Frenchman Sébastien Ogier moved interior touching distance of a seventh FIA World Rally Championship title after an unheard of day at ACI Rally Monza on Saturday.
The Toyota driver performed the penultimate leg of the season finale with a 17.8sec lead in his Yaris, after crew-mate and championship favourite Elfyn Evans crashed on treacherous snow-covered roads.
Three extra mosey assessments at Monza’s infamous Cathedral of Velocity circuit on Sunday, covering 40.25km, stand between Ogier and the crown – however cases in northern Italy are so demanding that it would maybe maybe be no certainty for the 36-year-used.
Third-positioned Evans became as soon as fastest on the mid-stage split in this afternoon’s Gerosa test within the Italian Alps when he became as soon as caught out by the cases. His Yaris slid down a monetary institution true into a tree.
Sportingly, Evans ran benefit down the avenue to warn Ogier of the upcoming hazard and prevent his colleague joining him within the undergrowth.
The pendulum swung to and fro between Ogier and Dani Sordo in a breathless morning battle on mainly moist roads after much of the snow that blanketed the condominium melted in a single day.
The lead changed hands on each and every stage forward of Ogier pulled obvious of the Spaniard, who selected caution over bravery after Evans’ demise, this afternoon. The deep snow introduced relating to the penultimate stage to be cancelled however Ogier became as soon as taking nothing as a right.
Ott Tänak ended third, 4.3sec within the advantage of crew-mate Sordo. If the pair benefit these locations it might maybe be sufficient for Hyundai Motorsport to retain the Producers’ title.
Finns Esapekka Lappi and Kalle Rovanperä were fourth and fifth in a Ford Fiesta and Yaris. Lappi survived a fling and Rovanperä emerged unscathed after sliding true into a wall.
FIA WRC3 chief Andreas Mikkelsen, Oliver Solberg and Jari Huttunen were next up, with FIA WRC2 chief Mads Østberg and Emil Lindholm completing the leaderboard.
Gus Greensmith and Ole Christian Veiby crashed out after violent accidents on the the same nook, while Thierry Neuville didn’t restart following his retirement the day previous to this as Hyundai elected to take the Belgian off the mountain roads.
Within the FIA Junior WRC Championship, Tom Kristensson is now cruising in direction of his 2d consecutive title Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zaldivar holds 2d in a single day, virtually 2.5 minutes within the advantage of the Swede, while the Brit Rui Bell is third. Kristensson’s closest class rival aloof within the title wrestle sits in fourth relate with a misfortune of over 38 minutes.
2020 ACI Rally Monza – Unofficial Outcomes after Piece 9:
|1. Sébastien Ogier (FRA) / Julien Ingrassia (FRA)||Toyota Yaris WRC||1 hr 47min 47.2sec|
|2. Dani Sordo (ESP) / Carlos del Barrio (ESP)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||1 hr 48min 05.0sec|
|3. Ott Tänak (EST) / Martin Järveoja (EST)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||1 hr 48min 09.3sec|
|4. Esapekka Lappi (FIN) / Janne Ferm (FIN)||Ford Fiesta WRC||1 hr 48min 25.42sec|
|5. Kalle Rovanperä (FIN) / Jonne Halttunen (FIN)||Toyota Yaris WRC||1 hr 48min 57.3sec|
|6. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) / Anders Jaeger (NOR) – WRC3||Škoda Fabia Evo||1 hr 51min 07.8sec|
|7. Oliver Solberg (SWE) / Aaron Johnston (IRL) – WRC3||Škoda Fabia Evo||1 hr 51min 22.1sec|
|8. Jari Huttunen (FIN) / Mikko Lukka (FIN) – WRC3||Hyundai NG i20||1 hr 52min 03.8sec|
|9. Mads Ostberg (NOR) / Torstein Eriksen (FIN) – WRC2||Citroën C3||1 hr 52min 26.2sec|
|10. Emil Lindholm (FIN) / Mikael Korhonen (FIN) – WRC3||Škoda Fabia Evo||1 hr 52min 53.8sec|