WRC: Ogier leads into final day in Corsica

2016-10-01 16:48:04
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Sebastien Ogier leads into the final day of the Tour of Corsica, as Hyundai's Thierry Neuville moved clear in the battle for second after a tricky end to Saturday.

Rain hit on the opening stage of the loop but Ogier managed to avoid it, taking another fastest stage time. Neuville went second quickest. But Neuville produced a rapid time in the changeable conditions on SS8, 10.7s quicker than his rival for second place, Andreas Mikkelsen. He was also 13s quicker than Ogier, but the Frenchman still leads by 46.5s overnight.

Ogier's VW teammate Mikkelsen couldn't replicate his morning pace. He started the loop having closed to within 5.4s of Neuville, but the Hyundai driver's charge extended that gap to 21.5s.

Jari-Matti Latvala continued with myriad problems including the car's performance in the corners and the brakes. He did get a slice of luck as a charging Craig Breen in fifth caught rain thanks to running later on the road in SS7. His deficit to Latvala almost doubled to 33.1s. Breen rebounded in the next run, though, to reduce the gap back down to 23.6s.

Hayden Paddon continued to struggle with his asphalt pace in sixth, but his time in SS8 was much closer to the frontrunners.

Paddon's Spanish Hyundai teammate Dani Sordo closed in behind the New Zealander with a second-fastest time on the last stage of the day. The two M-Sport WRC cars of Eric Camilli (who caught rain in SS7) and Mads Ostberg finish the day eighth and ninth. But Elfyn Evans is only 20s behind in 10th. Evans is technically Camilli and Ostberg's team-mate, but they both have the top-class WRC car as opposed to Evans WRC2 R5-spec car.

The Welshman  who finished second overall last year on this event in similarly tricky conditions further extended his lead in WRC2 over Skoda's Jan Kopecky to over half a minute after taking 15.5s out of his rival on SS8 alone.

LEADING POSITIONS AFTER SS8:

PosDriverCarGap
1 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia Volkswagen 3h27m10.0s
2 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai 46.5s
3 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Volkswagen 1m08.0s
4 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Volkswagen 1m41.3s
5 Craig Breen, S.Martin Citroen 2m04.9s
6 Hayden Paddon, J.Kennard Hyundai 2m42.7s
7 Dani Sordo, M.Marti Hyundai 3m03.9s
8 Eric Camilli, B.Veillas Ford 4m18.2s
9 Mads Ostberg, O.Floene Ford 5m10.5s
10 Elfyn Evans, C.Parry Ford 5m47.0s

 

Originally on Autosport.com

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