2012 Rally de Espana 1

Rally winner Sebastien Loeb.

The 48th Rally RACC Catalunya - Costa Daurada took place from the 8th to the 11th of November 2012. It was the final round of the 2012 World Rally Championship season.

WRC ReportEdit

Before the rally had started, both the Driver's and Manufacterer's Championships had already been decided; going to Sebastien Loeb and the Citroen Total World Rally Team respectively.

The rally was won by Loeb, however, there was only 7 seconds seperating him from the second-placed driver Jari-Matti Latvala, who had cut the gap down from half a minute on the final day. Latvala's second place was important as he took 3rd place in the Championship, behind the 2 Citroens. Loeb's team-mate Mikko Hirvonen took the final podium place, just under 10 seconds ahead of Mads Ostberg, who was leading after the Gravel stages of Day 1. Jarkko Nikara took fifth place on a one-off drive for the Prodrive WRC Team with Craig Breen claiming sixth- and with it, the SWRC Championship. Chris Atkinson, Per-Gunnar Andersson in the Proton S2000 car, Dani Sordo and Evgeniy Novikov took the remaining points.

48. Rally RACC Catalunya- Costa Daurada ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Name Car Rally Time Diff.
1 Sebastien Loeb Citroen DS3 WRC 4:14:29.1
2 Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Fiesta WRC 4:14:36.1 7.0
3 Mikko Hirvonen Citroen DS3 WRC 4:16:15.9 1:46.8
4 Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta WRC 4:16:25.5 1:56.4
5 Jarkko Nikara Mini Cooper WRC 4:30:37.0 16:07.9
6 Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 4:32:39.5 18:10.4
7 Chris Atkinson Mini Cooper WRC 4:33:43.8 19.14.7
8 Per-Gunnar Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 4:34:45.2 20:16.1
9 Dani Sordo Mini Cooper WRC 4:40:09.7 25:40.6
10 Evgeniy Novikov Ford Fiesta WRC 4:40:15.7 25.46.6

SWRC ReportEdit

The Super 2000 World Rally Championship could have been won by 3 different drivers: Craig Breen, Per-Gunnar Andersson and Yazeed Al-Rajhi. Breen took the lead from Andersson on the third stage and went on to win by over two minutes and take the title, as well as sixth place in the WRC results. Andersson took second whilst Al-Rajhi, the only other man who could have mathematically taken the title, finished third. The finishers were completed by Alistair Fisher in the second Proton car and Hayden Paddon in the Skoda. Maciek Oleksowicz and Albert Llovera failed to finish the event.

Results- SWRC Category Edit

Pos. Driver Name Car Rally Time Diff.
1 Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 4:32:39.5
2 Per-Gunnar Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 4:34:45.2 2:05.7
3 Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC 4:45:13.6 12:34.1
4 Alistair Fisher Proton Satria Neo S2000 4:46:08.8 13:29.3
5 Hayden Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 4:51:06.6 18:27.1

PWRC ReportEdit

The 2012 Production World Rally Championship was the closest of the categories, with 6 drivers who had a mathematical possibility of winning the Championship. The rally, and the title, was won by Mexican Benito Guerra jr. ahead of Marcos Ligato and Valeriy Gorban took third in the Championship after finishing fourth in the rally behind Indonesian driver Subhan Aksa. Lorenzo Bertelli took an equal-best fifth place in the category with Michal Kosciuszko sixth. Home driver Yeray Lemes, Ricardo Trivino, Nicholas Fuchs and Gianluca Linari completed the points scorers.

Results- PWRC CategoryEdit

Pos. Driver Name Car Rally Time Diff.
1 Benito Guerra jr. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 4:47:54.5
2 Marcos Ligato Subaru Impreza STi 4:53:30.8 5:36.3
3 Subhan Aksa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 4:57:10.2 9:15.7
4 Valeriy Gorban Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4:58:40.4 10:45.9
5 Lorenzo Bertelli Subaru Impreza STi 5:00:04.7 12:10.2
6 Michal Kosciuszko Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 5:06:00.9 18:06.4
7 Yeray Lemes Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 5:08:28.9 20:34.4
8 Ricardo Trivino Subaru Impreza STi 5:10:38.1 22:43.6
9 Nicholas Fuchs Subaru Impreza WRX STi 5:11:14.5 23:20.0
10 Gianluca Linari Subaru Impreza STi 5:16:04.4 28:09.9

WRC Academy ReportEdit

The Academy Championship had already been won by Brit Elfyn Evans coming into the final event, which like other events this season, was only raced on the opening two days. The category was won by Jose Suarez, the runner-up in this year's Championship. Pontus Tidemand took second but won 7 stages compared to the 1 by Suarez. The 2012 Champion Evans finished third, ahead of countryman John MacCrone. Timo van der Marel, Brendan Reeves and wildcard Aron Domzala completed the finishers.

Results- WRC Academy CategoryEdit

Pos. Driver Name Car Rally Time Diff.
1 Jose Antonio Suarez Ford Fiesta R2 3:46:51.3
2 Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2 3:48:11.0 1:19.7
3 Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R2 3:50:13.6 3:22.3
4 John MacCrone Ford Fiesta R2 3:55:32.8 8:41.5
5 Timo van der Marel Ford Fiesta R2 3:58:15.7 11:24.4
6 Brendan Reeves Ford Fiesta R2 4:00:13.6 13:22.3
7 Aron Domzala Ford Fiesta R2 4:12:29.4 25:38.1