Thierry Neuville with 45sec lead in front of Ogier

Thierry Neuville with 45sec lead in front of Ogier

Thierry Neuville
Thierry Neuville / Source: Hyundai

Thierry Neuville finished Friday at Rally Monte Carlo with 45.1sec lead in front of Sebastien Ogier. He set the second best time in SS3 and scored three wins in succession from SS4-SS6. The Belgian encountered some difficulties on the final two stages but was still able to increase his lead from 7.8s to over 45sec.

“I felt really comfortable with the car in this morning’s loop, even if there were a few settings we wanted to change at lunchtime service”, Thierry Neuville said

“We experienced some understeer in the tight corners, and it was a bit more slippery than we thought it would be. The afternoon started well but in SS7 we found our pace notes to be set up more for ice and snow, when the terrain was, in fact, more slushy. We lost too much time there. Then, in the final stage, we were going well until an engine stall at a hairpin that cost us around ten seconds during the restart procedure. It was not the best end to the day but we have to be happy to lead this rally by such a margin. It’s never enough around Monte-Carlo, though, and we know that Seb and Ott will push us tomorrow. There’s a long way to go, so we’re not getting carried away.”

1. T. Neuville N. Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
2. S. Ogier J. Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC +45.1sec
3. O. Tanak M. Jarveoja Ford Fiesta WRC +45.4
4. J. M. Latvala M. Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC +2:09.7min
5. D. Sordo M. Martí Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +2:57.8
6. C. Breen S. Martin Citroën DS3 WRC +3:04.1
7. A. Mikkelsen A. Jaeger Škoda Fabia R5 +5:50.8
8. E. Evans D. Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC +8:12.1
9. P. Tidemand J. Andersson Škoda Fabia R5 +8:22.4
10. J. Kopecky P. Dresler Škoda Fabia R5 +8:38.2