The French Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris) was placed this Saturday in the leadership of the Rally Croatia, third round of the World Championship, once the eight timed sections on asphalt of the second and penultimate stage have been contested.
The seven-time world champion took the lead after the first special and ousted the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20), which gave up 12 seconds at the start of the day due to a poor choice of tires.
Ogier always remained in the lead and reaches the final stage with only 6.9 seconds of advantage over the British Elfyn Evans (Toyota Yaris) and 10.4 regarding Neuville, who in the second half of the stage overcame the problems that separated him from the leadership he held on Friday. Estonian Ott Tänak (Hyundai i20) it is fourth to 37.8.
In the second stage it shone with its own light Takamoto katsuta, a Toyota driver who won two of the day’s stages. In full progression phase, the 28-year-old Japanese was already the best in a section of the Monza Rally of 2020 and in 2018 he was the winner of the WRC-2 in the one of Sweden. He is seventh overall at 2: 46.5 minutes from the head.
The Rally Croatia, which this year makes its debut in the World Championship, ends this Sunday with the dispute of the last four stages, the last of them scheduled at 13.18 CET (11.18 GMT).