Sebastien Loeb tops Rally Finland qualifying

Sebastien Loeb

Sebastien Loeb has shown his intentions at the Rally Finland by setting the fastest time on the qualifying stage and has chosen to start 11th on the road for the opening leg.

The Citroen star completed the 4.26-kilometre Ruuhimaki test in a time of 2m17.470s, 0.555s faster than Finn Jari-Matti Latvala in a Ford.

“It was difficult to read the road at times and you were not sure where the slippery places were,” said Loeb.

“But it was okay, no mistakes.”

Rain prior to the run had crews on their toes throughout the stage.

“It was a bit soft in places and also a bit rough, I couldn’t have done better than this,” said Latvala.

Loeb’s Citroen team-mate Mikko Hirvonen was third, Petter Solberg in the second factory Fiesta RS WRC fourth. Following was Evgeny Novikov, Mads Ostberg, Ott Tanak, and Thierry Neuville eighth.

Australia’s Chris Atkinson, who is driving the Qatar World Rally Team Citroen, stalled at the stage start and lost one and a half seconds set the ninth quickest time with Jari Ketomaa in 10th.

Following is where the leading drivers will start the opening leg:

Loeb – 10th

Latvala – 11th

Hirvonen – 12th

Solberg – 13th

Novikov – 14th

Ostberg – 15th

Neuville – 16th

Atkinson – 17th

 

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