Ogier flies to Sardinia

Ogier flies to Sardinia

After a morning marked by the retirement of Thierry Neuville, Sébastien Ogier was able to make the difference in his duel against Ott Tänak to conclude the second day of the Sardinia rally at the top of the general classification.

Sébastien Ogier knew how to avoid problems. While he ended the morning in contact with Ott Tänak, the eight-time world champion changed his tone when tackling the four special stages on the afternoon program on the rough roads of Sardinia. From the conclusion of SS9, where he set the best time, the Gapençais transformed his three and a half seconds behind the Estonian into a three-second lead over the Hyundai driver. Continuing his momentum, the member of the Toyota team slammed his fist on the table in a 10th special which allowed him to take a little more than six seconds from his only rival for first place in the general classification. SS11 experienced the same result with Ott Tänak who was unable to keep up with the pace set by Sébastien Ogier, losing him a little more than six seconds. Far from its standards since the start of the weekend, Elfyn Evans made headlines by setting the best time in SS12, the last stage held this Saturday.

Ogier and Tänak close to making a good deal

The last 14.53 kilometers on the day’s program did not allow Ott Tänak to reduce his outlay on the Gapençais, who will enter the final day with a margin of 17 seconds over the Estonian. “The day was positive and the afternoon was even more so,” said Sébastien Ogier at the end of SS12. I didn’t really enjoy the morning stages but the afternoon was fun. » Adrien Fourmaux, for his part, had a very complicated day due to poor mechanics. The Ford M-Sport driver is in an anonymous 15th place, just over four minutes behind his compatriot. With zero points for Thierry Neuville forced to retire in the morning, both Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tänak will do well in the world championship standings if they finish the rally. Indeed, the Frenchman and the Estonian are on the verge of gaining 18 and 15 points respectively from the Belgian while there is still a maximum of twelve units to be taken this Sunday during the “Super Sunday” and the “Power Stage”.

Ranking at the end of SS12 (out of 16) – Saturday June 1, 2024
1- Sébastien Ogier – Vincent Landais (FRA-FRA/Toyota) in 2h39’43”2
2- Ott Tänak – Martin Järveoja (EST-EST/Hyundai) à 17”1
3- Dani Sordo – Candido Carrera (ESP-ESP/Hyundai) at 2’12”8
4- Elfyn Evans – Scott Martin (GBR-GBR/Toyota) à 2’43”3
5- Grégoire Munster – Louis Louka (LUX-BEL/Ford M-Sport) at 5’28”8

Special stage winners
Ogier : 6 (ES1, ES3, ES6, ES9, ES10, ES11)
Tank : 3 (ES2, ES5, ES8)
Neuville: 2 (SS4, SS7)
Evans : 1 (ES12)

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