14 - 16 Apr 11
14:00 Jordan Rally comes to and end
So that brings the 2011 Jordan Rally to a close; we won't be forgetting this one on a hurry. It's a shame we were denied four different winners in four rallies, but we can't take anything away from Sebastien Ogier for claiming a stunning win. Jari-Matti Latvala deserves just as much credit for running Ogier to the closest ever finish in WRC history. Sebastien Loeb claims third overall ahead of Mikko Hirvonen. Matthew Wilson takes fifth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Join us next time for Rally d'Italia Sardegna.
13:57 Power Stage results
Sebastien Ogier claims the full three points for finishing the Power Stage just four-hundredths of a second ahead of Mikko Hirvonen, who takes two points. Sebastien Loeb takes the remaining Power Stage point to add to his 15 point haul.
13:55 Call an ambulance
I'm absolutely breathless here after an astonishing end to this rally. Sebastien Ogier takes the win by 0.2s, the closest finish in WRC history. This sport never fails to entertain.
13:49 Ogier wins Jordan Rally
Citroen ace Sebastien Ogier wins Jordan Rally ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala by Just 0.2s: "Incredible day. I had to push like hell. Jari-Matti was so fast. I was absolutely flat out, I had to clean the road, I think it was worse in the second loop." Ogier also wins the Power Stage to score a perfect 28 points.
13:47 Loeb reaches end of Jordan Rally
Sebastien Loeb goes second fastest so far on the Power Stage to claim third overall: "I've done a big mistake close to the end of the stage, I went wide in the sand. Still good."
13:43 Latvala through Power Stage
Jari-Matti Latvala gets through the Power Stage 0.6s slower than Mikko Hirvonen: "I pushed really, really hard and made two or three mistakes. I'm a little bit disappointed in that sense. If I lose then I can't do anything about it."
13:41 Hirvonen through SS20
Mikko Hirvonen goes fastest so far on the Power Stage with a time of 5m 21.7s: "We were full on it but it's going to be close. I gave it the best shot I had. A little bit disappointed, but in the end we get good points."
13:39 Raikkonen home in sixth
Kimi Raikkonen stops the clock on the Power Stage at 5m 35.4s, second fastest so far, to claim sixth overall, his best result of the year: "On this stage we just drove through because we don't have enough speed yet to get any [Power Stage] points. We wanted to push harder and improve my times. Overall one of my best rallies so far."
13:35 Wilson completes Jordan Rally
Matthew Wilson gets to the end of Jordan Rally to claim fifth, reaching the end of the Power Stage in 5m 36.4s: "It's been a tough afternoon. Something changed at service, [the car] seems to be all over the place. I can't keep it in a straight line."
13:32 Al Qassimi through SS20
Khalid Al Qassimi claims a provisional eighth-placed finish on Jordan Rally in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, setting a time of 5m 45.6s on the Power Stage: "It was quite a tough rally. We had a few moments. It was difficult over the surface. We'll be really glad if Jari [-Matti Latvala] finishes first."
13:29 Villagra completes SS20
Federico Villagra reaches the end of Jordan Rally, setting a time of 5m 41.1s on the Power Stage and claiming seventh overall: "I'm very happy to finish in this position. It's been a difficult rally."
13:27 Kuipers through final test
Dennis Kuipers finishes Jordan Rally to score driver's points. He sets a time of 5m 55.7s "Really happy. It was a big challenge, new rally with a new co-driver, but we're really happy. The car feels good," he said.
13:24 Henning Solberg completes Jordan Rally
Henning Solberg goes fastest so far on the Power Stage, stopping the clock at 5m 34.2s: "If the car can run like this in Sardinia it's not a problem to fight for a podium," says a delighted Solberg.
13:21 Sousa wins SWRC
Bernardo Sousa wins SWRC despite suspension damage on his Ford Fiesta S2000, setting a time of 6m 2.6s on the Power Stage.
13:18 Ostberg fastest so far
Mads Ostberg sets a time of 5m 37.8s on the Power Stage in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
13:13 Kruuda through SS20
Karl Kruuda reaches the end of the rally, dropping 3.9s to Eyvind Brynildsen on SS20.
13:11 Brynildsen reaches stage end
Eyvind Brynildsen completes Jordan Rally, setting a time of 5m 50.3s on SS20, bettering Daniel Oliveira by 24.5s.
13:06 Oliveira completes Jordan Rally
MINI driver Daniel Oliveira reaches the end of SS20 to finish Jordan Rally. "It was a difficult rally for me. We need to focus on Sardinia," says the Brazilian.
13:00 Stage Begin - SS20 Baptism Site 2 (Power Stage) (10.5km)
The Power Stage, the final test of the event, gets underway at Jordan Rally. With the top cars running in reverse order, MINI driver Daniel Oliveira takes to the stage first. This stage will decide which of our leading drivers claims the overall win; Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala leads Citroen's Sebastien Ogier by just 0.5s. It's all to play for over the following 10.5km.
12:13 Oliveira reaches stage end
Brazilian Daniel Oliviera, competing in the sole MINI rally car on this event, sets a time of 16m 6.6s on SS19. Just the Power Stage separates him from the end of Jordan Rally. "It is okay. We are preparing for Sardinia," says Oliveira.
12:09 Ostberg and Henning Solberg complete penultimate test
Mads Ostberg reaches the end of SS19 with a time of 14m 24.7s, losing just 15.6s to stage winner Jari-Matti Latvala over 20.44km. Meanwhile, Henning Solberg goes third fastest once again with a time of 14m 19.9s: "This car is amazing! I made a few mistakes."
12:06 Al Qassimi and Villagra through SS19
Khalid Al Qassimi sets a time of 15m 9.7s on SS19; just one stage separates him from his targeted top-eight finish. Meanwhile, Federico Villagra extends his advantage over Al Qassimi by 4.6s. "There were a lot of rocks, the stage was rough," says Villagra.
12:06 Kuipers through SS19
Dennis Kuipers gets through SS19 with a time of 15m 43.4s: "It was really tricky. We're not pushing, we're in a good position now. The afternoon is better, the grip is better," says Kuipers.
12:00 Wilson through penultimate test
Matthew Wilson takes advantage of Kimi Raikkonen's puncture to take fifth position in the rally. He sets a time of 14m 47.6s to lead the Finn by 31s. "There was a big stone and there was no way to avoid it. I felt it straight away and we did 15km with it. The next stage is too short," says a disappointed Raikkonen.
11:59 Raikkonen completes SS19 with a puncture
Kimi Raikkonen collects the first high-profile puncture of Jordan Rally and completes SS19 in a time of 15m 38s, losing fifth position in the rally to Matthew Wilson.
11:57 Hirvonen through SS19
Like Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen takes a conservative approach through the penultimate test with a view to the Power Stage, setting a time of 14m 24.8s.
11:50 Latvala takes the lead in Jordan
Jari-Matti Latvala beats Sebastien Ogier by 5.8s on SS19 to take a slim lead of the rally: "A really stressful stage, we need a perfect run on the last stage to win. I'm going to push as hard as I can."
11:48 Loeb drops 9.1s to Ogier
Sebastien Loeb takes a conservative approach to SS19 to conserve his tyres for the Power Stage, setting a time of 14m 24s. Loeb explains that he was able to go around the blockage because he wasn't pushing hard, but he also complains of too much oversteer in his Citroen DS3 WRC.
11:47 Ogier completes SS19
Sebastien Ogier reaches the end of SS19 with a time of 14m 14.9s. "The road was blocked with rocks and I had to brake. Someone put something on the road. I didn't lose so much time," says the Frenchman.
11:33 Stage Begin - SS19 Mahes 2 (20.44km)
Sebastien Ogier commences the penultimate stage, the 20.44km of Mahes 2, with a 5.3s lead to maintain over a charging Jari-Matti Latvala.
11:20 Ostberg and Henning Solberg complete SS18
Mads Ostberg sets a time of 9m 26.2s as he continues to rue his earlier gearbox troubles and uses the remaining stages as a test, while Henning Solberg stops the clock at an impressive 9m 16.1s, the third fastest time on the stage. "The car is going like hell now! It's not the same car! I don't understand, the car is flying," enthuses the Norwegian.
11:17 Kuipers through SS18
Dennis Kuipers reaches the end of SS18 with a time of 10m 7.1s.
11:14 Al Qassimi falls further behind Villagra
With a time of 9m 50.6s, Khalid Al Qassimi falls a further 5.1s behind Federico Viilagra. "We have to work hard to avoid the big rocks, which can damage the car," says Al Qassimi. 15.9s now split them in the battle for seventh.
11:10 Wilson drops 3.4s to Raikkonen
Matthew Wilson falls a further 3.4s behind Kimi Raikkonen in the battle for fifth position with a time of 9m 32.1s on SS18: "I don't know what's wrong with the car, we have no grip whatsoever. It's floating on top of the road. We're struggling."
11:09 Raikkonen completes Bahath 2
Kimi Raikkonen reaches the end of SS18 with a time of 9m 28.7s as he defends fifth position against Brit Matthew Wilson: "It's been okay, the driving has been better than previous rally and the car has been working well."
11:05 Hirvonen cruises through SS18
Mikko Hirvonen completes Bahath 2 in a steady 9m 22.1s as he seeks to reserve his tyres for the all-important Power Stage. Meanwhile, his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala cuts Sebastien Ogier's lead to just 5.3s. "It looks like Loeb is doing the same thing. It looks like it's going down to the wire with Ogier and Jari-Matti," says Hirvonen.
11:02 Latvala quickest so far
Jari-Matti Latvala takes a further 5s out of Sebastien Ogier on SS18, despite his Ford Fiesta RS WRC showing some signs of damage: "Nothing serious, when I've been attaching I was taking some risks. That's where the damage [has come from]."
10:59 Ogier reaches stage end
Sebastien Ogier reaches the end of SS18 in 9m 15.4s. "I drove almost perfectly. I'm happy with the stage. It's not really pressure; I do my best and we'll see. I think about the points," says Ogier.
10:59 Loeb completes SS18, Latvala flies
Sebastien Loeb drops time to Sebastien Ogier while Jari-Matti Lavtala flies on the splits. "Ogier was very fast in this one, he's cutting a lot and there are a lot of stones in the road. Latvala is incredible this afternoon."
10:48 Stage Begin - SS18 Bahath 2 (12.53km)
Sebastien Ogier enters Bahath 2 with a 10.2s lead over Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala.
10:45 Al Qassimi and Villagra through SS17
Federico Villagra stretches his lead over Khalid Al Qassimi in the fight for eighth by 1.5s to 10.8s with three stages to run.
10:43 Wilson drops 5.7s to Raikkonen
Matthew Wilson falls 16s behind Kimi Raikkonen in the battle for sixth position as he sets a time of 8m 42.1s on SS17.
10:37 Raikkonen through SS17
Kimi Raikkonen stops the clock at 8m 36.4s on Yakrut 2 as he defends a 10.3s advantage over Matthew Wilson.
10:34 Hirvonen reaches stage end
Mikko Hirvonen completes SS17 with a conservative time of 8m 32.8s: "I didn't see [Petter Solberg]. I'm up a position now, I'm just saving my tyres for the last stage."
10:32 Petter Solberg crashes on stage
Petter Solberg has stopped on SS17, 3km into the stage, after a crash. The crew are unhurt, but their rally has come to an end.
10:31 Latvala fastest so far
Jari-Matti Latvala flies through SS17 to cut Sebastien Ogier's lead to just 10.2s, bettering him on SS17 by 8.7s. "I was pushing really, really hard, I nearly hit big rocks. I can push any more," says a buzzing Latvala. A quite astonishing stage time from the Ford ace there; the fight is on!
10:28 Loeb beats Ogier by 4s on SS17
Sebastien Loeb continues his charge as he betters Sebastien Ogier's time on SS17 by 4s; the difference is now 16.7s. "I tried hard," says a still-determined Loeb.
10:27 Ogier through SS17
Sebastien Ogier completes SS17 with a time of 8m 24.5s, beating his previous effort by 13s: "I had to avoid some rocks on the road."
10:18 Stage Begin - SS17 Yakrut 2 (14.16km)
With a lead of 18.9s, Citroen ace Sebastien Ogier enters SS17 to get the final loop of Jordan Rally underway. The young Frenchman has been imperious considering his road position on this second day of the rally; 58kms separate him from his fourth career victory and his second win of 2011.
08:50 Crews head to service
The WRC crews will now head to the Dead Sea service park before tackling these same stages this afternoon to bring Jordan Rally to a close. Citroen's Sebastien Ogier holds all the aces as he leads Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala by 18.9s. Sebastien Loeb trails the Finn by 1.8s, with Petter Solberg a further 8.1s behind. The first stage of the afternoon, SS17, gets underway at 12:18 local time.
08:48 Ostberg and Henning Solberg
Mads Ostberg sets a time of 5m 40.2s on SS16: "It's not fun to be honest, I want to go home now. On lots of rallies I've been disappointed, and I've had enough of that in the past five years," says a dejected Ostberg, who has suffered gearbox problems on the last two events. Meanwhile, Henning Solberg stops the clock at 5m 42.1s: "The car's working well."
08:43 Kuipers through SS16
Dennis Kuipers sets a time of 5m 54.7s on the final stage of the morning loop.
08:42 Al Qassimi pursues Villagra
In the battle for eighth position, Khalid Al Qassimi takes 1.5s out of Federico Villagra to cut the margin to 9.3s. Villagra's engine oil worries persisted through SS16, but he should now make it back to service.
08:38 Wilson quick on SS16
Matthew Wilson takes 4.3s out of Kimi Raikkonen's advantage in the fight for sixth position; the Finn now leads Wilson by 10.3s. "It's absolutely flat out, we tried quite hard in there," says Wilson.
08:35 Raikkonen completes morning loop
Kimi Raikkonen sets a time of 5m 39s on SS16 as he tries to maintain his sixth position ahead of Matthew Wilson. "The last two were a bit better driving, so I'm happy," says the Finn.
08:33 Hirvonen through SS16
Mikko Hirvonen sets a time of 5m 27s, dropping 5.3s to Sebastien Loeb. "It's been going okay," says Hirvonen as he takes the opportunity to perfect his pace notes in time for the second run through the Baptism Site test, the Power Stage, which he'll be aiming to win.
08:29 Petter Solberg matches Ogier
Petter Solberg matches Sebastien Ogier's time on SS16 and falls 8.1s behind the podium fight: "We're a private team so we have to be realistic, but I'm trying."
08:28 Latvala drops 2.2s to Loeb
Jari-Matti Latvala drops 2.2s to Sebastien Loeb but maintains second position: "I'm still fighting [to win]," says Latvala as he trails Sebastien Ogier by 18.9s.
08:25 Loeb quicker by 3s
Sebastien Loeb takes 3s out of Sebastien Ogier's lead on SS16 with a time of 5m 21.7s. "It's a good time but we saw then when [the stage] is slow, we are slow, but when it's fast we are fast. We lost too much timein the morning. We'll continue to push," says Loeb. The gap to the rally leader is now 20.7s.
08:23 Ogier reaches stage end
Sebastien Ogier sets a time of 5m 24.7s on SS16. "I think we did a good job this morning. I had no choice but to push," says Ogier. The Baptism Site stage will be run as the Power Stage this afternoon, where three championship points will be up for grabs.
08:18 Stage Begin - SS16 Baptism Site 1 (10.5km)
Sebastien Ogier enters the final stage of the morning loop having done a superb job of holding off the chasing pack.
08:14 Henning Solberg through Mahes 1
Henning Solberg sets a time of 14m 54.1s on SS15, 21.1s slower than Mikko Hirvonen.
08:13 Ostberg and Kuipers complete SS15
Mads Ostberg sets a time of 14m 52.8s, 19.8s slower than stage winner Mikko Hirvonen, on SS15, while Dennis Kuipers stops the clock at 15m 50.9s.
08:09 Al Qassimi and Villagra through SS15
Khalid Al Qassimi sets of time of 15m 35.1s on SS15, just one tenth of a second quicker than Federico Villagra. 10.8s now splits the pair in the Argentine's favour in the battle for eighth.
08:03 Wilson drops time to Raikkonen
Matthew Wilson drops 7.3s to Kimi Raikkonen in the fight for sixth, and now trails to former F1 champ by 14.6s. "We didn't have a very good run through there, really scrappy. We just didn't find the rhythm, really strange," says the Brit.
08:02 Van Merksteijn stops on SS15
Peter Van Merksteijn's Citroen DS3 WRC comes to a halt in SS15.
08:01 Raikkonen through SS15
Kimi Raikkonen sets a time of 15m 5.8s on Mahes 1. "There are some big rocks but there's nothing we can do, just drive the best we can. I drove this one better than the other two," says the Finn.
07:59 Hirvonen fastest on SS15
Despite not being in the fight for victory, Ford's Mikko Hirvonen once again sets the pace with a time of 14m 33s. "The road is cleaner now but there are so many rocks around. I'm surprised we don't get any damage or punctures," says Hirvonen.
07:55 Latvala fastest so far
Jari-Matti Latavla passes Sebastien Loeb on SS15 having bettered the Frenchman by 6.4s. The Finn now lies 19.7s off the lead. "I'm starting to be afraid that I'm running out of kikometres [to close the gap to Sebastien Ogier]."
07:55 Petter Solberg through SS15
Petter Solberg betters Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier on SS15, going 4.2s slower than Jari-Matti Latvala, despite an issue with the right rear tyre.
07:52 Loeb 0.4s slower than Ogier
Sebastien Loeb's charge for first position takes a knock on SS15 as he drops 0.4s to Sebastien Ogier. Loeb explains that he became confused at a hairpin and lost time, conceding that his battle with Ogier might now be over.
07:50 Ogier through SS15
Sebastien Ogier sets a time of 14m 40s on Mahes 1. "I try to do my best, it's difficult to do better. I did a small mistake when I broke too late at a junction so maybe I lost one or two seconds. 15s could be not too bad but we will have to push," says Ogier.
07:35 Stage Begin - SS15 Mahes 1 (20.44km)
Sebastien Ogier starts SS15, Mahes 1, with a 23.3s lead over Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb. The battle of the Sebs is hotting right up, but Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg are determined to get involved.
07:25 Henning Solberg shows spees on SS14
Henning Solberg sets the sixth fastest time on SS14 having stopped the clock at 9m 40.2s, 10.2s behind the stage winner.
07:23 Kuipers and Ostberg through SS14
Dennis Kuipers and Mads Ostberg complete SS14. Kuipers sets a time of 10m 19.3s while Mads Ostberg completes the test in 9m 44.9s, 14.9s slower than stage winner Mikko Hirvonen.
07:18 Al Qassimi and Villagra complete SS14
Federico Villagra suffers oil pressure problems on SS14 as he betters Khalid Al Qassimi by 7.1s in their battle for eighth position. The gap is now 10.9s.
07:14 Wilson takes 1.1s from Raikkonen
Matthew Wilson takes a further 1.1s out of Kimi Raikkonen's advantage on SS14 to cut the deficit to 7.3s in the battle for sixth. "We hit a bank and stalled the engine on the opening stage. This one was very difficult, so loose," says Wilson.
07:11 Raikkonen through SS14
Kimi Raikkonen sets a time of 9m 55.9s, 25.9s slower than stage winner Mikko Hirvonen.
07:07 Hirvonen goes fastest
Mikko Hirvonen sets the fastest time on SS14, bettering team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala by 1.8s. "We are finally finding some rhythm now. We have to push," says Hirvonen.
07:05 Petter Solberg second fastest
Petter Solberg stops the clock at 9m 34.1s to go second fastest: "I'm trying everything I can," he says. He lies 30.6s off the lead.
07:04 Latvala goes fastest on SS14
Jari-Matti Latvala flies on SS14, beating Sebastien Loeb by 2.9s with a time of 9m 31.8s. The Finn now trails Loeb by 2.4s, who lies 23.3s behind leader Sebastien Ogier.
07:01 Loeb 1.6s quicker
Sebastien Loeb goes 1.6s quicker than Sebastien Ogier on SS14 to cut the deficit to 23.3s. Jari-Matti Latvala looks set to go even faster.
07:00 Ogier through SS14
Sebastien Ogier sets a time of 9m 36.3s on Bahath 1. The split time suggest the time loss to the chasing pack will be minimal.
06:50 Stage Begin - SS14 Bahath 1 (12.53km)
Sebastien Ogier enters SS14 with ambitions of keeping the time loss to Sebastien Loeb to a minimum; 24.9s separates the pair.
06:47 Al Qassimi and Villagra through SS13
Ford Fiesta RS WRC drivers Khalid Al Qassimi and Federico Villagra complete the opening stage of the final day with times of 9m 13.3s and 9m 5s, losing 42.7s and 34.4s respectively to stage winner Sebastien Loeb. The Argentine passes Al Qassimi for eighth position.
06:43 Wilson goes 3.6s faster than Raikkonen
Matthew Wilson takes 3.6s out of Kimi Raikkonen's 12s advantage in the battle for sixth position; the gap is now 8.4s between the two.
06:40 Raikkonen drops 34.1s to Loeb
Kimi Raikkonen completes SS13 34.1s slower than stage winner Sebastien Loeb as he battles to retain his sixth position.
06:39 Hirvonen completes SS13
Ford's Mikko Hirvonen, who lies fifth and some distance off the battle for the win, sets a time of 8m 37.2s, beating Sebastien Ogier by 0.9s. "There are so many rocks no, but the tyres are proving string to punctures," says Hirvonen as he enjoys the clean road.
06:37 Petter Solberg through SS13
Petter Solberg betters Sebastien Ogier by 2.5s on SS13, but loses 4.1s to Sebastien Loeb. "It went quite well, but I lost out at the end. It's going to be a long, long day," says Solberg. The Norwegian has work to do on the following three stages.
06:34 Latvala drops 3.8s to Loeb
Jari-Matti Latvala takes 2.8s out of the deficit to Sebastien Ogier, but loses 3.8s to Sebastien Loeb with a time of 8m 34.4s on Yakrut 1.
06:30 Loeb goes 6.7s quicker
Sebastien Loeb cuts the deficit to rally leader Sebastien Ogier to 24.9s as he betters his team-mate by 6.6s on SS13.
06:28 Ogier through SS13
Sebastien Ogier completes Yakrut 1 with a time of 8m 37.3s.
06:27 Loeb fast on splits
The opening splits from SS13 suggest we're in for a masterclass from Sebastien Loeb as he bites chunks out of Sebastien Ogier's lead; he's 4.4s quicker than Ogier at 10km. However, Petter Solberg mightbe even faster than Loeb...
06:22 Ogier leads by 31.6s
Sebastien Ogier leads the rally by 31.6s ahead of team-mate Sebastien Loeb. Ogier will sweep the road clean of loose surface gravel, which is expected to cost him time. The question, then, is whether or not Ogier's margin to Loeb is enough to resist the road sweeping penalty. Just 1.5s behind Loeb is Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala, with Petter Solberg a further 2.2s down the road.
06:20 Stage Begin - SS13 Yakrut 1 (14.16km)
Sebastien Ogier enters SS13 to get day two underway.
06:19 Day two in prospect
The second and final day of Jordan Rally 2011 will get underway very shortly. It's poised for a brilliant showdown with four drivers still capable of winning the rally. We've eight stages to run today, four tests run twice, with 115km of competitive distance.
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