2021 Monte Carlo Rally – A fired-up Ogier had a barnstorming run, taking 16sec out of Evans and finishing 1.3sec ahead of a resurgent Dani Sordo, who was continuing his resurgence.
Furious and unstoppable. After what happened in PS6, Sébastien Ogier showed off yet another superb performance of his career by signing a great victory in Special Stage 7, the 21.62 km Chalancon – Gumiane 2, which confirms the great day he had, albeit a devastating one. from the puncture that in PS6 made him lose the first position in the general classification.
Thanks to this scratch, which came thanks to a great driving and also a better starting position than his rivals, Ogier managed to get back into the fight for the victory of the 89th edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo after just a special stage.
Elfyn Evans preferred to manage the great advantage he found in his hands in the previous stage, but, having crossed the finish line of the PS7, he had to deal with reality: Ogier, in this race, is never beaten until you have it behind you at the end of the Power Stage.
The fight for victory seems to have taken a more defined turn, as Ott Tanak was forced to slow his pace due to yet another wiper failure. The rain, the great protagonist of this stage, fell abundantly and the Estonian could not help but push less than he could and wanted.
2021 MONTE CARLO RALLY: EVANS LEADS – RANKING AFTER THE PS7
|Pos.||Pilot / navi||Car||Time|
|1||Evans/Martin||Toyota Yaris WRC||1.33’57”5|
|2||Ogier / Ingrassia||Toyota Yaris WRC||+7″4|
|3||Tanak / Jarveoja||Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC||+25″3|
|4||Rovanpera / Halttunen||Toyota Yaris WRC||+53″1|
|5||Neuville / Wydaeghe||Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC||+59″1|
|6||Deaf / Del Barrio||Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC||+1’49″6|
|7||Mikkelsen / Floene||Skoda Fabia R5 Evo||+3’50″8|
|8||Katsuta/Barritt||Toyota Yaris WRC||+4’05″0|
|9||Fourmaux / Jamoul||Ford Fiesta R5 MKII||+4’37″9|
|10||Greensmith / Endmondson||Ford Fiesta WRC||+5’10″8|
The fight for fourth place was beautiful, with Kalle Rovanpera overtaking Thierry Neuville again and positioning himself at the foot of the podium again. For Rovanpera came the third time of the special, while Neuville – although he was happy with his time trial – signed the fifth overall. This allowed the young Toyota talent to overtake the Belgian. Between the two, however, there are just 6 “and tomorrow things could change again.
Dani Sordo, with non-studded snow tires, is back to flying. The Spaniard from Hyundai signed the second time just 1 “3 from Ogier’s reference time trial thanks to a newfound confidence with the car and tires, while with slicks (Supersoft) he claimed to be more in difficulty.
Too bad for Pierre-Louis Loubet, tricked into a downhill braking before a right-hand bend where he found a large puddle of water that created aquaplaning and led him to crash violently into a wall. Fortunately, both Pierre-Luois and the navigator Vincent Landais are doing well. Takamoto Katsuta also did well, author of the fourth absolute stage time and climbed to eighth position in the general classification.
In WRC2 there is only one man in command. It is Andreas Mikkelsen, who in wet asphalt conditions has managed to further increase his advantage over Adrien Fourmaux, the only real opponent in the fight for the category win this weekend. Mikkelsen, Toksport driver at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia R5 Evo, with a lead of 47.1 over the French team M-Sport, at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5 MKII.
The second day of competition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo 2021 ends here. In fact, we remind you that all the special stages from Thursday to Saturday included have been brought forward by 2 and a half hours to avoid breaking the curfew imposed in France starting last week by the local government. The race will resume tomorrow morning with Special Stage 9 (PS8 has been canceled for some time), La Bréole – Selonnet 1 of 18.31 kilometers, with the first car with priority P1 entering testing at 06:30 Italian time.
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THE NEXT RACE 2021
|Bahrain ||26 Mar|
|14:30 - 15:30||Free practice 1|
|18:00 - 19:00||Free practice 2|
|15:00 - 16:00||Free practice 3|
|18:00 - 19:00||Qualifying|
|18:00 - 20:00||Race|
|Bahrain||57 laps||308.238 km|