Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta WRC) remains even after the second day in the Rally of Monte Carlo in the lead. The Frenchman slipped in the 7th stage of the job, but could, thanks to the help of some of the spectators further away. First pursuer Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC) follows at 14.9 seconds. Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) follows as the third at 59.7. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) reed Friday morning leak but pulled themselves together in an impressive manner. The Oostkantonner is now moved up to 9th place.
After he Thursday more than four minutes lost, began Thierry Neuville this morning in good spirits on the second day. His confidence soon got a good sting when he was in the opening stage of the day at 10 km from the finish, a puncture. “After all there Thursday happened, it doesn’t really matter”, responded Neuville remarkably calm. In the following days showed the Belgian is his mental strength and speed. In the penultimate ride of the day, he drove in heavy rain the second time on 1 second of Elfyn Evans. All the other competitors, he put on at least 20 seconds. In the last ride of the day picked up in Neuville made his first stage win so he is up to 2.4 seconds of approaching the 8th place of Evans.
Neuville’s team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen was all fresh crops to talk to the press. On the way to the 4th ride did have a problem with the alternator. The Norwegian had to give up, but will start Saturday again.
The Rally of Monte Carlo in the year 2018 is so far an atypical version of the traditional tough opening match, often spiced with snow and freezing rain. The temperatures are positive, and so no snow but just rain. But that makes it no less treacherous. Sébastien Ogier spun in the 7th ride at low speed and on the inside of a hairpin. When he again wanted to leave, he drove himself in a ditch. But thanks to the help of the spectators could quintuple world champion of his race to continue. Ogier lost a half a minute, but kept the lead. “We are still in the lead and that is the most important. Shame about the spin but it is no different. Otherwise we would have had now for more than a minute ahead. Now it remains exciting. I will Saturday be good”, concluded Ogier.
Guillaume de Mevius (Peugeot 208 T16) was at the end of the second day, moved up to 15th place. Peter Chun and Kevin Abbring are one place higher in 16th place. In the WRC2 standings, The Mevius provisional second, Chun third.
On Saturday, there are five klassementsritten driven. The circumstances, there can be completely different from the rest because it’s snowing at the moment on the route of the opening stage. The Monte Carlo Rally ends Sunday afternoon.