Sébastien Ogier (Citroen C3 WRC), stands halfway up the Monte-Carlo in the lead. The Frenchman has a slight lead of two seconds over Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupe), that Friday afternoon, just in the wrong, but immediately recovered. The Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai i20 Coupe) has moved into third place, but has already 1’17”7.
The second race had an eventful course. It started with the cancellation of the first ride due to irresponsible behavior of some of the spectators. A decision to that effect on the further course of the morning, because suddenly knocked the tire choice of the majority of the top riders not more. Who had for the first ride of four nagelbanden tied, with in the carrying case and two soft tyres. Except Sébastien Loeb (Hyundai i20 Coupe) and Thierry Neuville. Loeb drove his first fastest time with the Hyundai. Neuville took his advantage and took the lead on the Estlander Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris).
Immediately a commotion just after the start of the first afternoon drive. Neuville missed a turn and opted for an escape route. “I was just too fast. I turned the wheel but with the chosen tyres wanted the car and so I drove straight on. I lost around fifteen seconds. At the finish, I limit the loss to Ogier to two seconds, but we were able 17 to 18 seconds have been quicker. For the following rides, he also has the better tires,” said Neuville.
That turned out to be also because, in the subsequent ride was Ogier, 15”8 faster than Neuville, who is in charge lost to the Frenchman. Tänak may in the meantime zegekansen store. The Est drove the left front leak, had to stop to get the wheel replaced and lost 2’12”9 on Ogier. Teammate Kris Meeke (Toyota Yaris) lost almost four minutes after he had to stop for a broken wheel to be replaced.
In the last ride of the day was Neuville with the fastest. The Belgian narrowed the gap with Ogier to two seconds. Halfway up the Monte-Carlo seem to be the other riders out for the count for the victory.
Esapekka Lappi (Citroen C3) pulled the end of the second matchday. The Fin had to give up after a puncture and the suspension damaged. The Swede Pontus Tidemand (Ford Fiesta) gave also with a broken suspension.
Guillaume de Mevius (Citroen C3) is on a provisional thirteenth place and is third in WRC2. Gregoire Munster (Skoda Fabia) midway through the rally eighteenth.
Saturday and Sunday there are always four stages ridden. The Monte-Carlo ends on Sunday in the early afternoon. (belga)