Monte Carlo WRC: Ogier takes lead, Kubica and Paddon crash out

Defending World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier claimed the overall lead of Rally Monte Carlo after the three morning stages of Day 2.

The Friday morning loop also claimed the rally's first major retirements in Robert Kubica and Monaco debutant Hayden Paddon.

Kubica skidded off the icy road in the first stage of the day, while Paddon damaged his lower left suspension in the very same test, which was topped by Ogier.

The Frenchman then made a tiny mistake in SS4, resulting in a small puncture, and ended up 0.7s short of pace-setter Kris Meeke.

However, he would fight back in a big way through SS5, beating the Citroen driver by eight seconds.

The leading duo, separated by less than two seconds in the overall classification, stretched their advantage to 37.7s over Andreas Mikkelsen.

Jari-Matti Latvala completed a consistent morning in a bid to avoid repeating the costly mistake he made on Thursday.

Still, the Finn ended up more than 50 seconds behind his French teammate, while the top five was rounded out by leading Hyundai driver Theirry Neuville.

M-Sport duo Mads Ostberg and Eric Camilli occupied sixth and eighth respectively, with Dani Sordo slotting in between.

Citroen protege Stephane Lefebvre was ninth, trailing Camilli by just two seconds, Ott Tanak's DMACK Fiesta completing the top 10.

Standings after SS2:

Pos. Driver / Co-Driver Car Time/Delay

Sebastien Ogier

Julien Ingrassia

VW 57m06.7s

Kris Meeke

Paul Nagle

Citroen 1.5s

Andreas Mikkelsen

Anders Jaeger

VW 37.8s

Jari-Matti Latvala

Miikka Anttila

VW 53.5s

Thierry Neuville

Nicolas Gilsoul
Hyundai 56.9s

Mads Ostberg

Ola Floene

Ford 1m11.6s

Dani Sordo

Marc Marti

Hyundai 1m42.4s

Eric Camilli

Nicolas Klinger

Ford 1m46.0s

Stephane Lefebvre

Gabin Moreau

Citroen 1m48.0s

Ott Tanak

Raigo Molder

Hyundai 2m01.7s


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Series WRC
Event Rally Monte Carlo
Drivers Kris Meeke , Sébastien Ogier
Teams BRC Racing , Volkswagen Motorsport , Hyundai Motorsport
Article type Leg report