Thierry Neuville is more of a leader of the Rally of Monte carlo


Thierry Neuville continues to be unstoppable at the Rally Monte carlo and
after the first loop of the day on Friday has extended their lead to
the 31.7 seconds. The belgian driver, demonstrating a perfect communion with her
Hyundai i20 WRC, has marked two of the three scratch in game to leave more
from half a minute to Ott Tanak
, every time that Sébastien Ogier opened the day with
a little out of track. With pneumatic nails and between the snow, Kris
Meeke has had to abandon after breaking in the SS4 the suspension of their Citroen C3 WRC by an accident
. Juho Hänninen has also had a track output.

With a large amount of snow in the three sections, the mounts
tires leave no room for doubt
. All the pilots pull out the SS3 with
six tires from nails Michelin or DMACK, which drew a battle to
equality of conditions. A situation that took advantage of Ott Tanak to mark the
first scratch of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17
, honor that robs a Sébastien
Ogier suffered a small out of track. Ogier managed to escape from the
trench with 40 seconds lost
, in a critical point at which Elfyn Evans
I suffered the same mishap, but in the one who lost more than two minutes.

Thierry Neuville affirmed his domain with the scratch in the SS4
after passing by 4.9 seconds to Sebastien Ogier. Ott Tanak was positioning itself right
behind both, what he was worth to climb to the second position of the
rally. However, Kris Meeke had to leave after breaking the suspension of
your Citroën C3 after a strong blow
. This fact joined to the track output of
Stéphane Lefebvre in the evening yesterday, which resulted in the breakage of the clutch of your
C3, leave it to Craig Breen with the ageing Citroën DS3 WRC as the sole survivor
the bad start of the brand gala.


The first pass ‘Leger les Melezes – La Batie Neuve’
did not confirm what was seen in the previous sections. Thierry Neuville
came back to add a new scratch
ahead of the Ford of Ogier and Tanak. With
this result, Sébastien Ogier managed to climb to the third position of the podium,
climb that came from the hand of output track of the Toyota Yaris WRC
Juho Hänninen
, who saw it as his good performance up to that point was overshadowed by his error. While the front of the Yaris of Hänninen was very damaged, Jari-Matti Latvala inherited
the fourth position with the other Yaris.

For his part, Dani Sordo occupies the fifth position after the
the first five sections of the rally
, although the sensations to the pilot
cantabria are not being much less positive. However, Sordo has
confessed that is not very comfortable with the Hyundai i20 WRC and so
demonstrate their times, which has left more than a second per kilometre
respect to Thierry Neuville. In addition, the SS5 has been very complicated
for the pilot of Hyundai, any time has sunk the car in a hairpin and has waged a
track output for very little. Upon your arrival at the end of the section, Dull claimed to have a problem in
the differential

Craig Breen with the Citroën DS3 WRC 2016 and Andreas
Mikkelsen, the Skoda Fabia R5 has shown a good pace
, taking advantage of the large number of low to sneak inside
of the Top-10, something that also got Pontus Tidemand with the other Fabia R5
official. Elfyn Evans for its part closed the loop in ninth position after his
output of a track in SS3, while Bryan Bouffier was last
instance Jan Kopecký to be placed in the tenth position. For your
part, Pepe Lopez with temperature problems in his Peugeot 208 T16 R5 could not continue in the race.


The fruit of his good pace, Andreas Mikkelsen holds a comfortable
leadership in the category WRC2
, where it leads it in 1:44.2 to Bryan Bouffier.
Third, for its part, Jan Kopecký, although the Czech is 2.4 seconds
French pilot in a battle in which either could enter Eric Camilli. The
pilot M-Sport gives something more than two minutes behind the leader, but at least
has managed to overcome a loop that has not been able to complete Quentin Giordano by
the engine problems in his Peugeot 208 T16 R5. Armin Kremer and Yoann Bonato
also accused various problems

Fabio Andolfi is on the forehead between the vehicles R-GT
hold a benefit of 41.6 second on François Delecour, the entire time that the
French has failed to demonstrate the pace that he had in the first two sections
night of the rally. Giving color to the category, Romain Dumas was also noted the
scratch in the SS5, despite the accident suffered in last night. By
last, Surhayen Pernía is the leader of the end of the Clio R3T. The Spanish
it has an advantage of almost two minutes on Luca Panzani in a remarkable
performance based on the reliability and regularity

Classification after SS5 of the 85th Monte carlo Rally

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe 1:11:24.6
2nd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +31.7
3rd Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +59.1
4th Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +1:21.4
5th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +1:41.1
6th Craig Breen Citroën DS3 WRC +1:52.2
7th Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda Fabia R5 +3:35.1
8th Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +4:57.8
9th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +5:15.7
10th Bryan Bouffier Ford Fiesta R5 +5:19.3

The Rally Monte carlo will continue with the dispute of his second stage this same evening. The pilots will face the same loop of three stages with a total of 80,40 km timed.