Neuville does not give way, Evans leaves his stamp on the Monte carlo


Thierry Neuville continues with a firm step towards the victory in the Rally of Monte carlo. The belgian driver has signed a perfect start of the third stage, and in the two initial sections of the day has taken his lead over Sébastien Ogier over the minute after adding the scratch in the SS9. All in all, on the feast of the belgian has been cast Elfyn Evans after scoring the best time in ‘Batie Monsaleon – Faye’, in what marks his first scratch in the test. With this result, the three Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 have already signed at least one victory of stretch.

The tires mounted with various combinations tires, studs, snow tires without studs, and rubber superblandas left patent the variety of surfaces that would bump the pilots in the two sections, where the asphalt lucia dry in almost all its extension, but in the ice and snow made an appearance in the shady areas. All in all, Thierry Neuville was again the rider more strong after marking the scratch in the SS9, in particular in the exceeding by 2.6 seconds to Sébastien Ogier and 5.8 seconds to Elfyn Evans, born again to the cause.

so Much so that in the SS10 the scratch was to Elfyn Evans. The welsh
he pulled out of their tires DMACK and got his first victory of
stretch of the season, signing as the first success of the Ford Fiesta RS
WRC ’17 with the gums of the british manufacturer. Thierry Neuville was not going to leave a lot of margin and that he was worth to make a big difference with
Sébastien Ogier, who conceded a total of 13 seconds with the belgian not
take risks in areas with frost. Just the other way around, Dani Sordo
he signed a big-time
to return to the fifth position lost
in respect to Craig Breen.


despite the good performance of Elfyn Evans, what is certain is
the start of the third stage has not been easy for the drivers that
have returned to the competition by the rules ‘Rally 2’. In fact, Juho Hänninen
he suffered a new touch to your Toyota Yaris WRC
, although in this case less
gravity. All in all, the right part of the diffuser of the World Rally Car of the
finn looked very touched at the end of SS9. For his part, Kris
Meeke came out with a nearly 30-minute delay to the tenth special
after suffering a
mechanical problem on your Citroen C3 WRC.


Standings after SS10 of the 85th Monte carlo Rally

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe 2:38:43.7
2nd Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1:00.7
3rd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1:12.0
4th Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +2:50.9
5th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +3:26.5
6th Craig Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +3:38.5
7th Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia R5 +7:49.7
8th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +8:16.9
9th Jan Kopecký Skoda Fabia R5 +10:32.8
10th Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +11:32.7

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.