Day 2 on Rallye Monte Carlo is finished. It was impossible to not made a mistake on today’s sixt stages.
The same ditch was problem on SS3 for team mates, Ogier and Evans, where both lost a lot of time.
Also Latvala had problems already in service this morning, but mechanics repaired it and he managed to continue. He is now on fourth place overall, also because of Meeke’s accident on SS4:
But this wasn’t the only one accident today. Hanninen also retired on SS5:
In second pass of stages in afternoon was little better, but WRC2 drivers had a lot of punctures and mechanical problems. But Mikkelsen in this section is from other world. He is alreday almost three minutes ahead of experienced Kopecky and Bouffier. Standings in WRC2 section:
1. Mikkelsen Andreas – Jæger Anders ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) 2:11:15.4
2. Kopecký Jan – Dresler Pavel ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +2:47.4
3. Bouffier Bryan – Giraudet Denis ( Ford Fiesta R5 ) +4:55.0
4. Camilli Eric – Veillas Benjamin ( Ford Fiesta R5 ) +7:44.6
5. Gilbert Quentin – Jamoul Renaud ( Ford Fiesta R5 ) +7:58.5
6. Bergkvist Emil – Sjöberg Joakim ( Citroën DS3 R5 ) +15:41.3
7. Crugnola Andrea – Ferrara Michele ( Ford Fiesta R5 ) +16:14.4
Raphael Astier with Peugeot 208 R2 leads ahead all Renault Clio R3T rally cars in WRC3 section. He really enjoy and push pedal to the metal on this event. He is on amazing 16th place overall and leading in WRC2 with more than nine minutes ahead Panzani and almost eleven minutes ahead Pernia.
Fabio Andolfi (Fiat) had really good morning but he had off twice in the same corner on afternoon stages. So the new leader is Francois Delecour (Fiat) with five minutes ahead Andolfi and almost ten minutes ahead Romain Dumas (Porsche).
Without any mistakes today was crew Thierry Neuville – Nicolas Gilsoul. They leads also after Day 2 with three stage wins. On other podium places are team mates from M-Sport. Ogier (P2) is just 0.3 second ahead Tanak (P3). Tanak won one, Ogier two stages today. Latvala is on “happy” fourth place after some mechanical issuses, Sordo was just on “safe mode” driving today. Also Breen took the safe driving here, because of a lot of learning with new car on this kind of surface: “Hats off to Mikko Hirvonen (who is his ice-crew). Everything he’s saying is spot on. Okay, a couple of squeaky bum moments in there – but that’s how this rally is.”
Overall standings after SS8 (Day 2):
1. Neuville Thierry – Gilsoul Nicolas ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) 2:05:24.6
2. Ogier Sébastien – Ingrassia Julien ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +45.1
3. Tänak Ott – Järveoja Martin ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +45.4
4. Latvala Jari-Matti – Anttila Miikka ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) +2:09.7
5. Sordo Dani – Martí Marc ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) +2:57.8
6. Breen Craig – Martin Scott ( Citroën DS3 WRC ) +3:04.1
7. Mikkelsen Andreas – Jæger Anders ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +5:50.8
8. Evans Elfyn – Barritt Daniel ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +8:12.1
9. Tidemand Pontus – Andersson Jonas ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +8:22.4
10. Kopecký Jan – Dresler Pavel ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +8:38.2