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Ogier takes record-breaking ninth WRC Monte Carlo Rally win – EAST AUTO NEWS

Ogier takes record-breaking ninth WRC Monte Carlo Rally win


Sebastien Ogier has taken a report ninth win on the Monte Carlo Rally, main from begin to end within the opening spherical of the 2023 FIA World Rally Championship.

Ogier is barely operating chosen WRC rounds for Toyota Gazoo Racing this yr as he continues to discover sports activities automotive racing alternatives, however kicked off his part-time marketing campaign with a stellar efficiency within the French Alps, mastering twisty asphalt roads to move dwelling GR Yaris Rally1 teammate Kalle Rovanpera by 18.8s in a dominant 1-2 outcome for the Japanese squad.

Eight-time WRC champ Ogier’s 9 Monte Carlo Rally wins span three many years and have been achieved with 5 totally different producers. Topping off his excellent weekend, new co-driver Vincent Landais celebrated his first win on the WRC’s highest degree.

The 39-year-old Frenchman led from begin to end after charging to a lead of greater than 30 seconds throughout Friday’s first full day of motion within the mountains above Monaco.

Reigning WRC champ Rovanpera decreased that deficit to simply 16.0s heading into Sunday’s ultimate leg, however Ogier, who was denied glory by a late puncture 12 months in the past, stored his cool to keep up the buffer all through the ultimate 4 pace checks.

“It’s enormous,” Ogier beamed. “I like this rally. It’s the one which gave me the dream proper at the start and I’m so comfortable for Vincent. For me it’s good, however for him it’s a dream to take his first win.

“We nonetheless must take pleasure in these moments and that’s why we’re nonetheless right here (within the WRC), to catch some victories like this. To win a well-known one like Monte has no value.”

Rovanpera completed on a excessive by profitable the rally-ending Wolf Energy Stage so as to add 5 bonus factors to his tally. Because the highest-placed full-time driver, the 22-year-old Finn’s title protection is off to a strong begin.

“It was one,” he agreed. “I feel we may be fairly pleased with second place.”

Heavy tire put on prevented Hyundai i20 N Rally1 driver Thierry Neuville from making any beneficial properties on Rovanpera. After 18 levels, the Belgian was pressured to accept third general, 27.8s forward of Elfyn Evans’s GR Yaris.

For Evans, there have been ideas of what may have been. Had been it not for a rear puncture which price the Welshman greater than 40 seconds on Friday, a 1-2-3 end for Toyota may nicely have been on the playing cards.

Ott Tanak went straightforward on his comfortable compound tires in preparation for an all-out assault on the bonus points-paying Wolf Energy Stage, however he missed out on the benchmark time by solely a half second. Ending his M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1 debut with a top-five outcome, the 2019 WRC champ felt like he’d made constructive steps.

“It’s a protracted season forward, however it is a constructive begin,” mentioned the Estonian, who moved to M-Sport from Hyundai in the course of the low season. “No less than we have now scored some factors already — in contrast to the earlier three years!”

Takamoto Katsuta was fortunate to complete the occasion after limping via the finale with broken rear suspension. On the end, the Toyota rising star held onto sixth general by 14.9s from Dani Sordo. The Spaniard’s Hyundai was suffering from a hybrid unit fault all day, however he nonetheless completed forward of a subdued Esapekka Lappi, who took eighth general on his Hyundai debut.

In WRC2, the second tier of worldwide rallying, Nikolay Gryazin held his personal towards a fast-finishing Yohan Rossel to clinch the category victory.

Having at one level led by greater than 45 seconds on Saturday, Toksport WRT’s Gryazin headed into Sunday’s four-stage finale simply 15.2s clear after leaking time with a entrance puncture on Saturday night. Strain proceeded to mount on the Skoda Fabia RS driver as second-placed Rossel, driving a Citroen C3 Rally2, continued to eat into his lead.

It was a nervy run for Gryazin on the Wolf Energy Stage as he desperately tried to carry onto what was now solely a ten.1s buffer. Along with his tires having seen higher days, it was shut — however the Skoda man prevailed, edging Rossel by a scant 4.5s ultimately.

“The entrance tires have been utterly lifeless and I understeered loads, however I simply tried to maintain it on the road,” mentioned a clearly relieved Gryazin on the finish of the Wolf Energy Stage.

For his half, WRC2 runner-up Rossel might be left to rue what may need been after a stall on the startline of Thursday’s opening stage price the Frenchman no less than 5 seconds…

The WRC switches to Scandinavia subsequent month for the one pure winter spherical of the season. Rally Sweden takes place in Umea, near the Arctic Circle, on Feb. 9-12.

WRC Monte Carlo Rally, ultimate positions after Day Three, SS18
1 Sebastien Ogier/Vincent Landais (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) 3h12m02.0s
2 Kalle Rovanpera/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) +18.8s
3 Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) +44.6s
4 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) +1m12.4s
5 Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja (M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1) +2m34.9s
6 Takamoto Katsuta/Aaron Johnston (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) +3m32.6s
7 Dani Sordo/Candido Carrera (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) +3m47.5s
8 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) +3m51.3s
9 Nikolay Gryazin/Konstantin Aleksandrov (Skoda Fabia RS – WRC2 winner) +10m03.4s
10 Yohan Rossel/Arnaud Dunand (Citroen C3 – WRC2) +10m07.9s

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