Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) is after the first day in second place in the Rally of Corsica, the fourth race in the CHAMPIONSHIP. The 29-year-old Also follows on 33.6 of the French world CHAMPIONSHIP leader Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta), who three of the first four klassementsritten won. The Northern Irishman Kris Meeke (Citroën C3) follows as the third 38.7 of Ogier. The Frenchman Sébastien Loeb (Citroën C3) went off Friday morning in the second stage of the job and had to give up.
Ogier made it to the demolition above. Loeb was the only one that the damage is even slightly could reduce. The ninefold world champion lost in the opening stage of 49,03 miles in just ten seconds. Also in the second and third ride, there was no size on Ogier. The fourth was won by the finn Esapekka Lappi (Toyota Yaris). “It was a good day. I am satisfied with the car and I am well amused,” said Ogier at the finish of the fourth stage.
Neuville had with a fifth, a fourth, a second and a third place in the first tasting. The runner up at the worlds had a frustrating morning. He complained about understeer and about the poor alignment of the car. In addition, worked on the brakes not to function properly. In the last ride of the day was Neuville for the first time faster (0.1) than Ogier. “In the third stage we have hard attacked, and even then, we are ten seconds slower than Ogier”, responded to Neuville. “Maybe we should accept that we have it here can’t beat. But let’s stay positive and focus on the deepening of the gap from our pursuers, so something more comfortable to drive.”
Loeb experienced little pleasure from his comeback in Corsica, a race which he in the past four times and managed to win. In the second klassementsrit came to an abrupt end to the fight between “The Champ” Sébastien Ogier and “The Legend” Sébastien Loeb. Loeb went after 400 meters as a beginning of the job. The Citroën was not damaged, but was blocked in a ditch. “It happened after 400 metres. The tyres will probably be too cold. Sébastien slid off the road and came to the roadside,” said Pierre Budar, sports manager at Citroën.
Saturday Loeb is probably again at the start. There are six klassementsritten on the menu, good for 136,90 km. Sunday there are two stages ridden, including one of 55,17 km. The rally is Sunday afternoon, traditionally ended with the powerstage.