By Jose Luis Abreu on January 22, 2023 12:26
Sébastien Ogier (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) grew to become 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 through which he nonetheless confirmed indicators of combating for victory, however the group stopped him, regardless that Matti Latvala stated it was not price the threat. Finn wins the PowerStage, so he has 23 factors. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) was third and fought exhausting, however he by no means had the automotive to carry out properly. 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 few month’s time, however for now on the dry tarmac of Monte Carlo, Toyota is off to an excellent begin. All their vehicles had been virtually excellent by way of reliability, solely Ogier suffered somewhat with the hybrid system, not a lot, which reveals the stage this group is at.
On the Hyundai aspect, we noticed a really aggressive Thierry Neuville, however and not using a automotive to do higher, he was as excessive as he could possibly 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, in order that they have lots to supply if they’re to assist the group regain the constructors’ title.
For M-Sport/Ford, it was recognized that Ott Tanak wanted time, and it confirmed. Also resulting from some mechanical issues in the two vehicles, the energy steering delayed the two pilots, though it was a mistake that prevented Pierre Louis Loubet from a distinct consequence.
Tanak, on the different hand, was fifth, doing what he has now, however it was already clear that he had plenty of 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 totally dry rally, though that does not imply it was simple, as a result of these roads should 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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