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Stuart Turner @ Castle Combe 24th April

Tuesday 24th April 7:30 pm
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Former BMC & Ford Competitions Manager and architect of the competition success of the Mini Cooper S and Ford Escort
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10th April, 2018

Ogier scores easy Corsican victory

Sebastien Ogier scored a relatively easy victory on the Tour de Corse - third round of the 2018 World Rally Champiopnship - cruising through the final two Sunday stages on Sunday and giving up nearly one third of his advantage over Ott Tanak in the 55.17km Vero-Sarrola-Carcopino stage, but still starting the power stage with a gap of 31 seconds.
Tanak had started the day 0.1s ahead of Thierry Neuville and the Estonian secured the runner-up position by comfortably topping SS11 with Neuville completing the podium ahead of Dani Sordo, who moved up a place as a result of Esapekka Lappi losing nearly two minutes when he hit a kerb and suffered a puncture on SS11. Although the Finn lost three positions, he gained one back in the power stage, where he was fastest.
Elfyn Evans was only 3.5s behind Sordo in fifth as Andreas Mikkelsen had to settle for seventh behind Lappi. WRC2 winner Jan Kopecky took eighth overall ahead of Kris Meeke, who dropped from second to 10th after crashing on the final stage of Saturday, but gained a position on Sunday. The top 10 was completed by Yoann Bonato, runner-up in the WRC2 class. WRC returnee Sebastien Loeb took some consulation with four points after taking second in the Power Stage ahead of Ogier, Meeke and Tanak.

Leading finishers

Pos .... Driver .... Team .... Car .... Gap
1. Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 3h26m52.7s
2. Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 36.1s
3. Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 1m07.5s
4. Dani Sordo, C.del Barrio Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 2m02.6s
5. Elfyn Evans, P.Mills M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 2m06.1s
6. Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 2m33.5s
7. Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 2m43.4s
8. Jan Kopecky, P.Dresler Skoda Motorsport II Skoda 10m34.8s
9. Kris Meeke, P.Nagle Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 10m40.5s
10. Yoann Bonato, B.Boulloud Citroen 12m26.0s

10th April, 2018

Ogier leads first day in Corsica

Sebastien Ogier took an early lead of the Rally Corsica, while Sebastien Loeb crashed on the second stage, when the nine-time champion's hopes of victory in the second of his three planned 2018 outings with Citroen came to an abrupt end when he put his C3 in a ditch just moments after he started the test. The Citroen team reported that Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena were OK, but did not say whether they will return.

Loeb had been second on the opening test to Ogier, who was 9.7 seconds faster than his countryman on the 30-mile stage. Following Loeb's crash, M-Sport Ford Fiesta driver Ogier was able to extend his rally lead to 21.1s over Kris Meeke with another fastest time on the shorter Piedigriggio - Pont de Castirla second stage.

Thierry Neuville completes the top three, a little more than two seconds behind Meeke, but reported he was unhappy with the balance of his Hyundai i20 - which he claimed was "all over the place" - after the opening test. Toyota's trio also suffered on the opening stage with braking issues through the water sections.

Ott Tanak is the highest-placed Yaris in fourth position ahead of M-Sport's Elfyn Evans, who has Petter Solberg's former co-driver Phil Mills alongside him this weekend while Daniel Barritt continues his recovery from a Rally Mexico crash.

Dani Sordo, who finished runner-up to Ogier in Mexico, sits in sixth place ahead of the second and third Toyotas of Esapekka Lappi and Jari-Matti Latvala. Sordo's Hyundai team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen spun on the opening corner of the first stage and ended the morning in ninth place, marginally ahead of the third M-Sport Fiesta of Bryan Bouffier, who is making his first appearance since the season-opener. The Skoda of Jan Kopecky leads the WRC2 category ahead of his team-mate Ole Christian Veiby.

Leading positions

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport 39m53.7s
2 Kris Meeke, P.Nagle Citroen Total Abu Dhabi 21.1s
3 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis 23.4s
4 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota Gazoo Racing 25.1s
5 Elfyn Evans, P.Mills M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 37.7s
6 Dani Sordo, C.del Barrio Hyundai Shell Mobis 42.0s
7 Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota Gazoo Racing 45.2s
8 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota Gazoo Racing 53.0s
9 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai Shell Mobis 53.2s
10 Bryan Bouffier, X.Panseri M-Sport Ford 54.4s


6th April, 2018

Ogier Wins but Loeb Stars in Mexico

Sebastien Ogier reclaimed the World Rally Championship points lead with a dominant victory on Rally Mexico, beating Dani Sordo and Kris Meeke. Despite running second on the road the M-Sport Fiesta driver put in a series of blistering stage times to remain within striking distance of early rally leader Sordo and the Citroens of Meeke and series returnee Sebastien Loeb. Sordo won two stages on Friday to lead from Meeke, but Loeb marked his first WRC round since Monte Carlo 2015 by usurping the Spaniard on Saturday morning with two stage victories of his own.

Both Sordo and Loeb then suffered front-left punctures on Saturday afternoon, allowinh Ogier to hit the front and from then on, took four stage wins to extend his lead over Meeke, who spun three times on SS20, with the world champion going on to claim his second win of the season.

Loeb hit a stone and lost more than two minutes when he and co-driver Daniel Elena stopped to change a wheel. Meeke would have challenged Ogier more were it not for two spins in successive stages, the latter on a narrow piece of road which forced the Northern Irishman to drive the wrong way to rotate the car. A further half-roll on SS20 after sliding on a cobbled hairpin cost Meeke another 45 seconds, dropping him behind Sordo to third. Great performances from Pontus Tidemand, who took WRC2 honours at a canter and Gus Greensmith, claiming superb seventh and ninth places in the overall top-ten results respectively.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos.....Driver .....Team ..... Car ..... Gap
1. Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport Ford WRT 3h53m58.0s
2. Dani Sordo, C.del Barrio Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT 1m13.6s
3. Kris Meeke, P.Nagle Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT 1m29.2s
4. Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT 1m48.4s
5. Sebastien Loeb, D.Elena Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT 2m34.6s
6. Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT 9m13.0s
7. Pontus Tidemand, J.Andersson Skoda Motorsport 10m34.7s
8. Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT 15m47.1s
9. Gus Greensmith, C.Parry Ford 17m19.3s
10. Pedro Heller, P.Olmos Ford 24m28.1s


12th March, 2018

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