Ostberg leads Loeb in Rally of Spain

Last updated 09:55 10/11/2012

Relevant offers

Motorsport

Craig Lowndes denies Jamie Whincup a century at Ipswich Rosberg takes Hungarian GP pole, edges Hamilton, Ricciardo Shane van Gisbergen late pass denies team-mate Jamie Whincup 100th Supercars win Kiwi driver Chris Pither takes his first pole on day of crashes in Ipswich V8 Supercars Nico Rosberg signs two-year extension at Mercedes Nico Rosberg fastest, Lewis Hamilton crashes at Hungary Grand Prix practice 'Mad' Mike Whiddett blind drifts a car, using only live video images as a guide Recap: Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Recap: Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix - qualifying Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley optimistic WEC season set to turnaround at Nurburgring

Mads Ostberg of Norway has taken the lead of the Rally of Spain, driving his Ford through an accident-filled opening six stages in one hour, 41 minutes, 32 seconds.

Sebastian Loeb, who has already wrapped up his ninth world championship, finished in second place in his Citroen 27.2 seconds behind Ostberg. The French driver plans to retire from full-time rally racing after this season-ending event.

Kiwi Hayden Paddon was forced to retire after getting stuck in thick mud 5km into the third stage.

"The conditions were very tricky and with all of the overnight rain and it just turned the roads into a mud bog," explained a disappointed Paddon.

"It's not a lost opportunity and we will do what we came here to do, and that is set fastest stage times."

"It started to rain and it was really, really tricky," added Loeb. "I don't know how it will be on tarmac tomorrow. We are second for the moment, and we will have to push for sure."

Heavy rain and a muddy course saw nine cars fail to finish the first of three days.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your favourite V8 Supercars driver?

Scott McLaughlin

Shane Van Gisbergen

Fabian Coulthard

Jamie Whincup

Mark Winterbottom

Craig Lowndes

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Blog