Ogier cruises to Tour de Corse victory

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Monday 9th April, 2018 - 1:10am

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Sebastien Ogier

Sebastien Ogier has cruised to his third event win of this year’s World Rally Championship in the Tour de Corse.

The M-Sport Ford driver had dominated Friday and extended his lead on Saturday before playing it safe to secure a 36.1s win over Toyota Gazoo’s Ott Tanak..

Ogier was fourth-fastest through the first of the day’s two stages, leaving him comfortably in front of the rest, before picking up three bonus points with a third placing in the Power Stage which further extended his championship lead.

“I’m very happy with our performance here,” said the Frenchman.

“It was a great, great day on Friday and that’s where we built the platform for this win.

“It’s never easy controlling your pace rather than driving flat out, but everything feels better and better in this car.”

Tanak entered the final day with just 0.1s on third-placed Thierry Neuville and was a long way faster than anyone else on Special Stage 11, winning the penultimate test of the rally by 12.6s over Kris Meeke.

The Estonian secured a runner-up finish and a bonus point by finishing fifth in the Power Stage.

Neuville damaged a wheel when he hit a kerb in the #5 Hyundai on SS11 and finished ninth on SS12 but still completed the podium.

Esapekka Lappi, who had been fourth, fared worse when he whacked the same kerb in his Toyota, losing nearly two minutes to change a puncture.

The Finn bounced back by winning the Power Stage, regaining one position overall to end the rally in sixth behind Dani Sordo (Hyundai) and Elfyn Evans (M-Sport Ford).

Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai), WRC 2 winner Jan Kopecky (Skoda), Meeke (Citroen), and WRC 2 runner-up Yoann Bonato rounded out the top 10.

Meeke grabbed two points on the Power Stage while Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, who slid into a ditch and retired on the Friday, was second-fastest in the final stage and finished 14th overall.

Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) and Bryan Bouffier (M-Sport Ford) remained on the sidelines after Saturday retirements.

Round 5 is Rally Argentina on April 26-29.

Highlights: Stage 11

Highlights: Stage 12 (Power Stage)

Tour de Corse: Results (Top 10)

Pos Num Driver Nat Team Car   Time/Gap
1 1 Sebastien Ogier FRA M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC 3:26:52.7
2 8 Ott Tanak EST Toyota Gazoo Yaris WRC +36.1
3 5 Thierry Neuville BEL Hyundai i20 WRC +1:07.5
4 6 Dani Sordo ESP Hyundai i20 WRC +2:02.6
5 2 Elfyn Evans GBR M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC +2:06.1
6 9 Esapekka Lappi FIN Toyota Gazoo Yaris WRC +2:33.5
7 4 Andreas Mikkelsen NOR Hyundai i20 WRC +2:43.4
8 31 Jan Kopecky CZE Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2 +10:34.8
9 10 Kris Meeke GBR Citroen C3 WRC +10:40.5
10 40 Yoann Bonato FRA Yoann Bonato C3 R5 WRC2 +12:26.0

Tour de Corse: Power Stage (Bonus points)

Pos Num Driver Nat Team Car Time/Gap Bonus
1 9 Esapekka Lappi FIN Toyota Gazoo Yaris WRC 9:41.2 5
2 11 Sebastien Loeb FRA Citroen C3 WRC +2.2 4
3 1 Sebastien Ogier FRA M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC +3.4 3
4 10 Kris Meeke GBR Citroen C3 WRC +3.4 2
5 8 Ott Tanak EST Toyota Gazoo Yaris WRC +8.5 1

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Nat Pts
1 Sebastien Ogier FRA 84
2 Thierry Neuville BEL 67
3 Ott Tanak EST 45
4 Andreas Mikkelsen NOR 41
5 Kris Meeke GBR 36
6 Esapekka Lappi FIN 36
7 Jari-Matti Latvala FIN 31
8 Dani Sordo ESP 30
9 Craig Breen IRL 20
10 Elfyn Evans GBR 18
11 Sebastien Loeb FRA 15
12 Hayden Paddon NZL 10
13 Mads Ostberg NOR 8
14 Pontus Tidemand SWE 6
15 Jan Kopecky CZE 5
16 Teemu Suninen FIN 4
17 Bryan Bouffier FRA 4
18 Gus Greensmith GBR 2
19 Yoann Bonato FRA 1
20 Pedro Heller CHI 1

Manufacturers’ championship

Pos Team Pts
1 Hyundai WRT 111
2 M-Sport Ford WRT 107
3 Toyota Gazoo Racing 93
4 Citroen WRT 81

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