Hyundai Motorsports Dani Sordo goes into Sunday’s final day of Rally Italia Sardegna with the overall lead of the event holding a 27.4s lead over Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC Team’s Sebastien Ogier.

Speaking following Saturday’s action, Sordo said:

We end today in the same way we finished on Friday, feeling very positive and pleased with our performance. We have had to be careful to manage our tyres today, making the right selection for each loop and pushing when we could, while also conserving when needed. At the end of the final stage of the day, our tyres were finished so we had to take it a bit more cautiously. In rally, we know from experience that there is no such thing as comfortable advantage. We have to maintain this pace and rhythm on Sunday morning if we to get the job done.

Thierry Neuville goes into the final day of action off the back of a disappointing Saturday after he lost second place overall to Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Sebastien Ogier.

Neuville is now 28.9s behind his team mate with just four stages remaining.

Speaking following the action he said:

I was happy with our morning, even if I feel that carrying an extra spare was not the best option. Our target was to get P2 and try and increase our gap. We ended the loop with a stage win and were ready to resume the fight in the afternoon. There were different tyre strategies at play and the times were really close. I tried very hard but Ogier seemed to have a bit more speed. Unfortunately we lost 1.5 to 2 seconds on the bridge in the final stage when i was late on the brakes. When we’re pushing to the max, these things can happen. We go again tomorrow.

Defending champion Ott Tanak said that he had a clean day after struggling on Friday and ended the second day in sixth place overall.

Speaking following the action, Tanak said:

Today was a clean day with no drama. More or less everything was working well and did what we could. I guess we achieved all that was planned, there was nothing we could have done ourselves. The feeling with the car was all good. Tomorrow, we can expect more of the same. Typically Sardinian stages narrow and twisty. Our first priority is to get to the power stage and then try to push. Every point point is critical at the moment.

Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Andreas Adamo commented on day 2 saying:

Of course being first and third at the end of the penultimate day is not bad, it could have been first and second, but it is what it is. Dani, honestly all I can say is ‘chapeau’ he has continued to do very well, he’s focused and totally convinced of his choices. Ott has done more than his job today, putting himself at the disposal of the team to test and experiment so we can understand some things. We still have four stages to run tomorrow so we will have to see what happens. We will keep pushing.

 

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