Ogier and Latvala tied for the shakedown of the Rally of Wales


Shakedown of details in the Rally of Wales. The stretch
preparatory prior has been marked by the presences and absences, as well
as with a technical tie between the two strongest rider in the championship.
Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala have marked the same time to lead
the classification. Both have stopped the clock in 2:01.4. While the French
has marked the time on his third pass by the stretch, the finn has
made in his second attempt. The third party in question has been Kris Meeke,
while Dani Sordo has finished sixth after three passes of the stretch.

Despite the best time for Ogier and Latvala, there has been only
two Volkswagen Polo R WRC in competition. Andreas Mikkelsen has lost the
traveling to Germany to spend a few medical reviews. The pilot
Norwegian has visited the clinic common used Volkswagen Motorsport
Germany, for unknown reasons. In theory their participation in the Rally of Wales not concerned and although Volkswagen has not wanted to discuss anything about the physical state of Mikkelsen, the German manufacturer is convinced that the Norwegian may be ready to exit this Friday, traveling to Wales back this Thursday.


Among those who have been present on this bus
shakedown, Kris Meeke has finished third. The local rider is pointing to the
first, whether moral, in the battle to keep Citroën and Hyundai in the
runners-up to be above of 3 of the 4 riders of the signature
Korean. However, the british pilot has been the protagonist for another reason
since Susie Wolff has been co-Meeke during the shakedown. The pilot
F1, who recently announced his retirement, has lived this experience in the Citroën DS3 WRC. For his part, the engineer of Audi Sport Leena Gade copilotó to Sébastien Ogier.

Thierry Neuville has been the fourth place, surpassing
the two pilots who play ‘the bread’ with Hyundai, as Hayden Paddon has
finished in the fifth position and Dani Sordo has been sixth. The Spanish rider has completed three passes to this short stretch
preparatory, for the four conducted by Paddon. Mads Ostberg has also done the same volume of work. The local Elfyn Evans was eighth, while Kevin Abbring has finished ninth, after five passes and a good scare, which almost ends in an accident. For his part, Robert Kubica has had engine problems.

Rating shakedown of the 71st Rally of Wales

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC 2:01.4
2nd Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC +0.0
3rd Kris Meeke Citroën DS3 WRC +0.3
4th Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC +0.5
5th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC +1.0
6th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +1.2
7th Mads Ostberg Citroën DS3 WRC +1.3
8th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1.4
9th Kevin Abbring Hyundai i20 WRC +2.0
10th Stéphane Lefebvre Citroën DS3 WRC +2.2

the first stage of The Rally of Wales will start this Friday, at 10:27h. The pilots played 131,12 kilometres against the clock along six special divided into two loops symmetrical.