Saturday, November 12, 2011

Räikkönen and Solberg retire in Wales

Kimi Räikkönen and Petter Solberg won't take any further part on Wales Rally GB following their exits from the world championship finale this morning

Räikkönen suffered a light roll in his Citroen DS3 WRC on the opening Hafren test, while Solberg stopped prior to the run when a broken fuel pipe ignited a small fire in his similar Citroen.

Ex-Formula One world champion Räikkönen and co-driver Kaj Lindström, who were sixth overall prior to their exit, managed to regain the road after the roll following the intervention of a number of spectators. However, the damage sustained meant they failed to complete the 32.14.kilometre test.

Solberg had started day three in a fight with Mads Ostberg for the final podium spot. His team manager Ken Rees said: “The fuel pipe was broken in the engine bay, which started a small fire. Petter and Chris managed to put it out but they won’t be going any further. It’s very disappointing.”

Source: WRC

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