Latvala takes Rally GB lead
|By Matt Beer||Friday, November 12th 2010, 11:08 GMT|
Jari-Matti Latvala holds a narrow lead over Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg after the first four stages of the Rally of Great Britain.
Ford driver Latvala moved from his overnight fifth place following the superspecial to lead the rally by winning SS2 Hafren.
He then dropped back to third when his Focus ingested too much water in a watersplash on Sweet Lamb and lost a few seconds on the following climb.
But another stage win on Myherin put Latvala back in front by 1.4 seconds over Loeb (Citroen) - who led briefly after SS3 - and 1.9s over Solberg (Solberg Citroen).
Loeb's team-mate Sebastien Ogier is still very much in contention, running 7.1s behind Latvala in fourth place.
It has been a disappointing start for Mikko Hirvonen, though. The Ford driver is only sixth, 25.7s off the lead and just behind Citroen Junior's Dani Sordo.
Further back, Mads Ostberg's return in the Adapta Subaru has been marred by a spin, smoke from the car and an intercom problem, but he has managed to hang on in eighth. Kimi Raikkonen (Citroen Junior) is fending off Ken Block (Monster Ford) in 10th.
Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford 38m33.0s 2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen + 1.4s 3. Petter Solberg Citroen + 1.9s 4. Sebastien Ogier Citroen + 7.1s 5. Dani Sordo Citroen + 23.7s 6. Mikko Hirvonen Ford + 25.7s 7. Henning Solberg Ford + 1m20.9s 8. Mads Ostberg Subaru + 1m38.8s 9. Matthew Wilson Ford + 1m45.7s 10. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen + 2m17.5s