Tänak unlucky, Ogier new leader in Sardinia

His i20 stopped after hitting a rock, the Estonian handed over the reins of the Italian event to the Frenchman.

Published on 05/06/2021 à 13:09

Gonzalo Forbes

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Tänak unlucky, Ogier new leader in Sardinia

Ott Tänak is no longer at the helm of the Rally Portugal. ©DPPI/N. Katikis

When it doesn't want, it doesn't want. Already struck by bad luck a fortnight ago in Portugal when he was leading the rally, Ott Tänak (Hyundai) experienced the same disappointment this Saturday near Sardinia.

Solid leader since the first special of the Italian round, the 2019 champion mastered his subject perfectly and was in a good position to achieve his second victory of the campaign. But now, bad luck has once again fallen on the heads of the Tänak-Järveoja crew.

Last to pass in SS12, Ott Tänak hit a rock which was in the middle of the road. Although its size was not considerable, the damage was, as the Hyundai driver was forced to immediately immobilize his i20.

On the mat, the Estonian offers the orders of the Rally of Italy to Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) who was nevertheless 40” behind at the start of SS5.

Ott Tänak out of the race, the Gapençais now leads the way ahead of Dani Sordo (Hyundai) and Elfyn Evans (Toyota). The first is 17 seconds before the second loop of the day while the second is more than 5 seconds away.

Surprise leader, Sébastien Ogier prefers to play the cautious card before tackling the second part of the day: “ There is still a way to go ».


General classification after SS12

Four other stages are on the afternoon program this Saturday. The competition is scheduled to resume at 15:10 p.m. with SS13.

Gonzalo Forbes

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

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