Hanninen leads Monte Carlo Rally

By on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Juho Hanninen holds a commanding 44.5-second lead over Freddy Loix at the end of the opening day of the Monte Carlo Rally.

Last year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion was quickest on the first of this afternoon's two runs through the St Bonnet stage, then just 0.8s slower than stage winner and fellow Skoda driver Loix on the repeat.

Loix's stage win pulled him clear of leading Peugeot driver Petter Solberg in their battle for second place. Solberg had looked to be on course for the fastest time at the opening splits, before a small mistake and subsequent over-caution cost him time.

Pos  Driver                 Car        Time/Gap
 1.  Juho Hanninen          Skoda    1h11m33.4s
 2.  Freddy Loix            Skoda       + 44.5s
 3.  Petter Solberg         Peugeot     + 55.3s
 4.  Stephane Sarrazin      Peugeot     + 55.5s
 5.  Guy Wilks              Peugeot   + 1m18.7s
 6.  Jan Kopecky            Skoda     + 1m26.3s
 7.  Bryan Bouffier         Peugeot   + 1m36.2s
 8.  Francois Delecour      Peugeot   + 1m52.4s
 9.  Jean-Sebastien Vigion  Peugeot   + 3m11.3s
10.  Julien Maurin          Ford      + 3m53.2s

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