Rally France 2013 (day 2): Great tension in Alsace

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Rally France 2013 (day 2)
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D he newly crowned world champion was in a good mood. Five out of seven possible best times on the second stage of the eleventh World Championship round show that Sébastien Ogier has regained his form. But despite the impressive performance, the Frenchman's dreaded march failed to materialize.

Ogier is in third place before the last stage, but only 1.9 seconds behind the leaders. 'It's great for the audience. It's wet and slippery and very close. It's a real show,' enthuses the VW man.

Latvala wafer-thin front

At the very front after 255 kilometers is team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala, who slid four tenths ahead of Dani Sordo in the best Citroën on the last short spectator test on the streets of Mulhouse was able to.

'This is the most exciting asphalt rally I have ever participated in,' confessed the Finn and gave himself the watchword for Sunday: 'I have driven consistently and without mistakes so far, and exactly You also need this consistency for Sunday. '

On the said October 6th, another six stages with a total of 57 kilometers are to be driven, and besides the VW duo and Sordo, local hero Sébastien Loeb also has good chances of victory. The nine-time champion still looks a bit rusty after a five-month break and spun on a wet slope in the morning, but Loeb is still five seconds behind the top with the music.

Neuville with punctured tire from the race

There should have been five contenders for victory, but Friday's leading Thierry Neuville said goodbye to the top four with one creeping flat tire on the first exam after lunch service. Neuville believed there was a blown tire after a jump, the team on the other hand suspected after assessing the damage that Neuville damaged the tire with a slight slip.

The Belgian lost around 1:20 minutes and thus his almost comfortable lead. Neuville is still the best Ford driver in fifth, 1:10 minutes behind, because Evgeny Novikov (6th) and Mads Östberg (8th) cannot keep up with the pace of the leaders. The same applies to the seventh-placed Mikko Hirvonen in the factory Citroën.

Can Sordo win in France

All drivers had to struggle with the weather. Unlike on Friday, the rain was onSaturday was not a surprise for drivers and meteorologists, but it did not rain constantly and dried out in phases before it started to drizzle again. On the final Sunday, the choice of tires is an extremely important factor, because all six stages have to be run without service.

Of the four combatants at the top, everyone wants to win, but one of them is the question of whether he can. Dani Sordo has left the official factory team in favor of Loeb and might take away important points from the Citroën brand in the manufacturers' standings. On the other hand, the situation is so tight that there is hardly any room for maneuvering.

Kubica continues with WRC2 leadership

No tactics are necessary for Christian Riedemann. As on Friday, the Citroën Junior is fourth in WRC3. With a gap of almost two and a quarter minutes, an attack on third place is hopeless.

Little movement in WRC2 as well. Robert Kubica has already given Elfyn Evans three and a half minutes in the Ford, and the third-placed Rashid al Ketbi can only wipe his eyes in disbelief. He is already 13:16 minutes short of the fast Poles.

Pontus Tidemand has already finished work. The Junior World Championship with its standard Ford Fiestas basically only takes place on the first two days of a World Championship run, Tidemand won his class confidently and is confirmed as Junior World Champion.

The current pictures from the Rally France are available in our photo show.

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