Ogier and Meeke bid for the Monte carlo Rally


The Rally Monte carlo is a struggle of two. Although it has only played eight special and a third of the race, just two men fighting face to face on the stretches ice cream to the north of Gap. Sébastien Ogier and Kris Meeke are the two pilots of reference and that are monopolizing all the attention after exchanged the lead of the test up to three times. At the end of SS8, Ogier has an advantage of 9.5 seconds over Meeke, while Jari-Matti Latvala is third, to more than a minute. Hyundai and Dani Sordo far from being competitive.

After the two segments night yesterday, the Rally of Monte-carlo opened its doors to the special license plates on ice and snow. The Volkswagen drivers and Kris Meeke opted for a ride of five tires superblandos, being the most successful tenor of the results. Despite this, the SS3 is displayed as a stretch very delicate and in its central section are collected the first two victims. Robert Kubica suffered an accident at low speed after skating on the ice and hit a tree. At the same point, Hayden Paddon was playing with his rear wheel left.

Oblivious to these problems, Sébastien Ogier got the scratch in the
, while Kris Meeke responded with the best time in a stretch
after. A first appetizer of the fight that they were going to keep these
riders throughout the day. A fight, however, not
it represented the situation that dragged the rest of the pilots.
Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen could not follow the beat of your
and other crews vehían in trouble. Stéphane
Lefebvre suffered a spin on SS4 and Lorenzo Bertelli was damaging the
suspension in SS5. Ogier closed leading loop matinal.


the three sections of the loop evening, the tires mounted ranged
Volkswagen is ‘played’ with the combination of gums superblandas and
soft, while Kris Meeke opted to have five soft compounds,
something that will lastró in the last special. Prior to that time, Kris
Meeke was able to regain the lead with his scratch in the SS7,
counteracting the time achieved by Ogier in SS6. A stretch
plagued with problems since Jari-Matti Latvala damaged one of the wheels and
Ott Tanak suffered an off track
. Eric Camilli dropped by a
accident, after leaving good sensations.

The spin suffered by
Andreas Mikkelsen in SS7 and mounted wrong tires
drivers Hyundai have taken as long as even more of the distances in the final straight of the
day. With this, Sébastien Ogier and Kris Meeke continue on their particular
battle, while Latvala has consolidated its third position
getting more than 25 seconds advantage over Andreas Mikkelsen.
Thierry Neuville is fifth with 1:47 minutes lost, still the best
pilot Hyundai. And is that with Paddon out of the race, the role of Dani
Deaf is still disappointing. It is seventh behind Ostberg, but
it has been left for 3 minutes. The top ten the complete Lefebvre, Bouffier and


Standings after SS8 of the 84 Monte carlo Rally

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC 1:29:06.1
2nd Kris Meeke Citroën DS3 WRC +9.5
3rd Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC +1:08.1
4th Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC +1:33.8
5th Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC +1:47.8
6th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2:18.5
7th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +3.07.8
8th Stéphane Lefebvre Citroën DS3 WRC +3:32.0
9th Bryan Bouffier Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4:18.6
10th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5:25.8

The third stage
the Monte carlo Rally will start at 08:24h this Saturday, with the
dispute of five special, being two of them in the past by 51,55 km ‘Lardier et Valenca – Faye 1’. The pilots will face 173,96 kilometres against the clock on this day.