Rally Turkey: Mikkelsen leads again as Ogier penalty adds to drama

Andreas Mikkelsen leads Rally Turkey again, with World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier down to fourth after a penalty and points leader Thierry Neuville out

Rally Turkey: Mikkelsen leads again as Ogier penalty adds to drama

Neuville was the first casualty of a highly-dramatic morning, having to retire from the rally lead after breaking his suspension on the opening Yesilbelde stage.

Ogier won that stage by a huge 22 seconds and moved into a 25s lead over Mikkelsen, only to sustain suspension damage of his own just minutes after Neuville had given up on his attempts to repair his car on the road section and retired.

M-Sport Ford driver Ogier's broken wishbone occurred close enough to the end of the Datca stage that he only lost 18s and held on to the lead of the rally ahead of Mikkelsen.

But he had to carry out extensive work on the car after the finish in order to make it to the next stage, advised by team-mate Elfyn Evans and privateer Henning Solberg.

Although Ogier managed to successfully replace the damaged parts on his Ford and reach the Icmeier stage, he picked up a one-minute penalty for checking in late.

Ogier was still fastest on the stage but is now fourth, 46.1s away from new first-place man Mikkelsen.

WRC title outsider Ott Tanak moved up to second amid championship rivals Neuville and Ogier's problems, and by overcoming his Toyota team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.

Both Toyotas are likely to come under pressure from Ogier when the rally resumes in the afternoon, as he is 7.7s behind Latvala and 9.8s off Tanak - who is 36.3s behind leader Mikkelsen.

Hayden Paddon is an increasingly lonely fifth, with Craig Breen and Teemu Suninen up to sixth and seventh after Esapekka Lappi crashed out on Icmeier.

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Leading positions after SS10

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 RC1 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 2h43m17.5s
2 RC1 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 36.3s
3 RC1 Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 38.4s
4 RC1 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 46.1s
5 RC1 Hayden Paddon, S.Marshall Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 1m12.0s
6 RC1 Craig Breen, S.Martin Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 2m40.3s
7 RC1 Teemu Suninen, M.Markkula M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 3m01.0s
8 RC1 Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 8m33.5s
9 RC2 Henning Solberg, I.Minor Henning Solberg Skoda 9m50.4s
10 WRC2 Chris Ingram, R.Whittock Toksport WRT Skoda 14m12.2s


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Author Matt Beer
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