The rain had given way to the sun, the gravel to the asphalt, and the local hero the conqueror German. The Rally RACC Catalunya has lived a full mutation in the second stage of the hand of the great ambition of a rider who caresses with the fingers his fourth title of the WRC. Sebastien Ogier has closed the second stage as a leader after go rounding seconds to Dani Sordo who put all the meat on the grill, but that could not stop the pilot from Volkswagen. Separated by 5.8 seconds, both will fight for victory under the watchful eye of Thierry Neuville, the pilot who completed the podium.
the arrival of The asphalt and a climate more benevolent has been the broth culture of the attack of a Sébastien Ogier, which is pure gene-competitive, despite a quiet start of the day. Jari-Matti Latvala signed the scratch in the first two sections of the day, while Dani Sordo managed to win six tenths to Ogier in the balance sheet total of both sections. A mirage that began to dilute in the third special of the day already Sebastien Ogier signed the scratch in ‘Querol’ and he endorsed a Deaf three seconds. Worst luck ran Craig Breen with the transmission broken.
The indentation of seconds he had not done more to start and ‘El Montmell’ was the scenario in which it could be proved that Sébastien Ogier would think about the title and the victory at the Rally RACC in equal parts. With a time of 12:27.3, Ogier le clipped at 6.8 seconds to Deaf to close the loop morning to a little over seven seconds behind the Spanish rider. Two or three steps behind, Andreas Mikkelsen was little more than a witness of exception of this fight the whole time that the Norwegian I got to keep grate Thierry Neuville in their battle for the podium and the runner-up position.
however, the loop evening, changing the roles of winners and
expired. A few kilometres after the start of the stretch of
‘Alcover-Capafonts’, Andreas Mikkelsen suffered a spectacular accident.
The pilot Norwegian was long a curve to the left, he played the
guardarrail and came out catapulted it to finish after several laps of
bell dump in a ditch. With Mikkelsen out of the game, Thierry
Neuville was going to occupy the last position of the podium, Kris Meeke
climbed to the fifth position and Kevin Abbring was going to close the top
please despite competing with Fabia R5.
Oblivious to the accident
his companion, Sebastien Ogier signed with a scratch each stretch to
to reach and overtake Dani Sordo. Making full of best times in
the four specials of the evening, Sébastien Ogier closed the day at
Salou with 5.8 seconds ahead of Dani Sordo, who didn’t even
he could face up to the German in the urban stretch of the coastal town.
With the combat between the two still to be decided, Sébastien Ogier saw
reinforced its argument to verify that Andreas Mikkelsen will not be able to reenlist in the final stage of the rally, leaving the title of the form
virtual in the hands of the French.
With all Dani Sordo promises to give
war until the last moment. It will not be an easy undertaking for the pilot
Hyundai, the team that on the other hand is almost assured to lengthen the
resolution of the trademark title for at least one more test to be
Deaf second and Neuville third. The belgian driver has an advantage of
16 seconds ahead of Hayden Paddon, who in turn should not be roughing it
to keep the fifth position with respect to Kris Meeke suffered a
spun on the first stage of the afternoon. Sixth and seventh are the Party
RS WRC Ostberg and Tanak, while Kevin Abbring is the eighth with the low of Eric Camilli.
Jan Kopecký and Pontus Tidemand have been the absolute protagonists in WRC2. The two official drivers of Skoda have fought a battle that has been set tenth to tenth during the whole day, but to the completion of the second stage, Kopecký holds an advantage of 14.3 seconds over his teammate. Almost two centuries behind, specifically 12 minutes and 20 seconds, stood Turán Frigyes as a third, as the majority of drivers in the category have suffered accidents, breakdowns, penalties, or a mixture of all these mishaps. Jose Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suárez wheel is ninth in this category.
More positive is the performance of the rest of the Spanish riders despite the various mishaps that have been dragging during the rally. Nil Solans is second among the vehicles two-wheel drive, while Yeray Lemes, José Manuel Mora or Pau Frigola are rolling at a good pace, leaving his stamp. Pepe Lopez, for his part, has not been able to re-enlist to the test after his neglect of yesterday, but that can’t overshadow the magnificent season. Finally, it is worth noting that Fabio Andolfi leads in the category WRC3 and that Jon Armstrong continues to the front of the Drive DMACK with a firm hand.
Classification after SS15 of the 52nd Rally RACC Catalunya
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||2:35:12.8|
|2nd||DanI Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||+5.8|
|3rd||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC||+1:03.9|
|4th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC||+1:20.0|
|5th||Kris Meeke||Citroën DS3 WRC||+1:57.9|
|6th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+2:35.7|
|7th||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+4:24.7|
|8th||Kevin Abbring||Hyundai i20 WRC||+6:22.7|
|9th||Martin Prokop||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+7:13.3|
|10th||Jan Kopecký||Skoda Fabia R5||+7:41.6|
The last day of the Rally RACC Catalunya will start at 07:24 with the dispute of the first special stage of the four that make up the third stage of the test. The riders will face a total of 62,80 km, with the dispute of the Power Stage such as the end of the party.