From four to three contenders. The second loop of the Rally of Poland has been reduced, at least at first glance, the list of challengers. Although the ingredients have been identical to the loop of the morning, in this case the mud and the sections are broken you have not played in favour of Sébastien Ogier. The French has lost half a minute in respect to the three leaders of the rally, after 115 kilometres still separated by a few seconds. With everything and after a ‘rush’ end interesting, Thierry Neuville closed the day in the front of the Rally of Portugal with an advantage of 1.3 seconds over Ott Tanak.
The rain has not given truce to the fans present in the Rally of Poland. Fans who have returned to leave their stamp, on key negative, for their poor placement in the SS6. In spite of the insistent messages of the organizer of the test to correct this situation, the SS6 has been neutralized, by subtracting 6,52 km to the test. Be that as it may, this cancellation was not by far the biggest surprise was to be found in the sections of poles, since Teemu Suninen claimed his first scratch all in the WRC at the controls of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 with which it is debuting.
beyond the amazing time of the young pearl Finnish, the first real stretch of the loop was left patent things were not going to be so easy for the leaders. The large puddles and the mud gave way to a few stretches really broken after the passage of the entire the caravan of the rally in the first loop, thereby disadvantaging Sébastien Ogier on the opening track. In fact, pilots with posts delayed output managed to peek out among the best in the SS7. Perhaps the most clear of Andreas Mikkelsen, which after hitting a tree on SS5 I got further in the competition, thanks to the frantic work from his mechanics.
The second pass through ‘Swietajno’ left a new scratch of Thierry Neuville, with Dani Sordo as the second fastest rider in the stretch. Teemu Suninen again to roll between the best to assault the seventh position of the general, although it was Ott Tanak which drew more revenue to the SS8 the scale to be a leader. A discreet stretch of Jari-Matti Latvala was enough for Tanak to give the jump to the first post. On the opposite side of the coin, and with considerable problems to find grip, Sébastien Ogier was left to 13,5 seconds to be placed to almost half a minute of your companion.
The backlash of Thierry Neuville came in the SS9 with a scratch that allowed him to attack the leadership, a position that no longer left in what remained of day time. Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala, could not keep up with the pace among the big ruts and standing water present in several sections of the last stretch to day use, something that again will impact on the pace of Sébastien Ogier. The French were left to others for 9.9 seconds to Neuville to walk away from it for over half a minute from the belgian driver. In fact, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo are postulated as a threat to the French after the Super Special in Mikolajki.
at The end of the day, Thierry Neuville has an advantage of 1.3 seconds over Ott Tanak and 6.6 seconds over Jari-Matti Latvala. Section of the fight for the podium, at least temporarily, Sébastien Ogier gives with 35.1 seconds on the leader of the test and takes just 4.5 seconds to Hayden Paddon. The cantabrian Dani Sordo occupies the sixth position with margin more or less wide with respect to Teemu Suninen and Juho Hänninen. Stéphane Lefebvre with the first of the Citroën, the entire time that Craig Breen was penalised, and Mads Ostberg to close the Top 10.
The battle for the lead of the WRC2 keeps a large dose of emotion. Ole Christian Veiby and Pontus Tidemand does not give truce and the end of the day have finished separated by 5.1 seconds. Of time, Ole Christian Veiby is ahead, although the thrust of the official driver of Skoda is still really great. In another world, with more than two minutes lost compared to the two pilots of reference, Quentin Gilbert closes the provisional podium. All in all, the French have a very comfortable position as Benito War is almost a minute behind.
finally, it is worth noting the large claw that has been given Nil Solans in the Junior WRC and therefore, in the class WRC3. The Catalan driver has signed a loop evening almost perfect, with three of the four scratch game. The Spanish has only given the best time on the Super Special that closed the day, a lesser evil in light of the advantage that has been obtained. In fact, Solans holds an advantage of 25.1 seconds over Denis Radström and 42.7 seconds on the Finnish Emil Lindholm. Terry Folb aims at the podium in both categories.
Classification after SS10 of the 74th Rally of Poland
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||56:21.2|
|2nd||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+1.3|
|3rd||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||+6.6|
|4th||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+35.1|
|5th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+39.6|
|6th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+51.7|
|7th||Teemu Suninen||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+ 1:11.0|
|8th||Juho Hänninen||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1:28.9|
|9th||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroen C3 WRC||+1:37.0|
|10th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+ 1:42.7|
The second stage Rally of Poland starts this Saturday at 08:08 hours with the dispute of the first of the nine sections that make up the day. The riders will face 144,74 kilometres against the clock.