The first of our weekly round ups features Rally Monte Carlo opening the 2020 World Rally Championship.
Mixed fortunes for the manufacturer champions Hyundai with Thierry Neuville victorious whilst a big crash for Ott Tanak at the first WRC of 2020.
The Monte Carlo Rally saw a contrasting weekend for last year’s manufacturer champions, Hyundai. Thierry Neuville dominated the second half of the weekend to take the first win of the championship, his first at Monte Carlo. Whilst Ott Tanak, in his first rally for the team, had a big crash on Friday morning which saw him out of the rally. Both him and co-driver, Martin Jarveoja, walked away unhurt.
It was a competitive and promising start to the season for six-time champion, Sebastien Ogier, and Elfyn Evans in both of their first rallies for Toyota. The pair shared seven of the stage wins and led overall at the end of both Saturday and Sundays runnings. Both were still in contention for the win on the final day but a dominating performance from Neuville saw that Ogier would finish second and Evans third.
Esapekka Lappi was the best of the M-Sport drivers finishing fourth overall. Toyota’s Kalle Rovanperawas able to jump Sebastien Loeb in the final stages to take fifth place from the nine-time champion.
It was wins for Eric Camilli in WRC3 who finished ninth overall and Mads Ostberg in WRC2, tenth overall.