Monte Carlo WRC: Ogier closes in on victory

World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier is just two stages away from kicking off his bid for a sixth-straight title with victory on the Monte Carlo Rally.

Monte Carlo WRC: Ogier closes in on victory
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport Ford
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport Ford
Ott Tanak, Martin Järveoja, Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing
Ott Tanak, Martin Järveoja, Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing
Esapekka Lappi, Janne Ferm, Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing

The M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC driver had his lead trimmed to just over half a minute at the end of Saturday’s running, but it is back out to 46.2s after a fine pair of stages on Sunday morning.

Ogier was quickest of anyone through SS14 to add 11.5s to his advantage over Ott Tanak, and beat the Toyota driver again despite only going seventh-fastest on SS15.

Tanak was slowest of anyone through SS15, but his second place is not under threat as teammate Jari-Matti Latvala is just under two minutes back in third.

The Toyota Yaris drivers still run 2-3-4 and Esapekka Lappi has edged clear of Kris Meeke’s Citroen.

Lappi started the day 1.6s ahead of Meeke but added 12s to that on SS14 and was just over half a second slower on the next stage to have a decent cushion heading into the final two runs.

Elfyn Evans’ hold on sixth place looks less secure as Thierry Neuville continues to close in. Neuville was second to Ogier on SS14 and then won SS15, his fourth stage triumph of the rally.

The Hyundai driver is now just 8.7s behind Ogier’s M-Sport teammate.

Bryan Bouffier suffered a small spin on SS14 but remains a lonely eighth, while Craig Breen’s still ninth in his Citroen, several minutes ahead of WRC2 leader Jan Kopecky.

 

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