WRC Spain: Latvala stretches lead as Ogier flies into contention

Jari-Matti Latvala stretched his Rally of Spain lead on Sunday morning, but his Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier's sensational pace brought the World Rally champion back into the hunt for victory

WRC Spain: Latvala stretches lead as Ogier flies into contention

Following his Saturday puncture, Ogier began the final day in fourth place, 42 seconds adrift of leader Latvala.

Helped by running further back on the dirty roads, yet also hampered by dust hanging in the morning air on his start position, Ogier tore 28s out of Latvala in just three stages.

That leaves him third, 14.4s behind his team-mate, ahead of the repeat loop in the afternoon that will decide the event.

Citroen's Dani Sordo was just 1.6s behind Latvala overnight, but found hanging dust an issue on this loop.

The home favourite admitted to overdriving as he tried to make amends, and ended the loop 11.5s behind Latvala and just 2.9s ahead of Ogier.

Thierry Neuville picked up a rear puncture on the day's second stage and both lost a minute and picked up differential damage as he struggled to the finish.

The M-Sport Ford driver therefore fell from third to fifth, behind Mikko Hirvonen.

Despite Ogier's speed, it was actually VW's third driver Andreas Mikkelsen who took two of the morning's three stage wins.

But running under Rally2 regulations following his crash earlier in the weekend, Mikkelsen remains at the foot of the overall top 30.

In WRC 2, Robert Kubica is firmly on course to clinch the championship as he holds a near-four-minute class lead over Sepp Wiegand in 10th place overall.

Leading positions after SS6: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen 2h50m30.5s 2. Dani Sordo Citroen +11.5s 3. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen +14.4s 4. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen +53.1s 5. Thierry Neuville M-Sport Ford +1m19.0s 6. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford +1m25.2s 7. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Ford +2m22.4s 8. Martin Prokop Czech Ford +3m51.4s 9. Hayden Paddon M-Sport Ford +5m16.4s 10. Robert Kubica PH Citroen +7m45.7s* *WRC 2 car 
shares
comments
WRC Spain: Jari-Matti Latvala says weather is only hope of winning
Previous article

WRC Spain: Jari-Matti Latvala says weather is only hope of winning

Next article

WRC Spain: Ogier takes dramatic victory after comeback

WRC Spain: Ogier takes dramatic victory after comeback
How Tanak turned the tables to deliver Hyundai a timely WRC triumph Plus

How Tanak turned the tables to deliver Hyundai a timely WRC triumph

The 2019 champion has been a bit-part player recently, but Ott Tanak ended a 15-month drought in fine style with a dominant win in Sardinia. On a weekend when championship leader Kalle Rovanpera struggled with cleaning the road, his Hyundai rival has made his belated arrival into the title race and given cause for those predicting a walkover from the Toyota star to pause

WRC
Jun 6, 2022
How Rovanpera overcame rallying royalty in Portugal to extend his WRC lead Plus

How Rovanpera overcame rallying royalty in Portugal to extend his WRC lead

Although the Rally Portugal entry list featured World Rally Championship royalty in Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier, victory was secured by rallying's rising star in Kalle Rovanpera. Here's the story of his 2022 hat-trick, as his key rivals faltered among the gravel and asphalt ahead of them

WRC
May 23, 2022
The former WRC star playing the unsung hero role for Rovanpera Plus

The former WRC star playing the unsung hero role for Rovanpera

Kalle Rovanpera’s 2022 World Rally Championship displays have been spectacular, with the Toyota driver benefitting from a secret weapon in his crew to win two of the opening three rallies. But while the former challenger to Sebastien Loeb won’t take credit for his fellow Finn's performances, a key bond has been formed which could prove key to Rovanpera’s title charge

WRC
Apr 29, 2022
How Rovanpera's Croatia turnaround sent a message to his WRC rivals Plus

How Rovanpera's Croatia turnaround sent a message to his WRC rivals

After a dominating Rally Croatia, a wrong tyre choice on the final day looked to have undone all Kalle Rovanpera's hard work and left him with a mountain to climb heading into the power stage. That he emerged the winner all the same has surely quelled any lingering doubts that the Finn is the man to beat in the 2022 WRC

WRC
Apr 25, 2022
How M-Sport's faith in Loubet led to a WRC reprieve after a dismal 2021 Plus

How M-Sport's faith in Loubet led to a WRC reprieve after a dismal 2021

It's fair to say 2021 was a year to forget for Pierre-Louis Loubet. A maiden full World Rally Championship season offered hope but soon turned into a nightmare that ended in hospital, after being hit by a car in a road traffic accident. Now handed a lifeline by M-Sport, the Frenchman is desperate to rebuild his career

WRC
Apr 20, 2022
Why WRC mechanics deserve more respect Plus

Why WRC mechanics deserve more respect

The drivers get the glare of attention, but it’s the mechanics who are key to the operation of any World Rally Championship car. Autosport donned a set of overalls and joined M-Sport on a Belgian national rally event to get an inside look into the trials and tribulations of a rally mechanic

WRC
Apr 17, 2022
The African McRae aiming to become a WRC pioneer Plus

The African McRae aiming to become a WRC pioneer

Taking his first step into the Junior World Rally Championship category, McRae Kimathi - named after 1995 world champion Colin - found himself in the unfamiliar climes of Sweden's snow and ice. Having impressed, Kimathi hopes to blaze a trail to the top level of WRC and help other African drivers to step onto the ladder

WRC
Mar 8, 2022
How Rovanpera grabbed the Rally Sweden spotlight after the Loeb vs Ogier show Plus

How Rovanpera grabbed the Rally Sweden spotlight after the Loeb vs Ogier show

After a blockbuster opening act to the new era of the World Rally Championship with the battle of the Sebastiens at Monte Carlo, Rally Sweden would be the first chance to assess the next superstar of rallying. While teething issues with the new hybrid power thwarted some of the cast, Kalle Rovanpera’s display gave him headline billing

WRC
Feb 28, 2022