Fortunate or unfortunate, it was a driver error in his case, but not so with the second car, piloted by Dani Sordo. His i20 WRC suffered a flat battery quickly after SS4 & had to retire. And remember, in Monte if you retire, there is no Rally2 and the end of the game. Right there! A bitter start to the debuting team, unfortunately.
Ogier, Latvala & Mikkelsen seemed lost with bad choice of tires, and remember it is not just tarmac or wet-tarmac here. Ice and snow lines a good sheet of anti-grip layer on the tarmac, hence most of the top players were troubled by it. So much is the importance of it, even a front wheel driven R3T car piloted by Sebastien Chardonnet was 4th quickest in SS3 up against the big boys!
- Orpierre – St Andre De Rosans [25.49 km]
- Rosans – Ste Marie – La Charce [17.98 km]
- Montauban Sur L’Ouveze – Laborel [19.34 km]
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Nine more stages more to declare the winner, with 5 stages on tomorrow’s itinerary and the remaining four for Saturday.