Unbelievable state of affairs in Sardinia this Saturday morning! As he started to “handle” his comfy lead on the prime of the overall classification, Ott Tänak was compelled to retire within the second go of Lerno – Monti di Ala ‘(SS12). Within the first photos, the # eight i20 Coupe WRC most certainly struck a rock at excessive velocity in a left-hand curve, with a crash damaging its left rear wheel within the course of. Solely two weeks after an analogous retirement to the Rally of Portugal, which he was largely main, the 2019 World Champion suffered one other onerous blow!
This twist robotically turned the overall classification the other way up, Sébastien Ogier being propelled to the lead by 17.5 in entrance of Dani Sordo. Glad to be on the end of this final particular (SS12), the seven-time World Champion confirmed that he was ‘he had additionally had two heats by hitting stones in the course of the trajectory.
With Tänak’s retirement, the combat for fourth was a podium match between Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville, with the Welshman retaining the lead for eight.5. duel, Takamoto Katsuta lastly entered the highest 5 after a troublesome morning.
SS12 additionally claimed two different WRC casualties. Returning to the race after a failure of his transmission, Gus Greensmith needed to cease once more attributable to mechanical issues. Pierre-Louis Loubet misplaced virtually three further minutes after seeing smoke within the cockpit of his i20 Coupe WRC. After its brake issues on the finish of the primary stage, Corsica is certainly experiencing one other onerous weekend to take.
The second day continues from three.10 p.m. on the particular at Bortigiadas – Aggius – Viddalba and its 14.70 km. The Rally of Sardinia could be adopted in its entirety on Motorsport.com.
ES9: O. Tänak
ES10: S. Ogier
ES11: E. Evans
ES12: S. Ogier