Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) did not take any risks during the first two specials of the morning on Sunday in Sardinia, and remains fairly well ahead of the rally.
SS17 (Arzachena – Braniatogghiu 1, 15.25km): Evasn winner, Ogier not worried
After a day of twists and turns on Saturday, with the retirement of Ott Tänak, who was then leader, and Dani Sordo, who was then second, Sunday’s first special went smoothly for all the drivers. Elfyn Evans won it, 3 ″ 5 ahead of Ott Tänak (who remained in the race to compete in the Power Stage) and 4 ″ 8 over Sébastien Ogier, who again chose different tires from his competitors, with one hard and four soft, while Neuville and Evans opted for 2 soft and 4 hard. “The only thing we have to do today is manage the first three specials, and if the feeling is there, try to get additional points in the Power Stage”, reacted the world champion. French on arrival. The gaps are very important between the first five pilots, there should be no reason to attack excessively during this morning.
SS18 (Aglientu – San ta Teresa 1, 7.79km): Around Neuville, Ogier still careful
On this short special, less than eight kilometers, which will also be the course of the Power Stage, the gaps are very tight, and it is Thierry Neuville who won by a short header, three tenths ahead. on Evans, and seven on Rovanperä and Ogier. The Belgian was scared by narrowly avoiding a tree after having made a mistake and said he was already very happy with his current third place, because the Hyundai’s are really in trouble this weekend. Sébastien Ogier, who took no risk, is 33 seconds ahead of his teammate Evans and 1’07 over Neuville with two specials to go.
RALLY – WRC / SARDINIA
Ranking after SS16 (out of 20) – Sunday 6 June 2021
1- Sébastien Ogier – Julien Ingrassia (FRA / Toyota) in 3h05’10 ″ 0
2- Elfyn Evans – Scott Martin (GBR-GBR / Toyota) at 33 ″ 7
3- Thierry Neuville – Martijn Wydaeghe (BEL / Hyundai) at 1’07 ″ 1
4- Takamoto Katsuta – Daniel Barritt (JAP-GBR / Toyota) à 4’59 ″ 0
5- Jari Huttunen – Millo Lukka (FIN-FIN / Hyundai N) à 8’53 ″ 1
Today: 5 (ES1, ES2, ES3, ES4, ES5, ES9)
Deaf: 3 (ES6, ES7, ES8)
Neuville: 2 (ES8, ES18)
Ogier: 5 (ES10, ES12, ES13, ES14, ES15)
Evans : 3 (ES11, ES16, ES17)