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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
WALES RALLY GB
06 DECEMBER 2008
DAY 2
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVERS POISED TO TAKE TWO TITLES ON RALLY GREAT BRITAIN PWRC CLASSIFICATION
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

ANDREAS AIGNER / KLAUS WICHA
 

GUY WILKS / PHIL PUGH
 

MIRCO BALDACCI / GIOVANNI AGNESE
 
Andreas Aigner (Austria) remains on target to win the Production Car World Rally Championship (PWRC) title tomorrow after another trouble-free day in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution on Wales Rally Great Britain.

Aigner remains in third place with one day remaining on what has been one of the toughest Rally Great Britains in recent years. The mixture of ice and rain which brought about the cancellation of two stages yesterday returned today, but all of the seven planned tests ran without any problems.

Today’s action was closer to the central service park in Swansea, with the three stages running north of the city. The final test of the day was back in Cardiff inside the Millennium Stadium, where the organizers had tweaked the one-kilometer stage to make it even more entertaining for the tens of thousands of fans who packed out a venue more normally associated with rugby.

At the end of another difficult day on the stages, Aigner admitted his focus was firmly on the finish in Cardiff in 24 hours’ time.

"Of course, I want to be at the finish in this position, but there’s still a long way to go," he said. "I had a spin in the last stage, Crychan. The car got away from me in a left corner over a patch of ice. The conditions have been tough again today, just trying to spot the ice is really hard. I thought it might be better this afternoon, but it was getting slippery again as the temperatures dropped in the afternoon."

Aigner backed off this morning, but gave himself a scare at the mid-day service and then pushed harder again in the afternoon.

"I think I had backed off too much," he added. "So, this afternoon I went flat out again. I like the stages tomorrow, but we have to wait and see for the conditions."

One place behind Aigner was Guy Wilks (United Kingdom), who is on the verge of clinching a second successive British Rally Championship crown for the Mitsubishi Motors UK team. Like Aigner, Wilks remains firmly focused on the season-long battle.

"This rally is about getting to the end now," he said. "Today’s been really hard. We’ve had a few problems here and there, but we’ve got through. It would be nice to try and catch the guys ahead, but at the end of the day, we’re here for the British Rally Championship points and that’s all."

Five Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions held top-10 positions in the PWRC at the end of day two, with Mirco Baldacci (San Marino) and Armindo Araujo (Portugal) looking good to pick up points on this final Group N and PWRC encounter of the season.

Tomorrow’s final day is the shortest of the three, with the crews facing 319 kilometers of driving, 96 of which will be competitive. After two days of competing north of Swansea, the final day takes them east for the classic Rheola and Port Talbot stages. After two loops of the tests, split by service in Swansea, the cars finish back in Cardiff at 15h00.

In the overall standings, Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) leads the event outright for Ford, with Sebastien Loeb (France) in second place and his Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo (Spain) third.


 FIA PWRC  CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1 Patrik Flodin
Goran Bergsten
S
S
SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N
1
1:55:43.8 **:**:**.*
2 Patrik Sandell
Emil Axelsson
S
S
PEUGEOT 207 S2000 N
2
1:56:02.5 0:18.7
3 Andreas Aigner
Klaus Wicha
A
D
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
3
1:56:30.3 0:46.5
4 Guy Wilks
Phil Pugh
GB
GB
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
4
1:57:50.4 2:06.6
5 Jari Ketomaa
Miika Teiskonen
FIN
FIN
SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N
5
1:58:14.9 2:31.1
6 Jaromir Tarabus
Daniel Trunket
CZ
CZ
FIAT GRANDE PUNTO S2000 N
8
2:04:18.2 8:34.4
7 Mirco Baldacci
Giovanni Agnese
RSM
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
12
2:13:16.1 17:32.3
8 Spyros Pavlides
Steve Lancaster
CYP
GB
SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N
13
2:13:18.1 17:34.3
9 Armindo Araujo
Miguel Ramalho
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
17
2:22:11.2 26:27.4
10 David Higgins
Leuan Thomas
GB
GB
SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N
18
2:26:14.3 30:30.5
11 Bernardo Sousa
Jorge Carralho
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
19
2:28:02.9 32:19.1
12 Simone Campedelli
Danilo Fappani
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
27
2:50:07.1 54:23.3


 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Cls Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
M
Jari-Matti Latvala
Miikka Anttila
FIN
FIN
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
1
1:47:52.4 **:**:**.*
2
M
Sebastien Loeb
Daniel Elena
F
MC
CITROEN C4 WRC A
2
1:47:59.7 0:07.3
3
M
Daniel Sordo
Marc Marti
E
E
CITROEN C4 WRC A
3
1:48:20.3 0:27.9
4
M
Petter Solberg
Philip Mills
N
GB
SUBARU IMPREZA WRC 2008 A
4
1:48:44.9 0:52.5
5
M
Per-Gunnar Andersson
Jonas Andersson
S
S
SUZUKI SX4 A
5
1:49:58.5 2:06.1
6
Henning Solberg
Cato Menkerud
N
N
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
6
1:50:01.7 2:09.3
7
M
Francois Duval
Denis Giraudet
B
F
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
7
1:50:22.0 2:29.6
8
M
Toni Gardenmeister
Tomi Tuominen
FIN
FIN
SUZUKI SX4 A
8
1:51:25.4 3:33.0
9
M
Mikko Hirvonen
Jarmo Lehtinen
FIN
FIN
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
9
1:52:36.9 4:44.5
10
M
Matthew Wilson
Scott Martin
GB
GB
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
10
1:52:41.9 4:49.5
11
Barry Clark
Paul Nagle
GB
GB
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
11
1:53:43.0 5:50.6
12
P
Patrik Flodin
Goran Bergsten
S
S
SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N
1
1:55:43.8 7:51.4
13
P
Patrik Sandell
Emil Axelsson
S
S
PEUGEOT 207 S2000 N
2
1:56:02.5 8:10.1
14
P
Andreas Aigner
Klaus Wicha
A
D
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
3
1:56:30.3 8:37.9
15
Valentino Rossi
Carlo Cassina
I
I
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
12
1:57:30.0 9:37.6
16
Khalid Al Qassimi
Michael Orr
UAE
GB
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
13
1:57:36.9 9:44.5
17
P
Guy Wilks
Phil Pugh
GB
GB
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
4
1:57:50.4 9:58.0
18
P
Jari Ketomaa
Miika Teiskonen
FIN
FIN
SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N
5
1:58:14.9 10:22.5
19
Conrad Rautenbach
David Senior
ZW
GB
CITROEN C4 WRC A
14
1:59:06.3 11:13.9
20
Mads Ostberg
Ole Unnerud
S
N
SUBARU IMPREZA WRC A
15
1:59:45.1 11:52.7
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22
Gwyndaf Evans
Gareth Roberts
GB
GB
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
6
2:01:28.1 13:35.7
23
Hermann Gassner Junior
Katherina Wuesttenhagen
D
D
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
7
2:03:35.1 15:42.7
26
Ryan Champion
Anders Howard
GB
GB
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
9
2:05:18.5 17:26.1
28
Mattias Therman
Janne Perala
FIN
FIN
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
11
2:11:59.8 24:07.4
29
P
Mirco Baldacci
Giovanni Agnese
RSM
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
12
2:13:16.1 25:23.7
35
P
Armindo Araujo
Miguel Ramalho
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
17
2:22:11.2 34:18.8
39
P
Bernardo Sousa
Jorge Carralho
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
19
2:28:02.9 40:10.5
43
Deividas Jocius
Mindaugas Varza
LT
LT
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
22
2:35:46.0 47:53.6
49
P
Simone Campedelli
Danilo Fappani
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
27
2:50:07.1 1:02:14.7


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