Hirvonen regains title lead after win in Turkey

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen regained the overall lead from Citroen's Sebastien Loeb in the world rally championship on Sunday after leading champions Ford to a one-two win in Turkey.

Hirvonen regains title lead after win in Turkey
Hirvonen defended his overnight lead to win the eighth round of the season by 7.9 seconds from team mate and compatriot Jari Matti Latvala.

Loeb finished third, 25.7 seconds off the pace.

Hirvonen now has 59 points to Loeb's 56.

"It's fantastic but that was close," Hirvonen told the official wrc.com Web site. "My front tyres are finished and I had a puncture for the last few km - I wasn't sure I'd done enough."

Rally of Turkey provisional driver standings on Sunday

1. Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) 59 points
2. Sebastien Loeb (France) 56
3. Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) 34
4. Chris Atkinson (Australia) 31
5. Daniel Sordo (Spain) 30
6. Petter Solberg (Norway) 20
7. Gianluigi Galli (Italy) 17
8. Henning Solberg (Norway) 16
9. Matthew Wilson (Britain) 12
10. Federico Villagra (Argentina) 8
11. Conrad Rautenbach (Zimbabwe) 6
12. Urmo Aava (Estonia) 6
13. Francois Duval (Belgium) 5
14. Andreas Mikkelsen (Norway) 4
15. Jean-Marie Cuoq (France) 2
16. Toni Gardemeister (Finland) 2
17. Per-Gunnar Andersson (Sweden) 1
18. Andreas Aigner (Austria) 1
19. Ricardo Trivino (Mexico) 1
20. Juho Haenninen (Finland) 1

Reuters
Last Mod: 15 Haziran 2008, 15:26
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