Tour de Corse: Ogier increases his lead after SS7

Ⓒ AFP – PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA – | Frenchman Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport Ford) during the first day of the Tour de Corse, April 6, 2018 in Barchetta

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport Ford) increased his lead at the Tour de Corse, the fourth round of the WRC World Championship, after the first three stages (ES5 to ES7) of the second day on Saturday morning.

The five-time world champion is now ahead of Belgium’s Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) by 41.6 seconds and Briton Kris Meeke (Citroën) by 46.8 seconds. Estonian driver Ott Tänak (Toyota), fastest time on SS7, is fourth at 48.9 seconds behind Ogier, before the last three stages of the day.

Rally 2 (more than 20 minutes from Ogier) after his misadventure the day before, the French Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) nevertheless signed the scratch time on the ES5 and ES6, enough to feed regrets because he seemed the only one able to beat Ogier on a regular basis this weekend.

“It’s frustrating but it’s like that, now I’m just trying to have fun,” said the nine-crown WRC driver.

His former rival Citroën, strong in his lead, appeared in control, signing the 4th time of ES5 and ES6, then the second in the ES7.

“These specials are completely new and it’s never too easy to get on with it,” said Ogier after SS6.

The Gapençais seems, except big mechanical hard blow, on track to garner a second success at the Tour de Corse, after that of 2016 in a Volkswagen Polo.

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