Sébastien Ogier has been true to his targets in Greece. Glad to seek out himself on the rostrum on the finish of the second day throughout which he opened the highway, the Gapençais didn’t tempt the satan to intention for a greater end result this Saturday. A end result which, if confirmed on the end line, would clearly be a wonderful operation within the championship given the troubles encountered by his important rivals for the title, Evans and Neuville.
“It was loop, higher than this morning ultimately. This morning, I misplaced an excessive amount of time, effectively an excessive amount of … It is higher in that sense than to have been too quick and to make a mistake. . The primary goal is at all times inside our attain “, recalled the French.“If we will obtain this podium tomorrow, it is going to be one other essential step in the direction of the title.”
Even when he did not sustain with the tempo set by Rovanperä within the morning, he was nonetheless in a position to come again within the wake of Tänak through the afternoon earlier than giving manner once more within the final sector. stopwatch. With 9 ”four behind the Estonian, second place is clearly nonetheless potential however the strain of the championship pushes him to watch out.
“It is at all times essential to keep up a minimal of strain. We had afternoon. Ott [Tänak] attacked effectively within the final particular to have time and regain some margin “, he conceded.“However we’re not that far. Tomorrow we can’t take any extra dangers however you by no means know. We’re solely ten seconds away. With all of the kilometers nonetheless to go, issues can nonetheless occur.”
The specials coated at the moment had the particularity of being contested in very variable situations as a result of altitude. Regardless of the development within the climate over the previous two days, heavy precipitation initially of the week marked the roads and made the grip very inconsistent, making tire selections somewhat tougher. On this regard, the WRC drivers have additionally often opted for various climbs all through the day, just like the final loop the place Ogier embarked 5 Onerous in opposition to a mixture of two Onerous and three Comfortable for Tänak. . Regardless of these opposing choices, no driver has actually been in a position to make a distinction and pinpoint the optimum selection.
“General within the loop it wasn’t too unhealthy with the Onerous tires, however within the final particular Ott had an excellent time with two Comfortable. It nonetheless stays a query mark, however ultimately the distinction isn’t that large. “
Though diminished to 3 specials, the final day of the rally will supply a full-bodied route with the double passage within the legendary Tarzan part in addition to the longest particular of the weekend, Pyrgos and its 33.20 km. On these roads that the pilots will uncover, the duty will probably be much more advanced given the dire situations encountered throughout reconnaissance.
“Will probably be one other large problem with the longest loop of the rally tomorrow morning,” Ogier clarified. “Tonight, it is going to be essential to validate the notes. Will probably be new for everybody and it’s by no means straightforward, particularly since we did the reconnaissance within the fog.”