WRC: the the longest day...
Drivers set for marathon test on Saturday
In dry and sunny conditions, Meeke looked set to top the timesheets through the Putifigari test in Citroën’s DS 3 until Sordo went quickest by 0.2sec on the third of his four runs in a Hyundai i20.
“We were working with the suspension to have better grip for the rally,” said Sordo. “The stage was really rough at the end, not with stones but with the soft surface. It was difficult to find the right line.
“The roads weren’t so representative of the rally. The first 2km was OK, but the end was completely different. But this rally has a lot of different characteristics so it’s difficult to say what is normal,” added Sordo, whose i20 was fitted with Michelin’s soft compound tyres.
Mads Østberg was 0.9sec behind Sordo in third in Citroën’s second DS 3, with Volkswagen Motorsport duo Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala tied a further 0.2sec back. Thierry Neuville completed the top six in another i20, emerging from his final run with rear bodywork damage after sliding wide and striking a tree.
Most of the frontrunners completed only the minimum required three runs and the stage became increasingly quicker, with most drivers posting their fastest time in their final pass.
The sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship is based in Alghero (below) and starts tonight with a 2.50km super special stage in the harbour area of Cagliari, the island’s capital city.
The leading times were:
|1.||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20||3min 27.4sec|
|2.||Kris Meeke||Citroën DS 3||3min 27.6sec|
|3.||Mads Østberg||Citroën DS 3||3min 28.3sec|
|4=||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R||3min 28.5sec|
|4=||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R||3min 28.5sec|
|6.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20||3min 29.4sec|
|7.||Robert Kubica||Ford Fiesta RS||3min 30.3sec|
|8.||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagwn Polo R||3min 31.3sec|
|9.||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20||3min 31.7sec|
|10.||Ott Tänak||Ford Fiesta RS||3min 32.5sec|