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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
UDDEHOLM SWEDISH RALLY
10 FEBRUARY 2008
DAY 3
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVERS CELEBRATE AND DOMINATE ON THE SWEDISH RALLY PWRC CLASSIFICATION
OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

JUHO HANNINEN / MIKKO MARKKULA
 

JUHO HANNINEN / MIKKO MARKKULA
 

MARTIN PROKOP / JAN TOMANEK
 
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution driver Juho Hanninen (Finland) collected his first win of the season in Karlstad this afternoon, after dominating the final day of the Production Car World Rally Championship element of the Swedish Rally. There was an even bigger reason for Hanninen and co-driver Mikko Markkula to celebrate as they also collected points in the drivers’ world championship for eighth position overall.

The 26-year-old Finn moved to the front of the field mid-way through yesterday’s stages and then maintained a gap of more then a minute through today’s five stages to celebrate at the finish. The organizers of the event were forced to cancel another stage today due to the unseasonably warm conditions which left the road devoid of snow and ice.

Hanninen said: "The roads today were not so nice to drive on. Again, there was some gravel coming through, so we weren’t having a lot of fun, but at the same time, I am so happy with this result! The Production result is fantastic, but then to get a point as well is incredible. It shows how the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has run without any problems for the whole rally. The only concern for me was a puncture on the last day. I was careful to avoid the big rocks. But now we are here at the finish and we have the first win - it’s a great way to start the season."

Once again, Mitsubishi’s dominated the top 10 in the Group N category of a round of the World Rally Championship, with seven places taken by drivers of the Lancer Evolution.

Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) just missed out on making it two Lancer Evolutions on the podium when he was beaten to third place by just a handful of seconds. Prokop was in third for all of the leg, but slipped back behind local driver Patrik Sandell (Peugeot) on the last test. Prokop said: "Of course, I am, disappointed not to have been third - in the end it was a very big fight with Patrik. But, I have to be satisfied with this result. This is my second year in the Production Car World Rally Championship and I don’t know these rallies or this car very well. The Mitsubishi hasn’t caused any trouble for me throughout the event - I have to say, the car has been fantastic. I have learned a lot during this rally and now I have to put that into practice on the coming rounds of the championship."

Former Mitsubishi works driver Uwe Nittel (Germany) was fifth on his return to the sport, while Portuguese driver was seventh after a quiet event in his Lancer Evolution.

Bernardo Sousa (Portugal) collected a point on his debut in the Production Car WRC, despite rolling his Lancer Evolution yesterday. Sousa’s team-mate Andrea Aigner (Austria) the final day provided mixed fortunes. He went off the road again on stage 17. Prior to this, however, he had posted fastest times on an event where he doesn’t have as much experience as the local drivers. Austria based Mitsubishi Team driver was classified 17th in Group N.

In the overall event, Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) collected his first ever World Rally Championship victory, while his Ford team-mate Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) was second. Italian Gigi Galli (Italy) collected third place in another Focus RS WRC 07.


 FIA PWRC  CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1 Juho Hanninen
Mikko Markkula
FIN
FIN
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
1
2:59:08.7 **:**:**.*
2 Jari Ketomaa
Miika Teiskonen
FIN
FIN
SUBARU IMPREZA N
2
3:00:31.9 1:23.2
3 Patrik Sandell
Emil Axelsson
S
S
PEUGEOT 207 N
3
3:01:00.5 1:51.8
4 Martin Prokop
Jan Tomanek
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
4
3:01:11.7 2:03.0
5 Uwe Nittel
Detlef Ruf
D
D
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
5
3:03:04.0 3:55.3
6 Toshi Arai
Glenn Macneall
J
AUS
SUBARU IMPREZA N
6
3:03:31.6 4:22.9
7 Armindo Araujo
Miguel Ramalho
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
7
3:05:13.9 6:05.2
8 Bernardo Sousa
Carlos Magalhaes
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
8
3:07:07.3 7:58.6
9 Simone Campedelli
Danilo Fappani
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
9
3:07:18.0 8:09.3
10 Subhan Aksa
Hendrik Mboi
RI
RI
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION VIII N
12
3:13:33.6 14:24.9
11 Jussi Tiippana
Marko Salminen
FIN
FIN
SUBARU IMPREZA N
13
3:13:49.2 14:40.5
12 Fabio Frisiero
Simone Scattolin
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
14
3:14:02.2 14:53.5
13 Evgeny Aksakov
Alexander Kornilov
RUS
RUS
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
15
3:15:13.9 16:05.2
14 Andreas Aigner
Klaus Wicha
A
D
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
17
3:20:40.1 21:31.4
15 Eyvind Brynhildsen
Denis Giraudet
N
F
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
22
3:28:05.5 28:56.8
16 Patrik Flodin
Goran Bergsten
S
S
SUBARU IMPREZA N
24
3:30:11.8 31:03.1
17 Nasser Al Attiyah
Chris Patterson
QAT
GB
SUBARU IMPREZA N
25
3:31:22.3 32:13.6
18 Stefano Marrini
Matteo Braga
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
26
3:32:29.9 33:21.2


 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Nat Vehicle Grp
Pos
Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
M
Jari-Matti Latvala
Miikka Anttila
FIN
FIN
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
18
2:46:41.2 **:**:**.*
2
M
Mikko Hirvonen
Jarmo Lehtinen
FIN
FIN
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
19
2:47:39.5 0:58.3
3
M
Gigi Galli
Giovanni Bernacchini
I
I
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
20
2:49:04.4 2:23.2
4
M
Petter Solberg
Philip Mills
N
GB
SUBARU IMPREZA WRC 2006 A
21
2:49:40.6 2:59.4
5
Andreas Mikkelsen
Ola Floene
N
N
FORD FOCUS WRC A
22
2:52:27.2 5:46.0
6
M
Daniel Sordo
Marc Marti
E
E
CITROEN C4 A
23
2:53:54.3 7:13.1
7
M
Toni Gardenmeister
Tomi Tuominen
FIN
FIN
SUZUKI SX4 A
24
2:57:16.5 10:35.3
8
P
Juho Hanninen
Mikko Markkula
FIN
FIN
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
33
2:59:08.7 12:27.5
9
Mads Ostberg
Ole Unnerud
S
N
SUBARU IMPREZA WRC A
25
3:00:09.7 13:28.5
10
P
Jari Ketomaa
Miika Teiskonen
FIN
FIN
SUBARU IMPREZA N
34
3:00:31.9 13:50.7
11
P
Patrik Sandell
Emil Axelsson
S
S
PEUGEOT 207 N
35
3:01:00.5 14:19.3
12
P
Martin Prokop
Jan Tomanek
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
36
3:01:11.7 14:30.5
13
M
Henning Solberg
Cato Menkerud
N
N
FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A
26
3:02:17.9 15:36.7
14
P
Uwe Nittel
Detlef Ruf
D
D
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
37
3:03:04.0 16:22.8
15
P
Toshi Arai
Glenn Macneall
J
AUS
SUBARU IMPREZA N
38
3:03:31.6 16:50.4
16
Conrad Rautenbach
David Senior
ZW
GB
CITROEN XSARA A
27
3:04:19.7 17:38.5
17
P
Armindo Araujo
Miguel Ramalho
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
39
3:05:13.9 18:32.7
18
Urmo Aava
Kuldar Sikk
EE
EE
CITROEN C4 A
28
3:06:58.9 20:17.7
19
P
Bernardo Sousa
Carlos Magalhaes
P
P
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
40
3:07:07.3 20:26.1
20
P
Simone Campedelli
Danilo Fappani
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
41
3:07:18.0 20:36.8
../
22
Ari Laivola
Antti Virjula
FIN
FIN
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
42
3:08:39.7 21:58.5
24
Jasper Van Den Heuvel
Maetine Kolman
NL
NL
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
43
3:09:41.2 23:00.0
25
P
Subhan Aksa
Hendrik Mboi
RI
RI
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION VIII N
44
3:13:33.6 26:52.4
28
P
Fabio Frisiero
Simone Scattolin
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
46
3:14:02.2 27:21.0
29
P
Evgeny Aksakov
Alexander Kornilov
RUS
RUS
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
47
3:15:13.9 28:32.7
31
P
Andreas Aigner
Klaus Wicha
A
D
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
49
3:20:40.1 33:58.9
36
Josef Semera'd
Bohuslav Ceplecha
CZ
CZ
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
53
3:26:36.0 39:54.8
37
P
Eyvind Brynhildsen
Denis Giraudet
N
F
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
54
3:28:05.5 41:24.3
41
P
Stefano Marrini
Matteo Braga
I
I
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N
58
3:32:29.9 45:48.7
44
Klaus Bodilsen
Thomas Hendriksen
DEN
DEN
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION VII N
61
3:36:29.1 49:47.9


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