Ogier seals Corsica victory

David Gruz
This article first appeared on autosport.com

Sebastien Ogier sealed victory in the World Rally Championship’s Tour de Corse with a comfortable run through the final two stages of the event on Sunday.

The Frenchman gave up nearly one third of his advantage over Ott Tanak in the 55.17km Vero-Sarrola-Carcopino stage, but he still started the power stage with a gap of 31 seconds.

Tanak, who started the day 0.1s ahead of Thierry Neuville, secured the runner-up position by comfortably topping SS11.

Neuville completed the podium ahead of Dani Sordo, who moved up a place as a result of Esapekka Lappi losing nearly two minutes when he hit a kerb and suffered a puncture on SS11.

Although the Finn lost three positions, he gained one back in the power stage, where he was fastest.

Elfyn Evans was only 3.5s behind Sordo in fifth as Andreas Mikkelsen had to settle for seventh behind Lappi.

WRC2 winner Jan Kopecky took eighth overall ahead of Kris Meeke, who dropped from second to 10th after crashing on the final stage of Saturday, but gained a position on Sunday.

The top 10 was completed by Yoann Bonato, runner-up in the WRC2 class.

Sebastien Loeb ended the rally with four points after taking second in the Power Stage ahead of Ogier, Meeke and Tanak.

Leading finishers

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 3h26m52.7s
2 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 36.1s
3 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 1m07.5s
4 Dani Sordo, C.del Barrio Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 2m02.6s
5 Elfyn Evans, P.Mills M-Sport Ford WRT Ford 2m06.1s
6 Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota 2m33.5s
7 Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai 2m43.4s
8 Jan Kopecky, P.Dresler Skoda Motorsport II Skoda 10m34.8s
9 Kris Meeke, P.Nagle Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 10m40.5s
10 Yoann Bonato, B.Boulloud   Citroen 12m26.0s

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