WRC Tour de Corse stage 2 news, quotes and standings

WRC Tour de Corse stage 2 news, quotes and standings

06.04.2018: WRC RALLYES 2018 Tour de Corse Friday, April 6th 2018 While the cars are in service, SS3 which is scheduled to start at 3.12pm local

WRC RALLYES 2018
Tour de Corse
Friday, April 6th 2018




While the cars are in service, SS3 which is scheduled to start at 3.12pm local time.




Overall - SS2


1.     FRA S. OGIER    
2.     GBR K. MEEKE     +21.1
3.     BEL T. NEUVILLE     +23.4
4.     EST O. TÄNAK     +25.1
5.     GBR E. EVANS     +37.7
6.     ESP D. SORDO     +42.0
7.     FIN E. LAPPI     +45.2
8.     FIN J. LATVALA     +53.0
9.     NOR A. MIKKELSEN     +53.2
10.     FRA B. BOUFFIER     +54.4


Fri 12:32 - SS2: Loeb


Some more information on Loeb's off in SS2 from Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Team Principal Pierre Budar "It was at the beginning of the stage, he seems to have been surprised by the cold tyres. He tried to reverse but got stuck in the ditch."




Fri 12:23 - Junior WRC standings after SS2


Top five in JWRC: 1. Bergkvist 51m44.1s 2. Bottarelli +45.3s 3. Radstrom +53.7s 4. Devine +1m31.0s 5. Fernandez 1m34.7s




Fri 12:20 - SS2: Tannert


Julian Tannert comes through with a time of 19m25.3s. "Bit too late on the brakes in a tight right-hander, we ended up in a ditch. Thankfully there were some spectators who helped me get back on the road. I think the car is alright."




Fri 12:14 - SS2: Emilio Fernandez


Chilean Emilio Fernandez has completed his first full stage on what is his debut on asphalt. He crossed the line with a 9m29.4s "It was perfect for me, this was my first stage on tarmac and I feel very good."




Fri 12:11 - SS2: Folb


Folb: "Yeah a very good time, very happy with it. I do the same time as Ogier!"



Fri 12:10 - SS2: Folb


However, Folb has just come through with by far the fastest time so far - a 9m14.5s.




Fri 12:09 - SS2: Franceschi


Jean-Baptiste Franceschi is now the fastest JWRC crew through as sets a 9m22.0s




Fri 12:08 - SS2: Bergkvist


Bergkvist is in now with a 9m23.4s - 2 seconds faster than Radstrom. He said: "I tried to get a good feeling with this car, I really enjoy and the set-up is very good."



Fri 12:05 - SS2: Radstrom


He's now crossed the line at the end of the stage with a 9m25.4s




Fri 12:04 - SS2: Bergkvis
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Emil Bergvist is also through the midway split now exactly one second faster than Radstrom.



Fri 12:04 - SS2: Radstrom


Dennis Radstrom is the first of the Junior WRC cars to set a split and he's set a 5m27.7s.



Fri 12:02 - SS2: Ciamin


Ciamin crosses the line in a 12m59.3s, his wheel issues in SS1 hampered his run in SS2.




Fri 12:00 - WRC 2 standings after SS2


Standings in WRC 2 after SS2: 1. Kopecky 42m19.3s 2. Veiby 27.9sec 3. Andolfi 35.6sec 4. Loubet 36.4s 5. Pieniazek 57.1



Fri 11:54 - SS2: Bonato


He's happy in his Citroen 3 R5, reporting a couple of small technical issues but nothing too bad for him.



Fri 11:52 - SS2: Lefebvre


Lefebvre sets the fastest time in WRC 2, an 8m24.5s, as he tells Colin Clark at the end of the stage that he wasn't suffering braking issues as badly on SS2.



Fri 11:48 - SS2: Veiby & Arai


Ole Christian Veiby is through now, 9.5sec down on Kopecky. Meanwhile, Arai has also come through with an 8m51.7s.



Fri 11:47 - WRC standings after SS2 (2/2)


Evans lies in fifth with Sordo 4.3sec behind in sixth and Lappi seventh. Latvala, Mikkelsen and Bouffier round out the top ten.



Fri 11:46 - WRC standings after SS2 (1/2)


With the morning's loop of stages completed, Ogier has a 21.1sec lead over Kris Meeke, who has jumped up to second from fourth. Neuville is third 2.3sec behind Meeke with Tanak fourth.



Fri 11:44 - SS2: Kopecky

"Yeah the first stage was good but it was very tricky, on this stage there was some running water on the road which was not on the recce."



Fri 11:43 - SS2: Kopecky


Jan Kopecky is through in his Skoda Fabia R5, he's set an 8m27.2s - the first WRC 2 car through the stage



Fri 11:43 - SS2: Bouffier


"I'm really happy, the set-up was really good and I had a good feeling on that stage."



Fri 11:42 - SS2: Bouffier


The Frenchman is through now with an 8m03.9s.



Fri 11:41 - SS2: Evans


"I think it's been okay, we've done what we've needed to do. "We had to slow down quite a lot [because of Loeb] but not too much."



Fri 11:40 - SS2: Evans


Evans is eighth quickest through the stage with an 8m07.1s




Fri 11:37 - SS2: Loeb


If you're watching WRC All Live, Loeb's car is off the road driver's right, in a ditch. Both are out the car at the moment.


Fri 11:37 - SS2: Sordo


Sordo is through in 8m05.9s, that's fifth fastest for now.



Fri 11:35 - SS2: Loeb


We're hearing that there has been issues for Loeb at the start of the stage. We'll update when we get more on that.



Fri 11:35 - SS2: Lappi


"The car was a bit better here, we need to do something with the car - I was not completely happy. It's quite an okay time."




Fri 11:34 - SS2: Lappi


Esapekka Lappi sets the same time as Kris Meeke through the second stage, an 8m01.9s.




Fri 11:33 - SS2: Tanak


Tanak not too happy, there are issues with the rear on his car it sounds like set-up issues.




Fri 11:32 - SS2: Tanak

Ott Tanak finishes with an 8m06.9 to go fifth fastest




Fri 11:32 - SS2: Latvala


"No this wasn't enough of an improvement. The car turns really well on the corners but I'm struggling to get the confidence on the braking."




Fri 11:31 - SS2: Latvala

Latvala has come through with a 8m06.7s, the fourth fastest time on the stage so far.




Fri 11:29 - SS2: Meeke


Meeke comes through with the second fastest time, he's clocked a 8m01.9s. "My intercom was dipping in and out in my right ear which was quite annoying." He added.



Fri 11:27 - SS2: Mikkelsen


"I went off one time in a left-hander, we went in a ditch so I had to get back out again. Then we felt a vibration in the car."



Fri 11:26 - SS2: Mikkelsen


Mikkelsen has finished with an 8m14s exactly, he's 14.1sec down on Ogier




Fri 11:25 - SS2: Neuville


"I am not happy, the car isn't working as it should."




Fri 11:24 - SS2: Mikkelsen


Mikkelsen came through the mid-stage split 8.7sec down on Ogier.



Fri 11:23 - SS2: Neuville


Neuville through to the stage end now with an 8m02.1s.



Fri 11:23 - SS2: Ogier


Ogier said at the end of the stage that SS2 is quite different to SS1 and that he had to be careful cutting the road because of the increased risk of punctures.



Fri 11:21 - SS2: Ogier


He's also hit the stage end a shade under 8 minutes with a 7m59.9s



Fri 11:21 - SS2: Ogier


Only one split on this stage, with Ogier through in a 4m37.1, 1.5sec faster that Neuville



Fri 11:20 - SS2: Meeke


Kris Meeke is getting ready to launch onto the stage now.



Fri 11:17 - SS2: Neuville


Neuville is also on to the stage now.



Fri 11:15 - SS2: Ogier


Ogier goes onto the second stage now




Fri 11:10 - SS2 guide


SS2 isn't as long as the opener, here's a guide to the stage: Piedigriggio – Pont de Castirla 1, 13.55km A new stage north of Corte that starts on fast roads at the exit of Piedigriggio village. It twists uphill before crossing Popolasca, whose peak tops out at more than 2000 metres, and the Croce d’Arbitro pass.



 The stage plunges downhill on a narrow, twisty and technical road to the finish just before Castirla Bridge.




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