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18. Telstra Rally Australia 2005

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This was the final round of the 2005 season, and with Sebastien Loeb having already wrapped up his second title in a row, the Frenchman was hoping to see out the year in style.

But, the Citroen driver retired on the ninth stage due to an accident, and, with Petter Solberg and Marcus Gronholm also retiring from the rally, the path was clear for Loeb's Belgian team-mate François Duval to take his first ever World Rally Championship win, ahead of Harri Rovanperä and Manfred Stohl. This was the first time a Belgian driver had won a WRC event.

This was the second of two events in 2005 for Colin McRae, who had originally stopped competing full time in 2003, and also the last WRC podium for Rovanpera, and Stohl's second of 2005.

ResultsEdit

Results of the 2005 Telstra Rally Australia
Pos No. Driver Co-driver Car Time/retired
1 2 Belgium François Duval Belgium Sven Smeets Citroën Xsara WRC 3:19:55.0
2 9 Finland Harri Rovanperä Finland Risto Pietiläinen Mitsubishi Lancer WRC 05 +52.9
3 16 Austria Manfred Stohl Austria Ilka Minor Citroën Xsara WRC +1:33.0
4 6 Australia Chris Atkinson Australia Glenn MacNeall Subaru Impreza S11 WRC '05 +1:39.0
5 10 Italy Gianluigi Galli Italy Guido D'Amore Mitsubishi Lancer WRC 05 +3:04.4
6 4 Czech Republic Roman Kresta Czech Republic Jan Tománek Ford Focus RS WRC '06 +3:09.0
7 14 Spain Dani Solà Spain Xavier Amigò Ford Focus RS WRC '06 +6:17.4
8 11 Germany Armin Schwarz Germany Klaus Wicha Škoda Fabia WRC +8:04.3
Not classified
SS9 1 France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena Citroën Xsara WRC Accident
SS25 3 Finland Toni Gardemeister Finland Jakke Honkanen Ford Focus RS WRC '06 Mechanical
SS14 5 Norway Petter Solberg United Kingdom Phil Mills Subaru Impreza S11 WRC '05 Mechanical
SS14 7 Finland Marcus Grönholm Finland Timo Rautiainen Peugeot 307 WRC Mechanical
SS3 8 Sweden Daniel Carlsson Sweden Mattias Andersson Peugeot 307 WRC Accident
SS24 12 United Kingdom Colin McRae United Kingdom Nicky Grist Škoda Fabia WRC Mechanical

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