The Rally RACC Catalunya has consumed the first of his two stages in asphalt with a pilot as the great protagonist. Kris Meeke acts as the solid leader in the segments Catalan and will face the last day of the rally with an advantage of 13 seconds to Sébastien Ogier, which in turn is taking a giant step towards his fourth title of the WRC. His team mate at M-Sport, Ott Tanak, occupies the third position in the provisional taking advantage of the double abandonment they have experienced the two pilots of Hyundai Motorsport. At the same point and with only minutes of difference, Dani Sordo and Andreas Mikkelsen had to leave.
with Respect to the loop of the morning, almost all pilots, repeated tires mounted. Changed Thierry Neuville, who opted to imitate the most choosing from five hard tyres. This decision left Andreas Mikkelsen as the only rider who opted to ride on his i20 WRC Coupe 4 hard tyres and 1 soft. The reason fall on the side of the belgian driver, any time you Thierry Neuville is noted the scratch on the SS10. The second pass through ‘El Montmell’ also enabled Dani Sordo to climb to second position in the rally. At this point, no one could imagine the drama that would live Hyundai shortly after.
Before that, and the margin of the small problem with the beacon of the Citroen C3 WRC of Kris Meeke that at some point gave the World Rally Car French by standing, the ss11 state road was turned into a special full of calm, unambiguous signal of what was to come. Sébastien Ogier was done with the scratch in the second pass through ‘The Pont d’armentera with a very narrow margin over his main rivals, while Juho Hänninen with his sixth best time he could beat Andreas Mikkelsen in general. The Norwegian, uncomfortable in their new i20 WRC Coupe, not took a long time to get to know their grim reality.
a Few kilometers after the start of the second pass through ‘Savallà’, Hyundai before him with a wall of painful reality. Dani Sordo and Andreas Mikkelsen left the couple, almost at the same point and with a few minutes of difference. The two Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe stopped with just a few hundred meters of difference, both with the same problem. With Thierry Neuville picking up their options, the lower of his two companions with two breaks in the direction of the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe turned into another incentive for M-Sport, which gave a giant step towards the two titles in the game.
Sébastien Ogier is noted the scratch on the SS12 to assault the second position in the rally to the low of the two pilots of Hyundai, while Juho Hänninen without making any noise, managed to inherit the fourth square. The finn enjoys a lead of over 20 seconds over Thierry Neuville, difference sound having regard to the level that is offering the belgian driver. In fact, not even the stretch of Salou was a small joy for Hyundai, as Sébastien Ogier repeated scratch in the urban stretch of the coastal town. Vehicles R5 are allowed to see in this special, of such unique features.
all in all, Kris Meeke sleeps with an advantage of 13 seconds over Sébastien Ogier. Although they are team-mates, the frenchman also has secured the second position, as Ott Tanak is 1.5 seconds of Ogier. Without posing a real threat for the drivers of M-Sport, Juho Hänninen occupies the fourth place ahead of Thierry Neuville and Esapekka Lappi. Mads Ostberg is now seventh after the low of the drivers of Hyundai, while the area of points to complete Stéphane Lefebvre, Elfyn Evans and Eric Camilli, the latter with the best vehicle R5 despite not competing within the category WRC2.
A category WRC2 in which Teemu Suninen continues to lead with comfort. The finn has not put too much opposition to Jan Kopecký and while the Czech full your portfolio from scratch, the pilot of M-Sport manages your advantage, that with all has been reduced to 44.4 seconds. The third position in the provisional category is for Benito War together with the co-pilot Spanish Daniel Cué, while Cristian Garcia continues his progression and is already seventh after signing some chronos to be very good, especially in ‘The d’armentera Pont’. To gain any position, the more it seems an impossible task unless problem or error of any of its rivals.
finally, Nil Solans has everything in his hand to close his title with victory. After collecting the championship WRC3 and to certify as in the sections catalans the win in the Junior WRC, the spaniard is very close to getting a new victory in addition to I would make sure to have each and every one of the rallies that DMACK and M-Sport was offered as a prize by the successes collected in the Junior World. Ensure seven rallies with a Ford Fiesta R5 in the season 2018 WRC is only six sections. Solans has an advantage of 41.2 seconds over Terry Folb after the abandonment of Nicolas Ciamin.
Standings after SS13 of the 53rd Rally RACC Catalunya
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||2:16:21.1|
|2nd||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+13.0|
|3rd||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+14.5|
|4th||Juho Hänninen||Toyota Yaris WRC||+34.0|
|5th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+53.2|
|6th||Esapekka Lappi||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1:22.1|
|7th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+1:39.8|
|8th||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroen C3 WRC||+2:00.7|
|9th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+3:15.1|
|10th||Eric Camilli||Ford Fiesta R5||+5:40.8|
The Rally RACC Catalunya closes its doors this Sunday (07:00) with the dispute of the third stage of the rally, held on asphalt. The pilots will face 74,26 kilometres against the clock.