29 June 2014
Rally Poland: Ogier in cruise mode as win looms
Sebastien Ogier completes SS22 of WRC Rally Poland with a 1 minute 8 seconds lead over Andreas Mikkelsen; Thierry Neuville is third with Mikko Hirvonen fourth and Jari-Matti Latvala fifth...
Volkwagen's Sebastien Ogier continues to lead Rally Poland pacing himself through SS21 and SS22 this morning.
Ogier began the final day more than a minute up on team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen and with the Norwegian similarly comfortable in second, neither driver had to push.
“I am watching the battle for third place,” Ogier joked after SS21. “For me it was safety mode. Still a nice stage to drive,” the Frenchman added following the next test.
“We are just taking it easy and, hopefully, [will have] a day without mistakes,” Mikkelsen remarked.
Behind, Thierry Neuville is 13.2 seconds up on Mikko Hirvonen – the gap had been 10.7 seconds last night.
Jari-Matti Latvala completes the top five having overhauled Juho Hanninen in the opening test of the day when he posted the quickest time. The Finn was then fastest again in SS22 and now lies 8.5 seconds off P4.
Further back, after Hanninen in sixth, Hayden Paddon holds seventh – although he is only 0.1 seconds up on Kris Meeke. Meeke was another on the move, and after going second in SS21 demoted Henning Solberg to ninth. The Briton was then third in the next test and now has Paddon firmly in his sights.
Martin Prokop completes the top-ten, with WRC2 class leader, Ott Tanak eleventh. Tanak spun in SS22, but was still quickest – as he was in SS21. He now lies 1 minute 35.3 seconds up on Jari Ketomaa. Yazeed Al-Rajhi is third.
Of the rest, Elfyn Evans and Robert Kubica both re-started this morning under Rally 2. Kubica, however, was late out of service due to an alternator problem, landing him with a 2 minute 20 second time penalty. He is now 22nd overall, while Evans is 36th. Mads Ostberg did not re-start due to rollcage damage.
Rally Poland now continues with another go through the 2.50 km Mikolajki Arena super special (SS23), before the Power Stage – the 14.90 km Baranowo 2 test (SS24) – brings proceedings to a close.
SS23 is due to start at 11.02 hours local time [10.02 hours UK time], before SS24 starts at 12.05 hours [11.05 hours UK time].
Rally Poland: Overall standings after Stage 22 (Top 10):
1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2hours 24m 49.2s M
2. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +01m 08.0s M
3. Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +02m 12.4s M
4. Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02m 25.6s M
5. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +02m 34.1s M
6. Juho Hanninen Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +02m 44.5s M
7. Hayden Paddon Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC +04m 24.9s M
8. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +04m 35.0s M
9. Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +04m 44.2s
10. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +05m 55.6s M
11. Ott Tanak Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta R5 +07m 40.9s WRC2
12. Jari Ketomaa Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta R5 +09m 16.2s WRC2
13. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +11m 30.3s WRC2
14. Bryan Bouffier Ford Fiesta R5 +11m 52.0s
15. Valeriy Gorban MINI Cooper S2000 1.6T +12m 57.0s WRC2
WRC2 standings after Stage 22 (Top 3):
1. Ott Tanak Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta R5 2hrs 32m 30.1s WRC2
2. Jari Ketomaa Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta R5 +01m 35.3s WRC2
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +03m 49.4s WRC2
SS5/6. Michal Solowow Ford Fiesta RS WRC Mechanical
SS9. Karl Kruuda Peugeot 208 T16 Rolled WRC2
SS13. Krzysztof Holowczyc Lotto Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC Accident
SS14. Mads Ostberg Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC Went off M
SS14. Elfyn Evans M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Suspension damage M*
SS16. Martin Kangur Ford Fiesta S2000 Lost a wheel WRC2
SS17. Robert Kubica RK M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Knocked off a wheel M*
M denotes Manufacturer entry
*denotes re-started on Sunday under Rally 2
all times unofficial
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