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On the first weekend of October the Subaru World Rally Team will travel to Spain with three works entries as the World Rally Championship returns to tarmac. RallyRACC Catalunya Costa Daurada is the penultimate tarmac event of the year and the first half of a back-to-back asphalt double-header on which SWRT will be running a trio of Impreza WRC2008s for the first time.

Rally Catalunya is often said to be the closest the WRC gets to a circuit race, owing to its smooth and flowing asphalt surface. Most of the rally route has been resurfaced over the years making the roads clean and grippy, in contrast to the dirty asphalt of the last sealed surface event in Germany in mid-August.

“There are lots of long, long corners in Spain on very smooth tarmac so grip is good and speeds are generally quite high” said Paul Howarth, Subaru World Rally Team operations director. “This means the lateral loads on the cars and tyres are also very high. The rally is all about rhythm, and very early on it will be obvious if anyone hasn’t got settled.

“We are in the Tarragona region so we don’t go up into the hills where the rally used to be, which means that pretty much all the route is fast to medium-fast. We have a mixture of hard and soft compound Pirelli tyres, which will have to be strategically used to account for the sudden rain showers that can change everything. With our focus on gravel development, we haven’t been able to do a pre-event test here so there’ll be a bit to learn.”


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The Subaru World Rally Team has entered three Impreza WRC2008s for RallyRACC Catalunya. Petter Solberg and Phil Mills will drive number five, and team-mates Chris Atkinson and St?©phane Pr?©vot number six. Number 15, the third Impreza WRC2008, will be piloted by Frenchmen Brice Tirabassi and his co-driver Fabrice Gordon.

Petter Solberg.
“Spain is a very different rally to Germany with very different roads, a lot cleaner and more flowing, but if you can drive, you can drive, so it’s not that big a change. We’re always driving flat out anyway, so you don’t do much different inside the car. It’ll be an important rally though as it’ll go a long way to deciding the result in Corsica the week after.”

Chris Atkinson echoed the Norwegian’s comments: “Spain is a very different event to Germany, where we were last on tarmac. The roads are wide, smooth and high-grip, and you can carry a lot of corner speed because of this. It’s about the highest lateral load we get all season, and whilst it doesn’t really affect us because we train for it, you notice it for sure inside the car. Because it’s smooth it gets very slippery when it rains as the water doesn’t run away, but when you get a series of corners right, it’s a great feeling.”

Brice Tirabassi. “I don’t have much experience of driving a WRC car, but I know both events quite well so I am looking forward to getting going. I like Spain, so I hope this means I can focus more easily on learning the team and the car. My objective in Spain is to understand the car better and find the limit, and carry all this into Corsica the week after.”

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Seb Loeb - Citroen C4


Fastest times: Shakedown
1- S?©bastien Loeb (Citro?´n C4 WRC), 1‚Äô11‚Äù5
2- Dani Sordo (Citro?´n C4 WRC), 1‚Äô11‚Äù9
3- Fran?ßois Duval (Ford Focus RS WRC 2008), 1‚Äô11‚Äù9
4- Chris Atkinson (Subaru Impreza WRC2008), 1’12”1
5- Petter Solberg (Subaru Impreza WRC2008), 1’12”1
6- Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford Focus RS WRC 2007), 1’12”9
7- Urmo Aava (Citro?´n C4 WRC), 1‚Äô12‚Äù9
8- Mads Ostberg (Subaru Impreza WRC 2007), 1’13”1
9- Matthew Wilson (Ford Focus RS WRC 2007), 1’13”2
10- Mikko Hirvonen (Ford Focus RS WRC 2008), 1’13”3
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Overall times after SS1:
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 11mins 17.3secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 01.5secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 07.0secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 07.2secs M
5. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 13.6secs A8
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 17.6secs A8
7. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 19.8secs MT
8. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 23.3secs M
9. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 26.4secs M
10. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 27.6secs M
11. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 31.0secs M
12. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 35.3secs MT
13. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 37.1secs MT
14. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 37.6secs A8

Overall JWRC after SS1:
1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen C2 S1600 12mins 13.7secs J
2. Michal Kosciuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 +00mins 14.9secs J
3. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +00mins 17.6secs J

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Overall times after SS3:
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 35mins 09.5secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 07.5secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 23.6secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 25.8secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 56.1secs M
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +01mins 02.1secs A8
7. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 07.2secs A8
8. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 10.2secs MT
9. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +01mins 29.3secs M
10. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +01mins 45.9secs M
11. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 53.6secs MT
12. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +02mins 01.2secs A8
13. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +02mins 08.0secs A8

Overall JWRC after SS3:
1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen C2 S1600 38mins 21.0secs J
2. Michal Kosciuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 +00mins 39.1secs J
3. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 +00mins 40.5secs J

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Overall times after SS4:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 46mins 23.5secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 08.8secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 27.9secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 29.1secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +01mins 12.4secs M :D
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +01mins 20.4secs A8
7. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 23.8secs A8
8. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +01mins 25.4secs MT
9. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +01mins 40.4secs M :)
10. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +02mins 18.4secs M
11. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 25.4secs MT
12. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +02mins 41.0secs A8 :)

Overall JWRC after SS4:
1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen C2 S1600 50mins 30.1secs J
2. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 +00mins 46.6secs J
3. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +00mins 53.6secs J
 

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End of Day 1:

Overall times after SS6:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1hour 10mins 11.5secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 15.8secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 41.3secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 44.1secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +01mins 47.5secs M :D
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +02mins 01.2secs A8
7. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 04.4secs MT
8. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +02mins 13.4secs M :)
9. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 24.9secs A8
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 42.1secs MT
11. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +03mins 53.7secs A8
12. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +04mins 03.7secs A8 :)

Overall JWRC after SS6:
1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen C2 S1600 1hour 16mins 30.4secs J
2. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 +00mins 47.0secs J
3. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +01mins 22.2secs J
 

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Day 2:

Overall times after SS7:
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1hour 31mins 42.4secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 18.2secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 42.7secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 50.6secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +02mins 12.3secs M
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +02mins 26.2secs A8
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +02mins 34.8secs M
8. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 34.9secs MT
9. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +02mins 59.6secs A8
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 30.0secs MT
11. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +04mins 54.0secs A8
12. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +04mins 54.1secs A8

Overall JWRC after SS7:
1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen C2 S1600 1hour 39mins 36.4secs J
2. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 +01mins 04.5secs J
3. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +01mins 49.3secs J

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Overall times after SS9:
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 1hour 46mins 20.7secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 23.7secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 50.4secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 01.6secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +02mins 34.2secs M
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +02mins 44.0secs A8
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 01.8secs M
8. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 02.2secs MT
9. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 28.8secs A8
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +05mins 12.6secs MT
11. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +05mins 38.5secs A8
12. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +05mins 38.8secs A8

Overall JWRC after SS9:
1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen C2 S1600 1hour 55mins 46.7secs J
2. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 +01mins 10.3secs J
3. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +02mins 00.5secs J
 

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End of Day 2

Overall times after SS12:
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2hours 22mins 57.2secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 27.7secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 51.4secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 04.6secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 06.9secs M ;D
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +03mins 08.3secs A8
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 42.7secs M :)
8. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 46.1secs MT
9. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 17.2secs A8
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +06mins 25.8secs MT
11. Conrad Rautenbach PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +06mins 43.1secs A8
12. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +07mins 11.6secs A8 :)

Overall JWRC after SS12:
1. Sebastien Ogier Citroen C2 S1600 2hours 24mins 33.0secs J
2. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 +00mins 11.1secs J
3. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +01mins 58.2secs J
4. Aaron Burkart Citroen C2 S1600 +02mins 45.0secs J
5. Shaun Gallagher Citroen C2 S1600 +03mins 41.8secs J
 

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Day 3:

Overall times after SS13:
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2hours 33mins 33.7secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 26.3secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 47.7secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 07.8secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 11.2secs M
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +03mins 12.0secs A8
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 45.4secs M
8. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +03mins 47.9secs MT
9. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 19.0secs A8
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +06mins 41.2secs M
11. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +07mins 31.5secs A8
12. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +08mins 15.3secs MT

Overall JWRC after SS13:
1. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 2hour 48mins 02.3secs J
2. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +01mins 09.7secs J
3. Aaron Burkart Citroen C2 S1600 +01mins 54.1secs J
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Overall times after SS15:
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2hours 52mins 02.0secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 25.6secs M
3. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 51.3secs M
4. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 11.4secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 23.4secs M
6. Urmo Aava PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC +03mins 23.5secs A8
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 59.1secs M
8. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 03.4secs MT
9. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 55.9secs A8
10. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +07mins 11.8secs M
11. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +08mins 17.3secs A8
12. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +09mins 17.5secs MT

Overall JWRC after SS15:
1. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 3hours 09mins 12.2secs J
2. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +00mins 48.6secs J
3. Aaron Burkart Citroen C2 S1600 +01mins 24.8secs J
 

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Overall times after SS17:
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 3hours 18mins 35.5secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 25.2secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 04.5secs M
4. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 12.7secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 28.1secs M
6. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 03.5secs MT
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +04mins 06.4secs M
8. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +05mins 14.9secs A8
9. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +07mins 37.5secs M
10. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +08mins 58.5secs A8

Overall JWRC after SS17:
1. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 3hours 37mins 50.7secs J
2. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +00mins 28.7secs J
3. Aaron Burkart Citroen C2 S1600 +01mins 03.1secs J
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Overall times after SS18:
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 3hours 21mins 17.4secs M
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 24.9secs M
3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 02.5secs M
4. Francois Duval BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +01mins 10.8secs M
5. Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +03mins 27.4secs M :D
6. Jari-Matti Latvala Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +04mins 03.8secs MT
7. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +04mins 04.9secs M :)
8. Andreas Mikkelsen Ramsport Ford Focus WRC 07 +05mins 19.6secs A8
9. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +07mins 43.2secs M
10. Brice Tirabassi Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +09mins 05.0secs A8 :)
11. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +10mins 08.6secs MT
12. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +10mins 37.3secs MT

Overall JWRC after SS18:
1. Martin Prokop Citroen C2 S1600 3hours 40mins 55.0secs J
2. Alessandro Bettega Renault Clio R3 +00mins 24.6secs J
3. Aaron Burkart Citroen C2 S1600 +01mins 04.5s

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Next Round: Oct 10-12 Rallye de France-Tour de Corse


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