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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 10: RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND
19 AUGUST 2007
LEG 3
 
EXCEPTIONAL RESULT FOR DOMINANT MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVERS ON RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

JASPER VEN DEN HEUVEL / MARTINE KOLMAN
 

RAIMUND BAUMSCHLAGER / KLAUS WICHA
 

HANS WIEJS / HANS VAN GOOR
 
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX crew Jasper van den Heuvel (Holland) and Martine Kolman (Holland) drove superbly to collect their first ever Group N category win at World Rally Championship level after a trouble-free Rallye Deutschland, which ended in Trier today.

Having competed on this event twice before, van den Heuvel was determined to make the most of his third visit to Germany’s oldest city. He made a great start to the rally with quickest time on the opening stage. Three stages later and everything was looking perfect for van den Heuvel as he moved 45 seconds clear of the chasing pack.

Not far into the ensuing SS5, the second run through Grafschaft Veldenz, everything seemed to have gone wrong for the leader, when he suffered a left-rear puncture.

"I did a quick calculation in the car," said van den Heuvel. "I knew we would lose more than two minutes if we stopped to change the tire, but we had 16 kilometers still to do. We decided to carry on, but to keep the speed down under 100kph on the straight. The tire had been knocked off the rim, so if we went too fast, it would start to flap about. In the end it was okay for us."

Despite dropping close to two minutes, he emerged in the lead after those around him suffered similar problems. From then on, van den Heuvel took his time to craft a bigger and bigger advantage. Concerned about further punctures through the rough Baumholder stages on Saturday, he elected to run 17 rather than 18-inch wheels on his Lancer Evolution. It worked well and he came through without any trouble, remaining on top through the final leg and clinching a victory by almost two minutes.

"It’s fantastic for me to win," he said. "The last twice I’ve been here, I’ve been unlucky once and off the road once. This time it was for me to win. Fantastic. It’s been a very good rally and, of course, the Mitsubishi has run without any problems. Really, we haven’t had to worry about the car once. It has been very strong."

The competitors in this year’s Rallye Deutschland were undoubtedly helped by three days of hot and sunny weather. For the first time in its history in the FIA World Rally Championship, this event was not hit by any dramatic rainstorms which can often turn the results – and the cars – on their head. Temperatures soared to 27 degrees in the Panzerplatte test mid-way through Saturday. With a bigger focus than ever on the use of vineyard roads, this rally was again a favorite with the crowds, drawing rally fans from far and wide across Europe.

Taking second place in Group N was reigning Austrian champion and former factory driver Raimund Baumschlager (Austria). He and Klaus Wicha (Germany) had been tipped as pre-event favorites, but stopping to change a punctured tire in stage three cost them dearly. Their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX dropped to 12th position, but Baumschlager set fastest time after fastest time to rocket back up the leaderboard to clinch the runners-up spot. Another driver recovering well from punctures – and the odd off-road excursion – was van den Heuvel’s team-mate Hans Weijs Jr (Holland), who placed his Lancer Evolution third in class.

There was plenty more Mitsubishi success beyond the podium, with Florian Auer taking the honor of being the highest-placed German driver in Group N. Auer was three minutes ahead of Rudi Hachenberg (Germany) in another Lancer Evolution IX. Henk Vossen (Holland) and Eyvind Brynildsen (Norway) were sixth and seventh in more Mitsubishis. In fact, Mitsubishi clinched nine out of the top 10 Group N positions on the German round of the World Rally Championship.

At the front of the field, Sebastien Loeb (France) won the event for a record-breaking sixth season in succession. The Citroen driver fended off the Citroen Xsara of Francois Duval (Belgium), who collected second place with Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) third.

The next round of the World Rally Championship (and Production WRC) is Rally New Zealand, August 31-September 2.



 FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
M
Sébastien Loeb
Daniel Elena
F
MC
Citroen C4 WRC A
1
3:27:27.5 **:**.*
2
MT
Francois Duval
Patrick Pivato
B
B
Citroen Xsara WRC A
2
3:27:47.8 +20.3
3
M
Mikko Hirvonen
Jarmo Lehtinen
FIN
FIN
Ford Focus RS WRC 07 A
3
3:28:46.6 +1:19.1
4
M
Marcus Gronholm
Timo Rautiainen
FIN
FIN
Ford Focus RS WRC 07 A
4
3:29:04.0 +1:36.5
5 Jan Kopecky
Filip Schovanek
CZ
CZ
Skoda Fabia WRC 05 A
5
3:30:34.6 +3:07.1
6
M
Petter Solberg
Philip Mills
N
GB
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
6
3:30:42.2 +3:14.7
7 Toni Gardemeister
Jakke Honkanen
FIN
FIN
Citroen Xsara WRC A
7
3:31:05.0 +3:37.5
8
MT
Jari-Matti Latvala
Miikka Anttila
FIN
FIN
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
8
3:32:56.8 +5:29.3
9 Matthew Wilson
Michael Orr
GB
GB
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
9
3:38:31.7 +11:04.2
10 Guy Wilks
Phil Pugh
GB
GB
Ford Focus RS WRC 05 A
10
3:47:15.3 +19:47.8
11
J
Martin Prokop
Jan Tomanek
CZ
CZ
Citroen C2 S1600 A
11
3:52:26.9 +24:59.4
12
J
Urmo Aava
Kuldar Sikk
EE
EE
Suzuki Swift S1600 A
12
3:53:16.4 +25:48.9
13
MT
Henning Solberg
Cato Menkerud
N
N
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
13
3:54:29.5 +27:02.0
14
J
Conrad Rautenbach
David Senior
ZIM
GB
Citroen C2 S1600 A
14
3:54:42.8 +27:15.3
15
M
Chris Atkinson
Stephane Prevot
AUS
B
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
15
3:55:50.4 +28:22.9
16 Khalid Al Qassimi
Nicky Beech
UAE
GB
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 A
16
3:56:07.1 +28:39.6
17 Markus Fahrner
Micheal Wenzel
D
D
Opel Corsa S1600 A
17
3:56:09.7 +28:42.2
18 Xavier Pons
Xavier Amigo
E
E
Subaru Impreza WRC 2006 A
18
3:56:50.3 +29:22.8
19 Jasper Van Den Heuvel
Martine Kolman
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
1
3:56:50.7 +29:23.2
20
J
Aaron Burkart
Michael Koelbach
D
D
Citroen C2 S1600 A
19
3:56:51.0 +29:23.5
../
21 Raimund Baumschlager
Klaus Wicha
A
D
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
2
3:58:34.6 +31:07.1
22 Hans Wiejs
Hans Van Goor
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
3
4:00:17.7 +32:50.2
23 Florian Auer
Markus Peter
D
D
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
4
4:00:48.5 +33:21.0
29 Rudi Hachenberg
Tanja Neidhofer
D
D
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
5
4:04:10.6 +36:43.1
33 Henk Vossen
Johan Findhammer
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
6
4:05:55.0 +38:27.5
35 Eyvind Brynildsen
Denis Giraudet
N
F
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
7
4:06:48.2 +39:20.7
41 Kevin Abbring
Harmen Scholtalbers
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
10
4:10:08.4 +42:40.9
44 Peter Corazza
Rene Tonn
D
D
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII N
12
4:12:20.1 +44:52.6
47 Hermann Gassner
Karin Thannhauser
D
D
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
14
4:15:04.7 +47:37.2
52 Erik Moree
Gert Kamphuis
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
16
4:18:26.2 +50:58.7
63 Janina Depping
Michaela Alexy
D
D
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII N
22
4:28:51.6 +1:01:24.1
70 Peter Van Merksteijn
Eddy Chevaillier
NL
B
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
28
4:34:38.1 +1:07:10.6
76 Michael Neuschafer-Rube
Jorg Seitz
D
D
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI A
44
4:43:17.4 +1:15:49.9
77 Jurgen Eichhofer
Carsten Eichhofer
D
D
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII N
33
4:50:20.6 +1:22:53.1
82 Martin Van Iersel
Frans Van Den Einde
NL
NL
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX N
35
4:55:13.9 +1:27:46.4


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