For the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team on the final leg of Rallye Monte Carlo, the famous Col de Turini stage proved to be treacherous.
A couple of hours before SS14, 75 per cent of the Turini roads were covered in snow and the white stuff was falling. Then it turned to rain, and the roads became a treacherous mix of snow, slush and water. Carnage ensued.
The Russian is within reach of his first World Rally Championship podium after a stellar performance today in his Qatar M-Sport Ford Fiesta.
The unflappable Frenchman has led since the rally’s second stage: Sebastien Loeb holds a lead over Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier by one minute and 47 seconds with one day remaining of the first FIA World Rally event in 2013.
Evgeny Novikov pockets two stage wins, and Juho Hänninen earns his first in the Ford Fiesta on the second day of the World Rally Championship's season opener in Monaco.
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team watched their ace expand his overall lead! Sebastien Ogier has the new Volkswagen Polo just 1min 34.8sec off the pace of "Seb", the champion!
The Qatar M-Sport crews proved that they could maintain their composure and keep their Ford Fiesta RS WRCs firmly on the road.
Both drivers will represent the State of Qatar alongside Nasser Al- Attiyah and Mads Østberg as the quartet look to make their mark on the world stage in the M-Sport Ford.
M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s Evgeny Novikov secured fourth place overall . Elsewhere however, there was heartache for team mate Ott Tanak who was forced to retire from the event on the penultimate stages.
Evgeny Novikov and Ott Tänak reinforced M-Sport Ford World Rally Team’s status as the leading privateers ...
Schilke, WRC Correspondent