Ogier tops shakedown times



The 30-year-old set a best time of 2m 15.3s in his VW Polo R WRC over the 3.52km test stage. 

Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg got their first full season as Citroen drivers off to a flying start by sharing second place with a time that was 1.2s slower than Ogier’s benchmark. 

With the shakedown stage located in the village of Chateauvieux – six kilometres south of Ogier’s hometown of Gap – the Frenchman was on familiar ground. However, he wasn’t reading too much in to the results from shakedown. 

He said: “The weather today has been perfectly dry, but the road condition was changing a lot. Some of the other guys were maybe a little slow this morning but we will have to wait for the rally to see how quick people really are. 

“A lot of rain is expected tomorrow and the conditions will be very complicated. Starting first on the road at 7.30 in the morning in the dark will not be an easy job for us.” 

Meeke was pleased with his performance during shakedown, particularly as he didn’t think he was running on the most suitable Michelin rubber. 

“Everything feels good, so I can’t complain,” he said. “We were using the soft tyre rather than the super soft – which I believe was the correct choice for these conditions. Looking at my time, it seems to bode well for the rally. I’m feeling comfortable.” 

VW’s Jari-Matti Latvala was fourth quickest at shakedown in a time of 2m 18.2s, while Robert Kubica showed that he gathered a lot of useful experience during his hard-fought win on the recent Jännerrallye to go fifth fastest in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC. 

His time of 2m 18.3 was 0.1s faster than that of Thierry Neuville who was going up against the WRC stopwatch for the first time in his Hyundai i20 WRC. 

fonte: wrc.com
Ok, ano novo, líder velho.... rsrsrsrs... Ogier à frente da turma e o restante correndo atrás!

Mas confesso que gostei de ver que Mads está ali pertinho. Espero ele, Neuville e especialmente Andreas consigam fazer um ótimo evento.

E vamos que vamos!!! It's rally time, baby!!! #finally

Beijinhos, Ludy


Melli disse…
hahahah... hoje (16/01) temos um piloto de F1 liderando o WRC?!! Kubica fez as escolhas certas de pneus e fez tempos incriveis na primeira rodada O.O quem poderia imaginar. o bom é que vai dar um trabalho pro Ogier e qdo ele precisa pisar fundo costuma se perder um pouco. esse rally ainda vai ter muitas surpresas


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