Kris Meeke sleeps leader. Yes, the day that begins the season
in the Monte carlo Rally, and that starts a year of transition for Citroen without
official team. Things of the WRC. The night of the ‘Monte’ has left the front of a Citroen DS3
Private WRC, but in the hands of a pilot officer, the head of the classification.
And that’s hardly a surprise with the Polo R WRC lurking. Kris Meeke has 6.9
seconds advantage over Sebastien Ogier after the dispute of the first two
special night of the test. Discreet start for Hyundai with Dani Sordo
In a winter, so unusual as the one we have lived, not
I could wait for the snow out protagonist. the First special, stretch and clean
tires superblandos. Favourable conditions for the vehicle of reference.
Sebastien Ogier has scored the first scratch of the season ahead of the
own Kris Meeke. Andreas Mikkelsen finished with the third best time,
while Thierry Neuville put the Hyundai i20 WRC 2016 in the fifth
since in the first kilometres of competitive vehicle Korean. A start
discreet, but better than that of a Dani Sordo who with problems of ‘confidence’
it was left to 26.4 seconds.
More decisive was the second leg of the journey. The
conditions of the special were much more delicate, and the last four
kilometers were full of patches of ice. Perfect setting to see
bigger differences. Kris Meeke got the scratch in the SS2. A whole
statement of intent for this Monte carlo Rally, and for the rest of
season. However, without representing a team official, the british have
carte blanche to attack and take risks. For the moment, is the first leader
of the season and thanks to this he the computer Abu Dhabi Total WRT leads his first
behind Meeke, face and cross on the bosom of the Volkswagen team. Sébastien Ogier does not fail and is in the wake of the british, while the second sword has made its first decision of the season. Jari-Matti Latvala has had a touch in the that has damaged the rear suspension. The finn has left half a minute by the way, almost the same time that it has lost in SS2, Dani Sordo. The i20 WRC 2016 has had a start gray and although Neuville and Sordo had wheels studs, Hayden Paddon has been better with slicks and the i20 WRC old.
After the first two special, Quentin Gilbert is a leader in WRC2. The French gains the upper hand in 9.8 seconds to his compatriot Julien Maurin and in 23.3 seconds to Armin Kremer, both with the Skoda Fabia R5. In fourth position is positioned Elfyn Evans with the new Ford Fiesta R5 Plus. For the moment, the welshman has been left by the road 41.7 seconds. Just eight seconds behind appears José Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suarez. The Spanish rider suffered a puncture in the first section, but has managed to overcome to close the day at a very good level.
In this 84th edition of the Rally Monte carlo is
contesting the final of the Clio R3T Trophy, 2015, with the presence of seven
pilots. The first leader of the competition is the frenchman Benoît Vaillant. The French
has amassed an advantage of 2.6 seconds over Luca Rossetti. After a start
discreet, Fran Top has been placed fourth, at 23 seconds of the head,
taking advantage of the excesito lost time in the second special by Olivier Courtois.
Standings after SS2 of the 84 Monte carlo Rally
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Kris Meeke||Citroën DS3 WRC||25:32.1|
|2nd||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+6.9|
|3rd||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+20.0|
|4th||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||+31.4|
|5th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC 2015||+34.9|
|6th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+35.3|
|7th||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+38.7|
|8th||Robert Kubica||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+45.8|
|9th||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroën DS3 WRC||+48.6|
|10th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||+51.8|
The second stage
the Monte carlo Rally will start at 10:21pm this Friday with the
dispute of two loops of three stages. The pilots will face 116,5 kilometres against the clock in this day.