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Monte Carlo Rally WRC: Ogier edges ahead of Toyota team-mate Evans

Ogier WRC Monte Carlo 2020

Sebastien Ogier has edged ahead of Toyota World Rally Championship team-mate Elfyn Evans to claim the Monte Carlo Rally lead after a strong Friday afternoon loop.

Six-time WRC Monte Carlo Rally winner Ogier closed in on Evans by topping the first two stages of the afternoon's three-stage loop, and then on the final stage of the day got ahead of Evans by 1.2 seconds to lead a Toyota 1-2 at the rally's halfway point.

Ogier on the afternoon's opening stage, the 12.4-mile Curbans - Venterol test, reduced his deficit to leader Evans from 9.7s to 3.3s and with it moved past Thierry Neuville's Hyundai into second place overall.

Evans, who had dominated the morning loop to lead, ended the afternoon's first stage with a damaged front-right wheel.

He said "it just sucked me into the ditch in one place," and added that it was "not a big deal but very marginal".

Ogier then trimmed another 0.6s from Evans' advantage on the loop's second stage, from Saint-Clement-sur-Durance to Freissinieres, reducing the gap to the sister Yaris to 2.7s.

This was despite Ogier feeling that he had selected too many super-soft tyres for the dry conditions.

Ogier then took the overall lead by being 3.9s quicker than Evans on the day's final stage, between Avancon and Notre-Dame-du-Laus, although this time both were slower than stage-winner Neuville.

Overnight leader Neuville had continued to slip from the Toyotas' pace in the first two stages of the afternoon, and commented that he needed to get on top of pacenote corrections from his gravel crew, with Dani Sordo stepping in for the unwell Bruno Thiry as Neuville's opener for this rally.

Neuville WRC Monte Carlo 2020

With his late improvement Neuville ended the day in third, 6.4s off Ogier.

Seven-time Monte Carlo Rally winner Sebastien Loeb remained in fourth place overall in his Hyundai i20 Coupe and fell away on the stopwatch during the afternoon, to end the day just over a minute off the leader.

M-Sport's Esapekka Lappi continued in a disgruntled fifth place, falling to just under two minutes back from Ogier by the end of the day.

He is followed 22s back in sixth overall by Toyota's WRC debutant Kalle Rovanpera, who continued to impress in his Yaris. His team-mate Takamoto Katsuta is next up, over five minutes off the top.

The first of the R5 'WRC3' runners are next, with Eric Camilli in his Citroen C3 continuing to lead the way in eighth place overall, from his WRC3 rival and fellow C3 runner Nicolas Ciamin in ninth and just under a minute shy of him.

Ole Christian Veiby in his Hyundai NG i20 lost his WRC2 lead after losing around two minutes with a puncture on the afternoon's first stage.

This let Mads Ostberg, who himself had lost nearly three minutes with a puncture on this morning's opening stage, reclaim the WRC2 lead in his Citroen with a 10.7s advantage over Veiby.

Ostberg then extended his class lead to 13.9s by the day's conclusion and sits in 10th place overall.

Leading positions after SS8

1Sebastien Ogier, J.IngrassiaToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota1h43m31.5s
2Elfyn Evans, S.MartinToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota1.2s
3Thierry Neuville, N.GilsoulHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai6.4s
4Sebastien Loeb, D.ElenaHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai1m06.9s
5Esapekka Lappi, J.FermM-Sport Ford WRTFord1m57.2s
6Kalle Rovanpera, J.HalttunenToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota2m19.2s
7Takamoto Katsuta, D.BarrittToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota5m18.7s
8Eric Camilli, F-X.BuresiEric CamilliCitroen8m06.2s
9Nicolas Ciamin, Y.RocheNicolas CiaminCitroen9m04.0s
10Mads Ostberg, T.EriksenPH SportCitroen9m37.2s
11Ole-Christian Veiby, J.AnderssonHyundai Motorsport NHyundai9m51.1s
12Yoann Bonato, B.BoulloudYoann BonatoCitroen10m01.9s
13Yohan Rossel, B.FulcrandPH SportCitroen10m03.1s
14Gregoire Munster, L.LoukaGregoire MunsterSkoda10m08.1s
15Oliver Solberg, A.JohnstonOliver SolbergVolkswagen10m53.3s
16Teemu Suninen, J.LehtinenM-Sport Ford WRTFord11m26.8s
17Nikolay Gryazin, Y.FedorovHyundai Motorsport NHyundai11m29.4s
18Adrien Fourmaux, R.JamoulM-Sport Ford WRTFord12m12.5s
19Rhys Yates, J.MorganM-Sport Ford WRTFord13m36.9s
20Deividas Jocius, M.VarzaM-Sport Ford WRTFord13m49.5s
21Olivier Burri, A.LevrattiOlivier BurriVolkswagen16m28.8s
22Mauro Miele, L.BeltrameMauro MieleSkoda18m24.7s
23Raphael Astier, F.VauclareRaphael AstierFIAT19m49.6s
24Damien Oberti, T.EscartefigueDamien ObertiPeugeot24m08.5s
25Christophe Ganguet, E.FrisonChristophe GanguetFord24m14.4s
26Sean Johnston, A.KihuraniSean JohnstonPeugeot24m40.9s
27'Pedro', E.BaldacciniPedroFord25m03.4s
28Eamonn Boland, M.J.MorrisseyEamonn BolandFord25m19.5s
29Thibaut Poizot, M.GrandThibaut PoizotRenault25m38.0s
30Alessandro Gino, D.FappaniAlessandro GinoSkoda25m59.0s
31Renaud Dolce, Q.GiroudRenaud DolcePeugeot27m06.4s
32Nicolas Latil, R.RocheNicolas LatilVolkswagen27m55.1s
33Ismael Vuistiner, F.KummerIsmael VuistinerRenault28m00.0s
34Jeremy Caradec, C.AmorosJeremy CaradecRenault28m01.7s
35Bertrand Pierrat, A.ChevalierBertrand PierratVolkswagen29m36.5s
36Victor Cartier, M.MargaillanVictor CartierFord31m12.4s
37Fabrizio Arengi Bentivoglio, M.BosiFabrizio Arengi BentivoglioSkoda31m37.7s
38Boris Carminati, M.LacruzBoris CarminatiRenault33m28.5s
39Tony Ribaudo, J.DegrangeTony RibaudoPeugeot33m32.7s
40Mickael Boisseranc, C.C.-RollandMickael BoisserancFord33m42.4s
41Henk Vossen, E.BerkhofHenk VossenFord34m56.5s
42Nikos Pavlidis, A.HarrymanNikolaos PavlidisPeugeot35m18.3s
43Sacha Althaus, L.ZbindenSacha AlthausPeugeot36m01.1s
44Jean-Pierre Gatti, R.BellevilleJean-Pierre GattiPeugeot36m46.4s
45Alessandro Prosdocimo, M.L.ZanetAlessandro ProsdocimoPeugeot37m14.3s
46Lilian Vialle, M.GhirardelloLilian VialleRenault37m21.2s
47Zoltan Laszlo, T.BegalaMartin LaszloFord38m00.2s
48Remy Rota, J.EscartefigueRemy RotaPeugeot38m03.5s
49Richard Desbordes, S.DesbordesRichard DesbordesCitroen38m19.5s
50Laure Jaussaud, J.T.-EscartefigueLaure JaussaudRenault38m32.4s
51Pascal Eouzan, P.EouzanPascal EouzanPeugeot38m46.1s
52Christopher Garcin, F.NicoulauChristopher GarcinFord39m00.0s
53Thibault Lefebvre, P.BarnierThibault LefebvrePeugeot39m08.2s
54Michel Ducreux, A.RaoultMichel DucreuxPeugeot39m34.6s
55Ermanno Dionisio, F.GrimaldiErmanno DionisioDacia39m49.6s
56Enrico Brazzoli, M.BaroneEnrico BrazzoliSkoda40m50.9s
57Martin Lemaire, P.BarboniMartin LemaireCitroen41m12.2s
58Benjamin Duhamel, S.SzysDuhamel BenjaminRenault41m22.7s
59Baptiste Martin, J.TroinBaptiste MartinRenault42m10.0s
60Gilles Michellier, C.RichardGilles MichellierPeugeot42m20.7s
61Carlo Covi, M.LorigiolaCarlo CoviFord42m33.9s
62Miguel Diaz-Aboitiz, D.SanjuanMiguel Diaz-AboitizSkoda44m52.1s
63Christophe Berard, C.BernaboChristophe BerardFord45m08.4s
64Rachele Somaschini, C.LombardiRachele SomaschiniCitroen45m27.1s
65Domenico Ramoino, B.BanaudiDomenico RamoinoRenault45m56.9s
66Luc Caprasse, R.HermanLuc CaprasseAbarth46m01.4s
67Eric Filippi, F.MazottiEric FilippiRenault46m13.8s
68Bernard Jaussaud, C.JaussaudBernard JaussaudRenault47m03.6s
69Alain Cusimano, E.MassinAlain CusimanoRenault49m19.3s
70Thierry Lartillier, C.LemoineThierry LartillierRenault49m35.4s
71Marc Dessi, P.DessiMarc DessiPeugeot51m08.2s
72Jean-Marc Jerusalmi, G.LuthenJean-Marc JerusalmiRenault56m30.8s
73Julien Cartagena, A.AuberyJulien CartagenaPeugeot1h00m35.9s

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