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WRC Tour de Corse: Ogier forges ahead of Meeke in early stages

Sebastien Ogier wins both morning stages as the Tour de Corse gets underway to put 14.7secs between himself and Kris Meeke.
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Sebastien Ogier has opened up a comfortable 14.7secs lead over Kris Meeke following the opening two stages of the 2016 Tour de Corse.

Looking to take another formidable step towards a fourth consecutive World Rally Championship title, the Frenchman was quickest through both Friday morning tests to put a solid margin between himself and Kris Meeke.

Taking a break from testing for Citroen ahead of its full-scale return to WRC next season to get back to competition in the outgoing DS3 WRC, the Englishman pushed Ogier early on through the Acqua Doria - Albitreccia SS1, only to spin and drop four seconds to his rival.

He was then only third quickest in the SS2 Plage du Liamone - Sarrola-Carcopino, allowing Ogier to pull out 14.7secs over the Englishman.

Between them on the SS2 timesheets was Hyundai's Thierry Neuville, in turn bringing himself up to third position overall ahead of his team-mates Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon, the trio 17s, 18s and 29s adrift at this early stage.

Ogier's closest rival in the standings, team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen was sixth fastest – half a minute down already -, with Jari-Matti Latvala, Craig Breen, Mads Ostberg and Eric Camilli completing the top ten.

In the WRC2 class, Elfyn Evans has forged an early lead over Jan Kopecky, with Kevin Abbring in the all-new Hyundai i20 R5 running an impressive third.



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