Ogier keeps Tänak at bay ahead of final day in Portugal

Threatened by Ott Tänak, Sébastien Ogier raised his voice at the end of the day to repel his rival's offensive. Here he is with more than 10 seconds before the last day of the Rally Portugal.

Published on 11/05/2024 à 20:56

Gonzalo Forbes

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Ogier keeps Tänak at bay ahead of final day in Portugal

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  • After the one at the start of the day, the crossover between Sébastien Ogier et Ott Tänak continued during the second loop this Saturday. On Portuguese soil, it was the Estonian who went on the attack. The hunter must always hunt. Thus, the world champion started the afternoon with two best times.
  • With 5"7 taken during the first two passes, he intended to send a message to Sébastien Ogier, on whom he was only 7"8 behind. It didn't take much more to wake up the Habs. On the Amarante special, 37 kilometers long and on which his runner-up had distinguished himself a few hours earlier, the Gapençais raised his voice and pushed Ott Tänak back to 11 after having beaten him by 9.
  • The first blow sent, the eight-time world champion put on a second coat during SS17, the last real special of the day (a super special completes the day). Aware that his counterpart in Hyundai intended to attack, the pilot Toyota made him understand that he was going to have to stay with him until the end. The Frenchman doubled his lead by 1 seconds ahead of him. If he attacked the Lousada show (6:20 p.m.) this Saturday evening with a 05" lead, Sébastien Ogier has 13" after losing 5" in his face-to-face with Ott Tänak.
  • « It was a good day, he whispered, happy to pocket the 18 points on Saturday evening thanks to the new scale. There were a lot of pitfalls. We didn't expect so many events to happen this Saturday. For Toyota, it wasn't a perfect day because we lost two cars (Kalle Rovanperä and Takamoto Katsuta). For my part, she was good. We must now try to finish the work tomorrow (Sunday).

Fourmaux moves into the Top 5

  • On the side ofAdrien fourmaux, this afternoon was dedicated to pleasure. Somewhat left behind by the Hyundai duo, Dani Sordo-Thierry Neuville, at the start of the day, the Northerner let go of the horses during the second loop and regained ground.
  • If Thierry Neuville and his third place remain at 21"5, Dani Sordo is only 7"3 behind. The pilot M-Sport can congratulate himself on a good strategy which allowed him to finally find himself always close to the South Korean machines in front of him and even to set the best time in the super special, his first of the weekend.
  • Note that Kalle Rovanperä and Takamoto Katsuta did not take part in the afternoon loop after their incidents in the morning.

General classification after SS17

  • In WRC2, the ranking has once again been turned upside down. This day saw 4 different leaders, or rather 5. At the helm after the misfortunes of Oliver Solberg and Yohan Rossel in the first part of this day, Gus Greensmith made a mistake in the first special of the afternoon. Forced to retire, he left first place in Rally2 to Nikolay Gryazin. The Russian having decided not to score points in Portugal, Jan Solans finds himself as the real leader of WRC2 with 8 seconds ahead of Joshua Mcerlean and 11 seconds over Yohan Rossel, completely revived.

The resumption of Rally of Portugal is scheduled for 8:05 a.m. this Sunday with SS19 and will be followed via live text.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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