Sébastien Ogier is the old fox in the Rally RACC


Sébastien Ogier has survived to the earth. Open track is not an easy task on this surface, unless you’re a three times world champion and take advantage of the resources present. A small section of asphalt in the longest stretch of the day has been enough for the French lift dirt from the gutter, diluting the factor of cleaning that has had to suffer in the rest of sections. Thanks to this, Sébastien Ogier is leading with an advantage of four seconds over Jari-Matti Latvala. Dani Sordo occupies the fourth position almost half a minute of the head.

Began the day in tierra del Rally RACC with fright . Lorenzo Bertelli suffered a massive accident in the SS2, leaving enough damaged his Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Outside of this mishap, also started the rally with a script quite predictable. The pilots with position most delayed departure took advantage of their opportunity. Mads Ostberg got the scratch in the SS2 and SS3, although in ‘Móra d’ebre – Ascó,’ the best time was shared with Hayden Paddon, Robert Kubica, Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo became the protagonists above the Volkswagen Polo R WRC.

The equation of the stage changed completely in ‘Terra Alta’. Mads Ostberg suffered a puncture and Robert Kubica was passed from leader to ousted after suffering a double puncture in the stretch. This communion of the factors linked to the section of asphalt that became the breeding ground for the Volkswagen, giving the return to the tortilla. Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala abused the ‘cuneteo’ lifting earth and stones into the asphalt and forcing the rest of his rivals to have a slower pace. Sébastien Ogier ended in front of the group the first loop just ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala.


In mode ‘dejavu’, by the afternoon the story
. Ott Tanak and Robert Kubica began the SS6 in the front, while
Dani Sordo began to consolidate his fourth position. The scratch is
the distribution of rewards between Ott Tanak and Mads Ostberg, reaching the Estonian to
climb to the second position of the general. However, in ‘Terra
High’ again the pattern was the same, though less accentuated. In
any case it was enough to make Sébatien Ogier ended the
face of the day
. Jari-Matti Latvala is placed four seconds of the
French and Ott Tanak was relegated to the third position.

Deaf suffered with the tires in the SS9
and left it for a 19
second, although the general trend in the last stretch of the day was
seeing as the covers barely came to the end.
Mads Ostberg managed to cut off five seconds into Spanish
and get
full in the fight for the fourth position, which is not far away neither
Andreas Mikkelsen. Hayden Paddon continued to the line of the pilot cantabrian and
also I left a good dose of seconds. Chapter at the margin it deserves
Thierry Neuville, who lost over a minute
in the eight sections of

has Not been positive the performance of Elfyn Evans,
contrast mode of what one could see in the Tour de Corse. The welsh is
within the first ten due to the absence of Robert Kubica, as the
double punch has deprived him of having a position that deserves for pace. Without
however, this Friday in penance for the Polish has not ended there since
Robert Kubica has had to complete the SS9 in first gear, after
suffering from a problem in the change of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.


Standings after SS9 of the 51st Rally RACC Catalunya

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC 1:24:58.4
2nd Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC +4.0
3rd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC +11.3
4th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +26.9
5th Mads Ostberg Citroën DS3 WR +29.7
6th Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC +37.4
7th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC +38.3
8th Kris Meeke Citroën DS3 WRC +59.4
9th Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC +1:03.8
10th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1:09.2

The second stage of the Rally RACC Catalunya will start this Saturday, at 09:15h. The day will be composed of eight sections of asphalt. The riders will have to face 122,79 kilometres against the clock.

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