Rally Mexico: team Ford makes double

Rally Mexico: team Ford makes double The Estonian Markko Martin was the winner of the third stage of the WRC rally Mexico. Of the fifteen stages, the leader of the Ford factory team won only one ahead of nearest rival at the finish in 40 seconds.For Estonian, this victory was the third in his career and the first for the season, she allowed him to catch up on points with the leaders of the championship racer, Citroen sГ©bastien Loeb.As we previously reported, the Loeb won the race two stage, was in the lead after the fifth SU, but on the sixth stage struck oil pan and had to retire, losing first place to Martin.After the accident, the Frenchman, the struggle of Martin imposed partner of Loeb at the command of Carlos Sainz. Veteran approached the Estonian at a distance of ten seconds, but on one of the last stages are turned over and fell back to third place in the "absolute".Error Spaniard allowed to take second place to the partner Martin team Belgian Francois Duval, for whom this was the best finish of his career.In fourth place finished defending champion, racer factory stables Subaru's Petter Solberg. The Norwegian, who led the first race for the new car Subaru Impreza WRC`2004, was in the lead after the first day, however, he received from the judges more than five minutes penalty (for being late and for outside help in the control zone time).After that, Solberg rolled to the end of the dozens, but by the end of Saturday, winning all six stages of the day, rose to fifth place. At the finish of the race he lost to Martin a little more than three minutes.The race started from Moscow Sergey Uspenskiy. The Russians were behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRX RED team.After the first day of the assumption, twice prokalyvanii wheel, was 33rd in the "absolute". On Saturday, despite serious technical problems, the assumption made by 21-th line of the absolute and 11 in group N.Sunday Muscovite started from eighth on the first stage, but already in the next stage, he flew off the track. The remaining half of the rally until the service Park the assumption was driving in "porubaeva" pace, but a place in the top ten group N retained.The final result of the assumption on rally Mexico - twentieth place in overall and tenth in group N.Rally Mexico - final position1. M. Martin (EE, Ford Focus WRC) - 4:06.46.22. F. Duval (B, Ford Focus WRC) 42,53. K. Sainz (E, Citroen Xsara WRC) 1.20,94. P. Solberg (N, Subaru Impreza WRC) 3.14,75. M. Hirvonen (FIN Subaru Impreza WRC) 3.36,26. M. Gronholm (FIN Peugeot 307 WRC) 3.58,47. Y. Valimaki (FIN, Hyundai Accent WRC) 11.16,98. J. Panizzi (F, Mitsubishi Lancer WRC) 11.30,69. A. Warmbold (F, Ford Focus WRC) 14.00,410. H. Rovanpera (FIN Peugeot 307 WRC) 19.20,3...20. C. assumption (RUS, Subaru Impreza) at 42.31,9Victory on the stagesSU - Petter Solberg2ND - sГ©bastien LoebSS3 - Petter SolbergSU - sГ©bastien LoebSU - Petter SolbergSU - Petter SolbergSU - Petter SolbergSUPER 8 - Petter SolbergSU - Petter SolbergSU - Petter SolbergSU - Markko MartinSU - Carlos SainzSU - Petter SolbergSU - Marcus GronholmSU - Marcus GronholmPrincipal retirementsSU - s Loeb (F, Citroen Xsara WRC) - lubrication systemA - D. Galli (I, Mitsubishi Lancer WRC)The world rally championship - standings after 3 stages1. The sГ©bastien Loeb - 20 points2. Markko Martin - 203. Marcus Gronholm - 164. Francois Duval - 145. Petter Solberg - 136. Carlos Sainz - 107. Janne, Tuohino - 58. Mikko Sivonen - 49. Freddy Loix - 410. Gilles Panizzi - 415.03.2004.

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