Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 5 views remaining

You have read 10 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 25 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 25 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.

Glenn Freeman Editor
Find out more about our subscriptions

Jari-Matti Latvala holds big lead after Sebastien Loeb retires in road crash

Jari-Matti Latvala, Ford, GB 2011Jari-Matti Latvala is cruising towards Rally GB victory after Sebastien Loeb was forced out in a collision on a road section.

Latvala had pulled slightly further away on this morning's first stage, Halfway, bringing his lead up to 7.1 seconds.

Then on the following road section to Crychan, Loeb collided with a car driving on the wrong side of the road, ending his rally. No one was hurt in the incident.

That left Latvala with a lead of over three minutes back to second-placed Mads Ostberg's Stobart Ford.

"It makes a big difference and it was very shocking news actually," said Latvala of Loeb's accident.

"We were on the Crychan stage when we suddenly got the message that Loeb had a crash. Later when Henning [Solberg] and Mads came in we heard it was a road accident, and after that we started to back off a bit."

With his Saturday engine concerns now under control, Ostberg is driving steadily to the finish to try and secure his first podium since the season-opener in Sweden.

But third place remains hotly-contested. Henning Solberg moved up to the final podium spot with Loeb's exit, but is under increasing pressure from Mini's Kris Meeke, who reduced Solberg's advantage from 45s to 21s during this morning's first three stages.

Matthew Wilson is fifth for Stobart, followed by Ott Tanak's DMACK-shod Ford. Evgeny Novikov's Abu Dhabi-branded Ford was also gaining ground this morning, until the Russian became concerned by an engine warning light as he completed the loop.

Leading positions after SS20:

Pos  Driver              Team/Car          Time/Gap
 1.  Jari-Matti Latvala  Ford            3h02m35.2s
 2.  Mads Ostberg        Stobart Ford     + 3m19.5s
 3.  Henning Solberg     Stobart Ford     + 6m31.0s
 4.  Kris Meeke          Mini             + 6m52.3s
 5.  Matthew Wilson      Stobart Ford     + 8m11.7s
 6.  Ott Tanak           M-Sport Ford     + 8m58.7s
 7.  Dennis Kuipers      FERM Ford        + 9m21.1s
 8.  Evgeny Novikov      Abu Dhabi Ford   + 9m21.8s
 9.  Ken Block           Monster Ford    + 15m06.8s
10.  Armindo Araujo      Italia Mini     + 15m46.5s
  More news  
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
Latvala clinches GB victory
Loeb 'could not avoid' road collision
Loeb retires after road collision
Latvala surges into Rally GB lead
Loeb edges away from Latvala
Loeb still keen to push for rally win
Ford: Hirvonen's engine too damaged
Loeb clinches title as Hirvonen retires
Loeb leads but Latvala closes in
Q & A: Hirvonen on his GB disaster
Hirvonen still hopes to restart
Ostberg determined to keep podium
DMACK thrilled with pace so far
Loeb pledges to keep pushing
Ford: Hirvonen needs miracle to rejoin
Hirvonen retires from GB day one
Loeb leads as Hirvonen hits trouble
Loeb disappointed by Ogier crash
Meeke criticises rally organisers
Ogier to rejoin for Friday
Loeb holds narrow lead over Hirvonen
Ogier crashes on opening stage
Solberg came close to skipping GB
Meeke: GB will show Mini's gravel pace
Latvala: Title rivals won't both finish
Loeb upbeat about title chances
Q & A: Hirvonen on title bid
Wilson returns to scene of huge crash
Ford plays down brake glitch
Meeke and Ostberg top shakedown
Loeb to judge pace by Hirvonen
Mini realistic about Wales prospects
Hirvonen predicts final stage decider