Corsica Rally stage 7 notes, quotes, result

Corsica Rally stage 7 notes, quotes, result

07.04.2018: WRC RALLYES Tour de Corse Saturday, April 7th 2018 Sat 11:56 - WRC standings after SS7

WRC RALLYES
Tour de Corse
Saturday, April 7th 2018




Sat 11:56 - WRC standings after SS7



1. Ogier 2h01m27.7s 2. Neuville +41.6s 3. Meeke +46.8s 4. Tanak +48.9s 5. Lappi +1m11.3s. 6. Sordo +1m35.3s 7. Evans +1m39.9s






Sat 12:03 - WRC 2 standings after SS7


1. Kopecky 2h07m57.8s 2. Bonato +47.5s 3. Veiby +59.0s 4. Loubet +1m24.3s 5. Andolfi +2m14.7s





Sat 12:16 - JWRC standings after SS7


1. Franceschi 2h19m22.9s 2. Folb +0.3s 3. Devine +1m49.2s 4. Bergkvist +1m49.5 5. Radstrom +1m56.8s




Sat 11:58 - SS7: Veiby


Veiby is slower than Kopecky at the stage end, 11m47.7s is 2.2sec slower than Czech driver.



Sat 11:57 - SS7: Bonato


Yoann Bonato is through now, almost 20 seconds slower than Kopecky - 12m05.1s.



Sat 11:55 - SS7: Kopecky



WRC 2 leader is in now, an 11m45.5s for him. "Today the first two stages are new to everyone, SS5 was very nice - I was probably a bit too cautious. In this stage you need to keep an eye out for gravel going into the corner."




Sat 11:51 - SS7: Loeb


Loeb is through now, and he... doesn't set the fastest time on this stage! An 11m14.4s for the Frenchman, 6.7sec slower than Tanak. "I'm having fun in the car today, a bit frustrating because of yesterday. I took this stage a bit easy, I wasn't trusting it 100% because I know there is gravel at points."



Sat 11:48 - SS7: Ogier


Ogier comes in with a time of 11m10.4s - 2.7sec slower than stage leader so far. Strong end of the morning for the Frenchman. "I'm driving not at 100% today, I'm trying to be clean and very smooth today. The dirt on this stage means I'm not going to take too many risks!"



Sat 11:45 - SS7: Neuville


Neuville is next up to the finish, he sets an 11m13.6s - 5.9sec slower than Tanak. "I had a very good stage, I can be happy with the times compared to my team-mate." He is missing a mirror though, so he's been taking some tight lines!



Sat 11:42 - SS7: Meeke


Meeke ends the stage now, 11m16.5s is the time on the board. 8.8sec slower than Tanak. "Little slide at the beginning but other than that I felt the rhythm was okay, but the last two stages were awful. We need to get back to service and see what the issue is."



Sat 11:40 - SS7: Meeke


Kris Meeke is through the split with a 7m05.4s - 5.7sec slower than Tanak



Sat 11:39 - SS7: Tanak


Tanak next through the stage end and he has set a storming time - 11m07.7s, FIVE seconds faster than Lappi. How did he do that? "It is a bit safer to go faster on this stage, the changes we did to the car yesterday were good. We made a few mistakes which hampered us in the opening stages, tomorrow we'll get rid of those mistakes."




Sat 11:37 - SS7: Lappi


Lappi comes through with the fastest stage of anyone so far - 11m12.7s which is 0.8sec faster than Latvala. Let's see what he says: "The secret is just the work yesterday, I wasn't happy at all. Together with the team we tried a few things and I think we found it. Quite happy on the stage but I know this is not enough, I wasn't confident enough to push for the fastest time, it's okay." Reasonable amount of understatement from Esapekka!



Sat 11:34 - SS7: Tanak


Tanak is storming this stage - first driver to break the 7min barrier with a 6m59.7 - 3.6sec faster than Lappi



Sat 11:33 - SS7: Evans


Evans crosses the line with the slowest time so far - 11m19.3 - 5.8sec slower than Latvala. "For sure we can do more, the feeling isn't 100% but disappointed to lose that much time. Nothing really wrong, just small hesitations here and there add up to a lot."



Sat 11:31 - SS7: Lappi


Lappi is flying again, 7m03.3s at the split is the fastest of anyone so far - 0.8sec faster than countryman Latvala



Sat 11:31 - SS7: Evans


Evans has the slowest split so far with a 7m07.2s - 3.1sec slower than Latvala



Sat 11:30 - SS7: Sordo


Sordo is in now, 1.2sec slower than Latvala after logging a 11m14.7s. He said: "I push all weekend, bit times are not so good. This stage has some tricky places with the gravel, at the start we didn't take much risk."



Sat 11:28 - SS7: Sordo


Sordo reached the split at 7m04.4s - 0.3sec slower than Latvala as he reaches the end of the stage now.



Sat 11:27 - SS7: Latvala


Latvala is in now with a 11m13.5s - 3.4sec faster than Bouffier. "Basically we didn't do so much in the morning and SS1 was okay, SS2 I struggled with braking so I changed the balance and I feel much more confident now."



Sat 11:24 - SS7: Mikkelsen


Mikkelsen is 1.3sec slower than Bouffier - 11m18.2s. Why was that then? "Yeah some places there was gravel, other than that it is a nice stage - very narrow. I tried to find a nice rhythm but it is not easy."



Sat 11:20 - SS7: Bouffier


Bouffier finishes now he has set a target of 11m16.9s He said: "It is good being first on the road, I am putting my tyre mark on the ground. The stages are amazing, I'm trying to do my best!"




We're back! Here's a guide to SS7


Novella 1, 17.39km One of the few tests unchanged from 12 months ago. Crews start close to the Pietra Monetta inn on a narrow, twisty road in the middle of the ‘maquis’ and tackle several difficult corners to reach Novella village and its picturesque train station.



 After the La Croix pass, a narrow, winding downhill road with a worn surface leads to the finish. Drivers must be wary of punctures here if they cut corners too deeply.



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