Four-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier driving the new Ford Fiesta the M-Sport managed to show the best time on the shakedown of the Rally Monte Carlo.
The first three test Ogier drove as much as four seconds faster than the others.
“The beginning, of course, good, but not to jump to conclusions after this shakedown in a constantly changing environment, — said the Frenchman. — Some of the riders were able to protect the rubber before the rally.
I’m not fully ready because were testing the car only two days, but I intend to show all that capable.
The rally will be challenging, because there is a fairly slippery. Anything could happen, but at least you can predict the right choice of tyres”.
Former teammate Ogier in Volkswagen’s Andreas Mikkelsen showed the second time behind the wheel of a Skoda Fabia R5. The Norwegian admitted that he was surprised by the result.
“Everyone was trying to understand how rubber and new cars, said Mikkelsen. — We managed successfully pass from the very beginning. It certainly helped us, but still I didn’t think the second result is in range”.
Third-place went to the second driver in the car M-Sport Ott Tanaka, one second ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala on the Toyota.
All drivers admitted that he did not want to risk, because due to the snow, pass the shakedown was harder. Most of the crews put winter tires with hard protector except racers Citroen, set all times on soft tires for dry weather.
The tyres used in shakedown, and always will be in the rally. Citroen insiders said that even though winter tires and went on the shakedown, it is unlikely to be the right choice for the rally.
Tomorrow the crews will drive to Monaco for the gala start at 18:11 local time. After the first two formal stages Entrevaux – Val de Chalvagne – Ubraye (21.25 km) and Bayon – Bréziers (25.49 km) the crew will have to come back before midnight.
|1.||Sebastien Ogier||M-Sport Ford||2.18,1|
|3.||Ott Tanak||M-Sport Ford||2.24,2|
|4.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Gazoo Toyota||2.25,2|
|7.||Juho Hänninen||Gazoo Toyota||2.26,6|
|9.||Eric The Camille||M-Sport Ford||2.29,4|
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