As already happened in the Rally of Portugal, Dani Sordo was the fastest in the shakedown of the Rally of Italy-Sardinia. The Spanish pilot, who has completed three passes at the wheel of his Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe, has stopped the clock in 2:31.8, a recording which has been overcome by two-tenths of a second clear of his teammate Thierry Neuville. Solid start for Hyundai in a first contact in which Andreas Mikkelsen has been another protagonist of a total of seven passes by the stretch to accumulate miles in his debut with the Citroën C3 WRC.
Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville have placed two of the three i20 in the head after almost trace his time in the third pass by the stretch of almost 4 miles that was part of the shakedown. Behind both, Jari-Matti Latvala finished third with the Toyota Yaris WRC after completing four attempts and score a 2:32.9, a record eight-tenths slower than the joined by Dani Sordo. With a plan of work similar to that of his team-mate, Esapekka Lappi finished in the fourth place. The finn will compete with a Yaris WRC, which will serve as the unit laboratory.
Andreas Mikkelsen has placed fifth at the insistence. The pilot Norwegian has taken advantage of the shakedown for to accumulate miles and experience at the controls of the Citroen C3 WRC with the debut in the Rally of Italy-Sardinia. In this aspect, Mikkelsen has completed a total of seven passes of the stretch and it has not been until the last when he set the 2:33.1 which has led to a fifth-place finish, far exceeding a tenth to Hayden Paddon. Seventh for its part, has been Kris Meeke in the second of the Citroën C3 WRC. The leader Sébastien Ogier has finished eighth after beating Juho Hänninen and Mads Ostberg.
While Mads Ostberg has completed the usual three passes minimum with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17, the morning has not been so positive for the other member of the team Jipocar Onebet, the entire time that Martin Prokop has had a bulkier track output. The Czech rider, who returns to the activity with a Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2016 in the WRC Trophy, has lost control of his car and has ended up falling to a side of the road, with such bad luck that a stone of considerable size that has damaged all the flat bottom of the Ford.
Rating shakedown of the 14th Rally of Italy-Sardinia
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||2:31.8|
|2nd||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+0.2|
|3rd||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1.1|
|4th||Esapekka Lappi||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1.3|
|5th||Andreas Mikkelsen||Citroen C3 WRC||+1.3|
|6th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+1.4|
|7th||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||+1.8|
|8th||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+1.9|
|9th||Juho Hänninen||Toyota Yaris WRC||+2.4|
|10th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+3.3|
The The Rally Italia-Sardinia starts officially this afternoon (18:00h) with the dispute of the Super Special stage of Ittiri Arena Show. The pilots will face a stretch of 2.00 km in the bosom of a track motocross. Dedicated to the fans, should not be big differences.