WRC Rally de Espana: Ogier maintains advantage

Sebastien Ogier completes SS12 still on top on Rally de Espana, now 27.9 seconds up Jari-Matti Latvala
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier pretty much maintained his advantage on Rally de Espana on Saturday afternoon, despite a scare in SS11.

Ogier controlled the pace this morning, but finished Escaladei 2 with a damaged front wheel – although he was still quickest, 4.6 seconds up on team-mate and closest rival, Jari-Matti Latvala.

Ogier then conceded 5 seconds to Latvala in SS12, but still remains 27.9 seconds ahead. The gap had been 28.3 seconds after SS10.

“For the last 20km [of SS11] I drove with a de-laminated tyre, but we survived,” Ogier told the official WRC site.

“Are you going to ask again if I can defend my lead?” Loeb added after Colldejou 2.

“Hopefully tonight I'm going to manage it [through the 2.24 km Salou super special]. The tyres are really good.

“No problem.”

Latvala reported brake issues after SS12, but was still quickest: “I try as much as I can,” he noted. “The car is very good, but the brakes aren't so great.

“I have to push so hard and they are not working. I am losing time under braking. But I am trying as hard as I can.”

Mikko Hirvonen meanwhile is now a more comfortable third after Andreas Mikkelsen lost over 2.5 minutes in SS11 with a puncture. The VW Motorsport II pilot now slips to seventh, with Hirvonen 39 seconds off P2 and 25.9 seconds up on Mads Ostberg in fourth.

Behind, Hyundai duo Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville are fifth and sixth, while Martin Prokop, Hayden Paddon and Yuriy Protasov complete the top ten in positions 8 through to 10.

Robert Kubica retired in SS11 after taking a wheel off. He had been running ninth in his Fiesta RS WRC car.

In WRC2, Nasser Al-Attiyah remains in the lead, 1 minute 2.4 seconds up on Julien Maurin.

Saturday's action now concludes with the short 2.24 km Salou super special. SS13 is set to start at 17.07 hours local time [16.07 hours UK time].

RallyRACC-Rally de Espana: Overall standings after Stage 12 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 3hrs 01m 37.4s M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +00m 27.9s M
3. Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +01m 16.9s M
4. Mads Ostberg Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +01m 45.3s M
5. Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +02m 09.3s M
6. Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +03m 36.0s M
7. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +03m 48.9s M
8. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +07m 04.9s M
9. Hayden Paddon Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC +08m 23.7s M
10. Yuriy Protasov M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +09m 41.7s


11. Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC +09m 50.5s WRC2
12. Ken Block M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10m 03.2s
13. Julien Maurin Ford Fiesta R5 +10m 52.9s WRC2
14. Xavi Pons Ford Fiesta R5 +12m 07.1s
15. Khalid Al Qassimi Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +12m 13.1s
16. Elfyn Evans M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +12m 46.3s M
17. Robert Barrable Ford Fiesta R5 +14m 21.4s WRC2

WRC2 standings after Stage 12 (Top 3):

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC 3hrs 11m 27.9s WRC2
2. Julien Maurin Ford Fiesta R5 +01m 02.4s WRC2
3. Robert Barrable Ford Fiesta R5 +04m 30.9s WRC2

Notable retirements:

SS3/SS4. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC Double puncture M*
SS6. Elfyn Evans M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Radiator damage M*

SS11. Robert Kubica RK M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Lost a wheel M

M denotes Manufacturer entry

*denotes re-started on Saturday under Rally 2

all times unofficial

Tagged as: Spain , Ogier , volkswagen , Rally Espana

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
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 - 2016 Crash Media Group

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