The French Sébastien Ogier achieved victory in the Sardinia Rally and is consolidated at the head of the World Cup of the specialty. The Frenchman led the Toyota double that his Welsh teammate completed Elfyn Evans. Belgian finished third Thierry Neuville (Hyundai).
Thanks to his 52nd WRC victory, the fourth in Sardinia, the seven-time world champion, who has already won three this season, surpasses Evans by 11 points in the championship standings (106 points to 95).
"It's been an amazing weekend. We did a great job during our test (before the rally), the car worked much better than in Portugal. We had a great day on Friday and yesterday (Saturday) we even managed to get ahead. It is very good for the championship. Thank you team! "explained Seb.
At 37, Ogier seems closer than ever to a new championship: three victories (out of five races) this season (Monte Carlo, Croatia and Sardinia) and with the best car of all, although the Frenchman repeats again and again that it will be his last full season, devoted to winning an 8th world championship, but he says he is not interested in equaling his compatriot's record of nine crowns Sébastien Loeb.
Forced to open the track on Friday on the first day, an "honor" that goes to the leader of the World Championship, Ogier knew how to control the race at all times and wait for possible errors from his Hyundai rivals.
These arrived on Saturday: two slopes and both the Estonian Ott Tanak (ES12) like Spanish Dani sordo (SS15) were left out of the fight for victory. “We have to congratulate the team, because we have a very fast car. You just need to make it more reliable and make fewer mistakes ", admitted Tanak, world champion in 2019 with Toyota ...