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World Rally Championship 2007

Marcus Gronholm celebrates in New Zealand 

Drivers' Championship Standings
(after 11 rounds):

1

Markus Gronholm

Fin

BP Ford

90

2

Sebastian Loeb

Fr

Citroen Total

80

3

Miko Hirvonen

Fin

BP Ford

69

4

Petter SOlberg

Nor

Subaru

31

5

Dani Sordo

Sp

Citroen Total

31

6

Henning Solberg

Nor

Stobart Ford

28

7

Chris Atkinson

Aus

Subaru

25

8

Jari-Matti Latvala

Fin

Stobart Ford

17

9

Toni Gardemeister

Fin

Mitsubishi

10

=10

Daniel Carlsson

Swe

OMV Kronos Citroen

9

=10

Manfred Stohl

Aut

OMV Kronos Ciroen

9

=12

Jan Kopecky

Cz

Skoda Fabia

8

=12

Francois Duval

Bel

Subaru

8

14

Gigi Galli

It

Citroen Xsara

5

=15

Xavier Pons

Sp

Subaru

3

=15

Urmo Aava

Est

Mitsubishi

3

=17

Mads Ostberg

Nor

Subaru

1

=17

Matt Wilson

GB

Stobart Ford

1

=17

Juho Hanninen

Fin

Mitsubishi

1

Manufacturers' WRC Standings
(after 11 rounds):

1

BP Ford

159

2

Citroen Total

113

3

Subaru

60

4

Stobart Ford

55

5

OMV Kronos Citroen

35

6

Munchi's Ford

6




New Zealand - 31st August - 2nd September 2007

Marcus Gronholm wrestled the tightest of wins away from Sebastian Loeb when the Finn finished the Rally New Zealand in just 0.3 seconds quicker than the Frenchman.

The pair where never more than 15 seconds apart for the entire rally, the choice of tyres throughout the weekend seeming to be quite a deciding factor, first one going quicker, then the other.

The Ford Focus of Marcus Gronholm in New Zealand

"It was an incredible fight all weekend and this win is fantastic for my championship hopes," said Grönholm. "It's the closest and best battle in my career and I'm delighted to have won it. There wasn't room for a single missed gearchange. I'm really happy for the team, more so because everyone was able to stand outside and watch the final stage near the service park and share in our excitement when we knew we had done it.

"I stayed calm in the rally car and that's something I've learned from many years' practice of attacking. The only big stress came with choosing tyres because the conditions were inconsistent and when it's as close as it has been here, then one wrong tyre choice would have ruined everything. It's good to extend my championship lead and I think it's going to be a great end to the season," he added.

Of his weekend, Loeb said, "We managed to stay level with Marcus in many places, but we dropped time on each test. On top of that, rain started to fall just as we were about to start two of the stages. That's rallying. I pushed as hard as I could but it was always at the back of my mind that eight points for finishing second would be better than a blank scorecard in terms of the fight for the Drivers' title."

Sebastian Loeb in contemplative mood in New Zealand





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