Stage 11 Monte-Carlo Rally notes and quotes

Stage 11 Monte-Carlo Rally notes and quotes

27.01.2018: WRC RALLYES Rallye Monte-Carlo 2018 Saturday, January 27th 2018

Rallye Monte-Carlo 2018
Saturday, January 27th 2018

Sat 12:51 - Monte after SS11

1.Ogier 3h04m42.9s, 2.Tänak +48.1s, 3.Latvala +1m44.4s, 4.Meeke +4m38.6s, 5.Lappi +4m58.3s. Lappi puncture. Evans up to 6th.

Sat 13:07 - Monte WRC2 after SS11

1.Kopecky 3h16m56.7s, 2.De Mevius +10m40.9, 3.Sciessere +15m30.5s, 4.Suninen +34m12.1s. Camilli stops.

Sat 13:03 - SS11: WRC 2 De Mevius

Problems for the man placed second in WRC 2. "I don't know what is wrong but in the middle of the stage I took a cut, hit something and now something is wrong at the rear. We need to go and look."

Sat 12:57 - SS11: WRC 2 Camilli

Stopped in stage at 27km - almost within sight of the finish. His Fiesta is parked on the roadside.

Sat 12:55 - SS11: WRC 2 Suninen

"We have made some changes with the team and now it feels better. Difficult to push, but if you do you can gain a lot."

Sat 12:52 - SS11: WRC 2 Kopecky

"Now it's much better than the morning. We don't need to hurry up, but we can still enjoy the drive."

Sat 12:48 - SS11: Mikkelsen

"A clean stage. A bit careful in places."

Sat 12:47 - SS11: Ogier

Second quickest, 15.3sec off Tanak's pace. "All good," he says. "I'm not in the position to take risks. I think I have a good gap. It's okay." That lead gap to Tanak slims to 48.1sec.

Sat 12:45 - SS11: Lappi

He arrives straight after Tanak. "Puncture" he explains. What happened? "Off," he replies before driving away.

Sat 12:43 - SS11: Tanak

Quickest so far - 18sec up on Evans - and he can't believe it after his off into a field. "I have no idea. This was a lucky place where we went off - I'm happy we went off there. Tricky with the black top - it's so, so hard."

Sat 12:37 - SS11: Tanak

Off into the field! He follows Neuville's lines and pops back onto the road.

Sat 12:37 - SS11: Latvala

Second quickest, three-tenths slower than Evans. "Not good news about Esapekka. I'm sorry for him. Conditions are less tricky now. You can push more."

Sat 12:35 - SS11: Lappi

Moving again

Sat 12:34 - SS11: Meeke

Second quickest so far and another driver to visit the field. "We lost about eight seconds."

Sat 12:33 - SS11: Lapp
WRC+ live tracking shows him stopped at 18.4km

Sat 12:32 - SS11: Bouffier

29sec slower than Evans here and Bryan loses sixth position to the Welshman. "We went wide in a junction - a lot of fog and I went off into the field. Maybe we lost eight seconds. It's okay."

Sat 12:29 - SS11: Bouffier

He too has taken a trip into Neuville's field.

Sat 12:28 - SS11: Evans

Quickest so far, 8.3sec up on Neuville's time. "I was a little surprised - not the best feeling in there. We were quite clean, tried to stay in the ruts. We had some studs on the car but in these conditions we didn't need them."

Sat 12:25 - SS11: Neuville

12.6sec quicker than Breen. "We went into a field under braking - huge aquaplaning. I know I wasn't the first. A small spin earlier as well, we went backwards when we touched the snow."

Sat 12:23 - SS11: Breen

He completes in 19m45.6s. "I enjoyed that one. Tricky in places, a bit of fog, I could only see 30 or 40m ahead on the 1km straight. Really good fun."

Sat 12:21 - SS11: Neuville

Another moment. This time he misses a junction and takes a long detour through a field. He crashes through a snow bank and back on the road.

Sat 12:16 - SS11: Neuville

Lucky to escape a hairy moment. The rear of his i20 steps out in a tight left hander, rides up a bank and thumps back down onto the road. No obvious damage evident.

Sat 12:00 - SS11: LIVE

Craig is underway. The stage running with a three-minute delay.

Sat 11:58 - SS11: Delay

Due to concerns over the positioning of some spectators.

Sat 11:56 - SS11: Breen

He's on the start line, having one last drink from his bottle.

Sat 11:55 - SS11: Conditions

Much better than this morning's pass. Two clear, wet, lines in the slush now. Still plenty of slush off line.

Sat 11:53 - Weather update

Warmer than this morning, 8°C, skies clearing, some patches of blue over Gap.

Sat 11:50 - Tyres

Here's who has what for stages 11 and 12 - in terms of numbers and studded (S) or non-studded (NS): Ogier/Neuville/Mikkelsen/Breen/Meeke: 4NS&2S. Evans/Bouffier: 3NS&3S. Latvala/Tanak/Lappi: 5NS

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