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Ogier begins to caress his fifth world title

Ogier begins to caress his fifth world title

Britain’s Elfyn Evans (M-Sport / Ford) increased his lead in rally Great Britain at the end of the day, to 53 seconds and one tenth ahead of his French teammate Sebastien Ogier, who remains in a favorable position to win a fifth consecutive world title on Sunday.

Among the two drivers who can avoid Ogier’s title, Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) was the best placed, third, 5 tenths of a second behind Ogier. Estonian Ott Tänak (M-Sport / Ford) was sixth, 1 minute, 6 seconds and one tenth behind Evans.

Ogier arrived in Great Britain 37 points ahead of Tänak and 38 over Neuville.

The Frenchman’s goal is to be champion as early as Sunday, so as not to have to travel to Australia for the last rally of the year (November 16-19) with the open battle.

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If the situation remained in the current order in the final classification of the rally, the points (from one to five) that the five fastest drivers seek on Sunday’s Power Stage (ES21) would not change anything in the race for the title.

The Frenchman, if he wants to be champion on Sunday in Wales, can afford to lose up to seven points to Neuville and six to the Estonian. If you lose more, you will have to wait for the Australian appointment.

Should Ogier win the World Rally Championship (WRC) title, he will become the second most successful driver in history in this competition, only behind his compatriot Sebastien Loeb (9) and ahead of the 4 titles of the Finns Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Mäkinen.

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– In the mist –

On Friday, Evans was leading, ahead of Tänak, Ogier and Neuville, in that order. But on Saturday morning, the Belgian rose to second place “to continue fighting for the World Cup”, while the French preferred prudence.

Things changed on SS15, played at night and in fog. There Neuville and Tänak lost 33.8 and 31.4 respectively, allowing Ogier to remain in a very favorable position.

Meanwhile, Evans slipped away in qualifying. The Welshman was among the favorites for this rally at home, largely because of DMACK tires, specially developed for the occasion.

Saturday was a very busy day, with 17 hours of specials and two of them at night. For Sunday the program is lighter in kilometers (five stages that do not exceed 10.5 km, for a total of 41.17 km).

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The drivers will meet an old acquaintance, the Gwydir special (SS19), which has not been run in this rally since 2013. Then will come the battle of the Power Stage and the resolution to the big question: will the World Rally Championship crown now? the champion or Ogier will have to wait? AFP

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