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WRC’s 50 Greatest Moments: Jordan 2011 - The Final Corner

Jesus Christ is said to have been baptised only a few kilometres from the finish of the twentieth and final special stage of the 2011 Rally Jordan.

For Jari-Matti Latvala and Sébastien Ogier, this was not about acquiring a ticket to the kingdom of heaven, instead it was about a fight for a win. 

The Finn, driving Ford's new Fiesta WRC, held a slender lead, just ahead of the Frenchman in his Citroën (pictured above). The timing beam for the stage finish was situated just before a right-hand bend, for which heavy braking was required. 

Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia, however, had spotted a piece of wasteland, into which the DS3 could disappear without damage. Ogier took the flying finish flat-out, shooting straight ahead into the field. 

In doing so he set the fastest time and celebrated another victory. It was the closest winning margin in fifty years - just two-tenths of a second.


Sections of this story are excerpts from 'WRC 50, The Story of the World Rally Championship 1973-2022', written by Markus Stier. Purchase your copy here.

Cover Photo: © McKlein

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