Stats watch: Ogier leads the way

Although Sébastien Ogier trails Thierry Neuville in the WRC drivers’ championship standings by 27 points, the Frenchman has spent the most time in the lead of rallies so far this season.

With three victories to his credit in 2018, the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver has led the way for almost half of the 128 stages contested during the first half of the season.

Who else is having a good year and who will be targeting a performance boost at the upcoming Neste Rally Finland (26-29 July)? has taken a close look at the latest WRC statistics to bring you the stage-by-stage lowdown in the WRC and WRC 2 categories.

WRC stages in the lead:

Ogier has shown some impressive rally management skills during the first half of the season. He has held the rally lead for 54 tests.

Championship leader Neuville – who has also won three events in 2018 – is trailing in the Frenchman’s wake having led for just 34 stages.

After his dominant victory at YPF Rally Argentina, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Ott Tänak hold third place in the standings – the only other driver to achieve double figures in this category.

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WRC stage winners:

Despite not enjoying the best luck recently – retiring from the last two rallies – Tänak still leads the way with the most stage wins.

Neuville is closing in on the Estonian after his rally-winning performance at Rally Italia Sardegna in June. The Belgian claimed a clean-sweep of stage victories during the final day of that event to put him on 29 wins for the season so far.

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WRC 2 stages in the lead:

With Skoda Motorsport dominating the championship so far, it is not surprising to see the manufacturer’s drivers topping the standings in this one.

Reigning champion Pontus Tidemand has held the category lead for 42 of the stages contested so far. But he’s only six stages clear of Jan Kopecký, despite the Czech driver competing in one less rally.

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WRC 2 stage winners:

Skoda Motorsport also dominate the stage winners’ list, with Tidemand heading the field on 43. Kopecký is only fourth so far – bettered by team-mates Ole Christian Veiby and Kalle Rovanperä.

Rally Sweden winner Takamoto Katsuta is the only other driver to reach double figures with 10 stage wins to his name so far this season.


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