They have done it again. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia took victory in the new edition of the Monte-Carlo Rally, the inaugural round of the World Rally Championship. They have already achieved this with four brands (not counting Peugeot’s on IRC): Citroën, Ford, Volkswagen and Toyota.
Therefore, after winning their last World Championship a few weeks ago in Monza, the French remain leaders. In addition, they have done it as true dominators, adding the five points at stake on the Power Stage ahead of their teammates.
Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin also had a great rally. They came to lead it on Friday, but could not withstand Ogier‘s onslaught. Finally, the difference has been 32.6 seconds. We will have a battle between these two men for a while.
Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe completed the podium with the first classified Hyundai i20 WRC. His teammates, Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio, finished in fifth place. Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja had to leave yesterday when they were running third.
|1.||Ogier/Ingrassia – Toyota Yaris WRC|
|2.||Evans/Martin – Toyota Yaris WRC||+32.6|
|3.||Neuville/Wydaeghe – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+1:13.5|
|4.||Rovanperä/Halttunen – Toyota Yaris WRC||+2:33.6|
|5.||Sordo/del Barrio – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+3:14.2|
|6.||Katsuta/Barritt – Toyota Yaris WRC||+7:01.3|
|7.||Mikkelsen/Fløene – Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo||+7:23.6|
|8.||Greensmith/Edmondson – Ford Fiesta WRC||+8:21.1|
It is worth noting the great work of the other two Toyota drivers, Kalle Rovanperä and Takamoto Katsuta. The young Finn has shown that he is fully attached to the machine, while the Japanese has left hints of what could be the final year of his consolidation.
Andreas Mikkelsen has commanded the WRC2 qualifying from start to finish. The Norwegian was about to lose everything in the last stage, because of a spin in the snow area. Adrien Fourmaux and Eric Camili complete the podium, with Skoda, Ford and Citroën present.
|Mikkelsen Andreas – Fløene Ola|
Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
|Fourmaux Adrien – Jamoul Renaud|
Ford Fiesta Rally2
|Camilli Eric – Buresi François-Xavier|
Citroën C3 Rally2
|Bulacia Wilkinson M. – Der Ohannesian M.|
Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo
In WRC3, the French have been the great dominators, Rossell, Bonatto and Ciamin, in that order, have completed the final podium on board the three Citroën C3 Rally2. Now we have to wait a month to experience the excitement of the Arctic Lapland Rallye, an event that will debut in the championship after the cancellation of Rally Sweden.