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Volkswagen und Ogier lead the “Monte”
Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia move into the lead at the Rally Monte Carlo
From fourth to first – Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) produced a courageous comeback to take the lead at the end of day two of the Rally Monte Carlo. The Volkswagen duo in the #1 Polo R WRC won three of the day’s five special stages, finishing runner-up in the other two. The defending champions in both the Driver and Co-Driver competitions converted a 47-second deficit into a 51-second lead. The main talking points on leg two of the iconic “Monte” were the weather and road conditions: heavy rain transformed the 178.36 kilometres of special stage into a virtual ice rink. Sections with plenty of traction alternated dramatically with those with little grip.
Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) ended the second day of the “Monte” in fifth place. However, the Volkswagen duo could easily fill a special supplement with the story of their day. Having already fought their way through the field from 17th to sixth yesterday, they found themselves back in eighth place after a puncture on day two. However, the duo hit back immediately and even clocked the fastest time in the dark on the final stage of the day. The charging Finnish pair benefitted from the misfortune that befell their team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markkula (N/FIN) in the third Polo R WRC. The young duo, on slick tyres, slid slowly off the road on a particularly slippery section. However, they were able to continue and go into Saturday’s final four special stages in eighth place overall.