Loeb leads after Latvala rolls

By on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

World champion Sebastien Loeb leads the opening round of the WRC season in Monte Carlo, after main rival Jari Matti Latvala rolled in SS4.

Latvala had been leading Loeb by half a minute, until he rolled his Ford Fiesta early on during the final stage of the day.

Dani Sordo lies in second, over a minute behind Loeb and he was one of many to hit problems on the opening day.

Sordo damaged his suspension after an error on SS2, while Petter Solberg rued using snow tyres on a largely dry stage. Citroen new boy Mikko Hirvonen also suffered after damaging his brakes after a collision with a wall.

Thierry Neuville was the only other high profile retirement after a technical problem on SS4. Neither Neuville nor Latvala can continue the rally.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb     Citroen       1h30m30.1s
 2.  Dani Sordo         Mini           + 1m04.2s
 3.  Petter Solberg     Ford           + 1m05.2s
 4.  Sebastien Ogier    VW Skoda       + 2m21.1s
 5.  Evgeny Novikov     M-Sport Ford   + 2m26.5s
 6.  Mikko Hirvonen     Citroen        + 2m30.0s
 7.  Francois Delecour  M-Sport Ford   + 2m49.9s
 8.  Pierre Campana     Mini           + 4m09.7s
 9.  Ott Tanak          M-Sport Ford   + 4m14.0s
10.  P-G Andersson      Proton         + 4m33.8s

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