Top 15 classification after SS12 at Rallye Monte-Carlo

Sebastien Ogier has retained his Rallye Monte-Carlo over Thierry Neuville to set up a tense finale.

The Citroen driver maintained his narrow advantage, which rests at 4.3 seconds at the end of Saturday’s running, with Hyundai’s Neuville keeping pace with the leader throughout the day.

Ott Tanak took a clean sweep of stage wins on Saturday at the 2019 World Rally Championship season opener but he remains fifth for Toyota Gazoo Racing having been restrained by a tyre puncture on SS7.

Sebastien Loeb also edges a tight battle for the final rostrum spot with a 2.3s lead on Toyota’s Jari-Matti Latvala at the end of SS12.

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With Tanka in fifth, Kris Meeke completes the Toyota trio in a distant sixth place, while Gus Greensmith continues to lead the WRC2 class for M-Sport Ford with a 91-second advantage on Citroen’s Yoann Bonato.

Stephane Sarrazin (Hyundai) and Guillaume de Mevius (Citroen) round out the top ten contenders, while M-Sport Ford’s Teemu Suninen has climbed to 14th having restarted under Rally 2 rules.