The Hyundai I20 Coupé WRC Haut Tanak leads the Sardinian Rally by 19.4 seconds over the Hyundai I20 Coupé WRC. Sebastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris WRC) finished third in 36.2 seconds
Thierry Neuville/Martin Wiedig (Hyundai I20 Coupe WRC) provided an air of agility at the end of day one of the Sardinia Rally, and with that they put themselves in fifth place, just 1.2 seconds behind Elvin Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota. Yaris WRC) who lost 7.2 A second on this stretch in front of the Belgians.
Ott Tanak/Martin Yarfuga (Hyundai I20 Coupé WRC) finished third and with that they came to the end of the first day of the race by 19.4 seconds over Dani Sordo, the driver who wouldn’t attack, of course, but would protect him. His current second place: “Nothing new, the same thing happened in Portugal, which is why we need to be very focused tomorrow. It was a very smooth and clean day, and my position on the road is clearly better than some of my main opponents,” he said at the end of the day.
Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) had a happy morning in the lead rally, but in the afternoon they couldn’t maintain the same pace, but more because Sordo improved more than anything. Tomorrow, Ogier’s goal will certainly be to attack Sordo, the system on the road will no longer be operational and it will be an interesting duel, as there is still a day and a half of racing.
After the victory in the Rally de Portugal, Elvin Evans did not have a good day of rallying. He can’t trust the car enough to walk further. He improved a bit in the afternoon, but not what he wanted, and entered the second day of the race in fourth place, 25.8 seconds from Ogier, when he started behind him on the road, but still, 1.2 seconds before Neuville, which he is positive: “Hand The day wasn’t good. We wanted more, but we’re still here, we didn’t go as fast as we’d like, but that’s what it is.”
Takamoto Katsuta/Daniel Barrett (Toyota Yaris WRC) has made several small mistakes and is already a minute and a half off the lead.
Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) retired in PE4 when they finished second overall, 6.0 seconds behind Tanak. They were the only ones fighting the Estonian: “We were forced to retire today because of the suspension damage we did in PE4. We don’t know how and why the suspension broke, because I wasn’t injured anywhere. The team will investigate the car and hopefully be back tomorrow,” he said.
Gus Greensmith/Elliott Edmondson (Ford Fiesta WRC) was getting better little by little, but still far from what he was doing in Portugal, until a transmission problem in his Ford abandoned him.
This race for Pierre-Louis Loubet / Vincent Landais (Hyundai I20 Coupé WRC) mainly works to restore confidence that was slightly shaken by successive misfortunes. As if that wasn’t enough, he lost the brakes on the seventh episode of the special, and never did better than his seventh in the divisions. Even with everything normal, he was once beaten by Mads Ostberg, with Rally2, in a section.
Teemu Suninen, you know, went off the road on PE1.
In WRC2, Mads Ostberg (Citroën C3 Rally2) reached the end of the day by 27.0 seconds over Jari Huttunen (Hyundai i20 R5) with Marco Bulacia (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo) in 2:03.9. Andreas Mikkelsen and Adrian Formo got off the beaten path.