The morning starts strong for the drivers at Monte-Carlo. After two specials on Thursday 25th in the evening, this rally, whose pitfalls are no longer in doubt, is causing no qualms this Friday morning. In the third special, a slightly icy corner already trapped four of the drivers in the WRC premier category.
Shortly before the 10th kilometer, an icy right-hand curve trapped Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe, among the very first crews to pass. Lucky, the Belgians were however able to lean on a small wall of snow and avoid the accident… before setting the best provisional time ahead of Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin!
Luck does not favor Munster, Tänak and Katsuta
Shortly after, Ott Tänak and his co-driver Martin Järveoja arrived at the same corner… with the same effect. The duo went sliding. The outcome was however less positive, with a small crash of around forty seconds. Fortunately, spectators intervened to allow the Hyundai to return to the track.
Spectators who can also thank Takamoto Katsuta and Aaron Johnston. The Toyota crew in turn crashed in the same corner a few minutes later. The penalty was, however, heavier, with a car more complicated to get out of the ditch and a few minutes lost.
The spectators barely had time to breathe when a Ford, the one driven by Grégoire Munster and Louis Louka, was in turn going to hit the ditch at this bend. Here again, a few tens of seconds were lost, but the car left without damage.
It’s been busy since the first morning stage of Monte Carlo. Extremely difficult due to ice in an uphill area.
— Eugenio Muñoz Fernández (@eugemf7) January 26, 2024
— Gerard Quinn (@WRCgerardquinn) January 26, 2024
— Rallysupport (@RallysupportNL) January 26, 2024
Ogier and Fourmaux, 3rd and 4th, are doing well
Too bad for the Luxembourger, who was running times close to his teammate at Ford M-Sport, Adrien Fourmaux. The fact remains that the Frenchman, wisely co-driven by Alexandre Coria, avoided this dangerous turn.
Enough to allow them to move up to 4th place in the general classification, 56.2 seconds behind leader Elfyn Evans. This by taking advantage of the misfortunes of the drivers trapped by this turn. They are notably three seconds ahead of Tänak.
The French crew is preceded by another 100% French crew, since Sébastien Ogier and Vincent Landais find themselves 3rd, 22.9 seconds from the lead. The duo also took all the necessary precautions in this section by breaking their speed. And it’s paying off, for now.
Join Auto-Moto on WhatsApp so you don’t miss any car and 2-wheel news!
Also read on Auto-Moto.com:
To sum up
The third special of the Monte-Carlo Rally, contested between Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes and La Bâtie-Neuve (16.68 km) was marked by numerous accidents for the WRC favorites. An icy turn trapped Ott Tänak, Takamoto Katsuta, Grégoire Munster and Thierry Neuville.
rewrite this content and keep HTML tags