Sébastien Ogier has had a strong start to the Rally Monte carlo and asserting the dorsal #1 wears his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, the French driver has marked the time reference in the first two sections of the test. Despite having a top at ‘Sisteron’, the five times champion of the WRC has shown that starts the season with a spark, and is the first leader of the race after overcoming for 17.3 seconds to Andreas Mikkelsen. Being one of the few riders who has not had problems or made mistakes, Dani Sordo closed on two tranches night at third position.
‘Sisteron’, of night, and in the reverse direction, did the times of the first special of the season in the WRC, even though that was no impediment to provide the first surprises. All the riders opted for a mounted mixed tyres soft and superblandas, in different amounts, but aside from the tires, snow and ice. This decision is subject to the dry roads present in the two sections to be played let all the riders slip through with very little grip a small area with sheets of ice. Sébastien Ogier, manager of open track, he made a spinning top in a hairpin descent filled with ice.
Thierry Neuville also suffered in this area, to such an extent that you will suffer a track output. Ott Tanak, that point was follow the path of the belgian, managed to overcome this section of ice is a slight departure, but ahead of Neuville in full stretch, as the runner-up took a few minutes to release its Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe and return to the stretch. In fact, Neuville conceded in goal over 4 minutes, saying goodbye to their chances of winning anything more to start the rally. With a hyphen, also in the accident, Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala -two tops- stayed away from Ogier, more than 35 seconds with the Toyota Yaris.
In fact, Nobody prevented Sébastien Ogier added his first scratch of 2018 -top included – with the Ford Fiesta, while behind several riders managed to roll closer to the French. In fact, Andreas Mikkelsen finished in second place to 7.7 seconds of Ogier, while Esapekka Lappi and Dani Sordo calcaban almost their time, giving both 19 seconds. Craig Breen, with output of track included, managed to cross the finish line with a loss of 24.6 seconds, by signing up for a better performance than his teammate Kris Meeke, affected by a departure by. With a prick, Elfyn Evans was 3 minutes and 48 seconds of your companion.
sparklers red fans marked the way in ‘Bayons – Bréziers’ and the dry road is responsible for putting in so many hard-pressed pilots. In fact, in this section the problems wouldn’t have to spend a small spinning top made by Kris Meeke, so that you could see the real performance of drivers and cars, or at least a version much closer to the reality. And in that line, Sebastien Ogier signed his second scratch of the night to close the first day of the rally in the lead with an advantage of 17.3 seconds ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen. The Norwegian has been one of the few riders without errors.
Dani Sordo has completed the stage in third position after yield of 5.9 seconds in SS2, so that the Spanish rider goes to sleep with 25,6 seconds of loss with respect to Ogier. All in all, the balance sheet for Deaf has not been bad seeing the problems that have plagued other drivers. Problems that among other things have allowed Esapekka Lappi is the fourth with the first of the Toyota Yaris, although his advantage over Ott Tanak is short. Craig Breen and Jari-Matti Latvala are the only two riders that are kept to less than a minute of Ogier, as Bryan Bouffier -along with Xavier Panseri after the injury Jérôme Degout – is already at 1 minute and 50 seconds.
Eric Camilli has followed in the footsteps of Sébastien Ogier, compatriot and fellow M-Sport, to lead the class WRC2. The frenchman has only managed to score one of the two scratch, but it has been enough to overcome 19.1 seconds Jan Kopecký, pilot who defends the interests of Skoda Motorsport in this test. Teemu Suninen with another of the Ford Fiesta R5 has been located in the third position, closing to turn the fight for the victory as the rhythm of these three riders is at another level, the entire time that Kevin Abbring suffered a puncture and brake problems in the SS1, being out of the game.
despite the status quo of the category WRC2, among drivers with vehicles R5 as Stéphane Sarrazin, Kalle Rovanperä and Ole Christian Veiby have been shot in times of Kopecký and Suninen, demonstrating the equality that you can live in the upcoming events category. With everything and beyond this fight, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi is the first leader of the category WRC3, while Andrea Nucita is it has been only in the struggle between the R-GT, the whole time that Nicolas Ciamin has started the rally with problems in your Abarth 124 Rally and has lost more than seven minutes.
Classification after SS2 of the 86 Monte carlo Rally
|Pos.||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Dif.|
|1||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||38:09:8|
|2nd||Andreas Mikkelsen||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+17.3|
|3rd||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+25.6|
|4th||Esapekka Lappi||Toyota Yaris WRC||+37.4|
|5th||Ott Tanak||Toyota Yaris WRC||+42.4|
|6th||Craig Breen||Citroen C3 WRC||+52.3|
|7th||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||+55.4|
|8th||Bryan Bouffier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+1:51.0|
|9th||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||+2:12.7|
|10th||Eric Camilli||Ford Fiesta R5||+2:42.2|
The Rally Monte carlo continues this Friday (08:51h) with the dispute of the second stage of the test. The riders will face two loops of three stages with a total of 144,88 kilometres against the clock.