Stage 12 Rallye Monte-Carlo notes and quotes

Stage 12 Rallye Monte-Carlo notes and quotes

27.01.2018: WRC RALLYES Rallye Monte-Carlo 2018 Saturday, January 27th 2018 Crews are returning to Gap for a 30-minute service before Saturday's final test. Watch the service live on WRC+

Rallye Monte-Carlo 2018
Saturday, January 27th 2018

Crews are returning to Gap for a 30-minute service before Saturday's final test.

Watch the service live on WRC+

Sat 13:58 - Monte after SS12

1.Ogier 3h15m42.1s, 2.Tänak +39.5s, 3.Latvala +1m39.6s, 4.Meeke +4m44.1s, 5.Lappi +4m50.3s

Sat 14:03 - Monte WRC2 after SS12

1.Kopecky 3h28m37.2s, 2.De Mevius +11m34.7, 3.Sciessere +16m00.6s, 4.Suninen +34m08.8s.

Sat 13:56 - SS12: WRC 2 Suninen

"The stage before was quite good. This was more difficult on the winter tyres but we are learning and will be faster here next year." Suninen politely declines the honey.

Sat 13:55 - SS12: WRC 2 Kopecky

His Skoda fitted with studded tyres all round. "The safe option. With our lead we stay on the safe side."

Sat 13:53 - SS12: Gift update

Each WRC crew was presented with a jar of local honey at the stage end. Strange scenes as co-drivers search for somewhere to secure it for the journey back to service.

Sat 13:48 - SS12: Mikkelsen
"Quite foggy in there, it was coming and going."

Sat 13:47 - SS12: Ogier
Seb completes sixth quickest, 8.6sec slower than Tanak. The gap behind to Tanak in the standings slims to 39.5sec. What's the plan? "Try to stay in the lead. I think now we are finished with the snow."

Sat 13:43 - SS12: Tanak

Second quickest. "Nothing special let's say, not trying, a consistent run, I'm not pushing." Why are you not pushing? "You should try driving here - these are tricky conditions." Boom.

Sat 13:40 - SS12: Lappi

Second quickest, 13.5sec quicker than Meeke, and the gap between them in the standings is down to 6.2sec. "Good. I was trying. After the puncture on the previous stage, I was trying really hard. A good run."

Sat 13:35 - SS12: Latvala

"Very slippery at the end. The mud was a problem here - not the ice."

Sat 13:34 - SS12: Meeke

Slowest so far after nudging his Citroen into a snow bank on the Col. "With Esapekka Lappi's puncture we're up to 4th, but he's not far behind. We lost a bit in here."

Sat 13:30 - SS12: Bouffier

"We have two studded and two snow tyres. The studs were very slippery in the mud. We have good fun."

Sat 13:28 - SS12: Evans

Quickest so far, despite a very wide moment near the finish and a serious comms issue: "Just before the start the intercom packed up and I reckon I only heard 40 per cent of the pace notes. Okay, it's a stage I know, and I've been doing my homework, but I didn't get much information about the conditions. I just had to drive as I saw it."

Sat 13:24 - SS12: Neuville

12.4sec quicker than Breen. "I pushed a bit more in this one, but there was a lot of gravel and the road was very slippery. I enjoyed it though - the first enjoyable one today."

Sat 13:22 - SS12: Breen

A time of 11m01.0s and there's a smile on Craig's face. "Pretty hairy on this mix of tyres, but we're making progress up the leaderboard. Incredibly slippery and grimy at the end."

Sat 13:12 - SS12: Conditions

Much clearer than the previous test. 90% wet Tarmac in the opening section. Still some ice and slush over the Col, then totally frost-free - and even drying - in the final section.

- full results and more on   photos WRC, TGR, Red Bull, M-Sport


27.01.2018 / MaP

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