Dead Sea Centre.

Pos Driver Time Diff. Avg. speed Points
1   Sébastien Ogier 5:21.7 0.0 117.50 km/h 3
2   Mikko Hirvonen 5:21.7 0.0 117.50 km/h 2
3   Sébastien Loeb 5:22.0 0.3 117.39 km/h 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Itineraries" (PDF). Jordan Rally. Jordan Motorsport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b Evans, David (25 March 2011). "Syria unrest threatens Jordan Rally". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  3. ^ Evans, David (1 April 2011). "FIA, teams confirm Jordan presence". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  4. ^ Evans, David (8 April 2011). "Jordan recce delayed by boat issue". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  5. ^ Evans, David; Beer, Matt (11 April 2011). "Further delay to Jordan build-up". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  6. ^ Evans, David (11 April 2011). "Delays unlikely to halt Jordan Rally". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  7. ^ a b Evans, David (13 April 2011). "Rally Jordan's first day cancelled". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Jordan Rally action to begin on Friday". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Ogier wins Jordan Rally". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Power Stage win for Ogier". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.

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