Cautious Ogier continues rally lead after Day 2 in Corsica

by Umar Hassan

Sébastien Ogier has one foot in place of his first-ever win in Corsica as the Volkswagen driver continues to lead the 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France after Day 2.

Ogier, who has never won in Corsica, has built up a +46.5 second lead over Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville. Ogier had to exercise caution on the Corsican asphalt as the rain came down in the afternoon stages.

The Frenchman won two out of the four stages on Day 2, which was a stark contrast to his clean sweep of stage wins on the opening day to go into the final day with a shot of winning his fourth rally of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship season.

Ogier said post-Day 2 in Corsica “I did not want to take too many chances today, as the risk of suffering a puncture is quite high on these long stages. Given the lead we had, Julien and I could afford to lose a few seconds to the opposition.

“However, that does not mean that we were slow. Our priority was to drive a clean line. The rain made things even more exciting in the afternoon, but the combination of four hard and two soft Michelin tyres was definitely the correct choice.

“Right now, it looks as though Julien and I have a very good chance of finishing on the top step of the podium at our home rally. However, the 53-kilometre stage tomorrow morning demands full concentration – one mistake can shake everything up again.”

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