Citroen’s Sebastien Ogier pulled off a shocking International Rally Championship degree win on Rally Chile to shield 2nd position from Sebastien Loeb, as Ott Tanak heads for victory.
On the lookout for his first WRC podium end since becoming a member of Hyundai this season, nine-time champion Loeb have been on a price and went 13 seconds quicker than somebody else throughout Saturday’s six phases.
Loeb then took some other 4 seconds out of Ogier of their combat over 2nd position at the Sunday morning go of Bio Bio, which will likely be re-run because the powerstage to finish the rally later within the day.
However Ogier fixed a shocking comeback at the longest degree of the overall leg, the 11.22-mile Lircay check, going quickest through 4.2s from Loeb to recuperate at all times misplaced on Bio Bio and a bit extra.
That provides Ogier an benefit of 4.6s over Loeb going to the powerstage.
Loeb admitted he have been “hesitant” on his run, with Sunday’s phases that includes very rapid however a lot narrower roads than earlier days.
Regardless that Loeb bounced again with quickest time on San Nicolas, he used to be most effective in a position to recoup 0.7s to Ogier.
Runaway chief Tanak persevered to regulate his tempo moderately, going third-fastest on each Lircay and San Nicolas.
Such used to be the tempo of the 2 Frenchmen in the back of him, his lead hole has now fallen to 21.8s – down from 30.3s in a single day.
Elfyn Evans made no try to stay alongside of Loeb forward of him, admitting he had “not anything to battle for”.
M-Recreation’s lead motive force is now over a minute in the back of Loeb in fourth position however in flip is over a minute and a part forward of fifth-placed team-mate Teemu Suninen.
Suninen started the loop with Esapekka Lappi nonetheless inside of placing distance however the Citroen motive force persevered to bemoan the low grip prerequisites denting his self assurance, with Suninen retaining him pegged at 10s in the back of.
Lappi’s 6th is now a comfy one, as the second one Hyundai of Andreas Mikkelsen fell even additional adrift in 7th, 1m11s in the back of.
WRC2 Professional chief Kalle Rovanpera’s 8th position is beneath risk from Toyota’s Kris Meeke, who remains to be taking part in catch-up after dropping a number of mins with a roll on Saturday morning.
Meeke leapfrogged Citroen’s WRC2 Professional manufacturing facility motive force Mads Ostberg for 9th position previous within the loop and sits most effective 5.2s in the back of Rovanpera heading to the rally-ending powerstage.
Rally2 returnee Jari-Matti Latvala handed M-Recreation WRC2 Professional motive force Gus Greensmith for 11th on San Nicolas however is not going to make it into the issues puts, with over 3 mins to Ostberg.
WRC2 had featured a tightly contested combat for victory between Toyota protege Takamoto Katsuta and Chilean motive force Alberto Heller, till Heller crashed on Lircay and gave Katsuta a comfy hole over Benito Guerra.
Main positions after SS15
|1||Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota||3h07m56.5s|
|2||Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia||Citroen General WRT||Citroen||21.8s|
|3||Sebastien Loeb, D.Elena||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||26.4s|
|4||Elfyn Evans, S.Martin||M-Recreation Ford WRT||Ford||1m31.3s|
|5||Teemu Suninen, M.Salminen||M-Recreation Ford WRT||Ford||3m10.4s|
|6||Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm||Citroen General WRT||Citroen||3m20.4s|
|7||Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||4m31.4s|
|8||Kalle Rovanpera, J.Halttunen||Skoda Motorsport||Skoda||7m24.2s|
|9||Kris Meeke, S.Marshall||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota||7m29.4s|
|10||Mads Ostberg, T.Eriksen||Citroen General||Citroen||7m52.0s|