Friday 17 January 2014

Rally - Ogier leads Monte

Elfyn is a star!

VW driver Sebastien Ogier has taken the lead at the end of Day 2 of the Monte Carlo Rally. After a difficult start to his event on the first day he managed to snatch the lead from Bryan Bouffier on the third test of the day when Bouffier slid off in to a field. He was very, very lucky. There are an awful lot of rocks and mountains in this part of the world and damn few fields!

It’s been a long day, even with just five stages. Times are still provisional due to the late finish, but even after a very tricky and treacherous day, the boys are still there, Kris Meeke is still well placed in fourth and Elfyn Evans is a pretty sensational sixth.

Also still fighting hard are Robert Barrable in the Tunnocks Fiesta R5. He’s holding 13th place overall and has moved up to second in WRC2, over 6 minutes behind the WRC2 leader, Ukrainian driver, Yurii Protasov in another Fiesta R5. Fellow Irishman, Eamon Boland is going well too in his Subaru, in 15th place.

Provisonal Leaderboard after 11 (of 15 ) stages:
1, S. Ogier / J. Ingrassia, Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3:14:51.3
2, B. Bouffier / X. Panseri, Ford Fiesta RS WRC, 3:15:42.4, +51.1, +51.1
3, K. Meeke / P. Nagle, Citroën DS3 WRC, 3:16:29.9, +1:38.6, +47.5
4, M. Ostberg / J. Andersson, Citroën DS3 WRC, 3:17:40.2, +2:48.9, +1:10.3
5, J. Latvala / M. Anttila , Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3:20:55.7, +6:04.4, +3:15.5
6, E. Evans / D. Barritt, Ford Fiesta RS WRC, 3:21:05.8, +6:14.5, +10.1
7, M. Hirvonen / J. Lehtinen, Ford Fiesta RS WRC, 3:21:35.0, +6:43.7, +29.2
8, A. Mikkelsen / M. Markkula, Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3:25:08.2, +10:16.9, +3:33.2
9, J. Melicharek / E. Melicharek, Ford Fiesta RS WRC, 3:30:52.1, +16:00.8, +5:43.9
10, M. Gamba / N. Arena, Peugeot 207 S2000, 3:34:52.7, +20:01.4, +4:00.6

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