WRC Corsica: VW's Ogier builds lead as Meeke hits trouble

Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier extended his Tour of Corsica lead on Friday afternoon after PH Sport Citroen driver Kris Meeke dropped down the order with a puncture

WRC Corsica: VW's Ogier builds lead as Meeke hits trouble

Meeke had been the reigning World Rally champion's closest contender on the morning loop, resting 14.7 seconds down on the Frenchman after two stages.

But a deflated Michelin cover cost the Northern Irishman more than two minutes, when he had sought to become the first British driver since Colin McRae in 2001 to score three consecutive WRC wins.

Ogier went 15s quicker than anyone in the stage where Meeke's hopes perished and the VW's closest contender on the stage also became his closest challenger on the rally overall, Hyundai's Thierry Neuville.

The Belgian consolidated second at end the day, but with a resurgent Jari-Matti Latvala 14s back in third.

Latvala struggled for confidence in the morning with the car 'washing out' in corners, but after a change at service the Finn worked his way back into contention, jumping team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen on the last stage of the day with a second-fastest overall time.

Behind Mikkelsen, Craig Breen made the most of trouble for Hyundai duo Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo to take fifth.

Sordo stopped to change a puncture on SS4, while Paddon drove through the end of the same stage, also with a puncture, but consequently lost time.

Breen trails fourth-placed Mikkelsen by 19.4s, while Paddon holds sixth but has to drive back to service on his punctured tyre.

As it stands, Paddon holds the place ahead of the top M-Sport driver on the day, Eric Camilli in seventh. The Frenchman sits 40s ahead of experienced team-mate Mads Ostberg.

After his trouble, Meeke holds 11th, 2m51.9s down on Ogier.

LEADING POSITIONS AFTER SS4:

-


shares
comments
WRC Corsica: Volkswagen's Ogier leads Meeke after first morning

Previous article

WRC Corsica: Volkswagen's Ogier leads Meeke after first morning

Next article

WRC Corsica: Ogier extends lead over three-way fight for second

WRC Corsica: Ogier extends lead over three-way fight for second
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