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2011 Rally Sweden

The 2011 Rally Sweden was the opening round of 2011 World Rally Championship season. It was the season's first and only event held on snow- and ice-covered gravel roads. The rally took place over 10–13 February, beginning with a Super Special Stage in the event's base town of Karlstad. The rally was also the first round of the Production World Rally Championship.

2011 Rally Sweden
59th Uddeholm Swedish Rally
Round 1 of the 2011 World Rally Championship
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Host country Sweden
Rally baseKarlstad, Sweden
Dates runFebruary 10 – 13 2011
Stages22 (351.00 km; 218.10 miles)[1]
Stage surfaceSnow- and Ice-covered gravel
Overall distance2,059.89 km (1,279.96 miles)[1]
Results
Overall winnerFinland Mikko Hirvonen
United Kingdom Ford World Rally Team
Crews44 at start, 34 at finish

The rally saw a beginning to a new era in the World Rally Championship, with the previous generation of WRC machinery such as the Citroën C4 and the Ford Focus being phased out in favour of cars with a displacement of 1.6 litres (98 cu in). Citroën will use their DS3 model, and Ford will use the Fiesta RS over the course of the 2011 season.[2] Also introduced for the 2011 season is the Power Stage, in which the final stage of each rally will award bonus points towards the championship standings. The fastest driver on the stage, will receive three points with two for the second-fastest and one for the third-fastest.[2]

Mikko Hirvonen took the 13th WRC win of his career, and his first victory since winning the same event in 2010, having overhauled Mads Østberg midway through the second day.[3] Østberg took his best result in the championship, finishing on the podium for the first time just 6.5 seconds behind Hirvonen.[3] The podium was completed by another Ford driver, as Hirvonen's teammate Jari-Matti Latvala finished third, 34 seconds behind Hirvonen. Sébastien Ogier finished as the best Citroën driver in fourth place, and also picked up maximum bonus points with his victory on the first Power Stage of the season. Fellow Citroën driver Petter Solberg rounded out the top five places, despite losing his licence before the final stage due to a speeding infringement on Friday afternoon. As per the country's law, the Swedish Police Authority had given Solberg 48 hours grace before he could no longer drive after being caught going at 112 km/h (70 mph) in an area where the limit was 80 km/h (50 mph).[4] With the ban coming into effect prior to the final stage, Solberg's co-driver Chris Patterson had to drive the stage.[5]

In the supporting PWRC class, Martin Semerád took his first victory by over five minutes ahead of Yuriy Protasov.[6]

ResultsEdit

Event standingsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
Overall
1.   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:23:56.6 0.0 25
2.   Mads Østberg   Jonas Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:24:03.1 6.5 18
3.   Jari-Matti Latvala   Miikka Anttila Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:24:30.6 34.0 16
4.   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia Citroën DS3 WRC 3:24:44.3 47.7 15
5.   Petter Solberg   Chris Patterson Citroën DS3 WRC 3:25:27.8 1:31.2 10
6.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën DS3 WRC 3:26:26.9 2:30.3 10
7.   Per-Gunnar Andersson   Emil Axelsson Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:30:18.6 6:22.0 6
8.   Kimi Räikkönen   Kaj Lindström Citroën DS3 WRC 3:30:58.9 7:02.3 4
9.   Matthew Wilson   Scott Martin Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:34:08.1 10:11.5 2
10.   Khalid Al Qassimi   Michael Orr Ford Fiesta RS WRC 3:34:27.7 10:31.1 1
PWRC
1. (16.)   Martin Semerád   Michal Ernst Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:46:59.8 0.0 25
2. (19.)   Yuriy Protasov   Adrian Aftanaziv Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 3:52:17.1 5:17.3 18
3. (21.)   Nicolás Fuchs   Rubén Francisco García Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:53:43.9 6:44.1 15
4. (22.)   Valeriy Gorban   Evgen Leonov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:53:49.3 6:49.5 12
5. (28.)   Gianluca Linari   Paolo Gregoriani Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:14:45.3 27:45.5 10
6. (31.)   Dmitry Tagirov   Anna Zavershinskaya Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:21:53.4 34:53.6 8
7. (32.)   Oleksandr Saliuk, Jr.   Pavlo Cherepin Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4:22:52.5 35:52.7 6
8. (33.)   Majed Al Shamsi   Khalid Al Kedi Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4:29:52.6 42:52.8 4

Special stagesEdit

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(10–11 Feb)
SS1 20:04 Karlstad Super Special Stage 1 1.90 km   Per-Gunnar Andersson 1:39.7 68.61 km/h   Per-Gunnar Andersson
SS2 07:58 Vargåsen 1 24.63 km   Mads Østberg 14:41.9 100.54 km/h   Mads Østberg
SS3 09:39 Likenäs 1 20.78 km   Per-Gunnar Andersson 12:10.1 102.46 km/h
SS4 10:55 Løvhaugen 1 19.26 km   Mads Østberg 11:36.5 99.55 km/h
SS5 14:13 Vargåsen 2 24.63 km   Per-Gunnar Andersson
  Mads Østberg
14:05.0 104.93 km/h
SS6 15:54 Likenäs 2 20.78 km   Sébastien Ogier 11:39.5 106.94 km/h
SS7 17:10 Løvhaugen 2 19.26 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 10:49.7 106.72 km/h
Leg 2
(12 Feb)
SS8 08:00 Lesjöfors 1 15.00 km   Sébastien Loeb 9:38.4 93.36 km/h
SS9 09:01 Sågen 1 14.23 km   Petter Solberg 7:44.0 110.41 km/h
SS10 10:06 Fredriksberg 1 18.15 km   Per-Gunnar Andersson 10:55.8 99.63 km/h
SS11 11:08 Värmullsåsen 1 15.42 km   Petter Solberg 8:40.2 107.40 km/h   Mikko Hirvonen
SS12 13:26 Lesjöfors 2 15.00 km   Sébastien Loeb 9:35.3 93.86 km/h
SS13 14:27 Sågen 2 14.23 km   Sébastien Loeb 7:50.1 108.97 km/h
SS14 15:32 Fredriksberg 2 18.15 km   Sébastien Ogier 11:02.2 98.67 km/h
SS15 16:34 Värmullsåsen 2 15.42 km   Sébastien Loeb 8:45.7 105.60 km/h
SS16 20:00 Karlstad Super Special Stage 2 1.90 km   Petter Solberg 1:38.9 69.16 km/h
Leg 3
(13 Feb)
SS17 07:51 Torntorp 1 19.21 km   Mikko Hirvonen 9:49.2 117.37 km/h
SS18 08:43 Gustavsfors 1 4.16 km   Mikko Hirvonen 2:22.1 105.39 km/h
SS19 09:37 Rämmen 1 22.76 km   Mikko Hirvonen 11:55.3 114.55 km/h
SS20 12:09 Torntorp 2 19.21 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 10:00.0 115.26 km/h
SS21 13:31 Rämmen 2 22.76 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 12:12.9 111.80 km/h
SS22 15:08 Gustavsfors 2 (Power Stage) 4.16 km   Sébastien Ogier 2:22.7 104.95 km/h

Power StageEdit

The first ever "Power stage", a live televised 4.16 km short stage at the end of the rally, was held near the village of Gustavsfors.

Pos Driver Time Diff. Avg. speed Points
1   Sébastien Ogier 2:22.7 0.0 104.95 km/h 3
2   Sébastien Loeb 2:23.0 +0.3 104.73 km/h 2
3   Jari-Matti Latvala 2:23.4 +0.7 104.44 km/h 1

Standings after the rallyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Itineraries" (PDF). World Rally Championship. Rally Sweden; International Sportsworld Communicators. 2 February 2011. pp. 2–4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Rally Sweden 2011". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Hirvonen lands thrilling victory". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  4. ^ Evans, David (13 February 2011). "Solberg's co-driver in surprise debut". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Co-driver Patterson takes the wheel in Sweden". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Maiden PWRC win for Semerad". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.

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