WRC Rally Italy: Sordo retains Sardinia lead over Ogier

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WRC Rally Italy: Sordo retains Sardinia lead over Ogier


Dani Sordo has maintained his lead over Sebastien Ogier on a dramatic second day of Rally Italy, with World Rally Championship standings chief Elfyn Evans as much as fourth place.

After being pressured to comb the levels on Friday, the championship-leading Toyotas of Sebastien Ogier and Evans had been launched from their burden in Saturday’s street order and duly completed first and second on the opening stage of the day.

Ogier, third in a single day, started to reel in M-Sport’s Teemu Suninen whose Ford Fiesta held a fragile in a single day benefit in second place. The Cumbrian squad began the day’s working with out the second Fiesta of Esapekka Lappi, which was unable to restart after shedding all of the water from its engine on Friday morning.

Additional heartbreak was to comply with for M-Sport as British teenager Gus Greensmith’s spectacular run in Sardinia ended on Saturday when a rock knocked his alternator belt off in the course of the third stage. He was capable of substitute the belt on the next street part however his battery was too far gone to be revived.

Suninen then suffered a difficulty with the centre differential that prevented him from utilizing the handbrake to barter the various Sardinian hairpins. This in flip accelerated his slide down the order and the Finn ended the primary loop of levels in fifth place.

Rally chief Sordo gained the second stage of the day and Ogier gained the third however Thierry Neuville, Hyundai’s solely real looking contender for this 12 months’s drivers’ title, closed in on Ogier all through the morning. When Neuville gained the fourth and remaining stage of the morning loop he leapt into second general.

One title lacking after Saturday’s second stage was Kalle Rovanpera who, after complaining that his Toyota was unfastened, clipped a tree which spun him 180 levels placing him into one other tree which tore the suitable rear nook off his Yaris.

After a prolonged afternoon service halt, the second loop of two levels repeated these run on Friday afternoon.

Championship chief Evans, in fourth place, advised that the floor may need been ‘polished up’ by rally site visitors transferring out and in in a single day. Along with his British Rally Championship-winning father Gwyndaf on the gravel crew, Elfyn normally will get good data.

The Toyota runners elected to combine arduous and medium tyre compounds, whereas the Hyundais of Sordo and Neuville went for mediums all spherical.

Ogier gained each afternoon levels and hoisted himself again into second place forward of Neuville. The Belgian’s softer rubber was worn out and he was lucky to flee after clouting a hay bale after working broad as he tried to barter a slim bridge.

“I attempted very arduous to be trustworthy but it surely appears like they’d a little bit bit extra pace than us,” Neuville stated.

“Possibly the tyres additionally made the distinction and I misplaced perhaps 1.5-2 seconds on the bridge the place I simply was a little bit bit too late on the brakes however once you’re pushing to the utmost it is occur.”

Regardless of Ogier’s cost, Sordo nonetheless holds a 27-second benefit on the finish of the twelfth stage heading in to the ultimate day. Like Neuville, his Hyundai’s tyres had been ravaged by the afternoon levels.

“My tyres are utterly destroyed,” stated the Spaniard. “I used to be making an attempt to handle a little bit bit for the top of the stage however seven kilometres earlier than the top I began to really feel that I used to be understeering an excessive amount of so I began to take it a little bit bit cautious.”

Ogier’s presence in between Sordo and Neuville firstly of the ultimate day may very well be a blessing in disguise for Hyundai crew principal, Andrea Adamo.

With solely Neuville ready to problem Evans and Ogier for the 2020 WRC drivers’ title, the prospect of getting to order Sordo, on a part-time schedule for the crew, handy over his well-deserved lead wouldn’t be well-liked.

For his half, Adamo simply desires to see a most rating for the producers’ championship and is much less involved about his drivers.

“I’ve, in prime of my thoughts, I’ve simply on this second the producers’ standings and never the drivers’ standing,” Adamo stated. “Will probably be troublesome to inform Dani to go gradual.”

WRC Rally Italy classification after Stage 9

Pos Class Driver Staff Automobile Hole
1 RC1 Dani Sordo, C.del Barrio Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 1h47m00.1s
2 RC1 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 31.3s
3 RC1 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 34.2s
4 RC1 Teemu Suninen, J.Lehtinen M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 51.6s
5 RC1 Elfyn Evans, S.Martin Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 53.6s
6 RC1 Gus Greensmith, E.Edmondson M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 2m05.5s
7 RC1 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 2m14.7s
8 RC1 Pierre-Louis Loubet, V.Landais Hyundai 2C Competitors Hyundai 2m39.3s
9 WRC3 Jari Huttunen, M.Lukka Hyundai 5m41.4s
10 WRC3 Kajetan Kajetanowicz, M.Szczepaniak Skoda 5m49.3s
11 WRC3 Oliver Solberg, A.Johnston Skoda 6m00.9s
12 WRC2 Pontus Tidemand, P.Barth Toksport WRT Skoda 6m13.7s
13 WRC3 Umberto Scandola, G.D’Amore Hyundai 7m11.0s
14 WRC2 Eyvind Brynildsen, I.Minor Toksport WRT Skoda 7m17.2s
15 WRC2 Ole-Christian Veiby, J.Andersson Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai 7m36.3s
16 WRC3 Marco Bulacia Wilkinson, M.Der Ohannesian Citroen 7m38.6s
17 RC1 Martin Prokop, Z.Jurka Ford 8m34.8s
18 WRC3 Sean Johnston, A.Kihurani Sainteloc Junior Staff Citroen 9m55.8s
19 WRC3 Alberto Heller, M.Marti Ford 10m14.9s
20 WRC2 Mads Ostberg, T.Eriksen PH Sport Citroen 10m21.1s
21 WRC3 Alberto Battistolli, S.Scattolin Skoda 13m07.7s
22 RC2 Mauro Trentin, A.De Marco Volkswagen 14m39.7s
23 RC2 Armin Kremer, E.Kremer Volkswagen 15m25.4s
24 JWRC Tom Kristensson, J.Sjoberg Tom Kristensson Motorsport Ford 15m59.2s
25 RC2 Luca Hoelbling, F.Fiorini Hyundai 19m00.6s
26 WRC3 Luciano Cobbe, F.Turco Skoda 19m26.6s
27 RC2 Piano, M.Menchini Skoda 20m58.6s
28 RC2 Francesco Marrone, F.Fresu Peugeot 21m28.4s
29 RC2 Pablo Biolghini, S.Pudda Skoda 21m37.6s
30 JWRC Fabrizio Zaldivar, F.Mussano Ford 23m22.5s
31 WRC2 Nikolay Gryazin, Okay.Aleksandrov Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai 26m46.4s
32 RC2 Giuseppe Pozzo, P.Cottu Skoda 27m24.5s
33 WRC3 Ulysses Bertholdo, G.Morales Skoda 28m04.2s
34 RC2 Fabrizio Arengi Bentivoglio, M.Bossi Skoda 28m30.0s
35 RC2 Maurizio Morato, F.Pezzoli Skoda 29m51.4s
36 RC2 Massimo Squarcialupi, G.Squarcialupi Ford 31m38.6s
37 RC1 Takamoto Katsuta, D.Barritt Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 32m17.1s
38 RC4 Sergio Biondi, G.Barbaro Ford 36m10.0s
39 JWRC Martins Sesks, R.Francis Ford 45m55.7s
40 WRC3 Jan Solans, M.Barreiro Ford 46m34.0s
41 JWRC Ruairi Bell, D.Garrod Ford 48m18.5s
42 WRC3 Emilio Fernandez, R.Garcia Skoda 49m17.3s
43 JWRC Enrico Oldrati, E.De Guio Ford 51m00.3s
44 RC4 William Toninelli, C.Tomasi Renault 51m12.7s
45 RC3 Andrea Coti Zelati, F.Musu Citroen 51m49.7s
46 RC3 Omar Lambroni, A.Taras Renault 57m03.0s
47 RC5 Gianni Bardin, L.Pascale Renault 1h12m14.4s
48 JWRC Marco Pollara, M.Messina Ford 1h21m47.4s
49 RC4 Paulo Soria, M.Recalt Ford 1h22m01.0s
50 RC3 Rachele Somaschini, G.Zanchetta Citroen 1h44m29.1s



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