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Posted by: newsla on Jun 08, 2014 - 06:51 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Sebastien Ogier Clear Leader In Sardinia


Whereas Rally Italia had been very open on day one, the second leg saw a fascinating head-to-head battle take shape between the two leading Volkswagen crews. After a demanding leg, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia held the advantage over their team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. They go into tomorrow’s short final stint on the Sardinian stages with a healthy lead at the front of the field.

 

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Although equivalent in length to yesterday’s leg with 156.80km of timed sections, today’s action was contested over half as many stages. And with good reason, given that Monte Lerno – contested twice – covered some 59.13km on its own! The stifling conditions meant that it was a genuine test of strength for the crews and their cars. This stage was also much anticipated for the spectacular Micky’s Jump, a fast left-hand bend in which the road literally disappears under the wheels of the cars. It takes a masterstroke to achieve a perfect landing... action guaranteed for the fans!

Sébastien Ogier managed to deal perfectly with the difficulties of the day. He was focussed, stayed tough and managed his tyres well, and began to close the gap to his rival on the first run on the giant Monte Lerno test. After clawing back 11s on SS11 and 5.4s on the next stage, the French ace only had another 12.3s to make up on the day’s final and very long stage. Latvala lost two minutes after a minor impact, however, taking all the pressure off Seb who took over as the rally leader.

This evening, he holds a comfortable 1m40s advantage over his nearest challenger, Mads Østberg. His lead means he can approach Sunday’s short final leg in a relatively relaxed frame of mind; there are four stages left, with just 46.84km of timed sections. Sébastien Ogier remains his usual cautious self, however, refusing to underestimate the difficulty of the Sardinian course. The rally is scheduled to finish at around midday after the Cala Flumini Power Stage.

“What a rally day! I think Jari-Matti and I have put on a good show for the fans. We both drove at the limit,” commented Seb. “Jari put in a fantastic time on the first stage, after that I was able to make up some time. At the end, when Julien and I were informed that he had lost time we stopped taking as many risks.”

“We're now in a great position to win the rally again. But there are four difficult stages scheduled for tomorrow, without service – that's why we will be concentrating fully on the final day,” promised Seb.

Overall standings after SS13:
1. S. OGIER 3:30:15”8
2. M. Østberg +1’40”2
3. JM. Latvala +2’01”5
4. A. Mikkelsen +2’37”8
5. E. Evans +4’24”3

Best performers: Latvala (5 stage wins), OGIER (4), Hirvonen, Neuville, Hänninen & Østberg (1)

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