Monte Day 4: Solberg Holds Off Mikko for Third

Posted on 21. Jan, 2012 by in Event Coverage, Monte Carlo Rally, World Rally Championship, WRC 2012

Mikko Hirvonen (Photo: Citroen Racing Media)

Petter Solberg of the Ford WRC team drove very hard on the fourth day of the 2012 Monte Carlo Rally to hold off Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen, and hang on to third place. “Today has been absolutely fantastic,” said Solberg. “The car is amazing and it is so easy to get the rhythm and the feeling with it. I so enjoy driving it and also enjoy the rally itself.” Solberg had made a mistake on tire choice on day three, and was busy trying to recover from that error. Clear roads meant Solberg had the ultimate confidence and could push hard to hold off Citroen's second driver. “There was more dampness on SS15 and Petter pushed really hard,” confirmed Mikko. “It will be hard now to close the gap in normal conditions, but it doesn’t matter too much. I am pleased to complete a series of stages without making any mistakes.” Solberg was able to end the day nearly a minute ahead of Hirvonen, with only one 5.16km stage on the final day. MINI's Dani Sordo stayed in a comfortable second place position while Citroen's number one driver, Sebastien Loeb took advantage of conditions to widen his lead to 2:41.6. “With a lead of 2:41 and only 5.16km left to go, I think we can be fairly relaxed,” acknowledged the eight-time World Champion. “However, we’ll need to adopt a good pace. Every point counts in a World Championship and I fully intend to score some points tomorrow in the Power Stage.” The final stage of the Monte Carlo rally is also a Power Stage, where the fastest three drivers can earn additional points in the championship standings.

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