The second stage of the Monza Rally got here to an finish within the darkness of the Italian autodrome, after a morning spent within the Bergamasque Alps. The Sottozero particular and its 14.39 km, taken twice, concluded the debates on Saturday.
In battle because the begin for victory but in addition with a view to the world title, Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans have surrendered blow for blow by exchanging 5 occasions (between SS8 and 13) the primary place. Spectacular serenity regardless of the stake within the mountains the place he signed 5 of the eight finest occasions doable, the Gapençais confirmed way more warning on the Lombard circuit. In contrast to the day earlier than when he misplaced the lead within the common classification, this time he benefited from the shortage of visibility of his teammate to finish the day within the lead for zero “5. If the ultimate victory doesn’t but appear to have Selected his camp earlier than the 39.53 km scheduled for Sunday, Ogier for his half completely averted the pitfalls of this second stage to get nearer to an eighth world title.
A long way from the 2 main Toyota Yaris WRCs, Dani Sordo didn’t wave, as common. Environment friendly and constant, the Spaniard even took benefit of Thierry Neuville’s mistake (contact towards a rail in SS9) to climb to the final step of the rostrum and consolidate his margin with a scratch (SS13). Fourth at 19.2 behind his team-mate, the Belgian was in all probability aiming for higher tonight. Within the wake of his future team-mates in 2022, Oliver Solberg confirmed the nice impressions left on Friday by staying within the high 5, effectively forward of Takamoto Katsuta. This morning as a result of brake issues, Gus Greensmith didn’t say his final phrase to regain seventh place from Teemu Suninen.
The final stage will begin at 07:48 this Sunday with the “Grand Prix” particular and its 10.29 km. The Monza Rally will be adopted in its entirety on Motorsport.com.
Scratches of the day
SS8: T. Neuville
SS9: E. Evans
ES10: S. Ogier
ES11: S. Ogier
ES12: E. Evans
ES13: D. Sordo