Neuville controls the attacks of Ogier in Monte carlo


Thierry Neuville has taken another giant step to add the
triumph at the Rally Monte carlo after enduring the attacks of Sébastien Ogier
in the second loop of the day. With sections virtually dry except in
points very specific, riders have had to fight against the set
too soft of their cars
. And in this aspect, although Sebastien Ogier has
been stronger than Thierry Neuville, track output through to the gaul,
the driver of Hyundai has managed to minimize damage. At the end of SS12,
Neuville holds a lead of 51 seconds to Ogier. Ott Tanak closes
the podium.

gums tender or in their absence, without nails caught up
in the second loop of the day, because the stretches they lost a few patches
wet and ice they had in the morning. The test is turned in a rally
asphalt pure and hard in the M-Sport came out winning by the mount of
tire of their riders and the alternative of having Elfyn
Evans with the tires DMACK. In fact, Ogier and Evans shared the scratch in
the ss11 state road and SS12
, in both cases ahead of the Hyundai i20 WRC of Thierry
Neuville and Dani Sordo.

Sebastien Ogier was the fastest time in the ss11 state road,
surpassing in 2.1 seconds, Thierry Neuville. The first special stage of the loop
I left the third position of Jari-Matti Latvala, in a new sample of the
concentration that is showing the Finnish in his debut with the Toyota Yaris
WRC, far from being the fastest, but without committing errors that will detract from the
fourth position. In fact, the only significant change in the general has been
the leap of Elfyn Evans in the seventh place
as the logical consequence of his pace
competitive and of the level difference with the Skoda Fabia R5 Andreas


Powered by this change of position, Elfyn Evans
I got the scratch in the second step by ‘Batie Monsaleon – Faye’
, same
scenario in which hours earlier claimed his first victory of the stretch with the Ford
Fiesta RS WRC ’17 and DMACK. In this case, the welshman improved his time until the
8:56.7, which allowed him to overcome by 7,4 seconds to Sébastien Ogier. A
record that could have been much tighter, but the champion lived in his
meats a scare similar to the one that had Carlos Sainz in 1998. In fact, Sébastien Ogier went off track, but dodged the signal
unlike the Spanish and got back to the stretch.

All in all, the end of SS12, Thierry Neuville has
an advantage of 51 seconds to Sébastien Ogier
, while Ott Tanak
complete the podium. Jari-Matti Latvala has reinforced its fourth position, while
Dani Sordo has put away once and for all with Craig Breen

taking advantage of the profiles with dry asphalt, where the power of the Hyundai i20 WRC
has left to see in spite of the strange mounts of tires on the spaniard, with four
tires with studs and one without studs. As we have already said, Elfyn Evans is already
seventh ahead of the R5
Andreas Mikkelsen, Jan Kopecký and Pontus


Standings after SS12 of the 85th Monte carlo Rally

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe 3:10:50.5
2nd Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +51.0
3rd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1:29.8
4th Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +3:04.1
5th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +3:43.1
6th Craig Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +4:21.6
7th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +8:19.9
8th Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia R5 +9:21.9
9th Jan Kopecký Skoda Fabia R5 +12:31.3
10th Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +14:33.8

The Rally Monte carlo will continue its third phase in the morning of this Saturday. The riders will face three more special on a day that is vying for a total of 121,39 kilometres against the clock.