The two crews with chances for the title this year started their battle with each other from the first special stage. From the very beginning, Sebastien Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) took the lead, and together with the contenders Evans Elfyn / Martin Scott (Toyota Yaris WRC) they broke away. Ogier took the lead with a 6.5-second lead over the first service park. They are followed by three Hyundai cars led by Thierry Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC), Dani Sordo / C. Carrera (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) and Oliver Solberg / E. Edmondson (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC).
In this 4th stage, only 4 cars went at a competitive pace, after a person in the audience fainted, something already common.
In the 5th special stage Cinturato 1 Elfyn Evans managed to shorten the fragile lead of Sebastien Ogier to 0.8 seconds, and in the second pass of Cinturato led in the standings with 1.3 seconds and up to 1.4 seconds lead on the first day of Rally Monza 2021.
In the first stage on Saturday Sebastien Ogier took the lead again. The battle was definitely the tenth, as Evans managed to regain first place in the next stage.
Dani Sordo advanced to 3rd place, ahead of Thierry Neuville.
In the 11th speed stage Selvino 2 with a length of 24.93 km Sebastien Ogier managed to pull forward with an advance of 5.2 seconds of Evans.
The game became even more interesting, as in the 13th speed stage of 14.39 km Evans took the stage victory, while small mistakes of Ogier sent him back to second place.
In the last 13 stages of Saturday, Sottozero 2 Sebastien Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) again took the lead with only 0.5 seconds ahead of Elfyn Evans / Martin Scott (Toyota Yaris WRC).
Dani Sordo / C. Carrera (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) kept the third position at +32.2 seconds. Ogier has a 17-point lead in the overall standings and can definitely afford a relaxed ride on Sunday, where there are only 3 speed stages left.
Ford must forget its weakest year in decades, after the Fourmaux Adrien / Coria Alexandre were eliminated in Italy after a rollover in the third gear stage.
The other crew of Ford Gus Greensmith / Jonas Andersson (Ford Fiesta WRC) with 8th.
First in RC2 are Rossel Yohan / Renucci J. Citroën C3 Rally2 in 10th place in the overall standings.
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