WRC: Sebastien Ogier wins the Monte Carlo Rally for the 9th time

By Jose Luis Abreu on January 22, 2023 12:26



Sébastien Ogier (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) turned the greatest winner of the Monte Carlo Rally, overtaking Sébastien Loeb’s eight victories. Calle Rovanpera (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) was second, after a rally by which he nonetheless confirmed indicators of combating for victory, however the staff stopped him, despite the fact that Matti Latvala mentioned it was not value the threat. Finn wins the PowerStage, so he has 23 factors. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) was third and fought laborious, however he by no means had the automotive to carry out effectively. Scored two factors on the Power Stage, scoring 17 factors.
It’s clear that Toyota is one step forward of the competitors once more, let’s examine what occurs in Sweden in a couple of month’s time, however for now on the dry tarmac of Monte Carlo, Toyota is off to an excellent begin. All their automobiles had been nearly excellent when it comes to reliability, solely Ogier suffered a little bit with the hybrid system, not a lot, which reveals the stage this staff is at.
On the Hyundai facet, we noticed a really aggressive Thierry Neuville, however with no automotive to do higher, he was as excessive as he may very well be, and never being an asphalt specialist was sufficient to beat Cale Rovanpera, to not point out Sebastien. Ogier. Dani Sordo and Esapekka Lappi had been far beneath expectations, particularly for the Spaniard, so that they have loads to supply if they’re to assist the staff regain the constructors’ title.
For M-Sport/Ford, it was identified that Ott Tanak wanted time, and it confirmed. Also resulting from some mechanical issues in the two automobiles, the energy steering delayed the two pilots, though it was a mistake that prevented Pierre Louis Loubet from a unique outcome.
Tanak, on the different hand, was fifth, doing what he has now, however it was already clear that he had numerous work forward of him. Still, he was second on the Power Stage and scored 14 factors. not unhealthy
It was a Monte Carlo that lacked the pleasure and uncertainty that solely snow and ice might present. There wasn’t, it was a very dry rally, though that does not imply it was simple, as a result of these roads usually are not simple for anybody.
The feeling was WRC2 till the finish, Nikolay Gryazin (Skoda Fabia RS Rally2) crashed.
Yohan Rosell (Citroën C3 Rally2) 4.4s thus introduced the first victory of the new Skoda Fabia RS Rally2. Spaniard Pepe Lopez (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) is third.
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