Neuville shines in the abrupt start of the Rally Monte carlo


was Not the start expected of the Monte carlo Rally, . The
baptism of the new World Rally Cars in the first two sections night
the test has been quite complicated after the strong accident lived by
Hayden Paddon
. The new zealander lost control of his Hyundai i20 WRC in a
area of ice and had just turned over, in an accident in which had been involved
an amateur who had to be evacuated by the medical services. With the
stretch cancelled by the accident, Thierry Neuville made good his scratch
in the SS2 to sleep as the leader of the Rally of Monte carlo

The choice of tyres has been key in the development of
the first stage of the rally. Even so, the mounts of each pilot spent a
second term when Hayden Paddon suffered a hard crash in the first
special. The Hyundai i20 WRC new zealand had just overturned in his debut and a
amateur badly placed had been involved in the mishap. The stretch was
cancelled and Thierry Neuville was left as the first leader, while the rest
of participants have imposed the same time that Sébastien Ogier
, the
another rider who managed to complete the SS1 without any incidents, although with 0.7
seconds of disadvantage with Neuville.

With delay and with an order of modified output would SS2. At that point, the FIA and the promoter of the rally took the information that they gave dead to the photographer involved in the accident, but later confirmed his death two hours later. Oblivious to this, the riders and their ride tires came into play in the second special. The combination of his innate talent and the five rubbers superblandas that equates in his Hyundai i20 WRC, Thierry Neuville got the scratch in the SS2 with a time of 15:01.1, record that he was worth to beat Sébastien Ogier to 7.8 seconds.


Juho Hänninen also was asserting his riding superblandas
to sneak a third with the Toyota Yaris WRC, leaving her behind to Kris Meeke,
I got to save the furniture
with a mounted mixed soft and superblados.
In fact, the pilot of Citroën Racing managed to beat the Ford Fiesta RS
WRC Ott Tanak and Elfyn Evans. Seventh for his part he snuck Craig Breen with
the Citroën DS3 WRC 2016
, in a performance that reflected perfectly the
importance of the choice of tyres, the whole time that the rubber soft do not have
finished working.

So what has been found in their meat Dani Sordo. The pilot
Spanish opted to mount five tires Michelin S5 (soft), a decision that will
did lose 27.3 seconds to Thierry Neuville, or what is the same,
more than a second per kilometre. At the same time was moved by their part
Jari-Matti Latvala, but the finn acknowledged that he had driven with
extreme care to not make a mistake and follow in the footsteps of Hayden Paddon.
For his part, Andreas Mikkelsen closed the top ten at the wheel of the Skoda Fabia
that pilots in this rally, waiting for what might happen with the Polo R WRC

In this aspect, the philosophy of Jari-Matti Latvala almost
you can check successful
within the meaning of the different problems suffered by some
of the pilots called to have a good role in this test. In fact, and although
it was not for his responsibility, Stéphane Lefebvre not reached the goal by
mechanical problems on his Citroen C3 WRC
, while Romain Dumas suffered a
the output of the track with his Porsche 911, in a mishap that took place just
when the first pilots of the category WRC2 were jumping in the stretch by the order
output changed following the accident SS1.


Despite bumping into the accident by Romain Dumas, Andreas
Mikkelsen is the first leader of the category WRC2
, something logical in view of his
tenth absolute time. In this aspect, the pilot Norwegian has exceeded 4.8
seconds on Jan Kopecký
, in a show of power of the two official drivers
Skoda in this test. In fact, Eric Camilli with the Ford Fiesta R5 of
M-Sport has run 16 seconds from the time of head. For his part, Quentin
Gilbert was accused problems in the brake pedal
, what made him be almost
three minutes to the first change.

With Romain Dumas out of the game, François Delecour starts
the rally as the leader among vehicles R-GT
with the Abarth 124 Rally. By the
time, the French surpasses widely to the Italian Fabio Andolfi and
Gabriele Noberasco, both with the same mount that the gaul. Finally, it is
note that the swiss Cédric Althaus is the best pilot in the final of the Clio
, a category in which Surhayen Pernía for the moment occupies the third position.
For his part, Pepe Lopez occupies the 25th position in the rally with his Peugeot 208 T16
R5 despite suffering a puncture on SS2.

Standings after SS2 of the 85th Monte carlo Rally

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe 27:11.3
2nd Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +8.5
3rd Juho Hänninen Toyota Yaris WRC +15.7
4th Kris Meeke Citroen C3 WRC +16.5
5th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +20.1
6th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +21.7
7th Craig Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +26.1
8th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +27.3
9th Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +29.1
10th Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia R5 +59.1

The Rally Monte carlo will continue with the dispute of his second stage on the day of Friday. The riders will face a loop of three stages that will be carried out in two passes. In total, 160,80 kilometers timed await riders after the bumpy start of the test.