06.10.18

OGIER LEADS WALES RALLY GB AFTER SATURDAY AS TANAK HITS TROUBLE


Sébastien Ogier leads Wales Rally GB at the end of Saturday as WRC title rival Ott Tänak was forced to retire with a mechanical issue on SS16.


Tänak, who led the rally from SS2 onwards, saw his comfortable 41 second lead fall away when he had to pull his Yaris WRC over to the side of the road with a mechanical problem. The Estonian was on course for his fourth consecutive rally win.


Sébastien Ogier is the rally leader going into the final day of Wales Rally GB. The 5-time WRC champion has a 4.4 second advantage over Jari-Matti Latvala. Latvala's team-mate Esapekka Lappi holds third place overnight by a small margin. As Citroën's Craig Breen is only 1.7 seconds behind Lappi in fourth.

Mads Østberg is in sixth, 2.4 seconds ahead of fellow Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen. New-Zealand's Hayden Paddon is seventh and current WRC championship leader Thierry Neuville holds eigth overnight.

Neuville hit trouble in SS11 this morning. The Belgian went wide in a right hander and was stuck in a ditch for 50 seconds. Spectators helped Neuville to get back on the road. The 30-year-old Hyundai driver dropped from second to eighth place overall.

Kalle Rovanperä is in ninth. The Skoda driver consolidated his one minute WRC2 lead over team-mate Pontus Tidemand, who rounds off the top ten.

Wales Rally GB 2018 Overall classification after SS18 (End of Saturday) can be found here!

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