Tergu Osilo 1, SS3 [14.93km] – Ogier takes one more stage into his victory bag, Latvala is just 0.3s slower than him.WRC2 class leader, Robert Kubica had a moment of scare when he lost grip and brushed his car against a wall, but lucky to finish with just cosmetic damage.
Castelsardo 2, SS4 [14.0km] – After a quick remote service, the repetition of the morning stages begun by Thierry Neuville striking hard and taking the stage win. Ogier is fast enough for a second quickest finish, while Mikko times a third fastest.
Tergu Osilo 2, SS5 [14.93km] – One more stage win for Theirry Neuville and he moves up a position to 4th overall. Ogier & Latvala quickly fall behind him.
Monte Lerno 2, SS6 [31.8 km] – Ogier fastest & also the best tyre saver. Mikko‘s rubber is worn the most. P.G. Andersson stops in the stage, he had a drive shaft issue before the start of the stage. Thierry continues to push and passes his team-mate Mads Ostberg to take the 3rd overall finish. “I’m feeling really good and confident in the car now. I’m really enjoying driving it. If I can climb into the top five after what happened on the first stage, that would be the perfect result,” says Latvala.
After yet another quick service, the competition followed to the last stage, which will be run twice but in darkness. Equipped with additional light pods, the cars & crews have to tackle the last 27.1 km with utmost care, as a disaster could be waiting for them.
Gallura 1, SS7 [13.55 km] – It went with much drama, as hanging dust created a visibility issues to much of the late runners. Latvala flies again and wins the stage. Caution is the word of importance to the rest of the crowd.
Gallura 2, SS8 [13.55 km] – Sordo completes for the day, says, “To be honest I thought it would be bad…but now…it’s really fantastic to drive like this.” Evans the WRC debutant says, “Car’s been perfect, we just want to get out tomorrow and enjoy ourselves.” Mads rolled in the stage. Latvala takes one more night stage victory & moves to his ambitious 5th overall, with Mads unplanned exit.
Overall Top 10 positions at the end of Leg-1 [Day-1]
|1||Sebastien Ogier||VW Polo R WRC||1h40m47.3s|
|2||Mikko Hirvonen||Citroen DS3 WRC||+46.6s|
|3||Thierry Neuville||M-Sport Ford RS WRC||+49.7s|
|4||Dani Sordo||M-Sport Ford RS WRC||+1m19.4s|
|5||Jari-Matti Latvala||VW Polo R WRC||+1m44.0s|
|6||Andreas Mikkelsen||VW Polo R WRC||+1m55.4s|
|7||Martin Prokop||Czech Ford RS WRC||+4m50.4s|
|8||Michal Kosciuszko||Lotos Ford RS WRC||+6m25.6s|
|9||Elfyn Evans||M-Sport Ford RS WRC||+6m34.5s|
|10||Robert Kubica||Citroen DS3 RRC||+8m35.3s|
See you early tomorrow for the final day action & drama..