World champion Sebastien Ogier claims victory in Rally of Italy, teammate Elfyn Evans takes second-Sports News , Novi Reporter

World champion Sebastien Ogier claims victory in Rally of Italy, teammate Elfyn Evans takes second-Sports activities Information , Novi Reporter

The 52nd World Rally Championship victory for Frenchman Ogier allowed the seven-time world champion to increase his lead on Evans within the total standings to 11 factors after 5 of the 12 rounds.

World champion Sebastien Ogier claims victory in Rally of Italy, teammate Elfyn Evans takes second

Sebastien Ogier in motion in the course of the Rally of Italy. AFP

Olbia: World champion Sebastien Ogier of Toyota claimed victory within the Rally of Italy on Sunday forward of Welsh teammate Elfyn Evans and Belgium’s Thierry Neuville of Hyundai.

The 52nd World Rally Championship victory for Frenchman Ogier allowed the seven-time world champion to increase his lead on Evans within the total standings to 11 factors after 5 of the 12 rounds.

“An excellent weekend,” was his evaluation.

As championship chief he had the drawback of opening on tough, rock-filled roads bordered by ditches.

“It has been an unimaginable weekend,” he stated. “Coming right here first on the highway, we had been considering we higher keep residence.”

Ogier, 37 and with Julien Ingrassia as co-pilot, had already received in Monte Carlo and Croatia this season, and his victory Sunday was a fourth profession win on Sardinian soil.

Ogier had a scare on one of many fords.

“I had a misfire for a very long time after the water splash,” he stated. “We survived, however misplaced a few seconds there.”

Evans additionally had a scare within the water.

The Welshman, by no means within the working for victory, tackled the final ford of the ultimate energy stage too shortly. His engine stalled and flooded after which took an age to restart however he limped in sixth on the stage, saving his second place total and the Toyota one-two.

“It took in some water and took some time to clear,” he stated. “Fortunately we acquired again on 4 cylinders and a minimum of we had been in a position to proceed. Not the nicest feeling.”

Ott Tanak received 5 of the eight levels on Friday with Hyundai team-mate Dani Sordo profitable the opposite three. Tanak additionally received the opening stage on Saturday.

As they did within the earlier spherical in Portugal, the Toyota drivers waited patiently for issues to go mistaken for the Hyundais. In that race, Evans received with Ogier third and Sordo third after Neuville crashed out when in second place on stage seven and Tanak hit hassle on stage 14, whereas main.

In Sardinia, catastrophe once more struck on the Saturday for Tanak. He was cruising alongside 40 seconds forward when he wrecked his automotive towards a rock on stage 12, permitting Ogier to take the lead.

Three levels later, Sordo, who was in second place, additionally went off the highway and hit a rock, ending up with a wheel within the ditch and his automotive on its aspect.

Forward of the three week break earlier than Safari Rally in Kenya, Hyundai has began to change many issues on their automobiles, notably the suspension.

“The automotive is actually quick now, so there may be nothing stopping us, simply the small issues,” stated Tanak on the end on Sunday.

“It is a quick automotive, and we simply must make it dependable. I’m certain we are able to do it.”

His team-mates had been much less certain after struggling all weekend with a sense that the automobiles didn’t go well with them.

“The velocity on some levels was okay, however nothing far more optimistic,” stated Sordo. “We go residence just a little bit upset, however generally it is like this.”

The third Hyundai driver Neuville agreed.

“It was a couple of issues which got here collectively which did not work out correctly,” the Belgian stated. “Higher instances will come.”

The following race takes the drivers into unknown territory as Kenya returns to the calendar after a 19year hole on June 24-27

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