Day 3am: Martin on a charge

Markko Martin was the star of the final morning of the Monte Carlo Rally today (Sunday), setting a blinding pace on SS12 to snatch third place overall from Citroen star Carlos Sainz

Day 3am: Martin on a charge

The Estonian now holds an eight-second advantage over the Spaniard, breaking the dominance of the works Citroen team. However, third might be the best he can do - he is still 50s behind Colin McRae, and nearly two minutes shy of event leader Sebastien Loeb.

Francois Duval set the second fastest time on the stage, and was only two seconds slower than his team-mate. The Belgian's efforts moved him up one place to seventh overall. Richard Burns clocked the third fastest time on the stage, but remains in a lonely fifth position.

Ford's drivers benefited from an inspired tyre choice, both opting for slicks on the morning's stages. Although they suffered on SS11, which still had snow and ice covering the road in places, SS12 was dry, giving them a huge advantage over rivals who had opted for studded tyres. Ford boss Malcolm Wilson said: "It was a great choice by both drivers. It's fantastic."

McRae set the fastest time on the first of the morning's two stages, which included the world-famous Col Du Turini. However, he only gained three seconds on Loeb, who continues to lead the event by over a minute.

Marcus Gronholm set the third fastest time in his Peugeot 206, and climbed two spots up the standings. Sadly for the Finn, he still only sits in 13th place following his crash yesterday.

shares
comments
Day 2: Gronholm hits the rocks

Previous article

Day 2: Gronholm hits the rocks

Next article

Day 3: Citroen sweeps podium

Day 3: Citroen sweeps podium
Load comments
How Finland’s newest rally hero made WRC history in Estonia Plus

How Finland’s newest rally hero made WRC history in Estonia

Kalle Rovanpera broke a decade-old record in becoming the World Rally Championship's youngest-ever winner in a truly dominant performance on Estonia's fast gravel roads. Staving off the challenge of Hyundai's Craig Breen, his committed drive showed a maturity beyond his 20 years that gives Toyota's post-Ogier era a far brighter complexion

WRC
Jul 19, 2021
How WRC's new Safari adventure ended with a familiar tale Plus

How WRC's new Safari adventure ended with a familiar tale

The World Rally Championship’s delayed return to the Safari Rally was always set throw up some surprises, but aside from a spirited showing by Thierry Neuville it became another painful event for Hyundai in 2021. Once again it was Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage as he completed a stunning comeback drive

WRC
Jun 28, 2021
Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win Plus

Remembering Colin McRae’s final WRC win

The Safari Rally returns to the World Rally Championship this weekend for the first time since 2002 - when crowd favourite Colin McRae set aside the maximum attack style for which he was renowned to deliver a textbook third win

WRC
Jun 23, 2021
How Hyundai's broken record gave Toyota a special Sardinia 1-2 Plus

How Hyundai's broken record gave Toyota a special Sardinia 1-2

For the second WRC gravel rally in a row, a promising Friday for Hyundai turned into desolation as Toyota gratefully picked up the pieces. This time it was championship leader Sebastien Ogier who took full advantage after Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo retired to score a memorable victory, having swept the road on the first two days

WRC
Jun 7, 2021
How Hyundai's latest self-destruction handed Evans Portugal victory Plus

How Hyundai's latest self-destruction handed Evans Portugal victory

At one point Hyundai held the top three positions in Portugal, but when trouble struck the Korean marque's two leading chargers, a grateful Elfyn Evans was on hand to see off Hyundai third man Dani Sordo and become the third different winner in four rallies

WRC
May 24, 2021
Why the success of AVB's WRC debut won't be defined on the stages Plus

Why the success of AVB's WRC debut won't be defined on the stages

Three years after a Dakar Rally crash resulted in him being airlifted to hospital, Andre Villas-Boas is preparing to make his debut on his home round of the World Rally Championship later this month. His goals for the event are modest, but the same cannot be said for the charities he plans to promote where his true impact could be felt

WRC
May 13, 2021
Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel Plus

Why there's no easy fix for Hyundai's operational Achilles Heel

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo was vocal in his criticism of his team's tyre choices on Rally Croatia and declared that he "had better move my ass and solve it". Doing so will be vital to getting Hyundai's 2021 WRC title hopes back on track, but finding the root of the problem won't be the work of a moment

WRC
Apr 28, 2021
How Ogier held on after a shock bump in the road to triumph in Croatia Plus

How Ogier held on after a shock bump in the road to triumph in Croatia

Sebastien Ogier was already in an incredibly tight fight at Rally Croatia before a surprise collision with public road traffic at the start of the final day. But the defending champion held his nerve to take a narrow victory and create further World Rally Championship history

WRC
Apr 26, 2021