WRC 2014 | Round 1- Rallye Monte-Carlo, Ogier Tops Shakedown

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WRC-2014 has begun! Round 1 Rallye Monte-Carlo has kicked off, with the shakedown stage of 3..52km located in the village of Chateauvieux – six kilometres south of Ogier’s hometown of Gap. The weather condition for the stage was absolutely dry.

Reigning WRC Champion Sebastien Ogier topped the shakedown stage with the time of 2m 15.3s, behind him were the two factory Citroen drivers,  Kris Meeke   and    Mads Ostberg setting  identical time 2m 16.5s just 1.2s slower than Ogier, both the full season Citroen drivers were on a flying start to the season. 

Everyones’ eyes were fixed on the Korean car maker Hyundai i20 WRC, who went on competitively for the first time on a WRC stage. Thierry Neuville piloted his i20 WRC to a sixth fastest stage time, while his team mate Dani Sordo was locked up in a battle with Andreas Mikkelsen and settled for eighth fastest time. M-Sport driver Mikko Hirvonenwent seventh fastest in his Ford Fiesta WRC. Bryan Bouffier rounded up final in the the top 10 in his privateer Fiesta WRC.

Top 10 Shakedown Times 

Pos     Driver Car Time
1 S. Ogier VW Polo R WRC 2m 15.3s
=2 K. Meeke Citroen DS3 WRC 2m 16.5s
=2 M. Ostberg Citroen DS3 WRC 2m 16.5s
4 J-M. Latvala VW Polo R WRC 2m 18.2s
5 R. Kubica Ford Fiesta RS WRC     2m 18.3s
6 T. Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC 2m 18.4s
7 M. Hirvonen Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 18.8s
=8 D. Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC 2m 20.4s
=8 A. Mikkelsen      VW Polo R WRC 2m 20.4s
10 B. Bouffier Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 21.9s
Well this is just begining, real Monte-Carlo begins from tomorrow, as weather is unpredictable and tyre choice will be as tricky as driving on the stages. Thats all for now have a Happy WRC Weekend!

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Post Author: Ashok R

Chief Editor at RalliHeart Media. Motorsport aficionado, Rally nut! Reporting from gravel strewn, slushy, snowy, icy, asphalted roads..