Rallye MonteCarlo roads can be bad for you, especially if you don't respect it during winter! It proved true for the debuting Hyundai World Rally Team's driver Thierry Neuville on the very first stage in under 10 km from the start. He crashed heavily on the car's rear, fortunately nobody was hurt, but did populate the first on the retirement list of the rally within an hour of competitive stage start.
It was the pole, Robert Kubica who started to show his potential with consecutive stage wins in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC. The third stage victory went to another Fiesta driver Bryan Bouffier, who took over the overall tops from the pole and retains at the end of the day with a gap of 38.8s.
Citroen WRT's newer drivers, Kris Meeke & Mads Ostberg were making some good times, while Monte the experts were failing. Meeke is in the runnerup spot by the end of the day.
The stages for the day were,
- Orpierre - St Andre De Rosans [25.49 km]
- Rosans - Ste Marie - La Charce [17.98 km]
- Montauban Sur L'Ouveze - Laborel [19.34 km]
In the second pass of the morning's stages, Volkswagen drivers sprang up with the right tyre choice and took the stages win, Latvala SS4 & Ogier the remaining two stages of the day and moves up to 4th overall.
Top 10 overall scoreboard [courtesy wrc.com], by the end of SS6 [Day 1]
|Pos||No||Driver||Time||Diff Prev||Diff 1st|
Nine more stages more to declare the winner, with 5 stages on tomorrow's itinerary and the remaining four for Saturday.