Monte-Carlo Rally 2024

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  • The 92nd edition of Monte-Carlo fell into the hands of Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai). The Belgian driver, already victorious in 2020, defeated the record holder of the event, Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) this Sunday January 28.
  • One time in the lead on Saturday, Sébastien Ogier and Vincent Landais slowed down at the end of the course. The eight-time WRC world champion surrendered in the first special on Sunday and admitted defeat. Fair play!
  • “It remains a solid result. We hoped to aim for victory, but we weren't able to. Thierry deserves his victory, he was very strong. »
  • First leader of the Monte-Carlo Rally between Thursday evening and Saturday morning, Elfyn Evans (Toyota) was unable to keep up with the pace of the duelists. The Welshman, in his defense, was let down by the hybrid system of his Yaris Rally1. He finished 3rd.
  • Back at Hyundai after a one-year lease with M-Sport, Ott Tänak had little influence on the progress of the event. Falling into a ditch on Friday morning, he finished just off the podium, but made up for it by scoring big points in the Power Stage and in the Sunday standings.
  • Promoted again by Malcolm Wilson to the WRC team, Adrien Fourmaux (M-Sport Ford) did the job by scoring the points for 5th place. The Frenchman remained discreet but made no mistake. He equals his best result in the WRC.
  • For his return to the premier category after two crowns in WRC2, Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai) lacked confidence. The Norwegian is satisfied with 6th place, ahead of Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota). The Japanese had lost five minutes in a ditch on the first day.
  • Setting off again the day after going off the road, Belgian Grégoire Munster (M-Sport Ford) finished 21st for his debut with the English team as starting driver.

Yohan Rossel at the finish in WRC2

  • Le WRC2 booked the best show possible. From the 1st to the 17th special, it was impossible to identify a favorite! The category controls have changed hands several times between Nikolay Gryazin (Citroën), Pepe Lopez (Skoda) and Yohan Rossel (Citroën). At the cost of an exceptional attack on the three Sunday specials, the Frenchman erased a delay of around fifteen seconds to snatch victory from Lopez on the slopes of the legendary Col de Turini!
  • “It’s unthinkable, declared an emotional Yohan Rossel. Yesterday I realized that if we weren't going to attack as hard as possible, we weren't going to win. It's crazy to win here. It feels good ! »
  • The next round is scheduled in Sweden, from February 16 to 18.
  • Find the analysis of the Monte-Carlo Rally by our special correspondent in the next issue of AUTOhebdo, on sale Monday evening digitally and Wednesday on newsstands.

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Classification of the rally:

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Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe win the Monte-Carlo and the Power Stage!

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Ogier:

  • “It remains a solid result. We hoped to aim for victory, but we weren't able to. Thierry deserves his victory, he was very strong. »
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Sébastien Ogier finished with the best time by 2 tenths!

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Elfyn Evans fails just 4 tenths behind Katsuta! “We weren't fast enough to win. We had problems Saturday afternoon. We lost our tires at the end. »

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Curiously, Ott Tänak finished behind Katsuta in this special. The 2019 champion shakes his head. " It was not easy. It was too dry for me. It will be a new adventure in Sweden. »

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Adrien Fourmaux finishes without incident. He will finish 5th in the rally. “We managed our race really well. It's very positive for a return to the highest level. We have areas to improve on ourselves and on the car but we will work on them. »

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Andreas Mikkelsen is ahead of Katsuta by almost 3 seconds. “It took me longer than expected to adapt to the Hyundai. I was careful this morning because the conditions were not easy. These cars are great but to exploit their potential to the fullest, it's going to take me some time. »

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Takamoto Katsuta smashes Munster's time by more than 16 seconds. Munster had failed in the first sector at the bottom of the climb. “It was a real disappointment to go off the road on Friday morning because it’s one of my favorite rallies. I will try to be on the attack in Sweden. Until then, I need to figure out what I need to improve. »

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Grégoire Munster, first competitor in Rally1, logically takes the best provisional time with 4 seconds ahead of Rossel. “There are positives. We showed good times for our 3rd outing with the Rally1. The car ran like clockwork. It's a shame not to make that happen with a 6th place and a fight against Andreas (Mikkelsen). »

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Rossel: “It’s unthinkable! Yesterday I realized that if we weren't going to attack as hard as possible, we weren't going to win. It's crazy to win here. It feels good ! »

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It's good ! Yohan Rossel and Arnaud Dunand win the WRC2! Pepe Lopez lost 4″9 on this final special. The Spaniard finished 2nd, ahead of Nikolay Gryazin.

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Rossel: “My tires were dead! I tried to manage as much as possible. I did what I could, it wasn't easy. »

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At the first intermediate point, Yohan Rossel leaves Pepe Lopez by 2 seconds and takes the lead in WRC2!

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Nicolas Ciamin finishes the special. The Frenchman should finish in the top 5 of WRC2. “It was a difficult rally. We couldn't do better than our ranking, we scored interesting points in the championship. Our openers worked well and we are now awaiting developments on our Hyundai to have more performance. »

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Lefebvre: “Mixed results but we arrived in the Yaris without any reference points. The potential of the car is enormous, I have to adapt it to my driving but I think it will be one of the references for the future. »

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As on most weekend specials, the road is dry.

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Let's go for Stéphane Lefebvre, who is driving the new Toyota GR Yaris Rally2.

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