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Reigning champ Sébastien Ogier has inherited the overall lead of the Monte Carlo Rally as leader Thierry Neuville crashed on the final stage of day 3.
The Hyundai driver won the opening stage of the day and was 51 seconds in front of M-Sport’s Ogier. Special Stage 13 proved unlucky for the Belgian driver when his Hyundai i20 oversteered after a tight corner and damaged the suspension. Neuville managed to crawl the car back and took over 47 minutes to complete the stage.
His accident puts him in 16th overall and almost certainly out of top 10 contention, however could still redeem himself in tomorrows power stage. This is all good news for Sébastien Ogier who inherits Neuville’s lead. It’s an M-Sport 1-2 at the moment with Ott Tanak’s Ford Fiesta running 47 seconds behind in second place while the debuting Toyota Yaris of Jari-Matti Latvala is already making a name for itself in third.
Hyundai have had a disaster of a stage as Dani Sordo’s power steering failed during a fast part of the course. He sits fifth while Citroen’s Craig Breen once again leapfrogs the Spaniard in a tit-for-tat battle.
The third M-Sport Ford of Elfyn Evans has run superbly today, winning three stages. The Welshman is currently sixth place albeit 3 minutes off Dani Sordo. Andreas Mikkelsen is seventh overall and leading the WRC-2 pack with Jan Kopecky, Bryan Bouffier and Pontus Tidemand trailing.
The final day of the 85th Monte Carlo Rally begins at 9:22am tomorrow morning.