10 - 13 Nov 11
12:54 That's all from Wales Rally GB
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12:52 Top six recap after SS23: emotional win for Latvala
Sebastien Ogier has won the Power Stage but it's the man he beat by a fraction of a second on Rally Jordan who takes the centre stage, crowning an all-Ford podium. 1 Jari-Matti Latvala 3h27m03.5s; 2 Mads Ostberg +3m42.9s; 3 Henning Solberg +7m05.1s; 4 Kris Meeke +7m12.3s; 5 Matthew Wilson +8m57.3s; 6 Ott Tanak +9m27.1s.
12:51 Tweet from @Cbb_yosoy
"Congrats to @MadsOstberg for the second place in Wales. Great drive! #WRC"
12:50 Latvala hails Rally GB win
"It's been a long time since I won, a very stressful time so this is a great way to end the season. That [winning the world title in 2012] is what we need to do!"
12:49 Tweet from @MattJelonek
"CONGRATS Henning Solberg! Podium position! Watching Super Special Stage LIVE now!!! #WRC"
12:47 Latvala wins Wales Rally GB
Jari-Matti Latvala crosses the line third fastest with a time of 2m44.5s, winning Wales Rally GB by 3m42.9s. Sebastien Ogier is among the first to arrive to congratulate the Finn, for whom this is the first rally win in 18 months. "At the end of the day we were quite lucky, the toughest fight was finished when Loeb had the accident, but I believe we could have won anyway," says co-driver Miika Anttila.
12:46 Tweet from @MandaJane14
"Well done Henning! #WRC"
12:45 Tweet from @rallynewslive
"Business Minister announces funding for 2012 Wales Rally GB http://www.rallybuzz.com/business-minister-announces-funding-for-2012-wales-rally-gb"
12:43 Second place for Ostberg in Wales Rally GB
Mads Ostberg risks nothing in the Power Stage, finishing in 2m46.4s: "I'm so happy right now. the last two days have been really difficult. I enjoyed Friday, then Saturday and Sunday have been two cruising days. It's a fantastic way to end the season."
12:42 Tweet from @bargeboards
"Nuts, Meeke's had a spin, at least he gets a career-best finish but it can't take away the disappointment. #WRC"
12:40 Solberg takes third place in Wales Rally GB
A cautious 2m47.7s secures the final podium place for an overjoyed Henning Solberg "I was very slow in there! I took it very carefully when I saw his [Meeke's] time. I have to go home tomorrow - meetings with sponsors so I can get a good drive again next year."
12:38 Meeke makes it to the finish
Kris Meeke finishes Wales Rally GB but that spin has cost him the podium. He stops the clock at 2m53.1s and isn't too disappointed: "We have to be happy with our weekend. It was a tall order and I blew it on the last one, just went a little wide. The car's performance has exceeded everyone's expectations and we're at a good level. We know where we need to improve for next year, and hopefully we can challenge for podiums more often."
12:37 Meeke spins in SS23
Kris Meeke has spun, which could hand the advantage back to Henning Solberg in the battle for the podium.
12:33 Wilson completes SS23
A solid fifth place finish for Matthew Wilson in his final outing for M-Sport, coming through the Power Stage in 2m45.3s: "Tough weekend - a long rally and with everything that's gone on it's been quite difficult. I enjoyed the stages up there [in North Wales] and there were lots of spectators."
12:31 Kuipers finishes Wales Rally GB
Dennis Kuipers comes through in 2m48.0s: "Wow. It's been a great year, I've gained a lot of experience. For sure I'd like to continue next year although there is no decision yet."
12:28 Top six for Tanak in World Rally Car debut
Ott Tanak has had an eventful first weekend in top-level machinery but he makes it to the finish and sixth place looks safe. 2m45.4s is third quickest through the Power Stage so far: "The most important thing for us was to finish. We had a long weekend - lots of different things happening!"
12:24 Novikov has a 'moment' in the Power Stage
2m47.7s for Evgeny Novikov, who had a brief off-road excursion during the stage: "Everything for spectators, you know? I'm happy to be at the finish."
12:22 Ogier on top in Power Stage
Sebastien Ogier finishes the rally with a flourish, stopping the clock at 2m41.3s - 2.7s quicker than Sordo: "This will be good preparation for the future, I have now done all the stages."
12:21 Tweet from @neilcole
"Ken Block's gum-shield keeps the gold tooth safe #WRC"
12:18 Sordo through the Power Stage
Dani Sordo concludes an encouraging first season with the Mini team, quickest so far through the Power Stage in 2m44.0s: "It's really nice because this is a new team. We need to develop the car some more but I'm really happy with the team and the guys."
12:17 Araujo completes SS23
2m50.2s for Armindo Araujo, who finishes Wales Rally GB in 10th place: "It was bad all weekend with the setup of the car, I never found a good feeling but I never made any mistakes."
12:11 Block finishes Wales Rally GB
Ninth place looks secure for Ken Block as he crosses the line in 2m46.2s. "We have to be very happy with ninth place. This rally has been so tough," says co-driver Alex Gelsomino. "The slick conditions and fog really set me back the first couple of days. Getting to the finish makes me really happy," says Block.
12:09 Tweet from @BlueBaillie
"Final stages of #WRC #GBRally. Great weather and amazing view over Wales. On way to final service park http://yfrog.com/oc3nabj"
12:08 Stage Begin - SS23 Monument 2 (4.36km)
Ken Block will be first out onto the Power Stage this afternoon and the spectators are already jockeying for the best view in the forest section!
11:47 Tweet from @MandaJane14
"Must get laptop. Need live feed of #WRC" >> No need for a laptop! You can access live coverage for free via our apps for iPhone, Android, Windows and BlackBerry.
11:46 Tweet from @WalesRallyGB
"Wonderful photo RT @alconor: #Well done 2 Craig Breen winning #WRC Academy & €500k !! #emotional http://twitpic.com/7dsodi"
11:44 Power Stage scheduled to start at 12:11
The top six runners have all checked in to the regroup at TC22A on time.
11:43 Tweet from @refusion
"'We are in England'. Breaking news: Sebastien Loeb wins 8th title, fails at geography. #WRC"
11:41 Stage win for Ogier
Sebastien Ogier has gone quickest of all in SS22, completing in 12m39.8s - 4.2s faster than Jari-Matti Latvala. Ogier restarted under SupeRally regulations after crashing out on the opening day.
11:40 Tweet from @Arli_Racegirl
"#WRC One of the top 5 most unpredictable in the history of WRC."
11:39 SS20 video up at WRC.com
Want to see the state of the roads, and how hard Kris Meeke has had to push to catch Henning Solberg today? Check out the video at www.wrc.com.
11:36 Tweet from @WRCgerardquinn
"Only the Powerstage remains. Down to the last stage of the 2011 WRC season. Seems a short time ago since Sweden. #wrc #WalesRallyGB"
11:33 Top six recap after SS22: Meeke closes in on podium spot
Jari-Matti Latvala is secure in front, while an epic drive from Kris Meeke has brought the Mini driver tantalisingly close to becoming the first Briton to finish on a WRC podium since Richard Burns in 2003. 1 Jari-Matti Latvala 3h24m19.0s; 2 Mads Ostberg +3m41.0s; 3 Henning Solberg +7m01.9s; 4 Kris Meeke +7m03.7s; 5 Matthew Wilson +8m46.5s; 6 Ott Tanak +9m26.2s.
11:31 Novikov completes SS22
Evgeny Novikov crosses the line in 12m59.5s, making him the fourth quickest through the stage - but he's only 1.1s faster than Tanak, who is nearly 19s ahead.
11:28 Tanak, Kuipers through SS22
Dennis Kuipers isn't going to challenge the top six today, completing the penultimate stage in 13m12.7s. Ott Tanak stops the clock at 13m00.6s, fourth quickest so far as he defends sixth place from the charging Evgeny Novikov.
11:25 Tweet from @Joe_James86
"Wow its close. Come on meeke! Loving the minis #WRC"
11:23 Meeke second quickest so far in SS22
Kris Meeke pulled an extraordinary amount of time out of the bag in the final kilometres of SS22, coming through the finishing line in 12m51.8s. That's 7.8s off Latvala but a significant 11.5s faster than Henning Solberg! He's now 1.8s behind Solberg with just the short Power Stage to go.
11:22 Tweet from @JonathanJorstad
"If Henning can keep the pace we see from the splits on SS22 he will get third place! #WRC"
11:21 Solberg completes SS22
Henning Solberg stops the clock at 13m03.3, 19.3s off Latvala's time.
11:20 Latvala, Ostberg through SS22
Jari-Matti Latvala completes the stage in 12m44.0s, followed by Mads Ostberg 15.1s down with 12m59.1s.
11:18 Meeke takes it back at split 4
Kris Meeke is now 0.7s up on Henning Solberg as they pass through the fourth split...
11:16 Solberg now up on Meeke
Solberg reaches the third split point 4.3s down on Jari-Matti Latvala; Meeke is 4.7s down...
11:14 Meeke-Solberg battle still raging
Split point 2 and Solberg reaches it in 2m53.0s; Meeke in 2m52.1s.
11:13 Tweet from @JuRvanRuiten
"Wow! Now at finish of the powerstage: Only access with purple passes. Tanx to guys who just left! #WRC-Wales http://lockerz.com/s/155826114" >> They LEFT??
11:11 Tweet from @biro_zoli
"I hope that Henning gets that podium, he'd deserve it so much #WRC #WRGB"
11:07 Solberg pushing to retain podium place
Granted, Jari-Matti Latvala isn't running at his absolute maximum, but Henning Solberg has matched his time exactly through the opening split of SS22 as he defends his position from Kris Meeke - who comes through the first split 0.9s slower!
11:06 Tweet from @CatherineE2010
"Fingers crossed that Meeke will beat Henning Solberg on the podium!! It's a mini adventure!! #walesrallygb #WRC"
11:04 Stage Begin - SS22 Crychan 2 (22.73km)
Jari-Matti Latvala takes to today's longest stage for the second and final time - he's still setting a strong pace, clearly having to drive quickly to maintain his focus.
11:02 Ogier second fastest in SS21
Sebastien Ogier goes through in 9m02.4s, 2.6s off Latvala's time - Latvala is the only driver to complete the stage in under nine minutes so far.
10:57 Tanak completes SS21
Ott Tanak crosses the line in 9m10.7s; Evgeny Novikov will have to push hard now to relieve him of sixth place.
10:55 Tweet from @Merryandpippin
"Henning or Kris for that last podium spot. Choices choices. I'd love to see them both up there. #wrc"
10:54 Wilson completes SS21
9m11.8s for Matthew Wilson: “I found a decent rhythm in there and enjoyed it.”
10:54 Tweet from @citroenracing
"LIVE FROM SERVICE PARK #WRC #WRGB http://twitter.com/?photo_id=1#!/citroenracing/status/135671011596189699/photo/1"
10:50 Meeke second quickest so far in SS21
Kris Meeke is second fastest so far through the stage on 9m03.4s, now 13.3s behind Henning Solberg on the road with just one long stage to go. Crychan 2 is due to get underway at 11.03am after a two-minute silence has been observed.
10:49 Solberg 'can't get the rhythm'
Henning Solberg has a lot of work to do if he wants to keep that podium position because Kris Meeke is up on the split timings. Henning sets a time of 9m11.4s, 11.6s off Latvala’s pace: “It’s hard when I can’t get the rhythm but I’m pushing.”
10:46 Ostberg completes SS21
Mads Ostberg comes through in 9m06.2s: “This stage went quite well so I feel we have very good control of the driving, not taking any risks. The sun is shining so I’m happy!”
10:41 Latvala through SS21
Jari-Matti Latvala completes the stage in 8m59.8s: “It’s not easy when you’re not in a fight with two stages to go and you need to keep the concentration. To hold this position and get to the finish - that’s the target.”
10:40 Tweet from @MINImotorsport
"@krismeeke cut 23.7 secs off of #HenningSolberg 's lead through 3 stages. 21.3 secs is Solberg's lead. If Kris does it again, he is 3rd.#WRC"
10:39 Tweet from @Tedenby_21
"@Becsywecsy @OfficialWRC Loeb's car back at service. #WRC @WalesRallyGB http://twitpic.com/7ds67y"
10:38 Tweet from @MattJelonek
"@WRCgerardquinn Tell Henning to keep his cool, play safe for the podium! It's a must to get it!!! @FordWRC #WRC"
10:37 Tweet from @NorthernLoop
"5 more rashers then back out to the stage #WRC"
10:36 Tweet from @DanielDarrall
"great scenery here at halfway stage #WRC http://twitter.com/?photo_id=1#!/DanielDarrall/status/135663776115593216/photo/1"
10:35 Tweet from @NorthernLoop
"Enjoying 5 rashers of bacon mmm #WRC"
10:34 Stage Begin - SS21 Halfway 2 (14.93km)
Jari-Matti Latvala has checked through Time Control 21 and the stage is due to go live at 10.36. Will mud be a problem on this stage second time around, having been dragged on to the route by the passage of competitors further down the field?
09:07 Tweet from @charlievaldex
"Wales Rally GB #WRC ... Craziest Rally Ever!! indeed!"
09:04 Top six recap after SS20: Latvala taking it easier
The field head off for the 30-minute service interval with Jari-Matti Latvala secure in the lead and Kris Meeke hunting down Henning Solberg for the final podium slot. Engine trouble for Evgeny Novikov has taken some of the pressure off sixth-placed Ott Tanak. 1 Jari-Matti Latvala 3h02m35.2s; 2 Mads Ostberg +3m19.5s; 3 Henning Solberg +6m31.0s; 4 Kris Meeke +6m52.3s; 5 Matthew Wilson +8m11.7s; 6 Ott Tanak +8m58.7s.
09:03 Ogier takes stage win
Sebastien Ogier goes fastest of all through the stage, stopping the clock at 2m41.9s: “We had a very slow wake up this morning, these are my first times on these stages. We will have more fun this afternoon.”
09:00 Engine woe for Novikov
Evgeny Novikov crosses the line in 2m57.4s, 15.3s slower than Latvala, which drops him behind Kuipers: “A big push this morning but I’m very upset. At the start of the stage we had a problem with the engine.”
08:59 Tanak through SS20
Ott Tanak is fourth fastest so far on 2m45.7s: “Just now I realised he [Novikov] is pushing so I’m trying harder.”
08:56 Kuipers completes SS20
Dennis Kuipers comes through in 2m46.6s, now running in eighth after being passed by Ott Tanak and Evgeny Novikov: “The first two stages I did not like. This stage I did like. Tanak and Novikov are going very quick and that’s the way it is.”
08:55 Wilson through SS20
2m46.6s for Matthew Wilson: “For me it [the Tarmac section at the end of SS19] is a waste of time when we have great forests like this.”
08:53 Meeke second fastest so far in SS20
Kris Meeke comes through in 2m44.0s, snipping 1.3s from Solberg. 21.3s separates them now: “Maybe I was a bit cautious on the Tarmac sections in the previous stage. I’ll try my best but you never know what will happen, as we saw with Sebastien.”
08:50 Solberg defending podium position
Henning Solberg is responding to the challenge of Kris Meeke, finishing in 2m45.3s: “I try my best - we will see, I’ll do what I can. It would be good to finish on the podium.”
08:48 Ostberg completes SS20
Mads Ostberg completes the stage in 2m46.3s: “The car is running okay, we have adjusted down the power to make sure the engine gets through. I’m happy with our position but very sorry for Loeb. Maybe we don’t deserve second place but I’m happy with our performance.”
08:46 More news on Loeb retirement
WRC.com has the inside line: http://www.wrc.com/news/breaking-news-loeb-out-of-rally-gb/?fid=15778
08:44 Latvala backing off 'a little bit'
2m42.1s for Jari-Matti Latvala: “It makes a big difference and was very shocking news when we heard Loeb had had a crash. I started to back off a little bit.”
08:43 Stage Begin - SS20 Monument 1 (4.36km)
Another stage that's being run in an opposite direction to last year's route, this is a hard-surfaced test that's fast, open and bumpy.
08:39 Tweet from @refusion
"So does this retirement move Henning Solberg up on to the podium? #WRC #WRGB" >> Yes, by 22.6s from Kris Meeke.
08:38 Tweet from @oliveira_fj
"@krismeeke it's the only driver now @WalesRallyGB who has the spirit to continuing fighting for a position #wrc @MINImotorsport" >> Don't forget Tanak and Novikov!
08:36 Top six recap after SS19: Loeb retirement makes Latvala safe
Jari-Matti Latvala is now secure in the lead after his chief rival, Citroen's Sebastien Loeb, retired from Wales Rally GB following a road accident on the liaison stage. Can Latvala stay focused over the remaining stages? 1 Jari-Matti Latvala 2h59m53.1s; 2 Mads Ostberg +3m15.3s; 3 Henning Solberg +6m27.8s; 4 Kris Meeke +6m50.4s; 5 Matthew Wilson +8m07.2s; 6 Ott Tanak +8m55.1s.
08:32 Tanak, Novikov through SS19
12m57.3s for Ott Tanak, who is now just over 46 seconds behind Matthew Wilson but only 9.4s ahead of Evgeny Novikov, who completes SS19 in 12m52.3s.
08:29 Wilson, Kuipers complete SS19
Matthew Wilson finishes in 13m05.9s, followed by Dennis Kuipers in 13m14.6s. Newly promoted sixth place man Ott Tanak is next up.
08:27 Meeke second fastest so far through SS19
Kris Meeke has been promoted to fourth place by dint of Sebastien Loeb's retirement and he may now be on for a podium finish, clocking in at 12m45.6s. That's 16.0s off Latvala's benchmark time but 12.5s faster than third-placed Henning Solberg
08:23 Tweet from @WRCgerardquinn
"JML's fastest time on SS18 but disappointing that one of his adversaries is already out so we can see a big battle. #wrc #WalesRallyGB"
08:23 Ostberg, Solberg complete SS19
M-Sport team-mates Mads Ostberg and Henning Solberg are separated by 11.4s in the stage, Ostberg finishing in 12m46.7s (17.1s off Latvala's time) and Solberg in 12m58.1s.
08:22 Tweet from @citroenracing
"LOEB. The team will bring back the car to the Service Park ASAP. If possible the car will be repaired to go to the Cardiff podium #WRGB #WRC"
08:11 Tweet from @bargeboards
"It's just unbelievable... WHAT IF Hirvonen was still in the rally? Hope JML keeps it together for a long-overdue win this season. #WRC"
08:11 Latvala through SS19
Jari-Matti Latvala completes SS19 in 12m29.6s; the heat is off him now, but will he be able to maintain his focus now that Sebastien Loeb is out?
08:09 Stage Begin - SS19 Crychan 1 (22.73km)
Today's longest stage is being run in the opposite direction from last year - as a measure of how much the event route has changed, these used to be the most northern stages of the rally and now they form the southernmost tip.
08:08 Tweet from @citroenracing
"LOEB. Accident for Seb Loeb on a road section with a car driving in the wrong way. Everybody OK but retirement #WRGB #WRC #WalesRallyGB"
08:05 Loeb out of Wales Rally GB
The Citroen Total World Rally Team have confirmed that Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena have been involved in a road accident on the liaison stage before Time Control 19. No injuries are reported but Loeb's DS3 WRC is too badly damaged to continue.
08:02 Top six recap after SS18: Latvala in command
Once again Jari-Matti Latvala's pace is such that even Sebastien Loeb can't match him. He extends his lead by 1.4s, while Mads Ostberg is secure enough in third that the M-Sport team has been able to turn the engine down. Kris Meeke is homing in on Henning Solberg for fourth. 1 Jari-Matti Latvala 2h47m23.5s; 2 Sebastien Loeb +7.5s; 3 Mads Ostberg +2m58.2s; 4 Henning Solberg +5m59.3s; 5 Kris Meeke +6m34.4s; 6 Matthew Wilson +7m30.9s.
07:58 Kuipers, Tanak through SS18
Dennis Kuipers finishes in 9m19.8s but Ott Tanak follows through in 9m10.7s to take seventh place: "It was okay, a bit slippery."
07:57 Wilson through SS18
Matthew Wilson completes the stage in 9m10.9s: “The Tarmac was slippy but once we got onto the gravel it was good fun.”
07:55 Meeke reports good grip in SS18
9m00.0s for Kris Meeke, taking nine seconds out of Henning Solberg: “There was a lot more grip on here than there was on any other stage and I could have used it a bit more. Now we know it’s there we can maybe push some more.”
07:53 H Solberg completes SS18
Henning Solberg comes through in 9m09.9s, but he’s not pleased to hear that Kris Meeke was nearly seven seconds up on him at the final split: “I’ll try my best!”
07:50 Ostberg 'taking no risks'
Mads Ostberg comes through in 8m59.9s, 14.3s down on Latvala, but he has a healthy margin over M-Sport team-mate Henning Solberg: “The stage was very nice, one of the nicest on the rally. Now I’m just working on securing third position, driving safely and taking no risks.”
07:49 Loeb through SS18
Sebastien Loeb stops the clock at 8m47.0s, losing 1.4s to Latvala over the course of the stage: “It’s okay. Jari-Matti is very fast! There’s nothing I can do at the moment.”
07:48 Tweet from @MINImotorsport
"Hello, hello! Everybody in a rally mood again? SS18 is underway already. It's the 1st run through the 14.93 kms "Halfway" stage. #MINI #WRC"
07:44 Latvala pleased with SS18 pace
8m45.6s for Jari-Matti Latvala: “It’s looking good. I think it was good to be running first on the road. There was one place where it was quite slippery and it made the heart beat faster.”
07:40 Tweet from @JamesAssinder
"Come on Latvala! We're counting on the win #WRC #walesrallygb"
07:40 Tweet from @ubaidparkar
"Frank Williams is unaware of Raiikkonen's exploits in #WRC, says " “I am not a rally fan” http://bit.ly/w25Pzw #F1" >> Hiss boo...
07:39 Tweet from @KingJames_II
"Up and at the stage! Very windy on the moors, but great sunrise enjoyed by me and a couple hundred rally fans. Last day of #wrc!"
07:39 Tweet from @Lollipop_Kid
"Congratulations Sébastien Loeb! #WRC Champion for the eighth consecutive time!!"
07:38 Tweet from @DanielDarrall
"Final day of 'mud fest' @WalesRallyGB, close fight between Seb & Jari, Who will win today?.... #WRC"
07:38 Tweet from @Hopewellcj
"Just arrived at Monument for stages 20 / 23. Very foggy! Should be great though! #WRC #WRGB"
07:37 Official news from Abu Dhabi Ford World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala: "“It’s been 18 months since I last won, but there’s a fire inside me and I feel hungry for victory. I must ensure I have the right set-up on the car but I have absolute confidence I will."
07:35 Tweet from @WRCgerardquinn
"Craig Breen and Gareth Roberts win the 2011 FIA WRC Academy in their Fiesta R2. Congratulations! Brilliant fight. #wrc #WalesRallyGB"
07:35 Stage Begin - SS18 Halfway 1 (14.93km)
Jari-Matti Latvala is into the first stage. The opening 3km of SS18 is on asphalt and the fog at the top of the course is notorious. It's a slightly different route to that used last year.
07:33 Welcome to live coverage of the final day of Wales Rally GB 2011
Five minutes to go until SS18 goes live. The top 10 runners have all checked out of the Builth Wells service park on time, led out by Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala at 6.56am.
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