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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Forum8 ACI Rally Monza 2021 final round of the World Rally Championship.
Shakedown today is November 18, 2021
Distance: 4.09 km
2️. Neuville +0.3
3️. Fourmaux +1.0
4️. Evans +1.3
5️. Greensmith +1.3
6️. SORDO +3.3
7️. Suninen +3.4
8️. Ogier +3.7
9. Katsuta +3.8
10. Solberg +5.8
Thierry Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) won the Rally Catalunya 2021 penultimate round of this year's championship. This is only the second victory for Neuville this year after its rather poor performance this year and two relegations this season.
Evans Elfyn / Martin Scott (Toyota Yaris WRC) finished second in 24.1 seconds.
Third in their home race are Dani Sordo / C. Carrera (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) +35.3, who again could not reach the first place, but still managed to win the power stage.
Another precise step towards winning the crew title of Sebastien Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) with his fourth place in 42.1 seconds after the winners. Ogier's main rival, Evans, still managed to shorten its lead to 17 points before the last round in Italy of the Monza Rally.
In Rally Catalunya, Katsuta T. / Johnston Aaron (Toyota Yaris WRC) were eliminated in the first gear after leaving the track due to an error in the notes.
From the very beginning, the column was led by Evans Elfyn / Martin Scott (Toyota Yaris WRC) ambitious to fight not only for the race, but also for the championship title.
In the fourth gear, Ott Tanak / M. Jarveoja (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) left the fight after a crash. Up to this stage Evans held the first place, but in the fifth gear stage Neuville took the lead. Neuville held the first place from the fifth stage to the final, gradually accumulating a small lead.
Camilli Eric / Vilmot Maxime (Citroën C3 Rally2) finished first in the Rally2 category.
For the last round only Elfyn Evans has a chance to fight for the title against Sebastien Ogier, who confidently leads with a comfortable lead of 17 points.