The local hero has fulfilled the first part of his feat.
Dani Sordo sleep leader of the Rally RACC Catalunya after a complicated first
stage in the mud and the rain have been great players. The
Spanish rider, knowledgeable of the region, has managed to impose to each one of
the obstacles presented by the day and closes the first day of serious
competition with an advantage of 17 seconds over Sébastien Ogier. After the
French, Andreas Mikkelsen has been placed third, taking advantage of the abandonment of
Jari-Matti Latvala and , the problems of Kris Meeke and Thierry Neuville.
The intense rainfall experienced in the first hour of the
morning complicated still more the three sections that made up the loop morning and
that by itself looked a noticeable layer of clay, that took advantage of Thierry
Neuville to mark the first scratch of the day ‘Caseres’, followed very
near by Paddon, Ogier and Sordo. On the opposite side of the coin was Ott
Tanak and also Lorenzo Bertelli, who after getting out of your tires
DMACK and Pirelli, couldn’t they do the same in the first round of real rally. Your time left as the new leader Neuville.
The overturning of Kris Meeke did lose 40 seconds of the pilot
Citroën and ruled him out of the fight for the victory, the battle in which Sébastien
Ogier fought back in ‘Bot’, despite the scratch of Jari-Matti Latvala. Without
however, the real assault was made in ‘Terra Alta’ and thus it was patent with
the fight that kept Ogier and Sordo to the tenth. While the second
scratch Latvala was true for the Finnish stand third in the rally,
Dani Sordo climbed to the fourth position, leaving behind Mikkelsen and
his teammate Hayden Paddon, suffering from engine problems throughout the
The loop evening began fairly rugged. The
second pass through ‘Caseres’ are becoming just as complicated and slippery, and that
was Thierry Neuville to make a mistake that end up on top and accident
for the belgian. The front of the Hyundai i20 WRC Neuville was damaged,
although that didn’t make him lose his rhythm. However, the mishap left him very
far in terms of absolute time of the stratospheric scratch of Dani Sordo.
The Spanish rider, unbound, began their offensive while Jari-Matti
Latvala was out of the race after ripping a wheel and damage the suspension
of its Polo R WRC.
Dani Sordo repeated scratch in ‘Bot’ to secure his
leadership and bring its advantage up to 11.8 seconds over Sébastien Ogier.
Although the Spanish could not close the loop with a third scratch to be seen
overcome in ‘Terra Alta’ by Kris Meeke, that did not prevent the pilot from
Hyundai sign one of their best moments of your season to close the
day with a 17 second advantage over Sébastien Ogier – For his part, Andreas
Mikkelsen saved as could the complicated Friday in the Rally RACC with 35.1
seconds of disadvantage on the leader. Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon after
their respective problems, they close the top five.
Mads Ostberg has managed to be sixth on the mud,
although the asphalt can hold back to pilot M-Sport for the two
days the end of the rally, as well as a Kris Meeke who will not
will come nothing good out of positions delayed. In any case, the
a pilot in northern ireland is the seventh-ranked professional ahead of
Craig Breen and Ott Tanak. After overcome in ‘Terra Alta’ Kevin Abbring, Eric Camilli is the one in charge of closing the top ten of a rally which so far has been very challenging for the drivers, co-drivers and mechanics.
The battle in WRC2 has been as intense as the fight for the lead all. Well it is true that the second category in the world championship has become a duel to the face of a dog between the two official drivers of Skoda, but that does not subtract one iota of emotion to a fight in which the Swedish Pontus Tidemand exceeds by 3 seconds on Jan Kopecký. Out of this confrontation has become the first exchange Jose Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suarez after suffering an accident in the first tranche of the day. In the same way, Teemu Suninen was also ruled out.
Fabio Andolfi dominates among the vehicles registered in the WRC3, while Jon
Armstrong is the leader of the Drive DMACK after a first stage that has given
the british driver more than a minute of advantage on Gus Greensmith and Max
Vatanen. However, between the vehicles of two-wheel drive there is that
to highlight the great role that they are taking the Spanish riders. Nil Solans
is leaving his stamp on the basis of a great rhythm, something we have not been able to do
a way so obvious Yeray Lemes with brake problems and Pepe Lopez after
suffer a puncture in the second pass through ‘Caseres’.
Standings after SS7 the 52nd Rally RACC Catalunya
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||DanI Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||1:18:44.4|
|2nd||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+17.0|
|3rd||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+35.1|
|4th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||+46.3|
|5th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC||+47.5|
|6th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+54.3|
|7th||Kris Meeke||Citroën DS3 WRC||+1:06.3|
|8th||Craig Breen||Citroën DS3 WRC||+1:44.6|
|9th||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2:04.4|
|10th||Eric Camilli||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+3:44.3|
The Rally RACC Catalunya is passed to the asphalt with the dispute of its second stage. The riders will face a total of eight sections divividos in two loops symmetric, this time about the black tar and with adjustments according to this surface. From 08:10h, pilots will have to complete 139,18 kilometres against the clock.