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Tour De Corse 2018: Ogier extends his lead as Lappi stars

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Saturday’s action at Tour De Corse consisted of six stages and we saw things change completely at the end of the day.

Sebastien Ogier had pulled out over a 30 second lead in Friday’s four stages, taking three of the stage wins. He didn’t go on to take any wins on the second day but still furthered his lead and goes into the final day 44.5 seconds in front. “Anything can always happen but I don’t take the extra risk and I feel like I’m still in control,” is what Ogier had to say about the day’s events and getting the job done.

The stages today were new and the three of them were very different from each other and it was Esapekka Lappi who stared on the day. After making changes to his suspension Lappi was reformed and went on to take two wins and moved himself up into the now three way battle for second place.

Ott Tanak, Lappi’s Toyota team mate, moved up to second in the standings after stage 10 after taking the joint win with Lappi.

The event that changed the standings was Kris Meeke retiring, for the third year in a row, from the Novella stage, with the Citroen stuck in the bushes from what it is currently being reported as a misinterpreted pacenote. This dropped Meeke out of the running with it not known whether he will be continuing on the last day.

Thierry Neuville suffered with handling issues throughout the day and dropped to second behind Tanak by 0.1 of a second.

Sebastien Loeb returned under the Rally 2 rules and showed that without his off on stage two he would have been in contention for the lead by taking three of the six stage wins, saying “no problems at all, I knew I could be fast.”

Times have continued to be close between Dani Sordo and Elfyn Evans with Evans closing the gap down to 3.1 seconds.

Andreas Mikkelsen continued to struggle with his Hyundai and dropped back from the Sordo and Evans battle.

Jari-Matti Latvala crashed the rear of his Toyota into a tree during stage eight and retired from the day, while Bryan Bouffier also retired with engine problems.

Sunday sees two stages, the first the longest at 55.17km and the other the Power stage where the top five drivers will earn themselves bonus points.  

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