Wales WRC: Ogier and Tanak maintain status quo on Saturday afternoon

Ott Tanak won three consecutive Wales Rally GB stages on Saturday afternoon, but failed to make up significant ground on Sebastien Ogier, who fought back in the final test.

Tanak, who has spent the entire rally in second so far, kicked off Saturday with a deficit of 37 seconds.

While the gap did not change after the morning leg, Tanak was quickest in the second run of all three tests in the afternoon.

However, Ogier responded by beating Tanak in SS15 by seven seconds and completing the leg with a lead of 31.8s.

Hyundai duo Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon continued to hold third and fourth respectively with Kris Meeke following them half a minute adrift.

Dani Sordo was sixth ahead of Mads Ostberg, the Norwegian having to deal with increasing pressure from the recovering Jari-Matti Latvala.

French duo Stephane Lefebvre and Eric Camilli completed the top 10.

Standings after SS15:

1 Sébastien Ogier
Julien Ingrassia
Volkswagen Polo R 2h42m16.4s
2 Ott Tanak 
Raigo Molder 
Ford Fiesta RS +31.8s

Thierry Neuville

Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai NG i20 +1m33.5s
4 Hayden Paddon 
John Kennard 
Hyundai NG i20 +1m46.8s
5 Kris Meeke 
Paul Nagle 
Citroën DS3 +2m27.9s
6 Dani Sordo
Marc Marti
Hyundai NG i20 +3m34.8s
7 Mads Ostberg
 Ola Fløene
Ford Fiesta RS +4m12.8s
8 Jari-Matti Latvala 
Miikka Anttila 
Volkswagen Polo R +4m19.9s

 Stephane Lefebvre

 Gilles de Turckheim 

Citroën DS3 +6m49.5s

 Eric Camilli

 Benjamin Veillas 

Ford Fiesta RS +7m26.7s

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Series WRC
Event Rally Wales GB
Drivers Sébastien Ogier , Ott Tanak
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport , DMACK Team
Article type Leg report