Elfyn Evans must have realized that if she wants to try to win her first world title, she can’t help but put pressure on Ogier. Therefore, after losing the leadership of the ACI Rally Monza Italia in PS8, he recovered in strength.
The Toyota Racing Welshman set the fastest time in PS9, the Selvino 1 of 24.93 kilometers, ahead of his teammate Sébastien Ogier by 3 “7 Dani Sordo and 3” 8. This result led him to rise to the top again.
Now Evans has a 2 “3 advantage over his rival for the title, but the bad news is that he will not be able to contre with the possible comeback of Thierry Neuville, who could have made Ogier lose further points. The Belgian of Hyundai Motorsport is finished against the barriers after a few seconds from the start of the test.
His Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC crossed and, although he almost managed to regain control, ended up kissing the guard rail, ruining all the cosmetic and aerodynamic parts of the front. This slid him to fourth place, with Dani Sordo now occupying the last position on the podium, the third.
Neuville is 17 “8 behind his teammate, therefore, with the aerodynamic problems at the front, it will be difficult to recover. Oliver Solberg sight and his fifth place overall.
The Swede, on PS9, claimed to have carried out the worst test of his weekend. However, it makes you smile, considering that Oliver took the fifth fastest time, 3 “behind Katsuta who finished fourth, ahead of him.
Keep improving Teemu Suninen. The Hyundai Motorsport driver, with a stronger feeling with the i20 Coupé WRC, has a more competitive pace this morning than yesterday and is now one step away from seventh place. Gus Greensmith precedes him by just 1 “6 and it is certainly not impossible that the overtaking will already take place the next scheduled test.
ACI Rally Monza Italy – Ranking after the PS9
|Pos.||Pilot / navigator||Car||Time / posting|
|1||Evans / Martin||Toyota Yaris WRC||1.29’37 “5|
|2||Ogier / Ingrassia||Toyota Yaris WRC||+2 “3|
|3||Sordo / Carrera||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+27 “1|
|4||Neuville / Wydaeghe||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+44 “9|
|5||Solberg / Edmondson||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+ 1’02 “6|
|6||Katsuta / Johnston||Toyota Yaris WRC||+ 1’21 “3|
|7||Greensmith / Andersson||Ford Fiesta WRC||+ 1’42 “4|
|8||Suninen / Markkula||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+ 1’44 “0|
|9||Rovanpera / Halttunen||Toyota Yaris WRC||+ 2’39 “6|
|10||Rossel / Renucci||Citroen C3 Rally2||+ 5’50 “6|
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