FIA World Rally ChampionshipJunior WRCWRC2

2018 TOUR DE CORSE: Ogier Dominates On Day One

2 Mins read
Photo Credit: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

Sébastien Ogier leads by 33.6s at the end of day one of the Tour de Corse.

The defending WRC champion dominated throughout Friday’s four stages and leads title rival Thierry Neuville who leads the chasing pack in second.

Ogier won the first three stages of the event and manages to lead in comfortable fashion despite suffering from a handling issue with the M-Sport Fiesta.

He said on the day’s action: ““We pushed hard all day, it’s a great start. I was surprised with my time in the first stage as it wasn’t perfect. I had the same kind of oversteer I had in the first round in Monte-Carlo.”

Neuville trails Ogier with the Belgian also having suffered issues on day one of the rally as his Hyundai hit brake problems on the opening pair of stages on Friday morning before he recovered into second overall.

Kris Meeke lies third at the end of day one. Photo Credit: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

Rounding out the top three is Kris Meeke in the leading Citroen C3 who is a further 5.1s adrift of Neuville, while Ott Tänak lies fourth at the end of day one to make it four different manufactures in the top four positions.

Meeke’s teammate, nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb looked set to be the closest challenger to Ogier this weekend, but he went off the road on stage two and slid into a deep ditch forcing him to retire from the remainder of the day’s action. Loeb plans to restart tomorrow under Rally2 rules on his second event of 2018.

Esapekka Lappi won stage four on Friday. Photo Credit: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

Stage four winner Esapekka Lappi is in fifth at the end of Friday and the Fin managed to leapfrog both Elfyn Evans, this weekend driving with stand-in co-drive Phil Mills and Dani Sordo in the process. The three drivers are separated by just 0.9 seconds going into day two. Jari-Matti Latvala, Andreas Mikkelsen and Bryan Bouffier round out the top 10 overall.

WRC2 meanwhile sees Jan Kopecký leading Citroen driver Yoann Bonato and Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby, while Terry Folb leads the JWRC class ahead of Jean-Baptiste Franceschi and Emil Bergkvist going into tomorrow’s six stages, with 136.9km of stage miles awaiting the crews.

656 posts

About author
I'm 23 and studying a Masters in Public Relations at the University of Sunderland after graduating with a Sports Journalism degree last year. I'm one of the co-editors here at TCF and mainly look after the off-road section of the site which covers championships such as the FIA World Rally and World Rallycross series'. Away from writing and studying I have a deep interest in of a lot of different sports as well as trying to be an amateur motorsport photographer and I'm also a big music fan too!
Articles
Related posts
FIA World Rally Championship

Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Boss Latvala Looking to Test Yaris Rally1 Before End of the Year

1 Mins read
The Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT team principal Jari-Matti Latvala is now looking to get the chance to test the all-new Yaris Rally1 before this year will end.
FIA World Rally Championship

Katsuta Teams Up With Johnston for Rally Finland

1 Mins read
After parting away from the co-driver duty for Oliver Solberg, it was announced that Aaron Johnston will be be teaming up with Takamoto Katsuta for Rally Finland as Keaton Williams is still unavailable
FIA World Rally Championship

Rally Monza Confirmed to Host 2021 WRC Season Finale

1 Mins read
For second year in a row, the Italian ACI Rally Monza is set to host the FIA World Rally Championship season-finale.