Wales WRC: Ogier stretches lead over Meeke in the rain

Sebastien Ogier did not put a foot wrong during a rainy morning of the second day of Rally GB, extending his lead over nearest pursuer Kris Meeke to nearly 20 seconds.

The first runs of both the Gartheiniog and Dyfi stages were topped by Theirry Neuville, who started the day second on the road following his retirement yesterday.

However, Ogier was unbeatable during the second run through Dyfi, pipping Kris Meeke by 5.6s and stretching his overall lead to 19.3s.

"The rain is keeping it bad for everyone," Ogier said. "There is some abrasion in there, but I have two spares so I don't have to think too much about my tyres."

Andreas Mikkelsen became the fourth stage-winner of the event by going fastest on SS9, but endured an otherwise difficult morning and is now 46.7s behind his French teammate.

Mads Ostberg lost a minute on SS8 to drop behind Dani Sordo but he got fourth place back after the Spaniard hit a barrier and spun due to gearbox issues on SS10.

As a result, Sordo also surrendered fifth to Ott Tanak, who continued to enjoy a trouble-free rally. The top eight was completed by Hayden Paddon and Elfyn Evans.

Jari-Matti Latvala returned under Rally 2 rules, having gotten himself stuck in a ditch on Friday, but was forced to retire once again, this time due to a broken driveshaft.

Results after SS10:

Pos. Driver / Co-Driver Car Time/Delay
1

Sebastien Ogier

Julien Ingrassia

VW 2h01m02.7s
2

Kris Meeke

Paul Nagle

Citroen 19.3s
3

Andreas Mikkelsen

Ola Floene

VW 46.7s
4

Mads Ostberg

Jonas Andersson

Citroen 1m57.8s
5

Ott Tanak

Raigo Molder

Ford 2m08.9s
6

Dani Sordo

Marc Marti

Hyundai 2m10.6s
7

Hayden Paddon

John Kennard

Hyundai 2m34.9s
8

Elfyn Evans

Daniel Barritt

Ford 2m52.9s
9

Stephane Lefebvre

 Stephane Prevot

Citroen 4m32.9s
10

 Robert Kubica

 Maciek Szczepaniak

Ford 4m55.6s

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Series WRC
Event Rally Wales GB
Drivers Kris Meeke , Andreas Mikkelsen , Sébastien Ogier
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport
Article type Leg report