Catalunya : Shakedown
The fourth round of the season – Rally Catalunya – will get underway Friday but in the meantime the drivers got the opportunity to make the final adjustments to their cars during the Shakedown session.
Located around 50 km West of Port Aventura,
the 3,98 km Shakedown course is new this year and takes place between Tivissa and La Serra d'Almos.
After only three runs and despite missing the last two rounds of the championship, Francois Duval set the fastest time in the Shakedown at the wheel of his Skoda Fabia WRC. Sebastien Loeb
lost two tenths over his former teammate to clinch second position, the Frenchman also completing three runs. Marcus Gronholm
(four runs) and Petter Solberg (five runs) were third and fourth respectively, the Subaru driver satisfied with the performance of his Impreza.
Kronos teammates Dani Sordo and Xavier Pons follow in fifth and sixth places, just ahead of Stephane Sarrazin (Impreza) and Jan Kopecky (Fabia).
The cars are now back at the parc ferme until the ceremonial start later this evening at 20.00 on the Salou seafront.
Catalunya : Shakedown results
François Duval Skoda Fabia WRC 2'29"0Sebastien Loeb
Citroën Xsara WRC 2'29"2
Marcus Grönholm Ford Focus WRC 2'30"0
Petter Solberg Subaru Impreza WRC 2'30"2
Dani Sordo Citroën Xsara WRC 2'30"4
Xavier Pons Citroën Xsara WRC 2'30"9
Stéphane Sarrazin Subaru Impreza WRC 2'31"9
Jan Kopecky Skoda Fabia WRC 2'32"8
Mikko Hirvonen Ford Focus WRC 2'33"4
Chris Atkinson Subaru Impreza WRC 2'33"5
Gilles Panizzi Skoda Fabia WRC 2'33"6
Jar-Matti Latvala Ford Focus WRC 2'33"7
Manfred Stohl Peugeot 307 WRC 2'35"5
Alexandre Bengué Peugeot 307 WRC 2'36"9
Matthew Wilson Ford Focus WRC 2'37"6
Andreas Aigner Skoda Fabia WRC 2'37"8
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