Off the road for Sébastien Ogier, mechanical problems for Sébastien Loeb

It’s definitely not their weekend. Already eliminated from the race for victory after their worries the day before, Sébastien Ogier and Sébastien Loeb resumed the race this Saturday morning, against huge penalties which had been relegated to the depths of the classification (Ogier 50th, Loeb 62nd). The goal: to gain experience at the wheel of these new Rally1s with a view to their next appearance in the WRC, probably in Kenya at the end of June.

Already plagued by their penal position on the road (crews that did not finish the previous day’s stage must start first and make the mark for the others), the two Sébastiens experienced new problems from the second special of the day. Forced to idle because of a loss of power on his Ford Puma, Loeb conceded more than three minutes. “I must have 100 horsepower, I stopped to do a reset but it didn’t change anything. We will look on the link to see what we can do”, explained the M-Sport driver on the finish line. Without a solution, he had to give up soon after.

Starting with a delay of seventeen minutes in the special, Sébastien Ogier was trapped around the tenth kilometer. The back of his Yaris immobilized in a deep ditch below the road, the eight-time world champion spent thirty minutes in this bad posture, before leaving. Able to set off on SS12, Ogier again stopped several minutes after a few hectometres, before resuming the road.

Having spun in this same special, the two other Frenchmen Pierre-Louis Loubet and Adrien Fourmaux also had a complicated morning, Corsica losing its fifth place to the benefit of Thierry Neuville. After this SS 11, Elfyn Evans is still leading the rally, 10”2 ahead of Kalle Rovanperä. Takamoto Katsuta came back to within 1.7 of Dani Sordo’s third place.


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