WRC Monte-Carlo Recap: Loeb leads in Monte-Carlo
Thanks to the right tyre choice, Ford number 1 driver, Jari Matti had matched Loeb’s pace on SS3, but he carried too much speed into an icy corner and rolled out of the event 10 kilometers after the start of SS4 (Burzet-St Martial), leaving the provisional lead to Sébastien Loeb.
Without super rally rules in Monte Carlo, the Finn will not be back in action and thus Peter Solberg will have to get Ford its first points this season.
Dani Sordo is currently second overall for Mini/Michelin. The Spaniard was only a second slower than Loeb on SS1, but a mistake saw him drop time and he is a little more than a minute adrift of his former team-mate, Petter Solberg.
One of the day’s biggest surprises was produced by Sébastien Ogier who is fourth overall in his Volkswagen Motorsport-entered Skoda Fabia S2000. The Frenchman is leading WRC drivers Novikov and Mikko Hirvonen (Citroën/Michelin).
Overall Standings after S4
01 LOEB Sébastien (FRA)
02 SORDO Daniel (ESP)
03 SOLBERG Petter (NOR)
04 OGIER Sébastien (FRA)
05 NOVIKOV Evgeny (RUS)
06 HIRVONEN Mikko (FIN)
07 DELECOUR François (FRA)
08 CAMPANA Pierre (FRA)
09 TANAK Ott (EST)
10 ANDERSSON Pergunnar (SWE)
Pictures courtesy Rallye-sport.fr