If anyone still thinks that Rally Monza would be an easy test, they are very wrong. After eleven stages contested, only six cars of the highest category remain alive. Elfyn Evans, leader of the World Championship, has just left due to a road trip.
The snow came in very hard in the afternoon and in a slow right-hand corner the Welshman lost the rear of the Toyota Yaris WRC. After falling off the line and, despite the attempts, it was impossible to get the car back on track. Therefore, Sébatien Ogier depends on himself to win a new championship. If you win this rally, whatever you do on the Power Stage, you would be a winner.
Right now, the French rider is leading, with a comfortable twenty-second lead over Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio. Ott Tänak is third, just over two seconds behind our representatives. Esapekka Lappi, fourth, and Kalle Rovanperä, fifth, are still in the race with the WRCs.
Undoubtedly, this news is bad for Toyota also in the fight for the Constructors’ Championship. Tomorrow, how can it be otherwise, Evans and Neuville will reengage to fight for the interests of their teams. Therefore, nothing is decided in this regard.
There were two sections left to finish the day, but TC-12 has just been canceled due to weather conditions. Therefore, the teams will end the day with the special at Monza. This is how things are:
|1.||Ogier/Ingrassia Toyota Yaris WRC|
|2.||Sordo/del Barrio Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+20.4|
|3.||Tänak/Järveoja Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+22.3|
|4.||Lappi/Ferm Ford Fiesta WRC||+38.0|
|5.||Rovanperä/Halttunen Toyota Yaris WRC||+1:04.7|
|6.||Mikkelsen/Jæger Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo||+3:05.5|
|7.||Solberg/Johnston Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo||+3:21.6|
|8.||Østberg/Eriksen Citroën C3 R5||+4:26.9|