First scratch of the Deaf in the Monte carlo, Tanak in trouble


While Sebastien Ogier soars to victory in the
Monte carlo Rally
, to his back, the test has undergone a real turnaround.
ritmo endiablado of Dani Sordo
looking to beat Craig Breen has not only
handed the spaniard his first scratch with the Hyundai i20 WRC, but that
you may be allowed to enter the podium by the engine problems of Ott Tanak. The
Estonian for the moment has lost the second position in favour of Jari-Matti
Latvala and still have to face the final stretch, any time the SS16 has
been cancelled
by excess of public ill-placed.

The first pass through the short stretch of ‘La Bollene Vesubie – Peira Cava’ kept all kinds of surprises. The positive part definitely fell on the side of Hyundai, the whole time Dani Sordo claimed his first scratch with the new i20 WRC after passing by 1.1 seconds to Jari-Matti Latvala and his Toyota Yaris WRC. In the midst of persecution of Craig Breen to reach the fourth position in the rally, Dani Sordo has signed the best time of the SS14 to removing the 4.7-second the pilot of Citroën, which is still in bid, with the spaniard despite driving the Citroën DS3 WRC in 2016.

In spite of this duel, all the spotlights pointed to Ott Tanak by problems in the engine of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17. The Estonian driver crossed the finish line of the SS14 with 12.8 seconds lost compared to Dani Sordo and what was more worrying for the interests of M-Sport, with only two actuated cylinders in your engine. Second in the rally, Tanak was using the section link to the following special you try to bring a solution to this fault, Jari-Matti Latvala assumed he became in these conditions a real threat to the second pilot of M-Sport.


However, , the problems for Ott Tanak did not cease. The
Estonian penalized with 50 seconds to get out five minutes late to the SS15,
time that was on top of the nearly minute-and-a-half lost over the special. Tanak
not only lost the second position in favour of Jari-Matti Latvala
, but
I also saw threatened his podium Dani Sordo stood at 46.6 seconds
the pilot of M-Sport, after being the second fastest rider in the first
pass through the Col de Turini and overcome to Craig Breen in the standings.
Taking your tires mounted, Stéphane Lefebvre got the first
scratch the Citroën C3 WRC

In the absence of the last two stages, the podium of the Rally
Monte carlo has lived through a rollover. Sebastien Ogier remains at the forefront of
the test with 2-minute and 27-second advantage over Jari-Matti Latvala
, but
with the fear of seeing that the problems in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 Tanak is
can play them in your car. For its part, Tanak remains in third, although
it is very likely that you end up losing positions, with Dani Sordo and Craig Breen in the Power Stage, every time the SS16 was cancelled.
Elfyn Evans for its part, remains sixth, while the R5 Mikkelsen,
Kopecky, Bouffier and Tidemand completed the Top-10.


Andreas Mikkelsen is increasingly close to winning in the
category WRC2
. In the absence of a single tranche, the Norwegian now leads in 3 minutes and 23
seconds to Jan Kopecký, in a new success of the official drivers of Skoda and
the Fabia R5. For his part, Bryan Bouffier holds the third position with the
Ford Fiesta R5
, after overcoming so clear to Eric Camilli, the main
bet of M-Sport in the category of waiting for the arrival of Teemu Suninen.
Except for some error, it will be difficult to see changes between the vehicles RC2.

Romain Dumas continues to the front of the category R-GT without
major trouble and it is a stretch to get the victory with their Porsche 911
GT3 RS, while in the final of the Clio Cup everything is expensive for the
Italian Luca Panzani
. In the absence of the Power Stage, Panzani has an advantage of
more than a minute with regard to Charles Martin, while Surhayen Pernía closes
the classification in the third position
. The spaniard is located a 1-minute and
12 seconds behind the French rider and it seems complicated that can give hunting since
the times between all the riders are very evenly matched.

Classification after SS15 of the 85th Monte carlo Rally

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 3:43:53.0
2nd Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +2:27.8
3rd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +3:02.6
4th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +3:49.2
5th Craig Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +3:51.4
6th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +7:27.5
7th Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia R5 +9:37.6
8th Jan Kopecký Skoda Fabia R5 +13:00.7
9th Bryan Bouffier Ford Fiesta R5 +15:31.1
10th Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +15:34.8

The Rally Monte carlo closes its doors with its fourth stage on the morning of this Sunday. The pilots still have to play the Power Stage, every time the SS16 was cancelled pro excess of public. In 21,36 km everything will be decided.