Rallye Monte-Carlo 2016: Ogier wins, Dani Sordo finishes 6th
The WRC raised the curtain with the running of Rallye Monte-Carlo 2016 in which Sebastien Ogier won another victory. The French driver of Volkswagen won his third consecutive victory in Monte-Carlo taking the first step in seeking his fourth world title.
Volkswagen scored twice as Andreas Mikkelsen was 2nd but not all good news for the German team since Jari-Matti Latvala left. Thierry Neuville completed the podium with the new Hyundai i20 WRC and Dani Sordo finished in sixth place, discreet given their expectations before the test but positive after all the problems he has had during the four days.
Rallye Monte-Carlo dropped us back off many spectacular images in their sections with snow and ice that complicated life much pilots having enough dropouts. The test started on Thursday night with two night stages dispute in which Sebastien Ogier and Kris Meeke were well above the rest.
Meeke, who this year is piloting a DS3 Abu Dhabi WRT but since Citroen has left the championship as an official structure, was the great animator of a test without his presence would have been almost a walk to Ogier. The Briton held the pace of the French during the day on Friday in which he managed to win two of the six sections. Ogier won the other four but not more than a few seconds distanced Meeke.
Meeke continued pushing hard at the start of the second day but a touch with a rock damaged the gearbox of his car and had to leave. That second day claimed many casualties because Jari-Matti Latvala had already made some mistakes also went into a corner and damaged the suspension of his car. The Finnish even ran an amateur and did not stop to help what it will cost a penalty of a rally suspension.
Dani Sordo also made a mistake and hit a snowbank damaging the rear suspension of his i20 WRC. That happened on Saturday and caused a delay of six minutes to stop and repair but then the Spaniard had already lost too much time without being comfortable in no time.
However, on Saturday afternoon he gave with the right tires and score good times as in the day on Sunday in which he scored two extra points in the Power Stage. These factors coupled with the abandonment gave him a sixth place that was not all bad.
Since the abandonment of Meeke things that were easy to Ogier ended the second day with 2 minutes ahead of Mikkelsen. Among Mikkelsen and Neuville there was some fight for second place but finally the Belgian had to settle for third and thanks because his car had mechanical problems on the Power Stage and came at low speed so only retained because it had a good lead Ostberg finished fourth on that. We know that Ogier so gives nothing ventured into the Power Stage and won with just over a second ahead of Sordo.