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Solberg Excluded, Promoting Hirvonen To Joint Points Lead

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Petter Solberg - Photo Credit: Citroen Racing Media

Petter Solberg - Photo Credit: Citroen Racing Media

Petter Solberg has been excluded from his third place finish on Rallye de France, handing the position to Mikko Hirvonen and elevating the Finn into the joint lead of the standings.

Solberg's privately-entered Citroen DS3 WRC was found to be underweight in a weight check following the event-closing Haguenau power stage. The car was weighed three times and registered 1196kg, four kilograms less than minimum weight allowed.

The stewards decided to exclude Solberg from the results, meaning everyone behind him moves up a place. Hirvonen is promoted to third place, giving him three extra points and drawing him level on points with championship leader Sebastien Loeb, who retired from the rally.

The decision also benefits Dennis Kuipers, whose career-best sixth becomes a fifth, and allows Matthew Wilson to score one point in tenth.

Revised top ten results:

Pos No Driver Team Car Time/Gap
1. 2 Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total Citroen DS3 WRC 3:06:20.4
2. 37 Dani Sordo Mini Mini John Cooper Works WRC +6.3
3. 3 Mikko Hirvonen Ford Abu Dhabi Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3:26.6
4. 4 Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3:30.3
5. 9 Dennis Kuipers Ferm Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6:42.0
6. 15 Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +7:08.3
8. 6 Mads Ostberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +7:58.3
9. 43 Ken Block Monster Ford Fiesta RS WRC +8:25.5
9. 55 Pierre Campana Equipe de France Mini John Cooper Works WRC +8:38.7
10. 5 Matthew Wilson M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10:00.8

Revised drivers' standings after 11 of 13 rounds:
1. Sebastien Loeb, 196 points
2. Mikko Hirvonen, 196
3. Sebastien Ogier, 193
4. Jari-Matti Latvala, 131
5. Petter Solberg, 110
6. Mads Ostberg, 62

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