89th Rallye Monte-Carlo
18 - 24 January 2021
Highlight SS 6: Ogier loses half a minute, Evans in the lead.
The leader at noon, after clocking three best times in the morning, Sébastien Ogier made two small mistakes in Stage 6 and lost half a minute in total, puncture included. This allowed his Welsh colleague of the Toyota Gazoo team, Elfyn Evans, to take the lead with a 20-second gap over Ott Tänak (Hyundai). This second pass between Aspremont and La Bâtie des Fonts (19,61 km) also allowed Hyundai to benefit from another bad stage for Kalle Rovanperä. The young Finn, after ending up in a field, was badly placed when he came back on the road, just before Tänak arrived and had to slow down. The 2019 World Champion lost a chance to clock the best time but is now 2nd of the rally, 20 seconds behind Evans and with a 3-second advantage on Ogier. His Hyundai colleague, Thierry Neuville, is back in the race as well, in 4th spot, after a tough morning, but he has over a minute deficit on Evans, and is only three seconds ahead of Rovanperä. Only one more stage left on the Friday menu…