|The WRC's famous pass, Col de Turini - pic courtesy: rallytravel.com|
|Neuville in his Hyundai i20 WRC|
|Ogier posing for Sophie Grallion|
Yesterday, the day was scheduled with 4 stages; but the day's opener stage was cancelled due to safety reason, because of huge spectating crowd lining along the stage. Hence the day begun with the monster 51.7 km run, where Robert Kubica made a pleasing time of 33.4s ahead of Kris Meeke. Rally leader Ogier lost nearly 2 minutes in this test, but maintained enough gap to retain his top spot with a 42.8 second lead, at the end of the day.
|A busy service park @ MSport|
Today's start order would be like; 1. Lorenzo Bertelli 2. Sebastien Chardonnet 3. Ott Tanak 4. Yuriy Protasov 5. Robert Kubica 6. Henning Solberg 7. Kris Meeke 8. Sebastien Loeb 9. Martin Prokop, 10. ,11. ,12. , and 13. Mads Ostberg, 14. Andreas Mikkelsen, 15. Jari Matti Latvala & 16. Sebastien Ogier.
|Citroen camp, with Loeb!|
An early morning's & final 45-min service [in the rally] for the cars prepared them to tackle the final stages without any hiccups.
And as usual the tyre choices rule the roost; Ogier has 3 Super soft + 2 soft, Latvala with 4 SS + 2S, Mikkelsen: 3 SS + 2S, Tanak: 4S + 2SS in boot, Evans has 4SS + 2S, while the boys at Hyundai & Citroen have 6 Softs for each of their car.