The epilogue of the 2021 World Rally Championship season, which additionally marks the top of the WRC period earlier than the arrival of hybrid expertise subsequent January, started within the first mild of day on the Monza autodrome. . Earlier than taking the Serraglio particular (twice), which can function a Energy Stage at noon, the debates resumed within the timed part of “Grand Prix” (10.29 km), the one part absolutely traced. on the asphalt within the enclosure of Monza. Already accomplished on the finish of the primary stage, this particular had the particularity of mixing the previous velocity ring and its legendary banking with the present F1 circuit.
Cautious because the begin of the weekend on any such particular, Sébastien Ogier was terrified from the primary kilometers. Launched at full velocity on this well-known banking, the seven-time World Champion struck, on the entrance proper, a concrete block marking one of many numerous chicanes unfold over your complete particular.
Removed from being distracted by this robust contact, he nonetheless took the time to scan the indicator lights on his steering wheel a number of occasions to ensure the whole lot was nonetheless in place. His time tied together with his teammate Elfyn Evans lastly got here to clear doubts however didn’t make it attainable to see any clearer for the ultimate victory. The hole between the 2 drivers of Toyota Gazoo Racing nonetheless capping at zero “5.
A long way from the main duo, Dani Sordo spoke of his expertise to maintain the hole (17.6) towards Thierry Neuville. If the latter began the day with a scratch, the Spaniard saved a transparent benefit during the last step of the rostrum.
Behind Oliver Solberg and Takamoto Katsuta, firmly connected to their positions, the combat for seventh place resumed between Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith, the Finn growing his margin to 9.eight.
The final stage continues from 10:08 am with the Serraglio particular and its 14.62 km. The Monza Rally could be adopted in its entirety on Motorsport.com.
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