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Old 06-11-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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Round 7:



Searing ambient temperatures, rocky, undulating roads and dust combine to make Acropolis Rally of Greece one of the most taxing on the World Rally Championship calendar with car and driver subjected to a particularly stern test.

Greece missed out on a slot on the 2010 WRC schedule and its absence was keenly felt, not just by the fans that descend on the event in great number, but also by the drivers. The Acropolis is one of the most iconic events in the sport and winning it earns significant kudos.

Official Website: acropolisrally.gr/2011/

Acropolis Preview Read: wrc.com/features/preview-acropolis

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Old 06-16-2011, 08:20 AM   #2
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Shakedown:

Sebastien Loeb has set the pace in shakedown for the Acropolis Rally, which gets underway with the first of 18 special stages tomorrow (Friday).

Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, the seven-time world champion recorded a fastest time of 2m15.5s over the 6.05-kilometre practice stage east of the permanent service park in Loutraki.

Overnight rain created a muddy surface but the conditions soon improved as the ambient temperature rose and the road dried out.

Afterwards Loeb, who currently tops the World Rally Championship by 13 points, said: “Like every rally I hope to be able to fight for the victory. But for sure it’s more important to score some points. I’m in a good position in the championship and it’s important not to loose too much. For the rest we will see.

“It’s a rough rally, difficult for the tyres and suspension, and maybe the hardest rally of the season for the cars. We have to take care a bit in some places but when you are fighting for the second you can’t loose too much.”

“What we saw in recce is that it will be a disadvantage to be first on the road. But now it has been raining since the recce I don’t know for tomorrow.”

Petter Solberg was second fastest behind Loeb in his privately-entered DS3 WRC. The Norwegian set his best time on his fifth and final run, seven-tenths of a second slower than Loeb, after changing his car’s suspension dampers following his second run.

Mikko Hirvonen was the leading Ford Fiesta RS WRC driver in third with Loeb’s Citroen team-mate Sebastien Ogier fourth.

Henning Solberg, absent on the previous round in Argentina, made the most of the running time to experiment with the set-up of his Fiesta, completing a total of eight runs alongside co-driver Ilka Minor. He ended up fifth fastest, one place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who returns to the WRC for the first time since the Jordan Rally in mid-April.

Local hero Lambros Athanassoulas used the shakedown to drive his Team Greece-entered Ford Fiesta RS WRC in anger for the first time. He said: “We made adjustments to the rear suspension. I was feeling confident in the car but we were losing a lot of time because I am still learning the car.”

MINI John Cooper Works WRC driver Armindo Araujo hit trouble in shakedown when he was forced to stop in the stage with broken front suspension.

The top 10 times from the Shakedown session:

1. LOEB. Citroen DS3 WRC. 2:15.5
2. P. SOLBERG. Citroen DS3 WRC. 2:16.2
3. HIRVONEN. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:16.8
4. OGIER. Citroen DS3 WRC. 2:17.8
5. H. SOLBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:18.0
=6. RAIKKONEN. Citroen DS3 WRC. 2:18.6
=6. NOVIKOV. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:18.6
8. LATVALA. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:19.0
9. VILLAGRA. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:19.1
10. OSTBERG. Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 2:19.2

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Old 06-16-2011, 08:16 PM   #3
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What, no Block?!?!?

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Old 06-17-2011, 08:28 AM   #4
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Day 1

SS1: Solberg fastest




Following the spectacular ceremonial start at the famous Acropolis in Athens on Thursday evening, the Acropolis Rally kicked off with the 23.60-kilometre Thiva stage north-east of the event base in Loutraki this morning.

Petter Solberg was fastest through the test in his privately entered Citroen DS3 WRC to open up a narrow lead of 0.5s over factory Ford Fiesta RS WRC pilot Jari-Matti Latvala.

“It’s a good start,” said Norwegian Solberg. “I’m not perfectly happy with everything but I know what to do in service to get things even better.”

Latvala said: “It was quite a good start but there were a couple of places where I made little mistakes I can improve on the second run. I can see the line on the road was starting to clean.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss1



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SS2: Solberg sets staggering pace



Petter Solberg has gone more than 20 seconds faster than world champion Sebastien Loeb through the longest stage of the Acropolis Rally, the 39.10-kilometre Elatia test.

Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Solberg was a staggering 21.9s faster than Loeb and 19.8s quicker than Jari-Matti Latvala, who was second on the stage in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

“I drove very good, it felt good,” said Solberg, whose overall lead has increased to 20.3s. “There were big, big rocks in some places and I almost had a puncture. I really enjoyed it.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss2



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SS3: Solberg extends lead

Petter Solberg has extended his lead of the Acropolis Rally by recording his third consecutive fastest stage time in his Citroen DS3 WRC.

The Norwegian, running fifth on the road, completed the 18.10-kilometre Eleftherohori stage 3.3s faster than World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Loeb. As a result he grows his overall advantage to 27.2s.

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss3



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SS4: Solberg continues the pace



Norwegian ace Petter Solberg continues to lead the Acropolis Rally following his fourth stage victory.

The Citroen DS3 WRC driver’s overall advantage now stands at 28.6s with two stages of day one remaining.

“The car is not as good as this morning I must say, it’s a small detail I did on service, but it should be better later or tomorrow,” said Solberg. “I am here to fight, I am not here to play the game of starting position.”

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Old 06-17-2011, 10:24 AM   #5
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Go Petter! I hope he can make it though the event without major mechanical issues.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:42 PM   #6
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I really like petter and his aggressive style, but one has to wonder if everyone else is holding back a bit to not break their cars. Greece is famous for this. Loeb basically said as much during shakedown.
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SS5: First stage win for Ogier



Sebastien Ogier has jumped from fifth to third in the overall standings after winning his first stage on the Acropolis Rally.

The Citroen Total World Rally Team star was 1.4s faster than Petter Solberg to end the Norwegian’s run of stage victories.

“It was more easy for me to push as this was the second time through the stage,” said Ogier. “But there is so much loose gravel on the next one so I don’t know what will happen.”

Solberg reported making a small mistake towards the end of the stage but was otherwise pleased with his performance. “I still did a good time so I’m happy,” said the Citroen privateer who managed to extend his overall lead to 29.2s with one stage of day one remaining.

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss5



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End of Day 1 -

SS6: Loeb takes stage win as drivers adopt tactics




Sebastien Loeb has rounded out the opening day of the Acropolis Rally by winning stage six in his Citroen DS3 WRC as Mikko Hirvonen and Sebastien Ogier both slowed prior to the stage finish.

Anxious to gain a more advantageous starting position for Saturday’s stages, Hirvonen and Ogier both dropped time on the stage to slip behind Loeb who was running first on the road.

But their hesitation on the stage has ultimately enabled Petter Solberg to extend his overall lead of 51.6s prior to the overnight halt in Loutraki.

“We are second overall but second on the road and very far from Petter in front so it’s a problem,” said Loeb. “Ogier and Hirvonen made some tactics I think.”

Solberg, who has led throughout the day, feared he would lose time stuck behind Jari-Matti Latvala’s slow-moving Ford Fiesta RS WRC, which suffered a front differential failure prior to the stage start.

“I was driving a long, long time behind him,” said Solberg. “He could have stopped before, that was very bad. But the gap is good, I’m happy with that but I still lost time.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss6



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I guess the real test will be tomorrow when Petter starts first on the road. I hope he can maintain his lead.
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^ hope so , keepin me fingers crossed


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Friday wrap

Petter Solberg will start day two of the Acropolis Rally in a commanding lead after reaching Friday's overnight halt in Loutraki with an advantage of 51.6s in his Citroen DS3 WRC.

The Norwegian privateer, who won the day’s first four stages - including a sensational time on stage two when he was 20s faster than his nearest rival - began Friday’s final test 29.2s in front of Jari-Matti Latvala with Sebastien Ogier third and Mikko Hirvonen fourth.

But when Latvala was slowed by a front differential failure and Ogier and Hirvonen both elected to drop time in the stage in order to gain a more advantageous road position for day two by slipping behind Sebastien Loeb, Solberg found himself clear in first place.

“I lost time on the last stage behind Latvala but I’m happy to be leading,” said Solberg. “The gap is good.”

Read : wrc.com/news/friday-wrap

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Searing ambient temperatures, rocky, undulating roads and dust combine to make Acropolis Rally of Greece one of the most taxing on the World Rally Championship calendar with car and driver subjected to a particularly stern test.
OK so why then is Petter wearing a puffy down jacket for the photos??!!

go go go anyways tho!
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The credit under the photo says "taken at rallygb"
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evidently am wearing the wrong glasses, eh?

lame PR move, i'd say
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Judging by the "Weasel 555" watermark, I'd also say that he took the photo, and was just posting it because he had it.
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OK I give up and will shut me yap now....
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Judging by the "Weasel 555" watermark, I'd also say that he took the photo, and was just posting it because he had it.
Yup i took it at rallygb 2010 and hence the "puffy jacket" wales in nov is def nothing like greece in june ...RB5Clone sorry for the confusion mate

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Day 2

SS7: Ogier climbs to second




Sebastien Ogier has moved from fourth to second on the Acropolis Rally after winning Saturday’s first stage.

The Citroen driver, running fourth on the road, is now 39.9s behind overnight leader Petter Solberg, who dropped time cleaning the loose surface gravel for the drivers running behind.

“We have to wait all the day but it was not a bad decision [to drop time on Friday and gain a more favourable road position for today],” said Ogier. “Petter is far away in front but there is a long way to go and for sure the road position is a big advantage.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss7



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SS8: Ogier closes on Solberg



Petter Solberg’s lead on the Acropolis Rally has been narrowed after he reported losing approximately 10 seconds when he went straight on at a right-hand junction on the second stage of day two.

His lead over fellow Citroen DS3 WRC driver and stage winner Sebastien Ogier is 19.8s with one stage remaining before midday service in Loutraki.

“I missed a junction and went completely straight,” said Solberg. “I had to go round and turn back again. I lost about 10 seconds because I went straight on at a right-hander. It was a mistake.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss8



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SS9: Solbergs lead slashed

Sebastien Ogier has completed Saturday morning’s loop of three stages 5.4s adrift of overall leader Petter Solberg.

Ogier, in a works Citroen DS3 WRC, has been fastest on all three stages this morning to cancel out Solberg’s comfortable overnight advantage: “It was a great morning for us, almost perfect,” he said. “I’m happy.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss9



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Saturday midday wrap

Petter Solberg has completed the opening loop of three stages on day two of the Acropolis Rally with a lead of 5.4s at the wheel of his privateer Citroen DS3 WRC.

The 36-year-old from Norway started the day with an advantage of 51.6s but the delays caused by running first on the road over the loose surface gravel plus an overshoot on the day’s second stage has dropped him firmly into the clutches of Sebastien Ogier, who impressed by going fastest on all three stages in his factory-entered DS3 WRC.

“It was my own fault when I went on straight on at a junction and Ogier is faster than everybody, that’s how it is,” said Solberg. “It’s not frustrating because I expected to lose this time, except for the overshoot and for Ogier. The road was much more loose than everybody expected so for him it’s a big advantage. I will lose a little bit more this afternoon, there is no doubt so I hope Ogier will be far enough in front to be happy to stay there and then we will see for tomorrow.”

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SS10: Stage win for Latvala



Jari-Matti Latvala has claimed Ford’s first stage win of this year’s Acropolis Rally as Sebastien Ogier moves ahead of Petter Solberg in the battle for world championship glory in Greece.

Solberg started day two leading by 51.6s in his privateer Citroen DS3 WRC but has slipped back to second behind Ogier following the repeated Klenia Mycenae stage. “It definitely cleans a bit and I am losing a bit but I am pushing, trying hard,” said Solberg. “I will do whatever I can to win.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss10



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SS11: Loeb into 2nd



Sebastien Loeb has demoted Petter Solberg into third place on the Acropolis Rally by winning his second stage of the world championship qualifier.

The seven-time world title winner is now 11.3s behind overall leader and Citroen team-mate Sebastien Ogier with two stages of day two remaining.

“It was very hard for the tyre and we had to push very hard because Ogier is pushing hard,” said Loeb. “I tried to have a good start in the stage and I am happy to be here because this stage was really hard for the suspension and for the tyres.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss11



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SS12: Ogier 5th stage win

Sebastien Ogier has extended his lead of the Acropolis Rally to 15.1s after going fastest through the repeat of the Kefalari stage.

He was 3.8s quicker than Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb and admitted to going on maximum attack in his efforts to stay in front. “We tried very hard on this one and the time is not bad,” said Ogier.

Jari-Matti Latvala was second fastest in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC as he continues to recover the time lost earlier in the rally. “It was going alright but it was hard on this stage because I didn’t drive it in the morning at the right pace and I don’t remember where you can go flat out.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss12




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End of Day 2

SS13: Loeb takes lead


Sebastien Loeb has moved into the lead of the Acropolis Rally following the Nea Politia night stage to bring the second day of the Acropolis Rally to a dramatic close.

World champion Loeb started the stage in second position but moved ahead of Citroen team-mate Sebastien Ogier, who reported losing time in hanging dust.

“I was pushing hard but it was very slippery in some places,” said Loeb, who will run first on the road on the final day. “There was a lot of dust in the start of the stage and I thought I would lose one minute but then it was finished after four kilometres.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss13



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SWRC Saturday Wrap



Juho Hanninen is more than three minutes clear of his Super 2000 World Rally Championship rivals heading into the final day of the Acropolis Rally.

The Finn started day two trailing Ott Tanak by almost 30 seconds but moved in front when the Estonian rolled on the day’s first stage and retired.

Bernardo Sousa is second with Tanak’s MM Motorsport team-mate Frigyes Turan third in the overall standings after 13 demanding gravel stages.

“It has not been easy today because when Tanak stopped it was difficult to keep a good rhythm and not make any stupid mistakes,” said Red Bull Skoda driver Hanninen. “I actually had two big moments of my own on that first stage and then we had a problem with the powersteering on the road section after stage nine. We also had some problems with the suspension in the afternoon. This is such a tough rally.”

Read: wrc.com/SWRC_saturday_wrap

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WRC Saturday Wrap

The Acropolis Rally is set for a thrilling finale on Sunday with the top four drivers covered by a little more than 20 seconds with five stages left to run.

Sebastien Loeb, at the wheel of a Citroen DS3 WRC, holds top spot with team-mate Sebastien Ogier falling to second on the day’s final stage, 2.2s behind the world championship leader. Citroen privateer Petter Solberg is third, 20.9s behind Loeb with Ford Fiesta RS WRC driver Mikko Hirvonen 22.4s adrift of first place.

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What happened to Latvala that he dropped so far adrift end of day one?
I hadn't even noticed till now.

This is def. the best rally season since I've started following WRC! Every race is so close and it keeps going to the wire. Can't wait to watch this one.
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What happened to Latvala that he dropped so far adrift end of day one?
Latvala was 2wd only on SS6 day 1

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Solberg, who has led throughout the day, feared he would lose time stuck behind Jari-Matti Latvala’s slow-moving Ford Fiesta RS WRC, which suffered a front differential failure prior to the stage start.

“I was driving a long, long time behind him,” said Solberg. “He could have stopped before, that was very bad. But the gap is good, I’m happy with that but I still lost time.”

Latvala was second overall prior to the stage start only to hit trouble on the road section heading to stage six. “It was 500 metres before the stage when I noticed the differential was slipping and very heavily,” he said. “I barely got to the top of the hill and the start board. I checked the rear diff but I realised it was the front. I had nothing to do, no time to do anything and we came only with rear-wheel drive through the stage.”


its all in the link Read SS6 on day one.

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Petter was really aggressive on day first.
I hope he will be on the podium.
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Petter was really aggressive on day first.
I hope he will be on the podium.
Me too. Dang that missed turn.
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SS14: Ogier sneaks into lead




Sebastien Ogier has snatched the lead of the Acropolis Rally, albeit by a scant margin of 0.1s following Sunday’s first stage.

Ogier moved ahead of Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb after going 2.3s faster than the seven-time world champion through the test.

“It’s not enough to be comfortable but it’s not so bad,” said Ogier, who admitted deliberately dropping time on Saturday’s final stage to gain a more advantageous road position for Sunday.

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss14



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SS15: Loeb back on top

The thrilling battle for victory on the Acropolis Rally took another twist when Sebastien Loeb beat Citroen team-mate Sebastien Ogier through Sunday’s second stage.

Despite being hamstrung by running first on the road, Loeb bettered Ogier’s time by two-tenths of a second to retake the lead of the world championship qualifier by 0.1s.

Read: wrc.com/acropolis_ss15



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SS16: Ogier retakes lead



Sebastien Ogier is back in front in the battle for victory on the Acropolis Rally.

Ogier was 6.2s faster than Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb through stage 16 to build a lead of 6.1s with two stages remaining.

“We pushed very hard on this one,” said Ogier. “We had a good drive and we were happy with this stage. We will have to drive well in the next one also because six seconds is not enough to win.”

Read: wrc.com/acropolois_ss16



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SS17: Ogier edges clear

Sebastien Ogier will take a lead of 10.5s into Acropolis Rally’s event-closing Power Stage after posting a time 4.4s faster than team-mate Sebastien Loeb through the repeat of the 11.37-kilometre New Pissia test.

Third-placed Mikko Hirvonen compounded Loeb’s anguish by narrowing the gap to his world championship title rival to a slender 2.6s by going quicker than both Citroen DS3 WRC drivers in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC. However, the Finn’s gap to Ogier in the overall classification is 13.1s with just four kilometres of stage action remaining.

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SS18: Power Stage

Ogier wins Acropolis Rally




Sebastien Ogier has ended Sebastien Loeb's run of victories in the world championship by winning the Acropolis Rally.

Ogier, whose last win in the WRC was on the Jordan Rally two months ago, got the better of his Citroen team-mate Loeb following a close battle that raged up until the event-closing Power Stage. Loeb had won the previous two rounds in Argentina and Italy.

It was the third time this season that Ogier, the Junior world champion in 2008, and co-driver Julien Ingrassia have triumphed in the WRC and means that Citroen has now won the last six rounds of the series.

Loeb settled for second - and his 100th WRC podium - in the overall standings with title rival Mikko Hirvonen close behind in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Juho Hanninen clinched victory in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship category in his Red Bull Skoda Fabia.

Read: wrc.com/ogier_wins



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Championship Standings: wrc.com/results/

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Next Rnd 8 : WRC Finland 28-30 July




Sisu is a Finnish word that loosely translates into English as ‘having guts’. On the flat-out, tree-lined straights, endless yumps and blind crests of Neste Oil Rally Finland, drivers will need plenty of ‘sisu’ if they are to stand a chance of winning one of the World Rally Championship’s most famous events.

Known affectionately as the Finnish Grand Prix, the rally turns the student city of Jyvaskyla into a motorsport Mecca on the last weekend of July as fans converge in their tens of thousands to savour the dramatic action on the compacted gravel stages and lap up the party atmosphere.

Official Website: nesteoilrallyfinland.fi/en/


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Old 06-19-2011, 08:44 AM   #24
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What a drag. I was really hoping Petter could bag his first win. It is nice to see someone taking the fight finally to Sebastian Loeb with Ogier edging the win. He is the future of the WRC, without a doubt.

I think Petter needs to play more with tactics if he really wants to win. Just going flat out won't do it for him because I think Loeb is the only one really fast enough to manage a win being first on the road the whole time. Petter needs to work on his consistency as well. I fear he's letting his emotions get the best of him on the final day and he's feeling the pressure to perform and probably overdriving. In the same car, he obviously has the speed as the Sebastians. If he had a guaranteed factory ride with financial and emotional support from a team, I think he could win again and really challange for the title. As it is, I think his paycheck is on the line at every event, while still looking to secure more money. Just too much pressure for him to handle I think. If he only had to concentrate on driving he'd be a winner.
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Maybe it's good publicity for him to win the stages on day 1? And he needs the publicity to secure more sponsorship? Even if he doesn't win the event, everyone was talking about him on day 1.
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