With his team-mate taking 20 seconds back yesterday, the Gapençais reacted this morning by setting the first scratch time of the day. While the drivers are managing their tires for the 18th and last stage of this 91st Rallye Monte-Carlo, which will be the Power Stage as well, Sébastien Ogier won his 8th special stage victory in 2023. He was 2.7 seconds faster than his two Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mates, Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä.
“Yesterday night it looked like people were in doubt, but so far I am controlling my risks” commented the Frenchman after the 15th stage between Luceram and Lantosque (18.82km).
Behind the trio, Thierry Neuville is still the best of the rest. The Belgian finishes only 5.1 seconds behind the eight-time world champion and keep a comfortable lead (22.1 seconds) in the overall ranking over Evans. This Sunday, the winner of the 2020 Monte-Carlo Rally must remain careful in the two loops if he wants to secure a 56th podium in the WRC.