Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC 2023 Monte Carlo Day 2

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team dominated the stage times on the first full day of Rallye Monte-Carlo, with Sébastien Ogier leading team-mate Kalle Rovanperä on Friday night.

Picking up where he left off following Thursday night’s season-opening stages, Ogier continued to set the pace throughout the Friday morning loop of three tests in the French Alps. That was despite an issue with the centrally-supplied hybrid unit that meant he had to drive without its additional boost in the latter two tests.

Team-mate Elfyn Evans remained close to Ogier through the first two stages but in SS5 lost over 40 seconds and dropped to fifth place when he reached the finish with a flat right-rear tyre. He fought back immediately in the afternoon when he led a GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID 1-2-3-4 in SS6.

Ogier was fastest once more in SS7 before Rovanperä took his first stage win of the season in the day’s final test. Ogier’s lead stands at 36s over Rovanperä, who has moved ahead in a close battle with Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) and Ott Tänak (M-Sport Ford).

Takamoto Katsuta enjoyed a strong day in his GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID supported by the WRC Challenge Progam, posting four top-four stage times during the day and moving up to seventh overall.

End of day two (Friday):
1 Sébastien Ogier/Vincent Landais (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID) 1h26m39.4s
2 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID) +36.0s
3 Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 HYBRID) +37.9s
4 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Ford Puma Rally1 HYBRID) +54.2s
5 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID) +1m02.3s
6 Dani Sordo/Cándido Carrera (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 HYBRID) +1m30.2s
7 Takamoto Katsuta/Aaron Johnston (Toyota GR YARIS Rally1 HYBRID) +1m33.1s
8 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Hyundai i20 N Rally1 HYBRID) +1m57.7s
9 Nikolay Gryazin/Konstantin Aleksandrov (Škoda Fabia RS Rally2) +4m12.8s
10 Yohan Rossel/Arnaud Dunand (Citroën C3 Rally2) +4m42.5s

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