Ostberg leads Loeb in Rally of Spain

Last updated 09:55 10/11/2012

Relevant offers

Motorsport

He is just nine years old, but is Louis Sharp New Zealand's next big motor star? Kieran Read and Scott Dixon named in US magazine's 50 fittest male athletes Giant Indy 500 trophy built by toy-maker to celebrate 100th running of famous race Kiwi Scott Dixon to start Indy 500 from 13 on the grid after fast engine change helps him Jorge Lorenzo passes Marc Marquez at end for photo-finish win at Italian MotoGP Scott Dixon misses out on Fast Nine Shootout in Indy 500 qualifying Dramatic Formula 3 crash leaves two drivers in hospital Tim Slade goes back-to-back in V8 Supercars with Kiwi Fabian Coulthard third Scott McLaughlin takes lead in V8 Supercars championship after second in Winton Kiwi WRC pair Hayden Paddon and John Kennard unhurt after car goes up in flames

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