WRC – Monte Carlo Rally – Day Two

January 21, 2012


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With five fastest times in six stages, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena increased their lead throughout the second day of the Rallye Monte-Carlo. The eight-time World Champions have now pulled over 1m30s clear of their closest challengers. The day turned out well for both Citroën Total World Rally Team driver pairings, as Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen moved up from 6th to 4th position overall.

Dani Sordo (ES) and Carlos del Barrio (ES) were still fighting with Petter Solberg (NO) for the second podium position and had snatched the place back as the cars returned to Valence for the last time. Meanwhile the MINI WRC Team’s French crew, Pierre Campana and Sabrina de Castelli, were still in seventh after a trouble free day.
In his MINI John Cooper Works WRC number 37, the same number carried by the Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini Cooper ‘S’ in 1964, Sordo started the day in second.  On the first stage – the fifth of the rally – he dropped to third behind Solberg, then on stage six he moved back in front of the Norwegian, only to lose the position again on the final stage of the morning. In the afternoon this great battle continued and on stage eight Sordo set the fastest overall time, his first of the rally. However, it was not until the final stage of the day that he reclaimed his second spot and moved ahead of Solberg by 3.7secs. 
Campana was driving steadily in the tricky conditions, but it was on the final stage today that he was able to move up to seventh after Sébastien Ogier (FR) crashed and Ott Tanak (EE) stalled on the start-line of the stage.
Leaderboard after Day 2
1. S Loeb/D Elena                                FRA     Citroen DS3                 2hr 45min 56.9sec
2. D Sordo/C Del Barrio Corral  ESP      MINI John Cooper  2hr 47min 34.1sec
3. P Solberg/C Patterson               NOR   Ford Fiesta RS           2hr 47min 37.8sec
4. M Hirvonen/J Lehtinen           FIN     Citroen DS3                  2hr 49min 37.3sec
5. E Novikov/D Giraudet              RUS     Ford Fiesta RS          2hr 49min 48.4sec
6. F Delecour/D Savignoni          FRA     Ford Fiesta RS          2hr 51min 16.8sec
7. P Campana/S De Castelli       FRA     MINI John Cooper  2hr 52min 46.5sec
8. O Tänak/K Sikk                              EST      Ford Fiesta RS           2hr 52min 57.5sec
9. P Andersson/E Axelsson        SWE   Proton Satria Neo   2hr 56min 05.8sec
10. K Abbring/L Vanneste          GER    Skoda Fabia S2000 2hr 56min 28.3se


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