Thanks to the last special, Sébastien Ogier won this Sunday the first Croatia rally in history, for the third round of the WRC world championship. But the French driver was the victim of a traffic accident on Sunday morning with his Toyota, which could have consequences if the marshals decide to penalize him with a time penalty.
Double blow for Sébastien Ogier. The Toyota driver turned the situation around on Sunday during the last two stages of Rally Croatia, becoming at the same time the new leader of the drivers’ world championship after three rounds.
A traffic accident that could be expensive
Leader before the final special, Elfyn Evans (Toyota) was beaten by six tenths. Thierry Neuville took third place, 8 seconds behind Sebastien Ogier. Evans made a mistake in the very last corner of the last special, allowing Ogier to triumph and be the first to put his name on the palmares of Rally Croatia, the new round of the WRC championship.
Already winner of the Monte-Carlo rally at the start of the season, the seven-time world champion was nevertheless the victim of a road accident this Sunday morning … to get to the start of the penultimate special. An accident of no physical consequence for the experienced Ogier (37) and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia.
But Sébastien Ogier could perhaps be penalized for this traffic accident with a local driver, while his car was slightly damaged in this case. Ogier and the local driver collided on the section allowing the driver to join the special. The commissioners seized the file and could sanction it, as well by a time penalty as a simple fine.