Loeb brilliantly wins in Finland

Day 1

A short day,just 3 stages,a huge shock on SS1,Ketomaa went fastest,while Mikko Hirvonen damaged his car and would lose almost 2 mins on the opening day.

Loeb then set the fastest times on SS2 and SS3 and would lead at the end of day 1 from Ogier,Latvala,Ketomaa,and Petter Solberg.Kimi Raikkonen was 13th after Day 1,Hirvonen down in 36th.

 

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Day 2

On Day 2,Hirvonen made a big charge back through the field,winning 5 stages on the day and climbed up to 6th by the end of the day.Loeb meanwhile despite been first on the road,kept his lead over Ogier and Latvala,all 3 won one stage each  as both Ogier and Latvala slowed in the stage to get good road position for the final day.Ketomaa who was running a fantastic fifth crashed out on SS8.

From Automobilsport

Day 3

Loeb continued to hang on to his lead from Ogier and Latvala,Mikko Hirvonen’s incredible charge back through continued and would finish 4th.The drama up front happened on SS17,Ogier would pick up a puncture and would dropped down to 3rd overall.Former F1 Champion Kimi Raikkonen made a charge on the final day and would finish 9th,had he not hit a rock he would have beaten Wilson,both Mini’s were withdrawn due to problems with the car,Mini wouldn’t give an exact reason.

Loeb would go on and take a brilliant win after 3 days been the first car on the road,one of his best wins,Latvala 2nd,Ogier 3rd,then Hirvonen,Petter,Ostberg,Henning,Wilson,Raikkonen and Hanninen.

Hirvonen won the power stage from Latvala and Ogier.

From Getty images

Final Results http://wrc.com/results/2011/neste-oil-rally-finland/stage-times/?category=wrc&stageno=22

Stage Winners http://wrc.com/results/2011/neste-oil-rally-finland/stage-winners/ 

Championship Standings http://wrc.com/results/2011/championship-standings/

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