Updates: 23.01.2021 13:37
Monte Carlo – World Champion Sébastien Ogier took the lead again at the start of the competition day in the Monte Carlo Rally, but unlike Friday, this time he kept the first place in the 3rd stage. He will go to Sunday’s final of the opening competition of the World Championship with a lead of 13 seconds over the British teammate from Toyota Elfyn Evans. The Japanese carmaker also ranks third thanks to Finn Kalle Rovanperä, who is 56.8 seconds short of the leader.
On Friday, Ogier dismissed the lead to Evans due to a damaged tire, and today the world champion Ott Tänak paid even more for the defects. The Estonian pilot, who was at the top of the competition after the opening stage, had problems in both morning tests and, because he had only one spare lap, he suffered a huge loss in the second case. The Hyundai team later announced that Tänak would not take the rest of the test, did not complete the stage and the rules of the competition will not allow him to return to the race on Sunday.
Belgian Thierry Neuville is now in fourth place with the Korean carmaker’s best driver. The defending champion also experienced the first partial triumph and has more than a minute loss to Ogier. But the five-time world vice-champion is only seven seconds behind Rovanperä. Finn is striving at least to equalize the personal maximum, which is the third place from last year’s Swedish Rally.
On Sunday, the remaining four exams are scheduled. Ogier is fighting for the eighth victory in the famous competition, which would make him independent at the head of statistics before compatriot Sébastien Loeb.
Monte Carlo Rally, the inaugural event of the World Car Championship – after the 3rd stage:
1. Ogier, Ingrassia (Fr./Toyota Yaris) 2: 16: 31,9, 2. Evans, Martin (Brit./Toyota Yaris) -13.0, 3. Rovanperä, Halttunen (Fin./Toyota Yaris) – 56.8, 4. Neuville, Wydaeghe (Belg./Hyundai i20) -1: 03.8, 5. Sordo, Del Barrio (Sp./Hyundai i20) -2: 11.3, 6. Kacuta, Barritt (Jap ., Brit./Toyota Yaris) -4: 43.1.
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