Rightly considered one of the vital tough and demanding rallies for the mechanics and the crews, Sardinia has proven itself to be notably intractable this weekend with the WRC drivers. On the finish of the 303.10 km timed, solely 4 of them reached the end with out giving up.
Writer of a outstanding efficiency on the primary day when he opened the highway, Sébastien Ogier took benefit of the retirement of Ott Tänak (suspension damaged in SS12), to take the lead and by no means go away it. An actual feat on a rally the place the sweep typically dashed the hopes of the “Friday opener”, and after which he had been chasing since 2015 and his third Sardinian success with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC. Winner thrice this 12 months after Monte-Carlo and Croatia, the Gapençais had clearly not dominated the World Championship for a lot of seasons.
46 “behind his Toyota Gazoo Racing teammate, Elfyn Evans didn’t make waves as standard, till the final particular no less than. In a ford just a few kilometers from the end, the Welshman s It was nonetheless fairly a scare for him to drown the engine of his Yaris WRC for about twenty seconds, however he saved his second place towards Thierry Neuville for 19 “2.
The Belgian has in the meantime signed his fourth podium of the 12 months, with the added bonus of 5 factors from the Energy Stage. A small comfort for the troops of Andrea Adamo, as soon as once more, not rewarded regardless of a transparent domination. Large loser of the weekend, Tänak skilled a brand new nightmare by letting slip a victory which was promised to him, like that already “misplaced” in Portugal two weeks earlier than. The newest WRC survivor, Takamoto Katsuta equaled his finest WRC outcome along with his fourth place.
This hecatomb among the many WRCs routinely allowed the very best representatives of the Rally2 class to take satisfaction of place within the prime 10. Beginning with Jari Huttunen ranked fifth! Winner for the primary time in WRC2, the Finn lastly gained his duel between him and Mads Østberg. Overwhelmed by issues all through the weekend, the Norwegian fell 7.5s behind his rival, after being slowed down by a “leak in its braking system” within the final particular.
Behind the 2 Scandinavians, Yohan Rossel mastered his topic in WRC3 to clinch his second success of the 12 months after Monte-Carlo. Chief within the standings earlier than arriving in Sardinia, the Gardois had a wonderful operation this weekend following the crash of Kajetan Kajetanowicz (SS8) and recurring issues of Nicolas Ciamin, his major opponents for the world title.
ES17: E. Evans
ES18: T. Neuville
ES19: E. Evans
ES20: T. Neuville
1. T. Neuville (5 pts)
2. O. Tänak (four pts)
three. Ok. Rovanperä (three pts)
four. S. Ogier (2 pts)
5. D. Sordo (1 pt)
Rally Sardinia – Remaining Classification
The total rating can be accessible right here.