(Reuters) – Toyota’s reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier received the Croatia Rally by a mere 0.6 of a second on Sunday after three days of motion and regardless of being concerned in a street accident earlier than the beginning of the ultimate leg. The Frenchman was in a single day chief by 6.9 seconds however
(Reuters) – Toyota’s reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier received the Croatia Rally by a mere 0.6 of a second on Sunday after three days of motion and regardless of being concerned in a street accident earlier than the beginning of the ultimate leg.
The Frenchman was in a single day chief by 6.9 seconds however fell behind crew mate Elfyn Evans after a collision with one other automobile whereas driving from Zagreb to the opening stage of the day on a public street.
The Toyota, which had been altering lane with one other automobile approaching at velocity behind and on the within, was broken on the co-driver’s facet however the crew had been unharmed and capable of proceed.
Video posted on social media confirmed a variety of police on the scene, with Ogier driving off as one officer briefly put his palms on the bonnet and tried to cease him.
Evans began the ultimate energy stage with a 3.9-second benefit however Ogier romped by means of with the quickest time to take the general victory and 5 bonus factors, with the Welshman having to accept second.
Belgian Thierry Neuville was third for Hyundai.
“It has been a rollercoaster all weekend, I used to be already completely happy to be nonetheless within the race not to mention win by so little…it is for these feelings that we do the game,” stated Ogier on Twitter.
The seven instances world champion took over on the prime of the championship from younger Finnish crew mate Kalle Rovanpera, who crashed out on the opening day.
The Frenchman now has 61 factors after three rounds to Neuville’s 53 with Evans on 51. Rovanpera dropped to fifth with 39, one level behind Hyundai’s Ott Tanak.
Irishman Craig Breen was second within the energy stage for 4 bonus factors, with Neuville taking three in third. Evans was fourth and Estonian Tanak fifth for the ultimate further level.
The Zagreb-based asphalt rally was making its debut within the championship.
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