Sébastien Ogier takes control in the Rallye Monte Carlo

Ogier has edged a step closer to victory in this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo after a nearly perfect second day performance.

World Champion Sébastien Ogier, competing in what is essentially his backyard, ended the day with a 51s advantage over second place, and yesterday's leader Bryan Bouffier in a Ford.

“Today was much better than yesterday,” Ogier told WRC.com. “Tomorrow will be difficult with some snow expected on the Col de Turini. But for now I can be happy.”

Kris Meeke put together a solid day to keep his Citroen DS3 WRC in third place. Meanwhile, Meeke's closest rival, Robert Kubica went off the road 32km into SS9.

Robert Kubica and Maciek Szczepaniak, Ford Fiesta WRC
Robert Kubica and Maciek Szczepaniak, Ford Fiesta WRC

Photo by: M-Sport

“There was a sudden change of grip,” the Pole explained. “We needed to be cautious because we had it marked by our ice crew, but unfortunately I misjudged how big that change would be. We went into the corner, the front went straight on and we hit a bridge.”

With the pressure off, Meeke took a 1m 10s advantage over teammate Mads Ostberg in third place.

Jari-Matti Latvala ended the day in his Polo-R WRC in fifth after passing impressive M-Sport driver Elfyn Evans on the day's final stage, while Mikko Hirvonen’s frustrating rally continued in seventh.

VW's Andreas Mikkelsen, driving his first Rallye Monte-Carlo, rounds off the top eight.

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Series WRC
Drivers Kris Meeke , Jari-Matti Latvala , Mikko Hirvonen , Robert Kubica , Andreas Mikkelsen , Maciek Szczepaniak , Sébastien Ogier , Mads Ostberg , Elfyn Evans , Bryan Bouffier
Teams Citroën World Rally Team , M-Sport
Article type Leg report
Tags bryan bouffier, elfyn evans, featured, jari-matti latvala, kris meeke, mads ostberg, mikko hirvonen, monte carlo, robert kubica, sebastien ogier, wrc