A sensational Rally Portugal has delivered one last surprise, with rally winner Mikko Hirvonen excluded for use of a n0n-homologated clutch component in his Citroen DS3 WRC.
Mikko Hirvonen capitalised on Friday’s carnage to win Rally Portugal, with team-mate Sebastien Loeb and Ford rival Jari-Matti Latvala failing to finish in the points.
Sebastien Loeb leads Rally Finland after the opening three stages on Thursday evening, after slowing tactics from his rivals as they tried to secure a better road position for Friday.…
Finland is the second home of rallying (in chronological terms only, without Sebastien Loeb, France would barely have a claim to being the first) but of late the natives have been rather lacklustre. A country so used to success is in the doldrums, and have recalled an old national hero to try and brighten the mood.
Sebastien Ogier claimed his first ever WRC victory, after succesfully keeping multiple world champion team-mate Sebastien Loeb at bay for the last two days of competition.
Finnish wildcard and IRC points leader Juho Hanninen led a Skoda rout of the new for 2010 class, doing a Citroen by locking out the top four places.