Ogier in a class of one after Day 1 at Tour de Corse


Sébastien Ogier made the perfect start in Corsica as the Volkswagen driver leads after Day 1 of the 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France.

The World Rally Championship Leader won all four stages to take a lead of 44 seconds ahead of second-placed Thierry Neuville for Hyundai coming into Day 2 in Corsica.

Ogier could claim his fourth World Rally Championship in a row on his ‘home’ rally if his team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen and Jari-Matti Latvala score a couple of points or fail to finish on the Corsican asphalt.

The Frenchman said after Day 1 “An ideal opening day for Julien and me – beautiful stages, superb weather and a perfect car. The key to stage one was to find our rhythm. Looking at the lead we opened, we appear to have done just that.

“It was pretty hot in the cockpit in the afternoon, particularly on the long 50-kilometre stage. We have a similarly demanding day ahead of us tomorrow, particularly if the weather deteriorates. However, we obviously want to continue as we were today, to make sure we win in the end. That is definitely the goal at our home rally.”