Ogier wakes up, but Neuville still in front of the Monte carlo


Thierry Neuville has closed the second stage of the Rally Monte carlo as the leader of the test, doing gala of a speech solid at the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC. Although the belgian is the best placed to get the victory, on their backs ‘coconut’ awakened. With a greater dose of confidence after the loop morning and less penalized for open track in a few sections that have changed completely, Sébastien Ogier has signed up two scratch with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 and has climbed to the second position be placed at 45.1 seconds of Neuville.

tire studs could be non-negotiable, although the snow was starting to melt in the three sections that closed the day. A condition that made them good Thierry Neuville with his scratch in the SS6, special, exceeded that of Ott Tanak and Sebastien Ogier in a script that seemed to repeat what was experienced during the first loop. However, the drivers of M-Sport were able to go on the offensive and Sébastien Ogier are scored the best time on SS7, stage in which Craig Breen launched an attack on the fifth position of Dani Sordo with the Citroën DS3 WRC last year.

Sébastien Ogier repeated best time in ‘Leger les Melezes – La Batie Neuve’, a result which was to close the day in second place overall with a disadvantage of 45.1 seconds on the own Thierry Neuville, solid leader despite the awakening of Ogier and a small problem after calar his Hyundai i20 WRC in the last section. For his part, Ott Tanak fell relegated to the third position, although that does not take away from the day, the Estonian driver, who, without making mistakes has gotten to be the height of Ogier in a rally always complex.


In another dimension, but without committing any kind of error
spite of the increasingly evident lack of pace, Jari-Matti Latvala keeps
the fourth position
, oblivious to the battle that returned to Dani Sordo to
the fifth position in the rally. A duel with Craig Breen in the pilot
the cantabrian is not knowing take advantage of the presumed superiority mechanics of your Hyundai
i20 WRC of new generation with respect to the DS3 WRC of the irish pilot. Their
back, Andreas Mikkelsen continues to shine with the Skoda Fabia R5 in a rally
in which is achieving its goal, claimed.

The low of Kris Meeke and Juho Hänninen in the loop morning
have left a nice battle for the last positions, with the right to points,
any time that Elfyn Evans is signing a rally quite irregular
as soon as it is able to ride among the top five in a stretch as lose
time with the R5. In this aspect, the pilot of DMACK is eighth with the Ford
Fiesta RS WRC ’17, but just have a few seconds of advantage with respect to
Skoda Fabia R5 Pontus Tidemand and Jan Kopecký, the two pilots in charge of
close the top-10 at the close of the second stage.

Despite the good role that they are picking pilots
official Skoda Motorsport, to the point of strain three Fabia R5 between the
top ten, what is certain is that the battle in WRC2 at the moment is
non-existent. Andreas Mikkelsen leads with comfort the second category
with an advantage of 2 minutes and 47 seconds on Jan Kopecký.
Third party for its part is Bryan Bouffier, every time that the frenchman has taken advantage of
the touch that has had Eric Camilli and has damaged the front of his Ford
Fiesta R5
to settle in to the last position of the podium.


The accident of Fabio Andolfi with your Abarth 124 Rally
he would take a turn to the category R-GT. In addition to be clear that the
vehicle developed by Abarth is quite robust, the mishap has allowed
François Delecour encounter with a generous leadership
you should be able to maintain
until the last day if no commits or a mistake. In fact, the own Andolfi
is his nearest rival after completing the final stretch with more than 4 minutes and
24 second lost, while Romain Dumas was installed on the third
after his departure from track in the day yesterday.

Finally, the end of the Clio R3T has suffered a new
shift in the lead on behalf of Luca Panzani
. Leaving it clear once more that
the Monte carlo Rally is a test in which it is very important to survive,
Panzani was placed at the front of the Clio R3T after the output of track
Surhayen Pernía in the SS8
. This mishap has left the Spanish to 1 minute and 41
seconds of the leader and with the real threat of Charles Martin and Cédric Althaus,
the whole time you both are 21 and 37 seconds Pernía.

Standings after SS8 of the 85th Monte carlo Rally

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe 2:05:24.6
2nd Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +45.1
3rd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +45.4
4th Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +2:09.7
5th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +2:57.8
6th Craig Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +3:04.1
7th Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia R5 +5:50.8
8th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +8:12.1
9th Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +8:22.4
10th Jan Kopecký Skoda Fabia R5 +8:38.2

The Rally Monte carlo will continue with the dispute of his third stage this Saturday. The riders will face a total of five sections in a day that will start at 08:08 hours, and will feature 121,39 kilometres against the clock.