The French Sébastien Ogier won the rally of Sardinia this Sunday. The Toyota driver won ahead of his teammate Elfyn Evans and increased his lead in the world championship standings.
The galleys of some do the business of others. Leader since the retirement of Estonian Ott Tänak (Hyundai) the day before, Sébastien Ogier won the rally of Sardinia this Sunday. The France of the Toyota team won ahead of his Welsh teammate Elfyn Evans and the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), with the added bonus of two bonus points recovered in the final Power Stage. Sébastien Ogier has 106 points against 95 for his British rival, a margin of eleven units over his young teammate.
“It was an incredible weekend! We did a good job during our test, the car worked much better than in Portugal, said the winner of the day in a message posted on social networks. a great day on Friday, and on Saturday we even managed to take the lead. It’s very good for the championship. Thank you to the team! “
Ogier still domineering
Thanks to this 52nd WRC victory, the fourth in Sardinia, the seven-time French world champion, widened the gap a little over Evans in the world championship. At 37, Ogier is more than ever the boss of the WRC, in the current best team, but he has already explained several times that 2021 was his last full season, devoted to the conquest of an 8th world title.
He has already won three times this season, in Monte-Carlo, Croatia and therefore in Sardinia, but is not interested in Sébastien Loeb’s record (9 crowns) because he wants to convert to a circuit and spend more time with his family.
Forced to sweep the track on Friday, as the leader of the championship, the Frenchman managed his race perfectly while waiting for possible incidents for the Hyundai drivers.
They arrived Saturday in the space of a few hours, for Tänak in SS12 and for Sordo in SS15. For simular reasons, a deviation from the trajectory sanctioned by a collision against a rock for the Estonian, a wheel in the ditch and a half roll for the Spaniard.
Sébastien Ogier then preserved his lead over Evans, author of several scratch times but unable to regain more than 30 seconds from Ogier in just a few specials. And Thierry Neuville, the only survivor of the hecatomb at Hyundai, preserved the points for third place, just to stay in contact with Toyota drivers in the championship standings.