it Says in the topic that a race is not over until the checkered flag. Today, more than ever, this axiom has been fulfilled in the Rally RACC. When she stroked his third victory at this rally, Sébastien Ogier has been in an accident in the last leg of the journey, tearing off one of the wheels of your car. While it was patent that Ogier is human, Andreas Mikkelsen was scoring his first victory in the WRC, news we received with great disbelief. Jari-Matti Latvala has climbed to the second position, and Dani Sordo managed a creditable third place.
Few could imagine an end as well in the Rally RACC when the pilots engaged in the first special of the day. With the first rays of dawn and a mounted common among the favorite of five hard tyres -six in the case of Ogier and Latvala – tore ‘Guiamets 1’, where Andreas Mikkelsen got the scratch ahead of Latvala. Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville were trying to push their respective opponents. While the spaniard could not threaten the three position of the podium of the Volkswagen drivers, the belgian if he managed to get close to the two Citroen drivers.
however, this pressure was going to be short-lived. Thierry Neuville made a mistake of riding at the beginning of the SS19 and fell to eighth place, behind even of Hayden Paddon. For its part, Mads Ostberg was the classification to Kris Meeke. Unrelated to this fight, Andreas Mikkelsen and Jari-Matti Latvala shared the best cronos in the following two sections. However, the balance is decantaba to favor the pilot’s Norwegian, something that eventually became fundamental, as they both fought for the victory. Andreas Mikkelsen was the second position after the second pass to ‘Guiamets’.
The last loop of the Rally RACC is written in terms of
accidents. Thierry Neuville went off in the SS21. Although fans
they managed to return to the belgian to the road and the driver of Hyundai
he finished the stage, Neuville lost 5 minutes and left too damaged
the front of his Hyundai i20 WRC. With this mishap, Martin Prokop
earned a position and ascended to the ninth square. As it is logical,
error de Neuville was overshadowed by the crash of Sébastien Ogier,
it impacted against a guardarrail a few kilometers from the goal,
tearing off a wheel of his Volkswagen Polo R WRC.
Sébastien Ogier forced to the neutralization of the SS23, with a
end result unexpected in the Rally RACC. Andreas Mikkelsen is
scored the victory with a margin of 3.1 seconds over Latvala. The two Volkswagen drivers pushed throughout the day by
a second position with an air of triumph,
favoring the interests of Andreas Mikkelsen who premiered his track record in the
WRC. In the same way, Dani Sordo was an unexpected podium,
but very well deserved after being the only rider who has managed to
battle it out against the Polo R WRC throughout the rally.
Ostberg and Kris Meeke have been fourth and fifth
respectively, beating Hayden Paddon. Martin Prokop has finally
been seventh, while Thierry Neuville ended the SS23 in eighth
position. The belgian still have ahead the challenge of getting to the
park assistance, as the damage of the i20 WRC is notable in the
front and left side. The connection section will be almost another special Thierry Neuville. The area of points has been completed by Pontus
Tidemand and Jan Kopecký, the best classified in WRC2.
Final Standings of the 51st Rally RACC Catalunya
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||3:21:04.8|
|2nd||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+3.1|
|3rd||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||+21.2|
|4th||Mads Ostberg||Citroën DS3 WRC||+1:06.3|
|5th||Kris Meeke||Citroën DS3 WRC||+1:08.2|
|6th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC||+1:23.3|
|7th||Martin Prokop||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+4:14.2|
|8th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||+8:01.9|
|9th||Pontus Tidemand||Skoda Fabia R5||+10:18.0|