15 November 2013
Wales Rally GB: Ogier consolidates with stage hat-trick
Sebastien Ogier concludes day two of Wales Rally GB with a 20.1 second lead over Volkswagen team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala; Thierry Neuville is a distant third for the Qatar World Rally Team with M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC colleagues Mads Ostberg and Evgeny Novikov fourth and fifth respectively...
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier took a clean sweep of stage wins this afternoon on Wales Rally GB to help cement his place at the top of the Wales Rally GB leaderboard.
Ogier started the day with a 3.2 second advantage and by the mid-day point he had increased that to 13.5 seconds, something he then proceeded to stretch further on the repeat loop.
Indeed he was 1.7 seconds up on team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala on the second run through Hafren, before taking another 2.7 seconds out of the Finn in SS8, Sweet Lamb 2 – with Jari-Matti 'only' fourth. The new WRC Champion then ended the loop with his fourth stage win of the day – and his sixth of the event - in Myherin 2 and now heads back to service with a 20.1 second cushion.
“It has been a good day,” said Ogier. “It will be a big fight with Jari – he is pushing hard. I am on the limit, but always considering the conditions.”
“It is another typical Wales Rally GB, that much is certain," Ogier added. "You can easily make a mistake and find yourself flying off the road. I have experienced that often enough in the past. The conditions are difficult, particularly on the 'Myherin' stage, where the grip level changed so often. For this reason, we did not risk everything all the time. Even I was surprised by my time this morning – fortunately it was a nice surprise.
"There was a great atmosphere on 'Sweet Lamb', and I'm sure the many spectators there were having great fun. You can see almost the entire route, which features a lot of spectacular jumps and the water crossings.”
Latvala meanwhile reported a 'big moment' in Myherin 2, although he was still second quickest and only 2.2 seconds behind Ogier: “I'm bitterly disappointed,” he said after SS9. “I had a huge moment in there and I think I lost at least five seconds.”
“It was not very easy to judge the surface conditions," Latvala continued once back in service. "Some places we thought would be slippery actually offered good levels of grip, while quite the opposite was true of other spots.
"As the first car out onto the route, we did not have any braking marks to use as orientation. As such, it was difficult to find a good rhythm right from the word go. I lost a little time here and there, but hope to be able to push hard again tomorrow morning. We are only halfway through, so a lot can still happen.”
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