WRC Wales Rally GB: Ogier doubles lead

Sebastien Ogier stretches his advantage from 15.1s post-SS8 to 30.5s post-SS13; Kris Meeke remains second, with Andreas Mikkelsen third; Ott Tanak climbs to fourth after Dani Sordo and Mads Ostberg both have problems...
Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has doubled his lead on Wales Rally GB and now has a 30.5s advantage over Kris Meeke post-SS13.

Ogier eked out his overnight advantage to 15.1s this morning in the first two test stages, before then pulling ahead on the middle loop, after winning SS10 and SS12. He also won SS11 too – but only after his time was corrected by the Clerk of the Course to take into account what he lost when he had to stop after Thierry Neuville rolled his Hyundai i20 WRC .

“It's very tricky, there are a lot of places where the grip is close to zero and it's very fast,” Ogier remarked after SS12. “Even now there is a lot of standing water on the road but it's tough for everyone.”

Speaking after posting the third best time in SS13, the short 2.06km Chirk Castle test, he added: “It is different for sure but it was okay for me. It's really clean now and it's going to be constant for everyone. The grip was okay but I was cautious. More to lose than win here.”

Meanwhile, Meeke had a trouble-free run and was second quickest in SS9, SS10 and SS12, as well as going third in SS11.

“A long day and it's not over yet. I'm quite hungry!” Meeke noted post-SS13. “Everything is going fine. I am just trying to go as careful as we can. I really can't afford a mistake. I've always known it's not possible to take on Ogier in a straight fight, I'm content where I am.”

Behind, Andreas Mikkelsen continues to hold third and despite breaking a rear-damper with a puncture in SS8, was quickest in SS9 and second in SS11 and SS13.

M-Sport's Ott Tanak is now up to fourth, 9.8s ahead of Dani Sordo's Hyundai, the Spaniard losing precious seconds in SS10, when his engine stalled at a hairpin.

“I had a problem changing down through the gearbox - the same problem we had in Germany,” Sordo explained at the finish of the test. “I arrived at a corner in fourth, I stalled and after that I went like crazy and hit a barrier. We lost a lot of time.”

Hayden Paddon is next up in sixth, 26.8s off his team-mate, with Elfyn Evans seventh and Mads Ostberg eighth, the latter losing time in SS11 – over 90 seconds - when he went off and got stuck in a ditch. He has, however, been struggling throughout with water and mud seeping into his DS 3 WRC – a issue that has got steadily worse.

Further back, Stephane Lefebvre holds ninth, with Lorenzo Bertelli tenth, 5.7s up on former F1 pilot, Robert Kubica.

In WRC2, Eric Camilli continues to lead, now 15.4s up on Teemu Suninen. Craig Breen is third.

As for retirements, Martin Prokop was forced out after SS12 following a collision with Paddon on the road section.

Saturday's leg now concludes with repeat-runs through Dyfnant and Aberhirnant. SS14, Dynfant 2, is due to start at 18.25 hours local time. Full event itinerary available - HERE.

2015 Wales Rally GB: Overall standings after Stage 13 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2hr 21m 24.2s M
2. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +0m 30.5s M
3. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +0m 57.1s M
4. Ott Tanak M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 24.6s M
5. Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +2m 34.4s M
6. Hayden Paddon Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +3m 01.2s M
7. Elfyn Evans M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m 09.6s M
8. Mads Ostberg Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +3m 47.5s M
9. Stephane Lefebvre Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +5m 01.7s
10. Lorenzo Bertelli Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6m 03.3s M


11. Robert Kubica Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6m 09.0s
12. Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta R5 +8m 54.4s WRC2
13. Teemu Suninen Skoda Fabia S2000 +9m 09.8s WRC2
14. Craig Breen Peugeot 208 T16 +11m 00.4s WRC2
15. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC +12m 21.2s WRC2
16. Josh Moffett Ford Fiesta RS WRC +12m 22.3s
17. Sam Moffett Ford Fiesta RS WRC +12m 55.1s

WRC2 standings after Stage 13 (Top 3):

1. Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta R5 2h 30m 18.6s WRC2
2. Teemu Suninen Skoda Fabia S2000 +0m 15.4s WRC2
3. Craig Breen Peugeot 208 T16 +2m 05.9s WRC2

Notable retirements:

SS2. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC Went off M*
SS3. Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC Lost a wheel M*
SS3. Kevin Abbring Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC Mechanical

SS8/9. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC Broken driveshaft M
SS11. Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC Rolled M*
SS12/SS13. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC Accident on road section M

M denotes Manufacturer entry

*denotes re-started under Rally 2 on Saturday

all times unofficial
by Rob Wilkins

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

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