On Saturday, the athletes had to complete seven special stages. Although it was initially predicted that they would take place on snow, as a result of which riders were allowed to use winter tires in the rally, it rained on Saturday night, as a result of which the snow melted on the road while there were large compartments on the side of the track.
After the first three stages of the day, Sebastian Ojier (“Toyota Yaris WRC”) took the lead, who was third after the first day. He was followed by Dani Sordo (” Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ”) (+4.4) and Elfins Evans (7.5). After the service park, the athletes had to complete the steps already taken in the morning. If there was no snow in the morning stages, then in the second lap there was a lot of snow, as a result of which several riders made mistakes and crashed.
In the tenth stage, Gas Greensmith (” Ford Fiesta WRC ”) and Ole-Christian Weiby (” Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ”) crashed in the same turn, after which the stage was canceled because Weiby’s car had blocked the road. But the biggest drama took place in the 11th stage. If it was raining at the beginning of the dopa, there was heavy snow in the middle of the track and in some places snow deposits formed. Unfortunately, in one of the bends, then taking the third place, Evans ran off the road. The place was very slippery, and although Evans’ speed was not high, the athlete was unable to brake and slipped off the road.
After this stage, Ojie continued to lead, followed by Sordo and Tanak (” Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ”). Stage 12 was to take place later, but the organizers decided to cancel this stage for safety reasons, as it was heavily snowy and most of the riders had rain tires.
At the end of the day, Sordo was the fastest on the Moncas F1 track, but in the overall standings, Ojie retained the lead. The second is Sordo (+17.8) and the third is Tanaks (+22.1). As a result, Ogier is close to his seventh championship before the closing day, when he will have to complete only three stages on the Monza F1 track.
The leader of the WRC2 class is Mads Ostbergs (” Citroën C3 R5 ”), who is lost by Pontus Tidemans (” Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo ”) for 30 seconds, while the WRC3 class is led by Andreas Mikelsen (” Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo ”) , who loses 14 seconds to Oliver Solberg (” Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo ”).
In the JWRC class after the accident of Mārtiņš Seskis, the Swede is still Tom Toms Kristensons, who is currently close to his first JWRC championship title.
“On Saturday morning we started the first special stage (SS7) at a good pace, driving the fiercest competitor Tom Christenson. But in the middle of the stage, the brakes disappeared at high speed and we crashed. The blow was very strong, we experienced a shock for a moment, but we were able to get out of the car ourselves. The ” M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally 4 ” safety frame withstood what is most important. After the crash, we were taken to the hospital by helicopter for examinations, for which, fortunately, we have no serious problems. There are such, such bruises, ”explains Mārtiņš Sesks, a pilot of the LMT Motorsport Academy.
|1.||Ojie Sebastien||Toyota Yaris WRC||1: 47: 47.2|
|2.||Deaf Dani||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+17.8|
|3.||Thanks Ott||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+22.1|
|4.||Lapzeme Esapekka||Ford Fiesta WRC||+38.2|
|5.||Rovanperä Kalle||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1: 10.1|
|6.||Mikkelsen Andreass||Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo||+3: 20.6|
|7.||Solbergs Olivers||Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo||+3: 34.9|
|8.||Huttunens Jari||Hyundai i20 R5||+4: 16.6|