The Toyota title contenders have been separated by zero.5s earlier than the ultimate day’s motion in Italy, however after an eventful morning loop, Ogier’s rally lead has prolonged to 7.6s and he stays on track to safe an eighth world title in his ultimate full-time outing.
Ogier clipped a concrete barrier (pictured beneath) that marked out a chicane on Monza’s historic grand prix circuit banking in stage 14 (Grand Prix 2). Fortunately the influence solely took a bit out of the Frenchman’s right-front wheel and he completed the take a look at one second behind stage winner Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), who holds fourth within the total classification.
“I did not count on it. It’s very simple right here to hit one thing,” mentioned Ogier after the incident.
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC
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Evans managed to finish the stage cleanly however may solely match Ogier’s time to protect the zero.5s hole to his rival.
Nonetheless, the Welshman’s victory and slim title hopes suffered a blow on stage 15 (Serraglio), the ultimate take a look at of the morning, when he locked up and run on at nook and stalled the automotive. After re-firing the automotive he suffered one other stall, this one unusually occurring mid drift in a nook, earlier than ending the stage 16.8s behind Neuville, who claimed his second stage win in a row.
“I locked up the brakes and could not get the automotive turned and went into the bales and stalled,” mentioned Evans. “We had one other stall in a while too. Not an excellent stage.”
After his fortunate escape within the earlier take a look at, Ogier drove sensibly to succeed in the stage finish 9.7s shy of Neuville, however 7.1s sooner than Evans to open up a comparatively snug lead heading into the ultimate stage of the season.
“I used to be driving secure, I used to be a bit on the secure facet however it was a clear stage,” mentioned Ogier. “If you find yourself right here, you are taking it.”
Hyundai’s Dani Sordo accomplished the 2 morning phases cleanly to stay within the ultimate podium spot, some 21.6s behind Ogier, however 14.3s forward of team-mate Neuville.
Regardless of a spin after being caught out by gravel dragged onto the circuit, Oliver Solberg ended the loop in fifth spot and stays on track for his finest WRC end to this point driving a 2C Competitors Hyundai i20 WRC automotive.
Oliver Solberg, Elliott Edmondson, Hyundai 2C Competitors Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
Picture by: Austral / Hyundai Motorsport
Hyundai’s Teemu Suninen has climbed to sixth after Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta suffered a wild spin after locking his rear wheels sending him right into a concrete barrier that worn out his entrance left wheel.
Katsuta, who dropped to seventh, limped by way of the stage and again into service however it’s unclear if his Yaris might be repaired in time for the ultimate Energy Stage.
M-Sport’s Gus Greensmith ended the morning eighth total after struggling an an identical spin to Solberg on stage 15, whereas Toyota’s Kalle Rovanpera, who elected to run winter tyres, is ninth.
Rally Monza will conclude this afternoon with one final blast by way of the Serraglio stage.
WRC Rally Monza – Outcomes after SS14