Monte’s Snowy Saturday
A quick recap of Saturday’s Monte-Carlo
Roads completely covered in snow and tricky conditions have been for sure the protagonists of Monte’s Saturday, with many drivers forced into errors...and into fields.
Sébastien Ogier is now closer to a home victory, with an outstanding performance in SS 9 - at the end of which the Frenchman’s lead over Ott Tänak was of over a minute - a favourable road position and his consistency. Toyota’s driver, however, managed to reduce the gap between Ogier and him to 33.5 seconds by the end of the day, setting the fastest time on both SS10 and SS11 and despite making an excursion into a field.
Third overall is Tänak‘s team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, after Dani Sordo‘s crash in the first stage of the morning.
A huge battle for fourth position could take place in Sunday’s loop, as Toyota’s Esapekka Lappi, in the third Yaris WRC, and Citroën’s Kris Meeke are separated by only 1.6 seconds after the Finn had a puncture which cost him over three minutes.
Sixth position overall for M-Sport’s driver Elfyn Evans, ahead of Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville who despite the excursion into the same field as Tänak, managed to overtake the Frenchman Bryan Bouffier in the classification with two amazing stage wins in SS12 and SS13.
Craig Breen, who had to open the road today in incredibly difficult conditions, is in ninth position.
Skoda’s Jan Kopecky is still in the lead in WRC2 class, followed by Guillaume De Mevius in a Peugeot 208 R5 and the rookie Eddie Sciessere in a DS3 R5 by PH Sport.