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Ogier tops Rallye Monte Carlo Shakedown for M-Sport

Sebastien Ogier has demonstrated his immediate adaptability to the new M-Sport Ford by topping the Rallye Monte Carlo shakedown.
Sebastien Ogier has demonstrated his immediate adaptability to the new M-Sport Ford by topping the Rallye Monte Carlo shakedown ahead of former team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen in his Skoda WRC-2 challenger.

With teams opting to conserve sets of tyres for the 2017 season opener, the Shakedown results are unlikely to provide a full picture of the pace each team holds with the new regulations as most drivers limited themselves to three or fewer runs on the Shakedown at Gap.

It didn't stop Ogier reclaiming his top spot, having won the event for the past three years, and was over four seconds clear of nearest rival and former Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen competing for Skoda in the WRC-2 category.

Ott Tanak ensured two M-Sport cars were in the top three ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala who debuted the all-new Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing squad as Hyundai's Hayden Paddon rounded out the top five.

Dani Sordo, Juho Hanninen and Thierry Neuville kept close company with the leaders, while it was a measured return to action for the factory Citroen drivers.

Irishman Craig Breen was the highest finisher for Citroen Abu Dhabi WRC with 16th overall, ahead of team-mates Stephane Lefebvre (18th) and Kris Meeke (22nd).

The 2017 Rallye Monte Carlo gets underway on Thursday 19th January with SS1 and SS2 starting at 20:14 local time.
by Haydn Cobb



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12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
12.02.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
12.02.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
12.02.2017 - Podium WRC 2, 1st place Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport, 2nd place Teemu SUNINEN (FIN) - Mikko MARKKULA (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5, M‐Sport World Rally Team and 3rd place Ole Christian VEIBY (NOR) - Stig Rune SKJÆRMOEN (NOR) Skoda Fabia R5, Printsport
12.02.2017 - WRC 2, Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport race winner
12.02.2017 - Teemu SUNINEN (FIN) - Mikko MARKKULA (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Teemu SUNINEN (FIN) - Mikko MARKKULA (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Teemu SUNINEN (FIN) - Mikko MARKKULA (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Henning Solberg (NOR)- Ilka Minor (AUT) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
12.02.2017 - Stéphane Lefebvre (FRA)-Gabin Moreau (FRA) Citroen DS3, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
12.02.2017 - Stéphane Lefebvre (FRA)-Gabin Moreau (FRA) Citroen DS3, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT

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