Hyundai Motorsports Dani Sordo maintained his overall lead of Rally Italia Sardegna heading into Sunday’s power stages.
Sordo holds a 27.4s lead of Sebastien Ogier who has taken up second overall from Thierry Neuville who is 28.9s behind Sordo. Championship leader Elfyn Evans in his Toyota is fourth just ahead of M Sport Ford WRC Team’s Teemu Suninen and defending champion Ott Tanak.
Pierre Louis Loubet is seventh just ahead of Jari Huttunen and Kajetan Kajetanowicz. Pontus Tideman rounds ouf the top ten.
Speaking following the action the drivers said:
Car #18 T. Katsuta – D. Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC): [happy to be at the end]”Yeah. Without brakes it is not nice. We tried to fix them before the stage, they were not perfect but OK. At the end of the stage I lost the brakes again but they [mechanics] will fix it for tomorrow so it is fine”
Car #8 O. TÃ¤nak – M. JÃ¤rveoja (Hyundai i20 CoupÃ© WRC): [hard tyres are the right choice?] â€œYeah, I am not sure I have to share that with you.â€�
Car #7 P.L. Loubet â€“ V. Landais (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): “Wrong tyre choice for sure, it was a disasterâ€� [tyres very worn]
Car #33 E. Evans – S. Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC): [great time]”Yeah. I tried to be really smooth and clean. I am not sure how I’d be like compared to the others. I had a bad time in the other, probably I was a bit too aggressive so I tried to clean it up in here”.
Car #17 S. Ogier – J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC): [Equal pace to Thierry. How important is to try and beat him before tomorrow] “It is important to beat him after tomorrow”.
Car #11 T. Neuville – N. Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): “I tried very hard, looks like they have a bit more speed than us. Maybe the tyres made the difference. I lost maybe 1.5-2s on the bridge when I was a little bit too late on the brakes. When you push to the maximum that happens” [a little wide before a bridge, tyres worn a lot]
Car #3 T. Suninen – J. Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC): â€œI really tried my best and we have different tyre choices. I do not know if it makes any difference. In the last we lost some seconds to Elfynâ€�.
Car #6 D. Sordo – C. Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC): [a little bit of time lost]â€œI think my tyres are completely destroyed. I was trying to manage a little bit at the end. Some time before the end I felt I was understeering a bit too much so I had to take it a little bit carefulâ€�.