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Monte-Carlo Rally: Evans remains in the lead, Ogier on his heels

Briton Elfyn Evans (Toyota) retained the lead of the Monte-Carlo Rally on Friday after the first eight specials but he is now closely followed by Frenchman Sébastien Ogier, also on Toyota, who only has a handful left.

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Monte-Carlo Rally: Evans remains in the lead, Ogier on his heels

Briton Elfyn Evans (Toyota) retained the lead of the Monte-Carlo Rally on Friday after the first eight specials but he is now closely followed by Frenchman Sébastien Ogier, also on Toyota, who only has a handful left. seconds delay. Evans, victorious in the first two night specials on Thursday evening, failed to win one of the six contested on Friday, but he limited the damage to retain the lead in the opening round of the WRC world rally championship season. .

However, the Welshman's lead was hanging by a thread: while he was ahead of Ogier by almost 23 seconds after the first special of the day where the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) was the fastest, he only has a lead of 4.5 seconds over the local hero on Friday evening.

Ogier, who won three of the day's six stages, returned to the race for victory, aiming for a record tenth success in Monte-Carlo. “It was tricky today. The start of the race was difficult but we expected it given our starting position. Now we have gotten very close so we are going to have fun tomorrow (Saturday),” declared Ogier at the finish of the last special of the day where he set the best time.

Neuville, winner of three special stages on Friday but who lost around ten seconds due to a spin at the start of the day, is in third place, 16 seconds behind the leader. Ott Tänak (Hyundai), fourth, also made a mistake by ending up in the ditch during the first special early on Friday. Helped by spectators to get out of this bad situation, he however lost almost 40 seconds and found himself relegated to more than a minute behind Evans. Frenchman Adrien Fourmaux (M-Sport Ford) is in an encouraging fifth place.

Provisional classification of the Monte-Carlo rally, at the end of the second day on Friday (8 special stages contested out of 17):

1. Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (GBR/Toyota)

2. Sébastien Ogier/Vincent Landais (FRA/Toyota) at 4.5

3. Thierry Neuville - Martijn Wydaeghe (BEL/Hyundai) at 16.1

4. Ott Tänak - Martin Järveoja (EST/Hyundai) à 1:13.6

5. Adrien Fourmaux/Alexandre Coria (FRA/M-Sport Ford) at 1:38

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Winner of special stages: Elfyn Evans (SS1, SS2), Thierry Neuville (SS3, SS6, SS7), Sébastien Ogier (SS4, SS5, SS8)

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