4 Sep 2009

Rally Australia resumes after rock-throwing protest

6:41 pm on 4 September 2009

Rally Australia has resumed after environmental activists forced the abandonment of a stage of the world championship round.

Police moved in after protesters began hurling rocks onto the road at the sixth stage in northern New South Wales

But the cars of Sebastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen and Dani Sordo were all pelted as they were escorted to stage seven.

After 12 stages Dani Sordo has moved from third to first in his Citroen just ahead of Ford's Hirvonen with Citroen's five-times world champion Loeb now third.

Hirvonen holds a three-point break over Loeb in the world championship and neither driver can afford a non-points finish this weekend with three rallies remaining.