by M.C. – photo: @MSportLtd | The end of last season was rife with rumours of Sebastien Ogier’s retirement. After some days of uncertainty and a lot of expectation, the French driver confirmed his continuity in the sport with his current team M-Sports and on board his Ford Fiesta. He was world champion once again despite driving car that was new to him. Now in 2018 everything and everyone is well acquainted with each other: team, car, driver, co-pilot… Every lesson learned last season (despite it being tighter than the previous ones), is not only bearing fruit, but things are improving as a whole, as it became apparent this weekend at the Tour de Corse.
Sebastien Ogier has won three of the four WRC races so far: Monte Carlo, Mexico and Corsica. He only had a ‘slip’ on the Swedish snowy terrain, and his top rival Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) took good advantage of it.
Tänak is back on the podium
At this latest WRC rendezvous in Corsica, and despite the spectacular shakedown of the British Kris Meeke (Citroën), Ogier won the third initial stages and his victory was never at risk.
Sebastien Loeb (Citroën) for whom it was the second rally of the season (out of the three originally planned), slid off the road close to the start losing is every chance, although he then managed to win back some ground. Something similar happened to the Finnish driver Esapekka Lappi of Toyota. The Estonian Ott Tänak (Toyota) showed considerable improvement and performed a beautiful comeback, taking second position on the podium after two fateful previous races. The third position went for the Belgian Thierry Neuville. Another impressive performance came from the Spaniard Dani Sordo (Hyundai) whom after his second place in Mexico came close to climbing up the podium once more with a fourth position in Corsica.
Results of Tour de Corse
- Sébastien Ogier (Fra/Ford) 3h26’52’’
- Ott Tänak (Est/Toyota) to 36″
- Thierry Neuville (Bel/Hyundai) to 1’07”
- Dani Sordo (Spa/Hyundai) to 2’02”
- Elfyn Evans (UK/Ford), to 1’19”
Driver’s standings WRC:
- Sébastien Ogier (Fra/Ford) 84 points
- Thierry Neuville (Bel/Hyundai) 67 points
- Ott Tänak (Est/Toyota) 45 points
- Andreas Mikkelsen (Nor/Hyundai) 41 points
- Kris Meeke (UK/Citroën) 36 points