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2021 MONTE CARLO RALLY DAY 3 – OGIER LEADER

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2021 MONTE CARLO RALLY

2021 Monte Carlo Rally – The leader of the Monte-Carlo Rally Sébastien Ogier, on his way to an eighth success.

Always very impressive, Sébastien Ogier takes control of the Monte-Carlo in front of the Welshman Evans.

Sébastien Ogier took a huge step towards securing a historic eighth Rallye Monte-Carlo win on Saturday after recapturing the lead to head a clean sweep of the podium places for Toyota Gazoo Racing.

After losing top spot due to a flat tyre yesterday afternoon, Ogier regained the initiative from Elfyn Evans with a stunning drive in darkness on snow and ice-covered roads in this morning’s opening speed test. He distanced Evans by almost 18sec in the 18.31km stage.

The Frenchman retained his cool on polished snow in the next test. Although Evans claimed back time by winning the final stage, Ogier made the journey south to Monaco with a 13.0sec advantage in his Yaris with one day remaining.

“Conditions in this morning’s opening stage were very difficult,” said Ogier. “In some corners it didn’t feel like we had any studs in our tyres. The conditions in the second run changed a lot since our safety crew passed so I had to trust what I saw.”

Evans was relieved to stop time ebbing away with victory in the last test. “I needed that really. It’s been a bit of a frustrating day. I haven’t been on the money but we’ll try to keep the pressure on tomorrow,” he said.

Kalle Rovanperä completed Toyota’s treble in third. Victory on the middle of today’s three stages enabled Thierry Neuville to close within a whisker in his Hyundai i20, but the young Finn repelled the pressure to end the day 7.0sec ahead. He was 43.8sec behind Evans.

Ott Tänak’s hold on third ended when he punctured twice in successive stages. With just one spare onboard his i20 the Estonian limped to service, but organisers decided there was insufficient rubber on the rim to drive on the public road and he was forced out.

Dani Sordo was fifth, more than a minute adrift of team-mate Neuville. With Tänak sidelined in the other car and unable to restart tomorrow, the Spaniard must finish to deliver vital manufacturer points for the Korean squad so he eased his pace to avoid risks.

Takamoto Katsuta moved up to sixth in another Yaris, more than 2min 30sec back and with almost 40sec in hand over WRC2 leader Andreas Mikkelsen in a Skoda Fabia.

Gus Greensmith had a more consistent day in his Ford Fiesta and held eighth, with WRC2 contenders Adrien Fourmaux and Eric Camilli completing the leaderboard.

Sunday’s new-look final leg features a double pass through Puget-Théniers – La Penne and Briançonnet – Entrevaux, totalling 54.48km. There will be no service and the second run through the latter forms the bonus points-paying Wolf Power Stage.

LEADING RALLY MONTE CARLO POSITIONS AFTER STAGE 11

POSCLASSDRIVERTEAMGAP
1RC1Sebastien Ogier, J.IngrassiaToyota Gazoo Racing WRT2h16m31.9s
2RC1Elfyn Evans, S.MartinToyota Gazoo Racing WRT13.0s
3RC1Kalle Rovanpera, J.Halttunen56.8s
4RC1Thierry Neuville, M.WydaegheHyundai Shell Mobis WRT1m03.8s
5RC1Dani Sordo, C.del BarrioHyundai Shell Mobis WRT2m11.3s
6RC1Takamoto Katsuta, D.BarrittToyota Gazoo Racing WRT4m43.1s
7WRC2Andreas Mikkelsen, O.FloeneToksport WRT5m22.7s
8RC1Gus Greensmith, E.EdmondsonM-Sport Ford WRT6m14.6s
9WRC2Adrien Fourmaux, R.JamoulM-Sport Ford WRT7m36.5s
10WRC2Eric Camilli, F-X.BuresiSports & You7m54.1s
11WRC2Oliver Solberg, A.JohnstonHyundai Motorsport N8m47.3s
12WRC3Yohan Rossel, B.Fulcrand8m50.7s
13WRC2Nikolay Gryazin, K.AleksandrovMovisport SRL10m47.3s
14RC2Yoann Bonato, B.Boulloud10m50.9s
15WRC3Nicolas Ciamin, Y.Roche13m06.0s
16WRC2Marco Bulacia Wilkinson, M.Der OhannesianToksport WRT13m51.0s
17RC1Pierre-Louis Loubet, V.LandaisHyundai 2C Competition14m42.8s
18RC2Olivier Burri, A.Levratti16m44.8s
19WRC2Sean Johnston, A.KihuraniSainteloc Junior Team16m52.0s
20WRC3Hermann Neubauer, B.Ettel16m59.9s
21RC2Kevin Abbring, P.Tsjoen18m18.0s
22WRC3Cedric De Cecco, J.Humblet19m45.1s
23RC2Mike Coppens, F.Gordon22m52.3s
24RGT CupManu Guigou, A.Coria23m12.2s
25WRC3Davy Vanneste, K.D’alleine25m38.5s
26RGT CupRaphael Astier, F.Vauclare25m40.5s
27RC2Jerome Chavanne, P.Blot26m12.3s
28WRC3Johannes Keferbock, I.Minor26m30.3s
29RC2Daniel Alonso Villaron, A.L.Fernandez28m11.9s
30RC4Nicolas Latil, J.Degout28m57.0s
31WRC3Giacomo Ogliari, L.Granai29m32.1s
32WRC3Cedric Cherain, S.Prevot30m52.0s
33WRC3Tom Williams, G.Ascalone34m25.4s
34RC4Sacha Althaus, L.Zbinden36m37.4s
35RC4Thibault Lefebvre, M.Lacruz36m43.2s
36RC2Carlo Boroli, M.Imerito38m41.4s
37RGT CupCedric Robert, M.Duval38m50.0s
38RC4Frederic Roussel, G.Dini39m24.9s
39RGT CupPierre Ragues, J.Pesenti40m00.9s
40RC5Timothy Van Parijs, K.Heyndrickx40m16.8s
41WRC3Miguel Diaz-Aboitiz, D.Sanjuan41m05.3s
42RC2Pascal Eouzan, P.Eouzan41m39.9s
43WRC3Fabrizio Arengi Bentivoglio, M.Bosi42m08.5s
44RC5Benoit Verlinde, J.Claerhout42m12.9s
45RC5Thierry Monnet, Q.Saxemard42m39.7s
46RGT CupPhilippe Baffoun, A.Dunand43m12.7s
47WRC2Enrico Brazzoli, M.BaroneMovisport SRL44m51.3s
48RC4Jerome Aymard, S.Aymard45m37.8s
49RC2Philippe Roux, C.Roux46m40.9s
50RC5Gilles Michellier, C.Richard47m15.0s
51RC4Sebastien Martinez, P.Santos47m37.9s
52RC2Carlo Covi, M.Lorigiola47m45.3s
53RC5Ghjuvanni Rossi, B.Volpei48m08.1s
54RC4Francois Delgery, S.Schwab49m03.8s
55RC4Viliam Prodan, Z.Rastegorac55m17.7s
56RC5David Berard, F.Lager56m30.4s
57RC5Myriam Peretti, L.Salini57m01.1s
58RC4Jean-Paul Marcaillou, M.Salignon1h00m34.0s
59RC5Jonathan Villy, R.Villy1h05m41.2s
60RC5Jeremie Mallard, A.M.-Ceccaldi1h05m57.3s
61RC4Pierre Tanci, S.Malet1h07m40.9s
62RC4Alain Cittadino, L.Santi1h08m01.0s
63RC5Jean-Luc Morel, M.Toti1h08m24.2s
64RC4Jean-Paul Palmero, P.Mattia1h12m27.4s
65RC4Zoltan Laszlo, D.BerendiM-Sport Racing Kft.1h17m19.9s
66RC4Nikos Pavlidis, A.Harryman1h25m14.5s
67RC5Lucas Biagetti, L.Biagetti1h34m37.5s
68RC5Francesco Garosci, R.Briani1h40m28.3s

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Bahrain Grand Prix26 Mar
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SESSION
14:30 - 15:30Free practice 1
18:00 - 19:00
Free practice 2
15:00 - 16:00
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