WRC »

Rally Finland: Ostberg edges ahead on second morning

Mads Ostberg edges ahead on the second morning of Rally Finland with a slender lead over championship leader Sebastien Ogier
Mads Ostberg has edged ahead on Rally Finland after four dramatic stages on Friday morning saw the Ford driver take a slender lead over championship leader Sebastien Ogier.

The Qatar M-Sport WRT driver sat third overnight but moved into top spot when he went second fastest behind Mikko Hirvonen's Citroen on the opening test of the day.

Although he then slipped behind Ogier on the following stage, the fastest time on the penultimate test of the morning gave the Norwegian an advantage he was then able to hold onto after the first run through Lankamaa; the longest test tackled by crews so far this weekend.

“There has been a really good battle today and I think we have done a good job so far," Ostberg said. "We've been quite relaxed and have just been really enjoying the driving. The speed has also been very good so I am pleased with that. It is one of the closest battles that I can remember in a long time!

“At the moment, we are on the safe side and not taking any big risks. But I understand that if I want to keep up with [Sébastien] Ogier, and really fight for this victory, then I might have to find a bit more. At the moment I am losing a bit of time whenever I am in doubt and we're backing off the pace a bit too much.

“We will see this afternoon if we need to change that or if we can continue how we have been. We have more speed to give, it's just a case of whether we need to use it.”

The time lost to stage winner Ogier – who admitted he was driving with one eye on the championship – on SS10 enabled the Volkswagen man to close to within 0.8secs of the lead ahead of the afternoon loop, which features a return run through the four morning stages and a second blast through the short Killeri Super Special test.

Having lost time on the opening day, Hirvonen moved up to third place with a solid morning despite raising concerns about his pacenotes, while overnight leader Thierry Neuville was unable to maintain his position out front as he slipped down to fourth.

“We took it steadily this morning so it's good to see that we're not too far off the pace," he said. "I was much more careful than I was yesterday – making sure the pacenotes were right and also lacking a bit of confidence on the slippery stages this morning.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Mads Ostberg, Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC #4, Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mads Ostberg, Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC #4, Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mads Ostberg, Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC #4, Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team)
WRC 2 winners, Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40)
WRC 2 winners, Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.