First stage of the event and there was lots of drama in the Thoard – Sisteron 36km opener! There was no snow and ice in the first 12km and then broken ice for a couple of km’s.
Seb Ogier was first in, and spun in the stage! Ott stopped 11km into stage, but got going again and Thierry was another to stop, but got going again as well. Both had slid wide into snow banks. Another to spin was Jari-Matti and he managed to spin twice! Elfyn picked up a puncture at about 12km into the stage, so they had to change the tyre. The Citroen duo of Kris and Craig both spun as well, Kris losing a minute or so.
Esapekka completed the stage third fastest, with a good run though, whilst Andreas was the closest challenger to Ogier, just 7.7 seconds off the Fiesta WRC pilot!
1st Ogier 23’16”6
2nd Mikkelsen + 7”7
3rd Lappi + 19”4
4th Sordo + 19”7
5th Breen + 24”6
6th Tänak + 37”9
7th Latvala + 48”9
8th Bouffier + 1’15”6
9th Camilli + 1’43”3
10th Meeke + 1’44”7
Stage two, Bayons – Breziers 25,49km stage which includes a rise of 1184 metres above sea-level to the summit of Col de Sagnes! Ogier won the stage with a very good clean run through with Thierry going second fastest and Ott third. There were a few changes in the leaderboard with Dani moving ahead of Esapekka and into third. Kris and Thierry are a long way off the lead sadly, over two minutes away for the Citroen pilot and over four for the Belgian. That’s a big ask for them.
Classification after Day One
1 S. Ogier J. Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC 38:09.8
2 A. Mikkelsen A. Jæger Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +17.3
3 D. Sordo C. del Barrio Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +25.6
4 E. Lappi J. Ferm Toyota Yaris WRC +37.4
5 O. Tänak M. Järveoja Toyota Yaris WRC +42.4
6 J. M. Latvala M. Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC +55.4
7 C. Breen S. Martin Citroën C3 WRC +1:02.3
8 B. Bouffier X. Panseri Ford Fiesta WRC +1:51.0
9 K. Meeke P. Nagle Citroën C3 WRC +2:12.7
10 E. Camilli B. Veillas Ford Fiesta R5 +2:42.2
17 T. Neuville N. Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +4:18.2
What will happen tomorrow? There are six stages and 144.88 km’s of action!