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As Citroën lost their Constructors title to Volkswagen, winner in Spain through Sebastien Ogier, Mikko Hirvonen, surging on the final leg on gravel, climbed on the podium for the second last event of the season.

Hirvonen, feet on the gravel

WRCspain2The facts
A leader after the first leg, Ogier dropped back to fourth after having lost almost a minute on a broken wheel, deflating his tyre. On Sunday, the French made the most of his starting order to end up more than 30 seconds above his teammate Jari-Matti Latvala on second and another Finn, Mikko Hirvonen, on third. A one-two saw Volkswagen take over Citroën as Constructors world champion.

Racing at home in the hills overlooking the city of Salou, near Barcelona, ??the Citroen driver Dani Sordo stole the show on second place aboard his DS3 WRC. A stone hit in the penultimate special stage his wheel and brought an abrupt end to Spaniard’s run.

The number
2. – Spain is the only event of the season held on two different surfaces. Tarmac on Day 1 and 2 and gravel on Day 3, cars receiving service on Saturday night to turn set-ups from tarmac to gravel.

The quote
“I’m really sorry for Dani (Sordo) and Carlos (co-driver Sordo), who had had a great race, both on tarmac and on gravel” Mikko Hirvonen knew afterwards that he owed his third place to Sordo’s retirement.

The story
Just retired in World Rally Championship, Sebastien Loeb will be back on track, on 1-3 November. The nine-time world champion is entered at rally Condroz-Huy, in Belgium, at the wheel of a privateer Citroen DS3 WRC co-driven by his wife Severine.

Next up
Wales Rally GB (13-17 November, gravel)