The Monte carlo Rally does not forgive and a prick of Thierry Neuville derived from a problem in the suspension has ruined the work of the belgian. The result of this breakdown in the suspension left rear of the Hyundai i20 WRC, any option of victory has evaporated to Neuville, while Sébastien Ogier is placed as the new leader of the Rally of Monte carlo in the absence of the last stage. Ott Tanak with the other Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17, M-Sport and Jari-Matti Latvala complete the new own provisional rally while Elfyn Evans continues to accumulate scratch thanks to the tires DMACK.
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 thus became 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 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
traffic unlike the Spanish and got back to the stretch.
All in all, the rally suffered a great shift in ‘Bayons Breziers’, stretch of 25 kilometres that, in theory, was not a differential factor. However, Thierry Neuville suffered a puncture in the rear tyre left the result of a problem in the suspension of the Hyundai i20 WRC. Oblivious to this problem and the third scratch day, Elfyn Evans, Sébastien Ogier was going to be the leader of the test an advantage of 47.1 seconds over his team-mate Ott Tanak. Fruit of the problems of Neuville, Jari-Matti Latvala was in third position on the podium, doing good by the time your consistency with the Toyota Yaris WRC.
If the average time lost by Thierry
Neuville was not drama enough for Hyundai, Dani Sordo had a scare after
lose power steering and get out of track in an area of high
speed. Luckily, the pilot spaniard got back on the tarmac, not without
lose a lot of time. This breakdown cost the spaniard a minute at the end of the stretch
and by the way you left without climbing positions in the ranking, any time that the fourth position was for Craig Breen after the problems of the two pilots of Hyundai. With Elfyn
Evans in the sixth position, the area of points the are completing the R5 Mikkelsen, Kopecký, Bouffier and Tidemand.
In regard to the second category in the world championship,
Andreas Mikkelsen has seen his lead in WRC2 has been accented. The Norwegian
has shown a great superiority that only an error itself can avoid that
get a victory that for the moment based on a advantage that is already by
over three minutes behind his nearest rival, the Czech
Jan Kopecký. For his part, Bryan Bouffier is the third-ranked, although the
French has his head focused on the fight for the squares with the right points, while Eric Camilli is not a real threat to
keep your podium in WRC2.
In the category R-GT Romain Dumas rides with comfort
to victory with his Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, while at the end of the Clio
R3T the Italian Luca Panzani managed a minute and a half of advantage with respect to
Charles Martin, though without any option to fight for victory in
WRC3, in the hands except for error own, accident or breakdown of Raphaël Astier and his 208 R2. Surhayen Pernía in the third position of the podium, after take advantage of the problems that has had the swiss Cédric Althaus. The options for progression for the Spanish are, however, remote.
Classification after SS13 of the 85th Monte carlo Rally
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||3:26:10.7|
|2nd||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+47.1|
|3rd||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||+2:20.6|
|4th||Craig Breen||Citroën DS3 WRC||+3:47.3|
|5th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+4:03.2|
|6th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+7:27.2|
|7th||Andreas Mikkelsen||Skoda Fabia R5||+9:15.2|
|8th||Jan Kopecký||Skoda Fabia R5||+12:34.4|
|9th||Bryan Bouffier||Ford Fiesta R5||+14:41.9|
|10th||Pontus Tidemand||Skoda Fabia R5||+14:59.3|
The Rally Monte carlo closes its doors with its fourth stage on the morning of this Sunday. The riders will face four special on a day that is vying for a total of 53,72 kilometres against the clock.