Rallying-Ogier on the road to victory in Sardinia after the fall of its rivals
Seven-time world champion Sébastien Ogier was on his way to victory at Rally Italy in Sardinia after falling rivals Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo on Saturday.
REUTERS: Seven-time world champion Sébastien Ogier was heading for victory at Rally Italy in Sardinia after falling rivals Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo on Saturday.
The championship-leading French driver, who won five of the eight gravel stages on Saturday, will start Sunday from the last stage of four stages northwest of Olbia with 38.9 seconds ahead of his Toyota teammate, Elfyn Evans.
“I think it’s been a perfect weekend for us so far,” said Ogier. “We’ve done everything we need to do and we need to finish the job tomorrow.”
Belgian Thierry Neuville from Hyundai was third, more than a minute from the lead.
His teammate Tanak was in the lead after Friday’s opening stage and was 40 seconds ahead when he hit a rock in stage 12 and broke his car’s suspension.
The Estonian also had to retire as he led the previous round in Portugal.
Sordo, two-time winner from Sardinia, retired in the penultimate stage 15 of the day when he drove after hitting a culvert with the impact pulling the right rear wheel of the car. The driver and the co-driver are unharmed.
(Report by Alan Baldwin in London, edited by Christian Radnedge)