Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris WRC) is again in the lead in the Rally of Monza just halfway through the second day of racing. The Frenchman is 5.2 seconds ahead of his teammate and world title rival Elfyn Evans (Toyota Yaris WRC). Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC) has jumped to third place over Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC). The Belgian slipped into a crash barrier on Saturday morning and lost just under half a minute. Neuville is currently fourth.
The Rally of Monza has an exciting race course with only three position changes at the top of the standings on Saturday morning. Ogier was 2.9 seconds faster than Evans in the opening stage and took the lead only to lose it again in the next stage. In the third stage, Ogier regained the lead. Evans lost some time again in the mountain stages, just like Friday. On Saturday afternoon, another 14.39 km classification stage has been drawn up on and around the Monza circuit. The ride is run twice. Evans has to try and make up for some time there. Ogier currently has the best cards for both the title and the victory.
Thierry Neuville started with the fastest time. In the following ride it went wrong, he slid into a guardrail and after just under half a minute he was able to continue driving with a badly damaged car. Fortunately for Neuville, the radiator was not hit. “Just before the start I made some adjustments to the car. My tires were not fully warm and I started to slide. The loss of time is largely due to the fact that I couldn’t start the car right away,” said Neuville.
Grégoire Munster and Louis Louka (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) are fourteenth overall, good for fourth place in WRC3.
Saturday morning’s four stages were the last traditional stages of this generation of WRCs on public roads. Saturday afternoon and Sunday the stages are drawn on and around the Monza circuit.