WRC, 2015 Rally Monte-Carlo Final-Leg - Rolling On!

The WRC's famous pass, Col de Turini - pic courtesy: rallytravel.com
Neuville in his Hyundai i20 WRC
In a few minutes from now [in progress], the remaining final three stages of Rally Monte-Carlo will begin with the pass through the famous - Col du Turini. The first stage, COL ST JEAN - ST LAURENT, with a total of 10.16 km competitive section will be re-run later at noon, as the rally's Power Stage, to conclude the event at Monaco. Second stage would be LA BOLLENE VESUBIE - SOSPEL, which is 31.66 km.

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.

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