Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC driver Sebastien Ogier has moved into second place over following day 2 of Rally Italia Sardegna ending the day 27.4s behind Dani Sordo and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“I feel pretty happy with my day today, winning four stages out of six. Unfortunately the two other stages were not so good and were a bit costly in terms of time: On the first pass I was not on the limit enough and on the second one I really tried harder but I stalled the engine in a hairpin and lost some seconds. But overall it’s still a positive day. Tomorrow we’re going to fight for second place and put the pressure on the leader until the end. You never know what can happen on these tricky stages.
Championship leader Elfyn Evans heads into the final day of the rally in fourth place overall, 58.4s behind Sordo and speaking following the action the Welshman commented saying:
“Overall the morning loop wasn’t bad. For the most part I was driving pretty well. I just gave away too much time in SS9, being a bit too careful and too focused on being smooth and not pushing hard enough. Then in the first stage of the afternoon I tried to push a bit more and ended up going slower, so in the final stage I just kept it clean. Now we need to keep hold of fourth tomorrow, that will be key. It’s not going to be possible to catch the guys in front on pace alone on such short stages, but we have to keep going until the end.”
Kalle Rovanpera was forced to retire from the event and speaking following the action he commented saying:
On the second stage of the day, we went a bit wide in the final part of the stage: It was a narrow section where we had some things to avoid on the inside. We hit a tree on the outside and then the impact sent us into a second tree, and the damage was too much for us to restart tomorrow. It was clearly not our weekend, starting already from the shakedown. We had a bit of bad luck also yesterday which was not our fault, but today was my mistake. It’s been a tricky weekend.”
Toyota Gazoo Racing Team Principal Tommi Makinen commented saying:
It’s a very exciting battle for the podium positions going into the final day. It’s not easy to be sat in service following it – I’m sure it is probably easier for the drivers in the cars! Seb did some great times today and we have our fingers crossed for tomorrow. Elfyn is also in a good position after the disadvantage he had yesterday running first on the road. Unfortunately for Kalle it has not been such a clean weekend. After a service mistake yesterday that already made his rally difficult, he was trying to continue today but made a very small mistake in a really narrow place. But that’s rallying and he is learning very quickly