Sebastien Ogier looks for the ‘big door’ in Salou

He comes for work…and for a walk. After almost a year without savoring the joys of victory, Sebastien Ogier wants to leave the Rally de España through the front door. And he has made it clear since the ‘shakedown’, in which he set the best time, making his intentions clear. He has already achieved three wins in his stage with Volkswagen, which were about to be four were it not for an accident on the last stage in 2015, and now he wants to add one more, now with Toyota.

The Coll de la Teixeta special, 4.2 kilometers long, served to get the first references for the rally. But from the first bars it was accompanied by persistent rain that distorted the results. Because some, like the Hyundai team, preferred not to wear soft tires thinking about the race, and made their runs with hard ones. Logically, their times were light years away from those at the top. dani deaf He explained that “we don’t want to use our soft tyres, but we don’t have grip. It’s impossible to drive like that.”

The Toyotas did pull soft, and that is why their drivers were setting the best times from the first bars. And of them the best was an Ogier who hasn’t won a rally for a long time, since Monza in November of last year, and is ready to put an end to the ‘drought’. The Japanese Takamoto Katsuta seconded him, with Pierre Louis Loubet in third position.

The test starts tomorrow with the longest stage: 118 kilometers with 8 sections, of which two are totally new. The forecast is for rain, which will harm those who start further behind, such as Ogier and Sordo, since those in front will remove a lot of mud from the gutters.

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Shakedown classification

1. Ogier-Veillas (Fra/Toyota), 2, 40.1s

2. Katsuta-Johnston (Jap/Toyota), at 0.9s

3. Loubet-Landais (Fra/Ford), at 1.2

4. Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin/Toyota), at 1.4

5. Evans-Martin (GBR/Toyota), at 1.5

12. Deaf-Carrera (Esp/Hyundai), at 13.2

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