TÄNAK LEADS IN AUSTRALIA, OGIER ON COURSE FOR WRC TITLE
Ott Tänak leads Rally Australia after day 2. The Estonian holds a 21.9 second lead over Toyota teammate Jari-Matti Latvala. While Sébastien Ogier controls the WRC title fight going into the final day.
Tänak took the lead in SS14 from Latvala. And went on to extend his lead to 7.4 seconds in SS15. Latvala admitted that taking one spare tyre was not the right choice. Commenting at SS15 stage-end: "I should have two spares [like Tänak], I would like to take one off."
Hayden Paddon is in third place overall, just 4.4 seconds behind Latvala. The Hyundai driver was very positive about the performance of the car: "Great day today - 2 scratch times, up to P3 and feeling great in the car on some amazing stages."
Citroën's Mads Østberg, who led the rally after day 1, is in fourth position overall after day 2, 46.6 seconds behind Tänak. The Norwegian said he lacked balance in his C3 WRC.
Esapekka Lappi completes the Top 5. The Finn is 12.6 seconds behind Østberg and 55.7 seconds in front of his 2019 teammate Sébastien Ogier.
Toyota's Manufacturer's title is more likely than ever with Tänak in first, Latvala in second and Lappi in fifth.
Sébastien Ogier controls the (driver's) title fight. The Frenchman holds sixth place overnight, which is enough to take a sixth WRC title. Tänak can get a maximum of 211 points, the Estonian needs to win the rally and the Power Stage to get 211 points. Ogier has virtually 212 points, without any Power Stage points. Elfyn Evans lies 26.6 seconds behind Ogier in seventh. Whilst Thierry Neuville is in eighth, a further 32 seconds behind. Neuville's has virtually 205 points.
Day 3 or Rally Australia contains six stages, with a total or 83.96 kilometers. First car is underway at 06:53 local time (Saturday 20:53 CET).
Rally Australia standings after SS18 - End of Day 2: Here!
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