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Porto Cervo, 21 ottobre 2012 - Mikko Hirvonen e Jarmo Lehtinen, Citroën DS3 WRC, clinched their first win at Rally Italia Sardegna 2012 - the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship – an event organized by the Automobile Club d’Italia with the support of Regione Sardegna. After finishing the last full day of competition with a confortable lead, the Finn only had to hold on tight to the position and safely cruise through the remaining 16kms of today’s itinerary to score his maiden victory for the Citroën World Rally Team. Evgeny Novikov finished in second position – his second podium of the year – whilst young Estonian Ott Tänak claimed the first podium of his career by finishing the event in third. The last day of competition at Rally Italia Sardegna was marked by the performance of Norwegian drivers Mads Østberg, who won the first run through the Gallura stage this morning, and Petter Solberg who took the three points for the Power Stage win. After an unlucky start on Friday, Østberg finished the event in fourth. The battle for fifth place was fierce between Sébastien Ogier (Škoda Fabia Super 2000) and MINI driver Chris Atkinson. The French claimed fifth after the Australian picked a puncture on the Power Stage. Andreas Mikkelssen (Škoda), Martin Prokop (Ford), Petter Solberg (Ford) and Luca Pedersoli (Citroën) complete the Top 10 of the event. Local driver Giuseppe Dettori – behind the wheel of his Škoda Fabia S2000 - finished as top Sardinian driver while Peruvian driver Nicolas Fuchs won the Production car World Rally Championship category. Final Overall Classification: 1. Hirvonen – Lehtinen (Citroën DS 3 WRC) in 3h23’54”9 ; 2. Novikov – Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1’20”6; 3. Tanak – Sikk (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2’21”1; 4 . Ostberg – Andersson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +3’42”9; 5. Ogier – Ingrassia (Škoda Fabia S2000) +4’27”5; 6. Atkinson – Prevot (MINI John Cooper Works Countryman WRC) +5’22”2; 7. Mikkelsen – Floene (Škoda Fabia Super 2000) +6’12”6; 8. Prokop – Hruzza (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +9’29”3 ; 9. Solberg - Patterson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +9’25”3; 10. Pedersoli – Romano (Citroën DS3 WRC) +20’35”6
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HIRVONEN CLAIMS MAIDEN VICTORY AT RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA 2012

The Finn, at the wheel of his Citroën DS3 WRC, won the 2012 edition of the Italian round of the World Rally Championship, ahead of Russian driver Evgeny Novikov and Estonia´s Ott Tänak.

Porto Cervo, 21 ottobre 2012 - Mikko Hirvonen e Jarmo Lehtinen, Citroën DS3 WRC, clinched their first win at Rally Italia Sardegna 2012 - the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship - an event organized by the Automobile Club d´Italia with the support of Regione Sardegna. After finishing the last full day of competition with a confortable lead, the Finn only had to hold on tight to the position and safely cruise through the remaining 16kms of today´s itinerary to score his maiden victory for the Citroën World Rally Team. Evgeny Novikov finished in second position - his second podium of the year - whilst young Estonian Ott Tänak claimed the first podium of his career by finishing the event in third.

The last day of competition at Rally Italia Sardegna was marked by the performance of Norwegian drivers Mads Østberg, who won the first run through the Gallura stage this morning, and Petter Solberg who took the three points for the Power Stage win.
After an unlucky start on Friday, Østberg finished the event in fourth. The battle for fifth place was fierce between Sébastien Ogier (Škoda Fabia Super 2000) and MINI driver Chris Atkinson. The French claimed fifth after the Australian picked a puncture on the Power Stage. Andreas Mikkelssen (Škoda), Martin Prokop (Ford), Petter Solberg (Ford) and Luca Pedersoli (Citroën) complete the Top 10 of the event.

Local driver Giuseppe Dettori - behind the wheel of his Škoda Fabia S2000 - finished as top Sardinian driver while Peruvian driver Nicolas Fuchs won the Production car World Rally Championship category.

Final Overall Classification:



1. Hirvonen - Lehtinen (Citroën DS 3 WRC) in 3h23´54"9 ; 2. Novikov - Minor (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +1´20"6; 3. Tanak - Sikk (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +2´21"1; 4 . Ostberg - Andersson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +3´42"9; 5. Ogier - Ingrassia (Škoda Fabia S2000) +4´27"5; 6. Atkinson - Prevot (MINI John Cooper Works Countryman WRC) +5´22"2; 7. Mikkelsen - Floene (Škoda Fabia Super 2000) +6´12"6; 8. Prokop - Hruzza (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +9´29"3 ; 9. Solberg - Patterson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC) +9´25"3; 10. Pedersoli - Romano (Citroën DS3 WRC) +20´35"6




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