WRC Rally Poland: Ogier's lead trimmed

Sebastien Ogier completes SS16 of Rally Poland still on top, but his lead over Andreas Mikkelsen has been cut from 7.2s to 4.7s; Ott Tanak is third locked in a close fight with Jari-Matti Latvala for the final podium place
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier continues to lead Rally Poland following Saturday afternoon's curtailed second loop, but team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen has closed.

Ogier went into the repeat loop with a 7.2s advantage, and with SS14 cancelled on safety grounds, competitors only had two tests to tackle before heading to the regroup.

Mikkelsen outpaced Ogier in both stages, gaining 1.4s in SS15, when he was quickest, and then taking back a further 1.1s in SS16, when he was joint second, although like this morning, he again complained about hanging dust.

It means the two will now go to the SSS this evening, for the third run through Mikolajki Arena, split by 4.7s.

Meanwhile, Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala remained locked in a close scrap for third, 10 or so seconds further back. Latvala initially re-took third in SS15, before Tanak posted the best time in SS16 to inch back ahead, 2.4s the difference.

Hyundai's Hayden Paddon completes the top-five, with team-mate Thierry Neuville sixth, 20.4s adrift.

Former F1 ace and local star Robert Kubica is next up, followed by Kris Meeke, Mads Ostberg and Dani Sordo in positions 8 through to 10.

In WRC2, Esapekka Lappi remains more than 30s ahead of Skoda team-mate Pontus Tidemand. Karl Kruuda is third.

Day two of Rally Poland now concludes with Mikolajki Arena 3 – scheduled to start at 20.18 hours local time. Full itinerary for round seven in WRC 2015 available - HERE.

2015 Rally Poland: Overall standings after Stage 16 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2h 10m 38.0s M
2. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +0m 04.7s M
3. Ott Tanak M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +0m 15.4s M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +0m 17.8s M
5. Hayden Paddon Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC +0m 53.3s M
6. Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +1m 13.7s M
7. Robert Kubica Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 29.1s
8. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +1m 37.4s M
9. Mads Ostberg Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +1m 54.3s M
10. Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +2m 15.4s M


11. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m 00.0s M
12. Esapekka Lappi Skoda Fabia R5 +4m 51.4s WRC2
13. Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +5m 29.2s WRC2
14. Karl Kruuda Citroen DS 3 R5 +6m 53.2s WRC2
15. Lorenzo Bertelli Ford Fiesta RS WRC +7m 46.4s M
16. Kevin Abbring Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +7m 47.9s

WRC2 standings after Stage 16 (Top 3):

1. Esapekka Lappi Skoda Fabia R5 2h 15m 29.4s WRC2
2. Pontus Tidemand Skoda Fabia R5 +0m 37.8s WRC2
3. Karl Kruuda Citroen DS 3 R5 +2m 01.8s WRC2

Notable retirements:

SS10/11. Elfyn Evans M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Suspected water pump failure M

M denotes Manufacturer entry

all times unofficial
by Rob Wilkins

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Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo WRC #1, Volkswagen Motorsport)

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