WRC Rally GB: Sebastien Ogier in control, Andreas Mikkelsen flies
|Saturday, November 16th 2013, 11:35 GMT|
Sebastien Ogier maintained his control of Rally GB on Saturday morning, while Andreas Mikkelsen launched a bid to give Volkswagen a podium sweep.
VWs were fastest on all four of the loop's stages, with Mikkelsen winning the opening runs through Gartheiniog and Dyfi as he started charging forward from his overnight sixth place.
He quickly gained two places as Evgeny Novikov crashed out of fifth place and his M-Sport Ford team-mate Mads Ostberg was outpaced by Mikkelsen.
The Polo driver then started to reel in third-placed Thierry Neuville, getting the gap to the final podium spot down to 23 seconds before Neuville responded on the second of Dyfi and went a second quicker than his rival.
Up front, Jari-Matti Latvala started the morning downcast about his pace and losing more time to his rally leading VW team-mate Ogier.
But Latvala rebounded on the second pass of the stages, going quickest on both to keep the gap to Ogier at 25s.
Further back, Dani Sordo has now got back through to seventh and has a shot at taking sixth from Martin Prokop before the finish.
Robert Kubica restarted in 36th place following his Friday morning accident, only to crash out again on the second stage of the day.
Leading positions after SS13: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Sebastien Ogier VW 2h18m10.6s 2. Jari-Matti Latvala VW +25.0s 3. Thierry Neuville M-Sport Ford +1m12.6s 4. Andreas Mikkelsen VW +1m37.8s 5. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Ford +1m48.0s 6. Martin Prokop Czech Ford +6m22.4s 7. Dani Sordo Citroen +7m35.6s 8. Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +8m25.8s* 9. Jari Ketomaa Autotek Ford +9m27.3s* 10. Mark Higgins Symtech Ford +9m46.1s* * WRC2