Five-time world champion Sebastien Ogier has taken an important step towards a fifth consecutive victory on the Rally Monte Carlo, greatly extended his lead after the morning section of the second day.
If the night before the Frenchman ahead of nearest rival Ott Tanaka only 14 seconds, now his lead is a whole minutes. On the snow-covered ninth stage, opened the program Saturday, the two leaders were forced to be cautious and therefore avoided serious mistakes. However, the Tanak at once ceded a minute Ogier.
“This is one of the worst special stages in my career! Solid slush on the road. Very treacherous conditions,” – shared his impressions of the current world champion.
The next stage Tanak got together and played for 14 seconds, fixing the gap at 1 minute and 3 seconds.
Alas, no luck on the Rally Monte Carlo factory Hyundai team. The last hope of the Korean group on the podium Dani Sordo went off the road on the first special stage of the day and scored the gathering. On the third place in the result of rose partner Tanaka for Toyota Jari-Matti Latvala, ahead of his other teammate Esapekka Lappi.
The top five for the first ten stages closes the Citroen driver Kris Meeke.
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