Ogier keeps wheels on title quest at Monza

By: AFP      Published: 06:39 PM, 5 Dec, 2020
Ogier keeps wheels on title quest at Monza
French driver Sebastien Ogier and French co-driver Julien Ingrassia steer their Toyota Yaris WRC during the afternoon SS5 stage of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Sebastien Ogier kept alive his world title bid by taking the lead in the last round of the world rally championship at Monza after Saturday morning's three opening stages.

The French driver clocked the fastest time in the season-closing rally's seventh special, with Dani Sordo taking the next and Ogier's Toyota teammate and title favourite Elfyn Evans, annexing the next.

The morning's action left Ogier in command by 6.7seconds from Sordo, with Evans third at 7.5sec.

Evans arrived at Monza with a 14 point advantage over Ogier in the title race to this coronavirus-disrupted season.

Whilst the permutations are plenty, Welsh driver Evans is guaranteed his first WRC crown -- should Ogier win -- if he finishes second.

If Ogier wins and Evans finishes third or fourth then it all goes down to Sunday's closing Power Stage with its five-point bonus.

Six-time champion Ogier got off to a roaring start on the 25 kilometre mountainous seventh special at 900m altitude.

He was kicking himself in the next for being "too cautious" whilst Evans hit back in the ninth as the snow began to fall.