Sébastien Ogier had a shaky start this morning at the Rally WRC shakedown when he briefly straddled his VW Polo R WRC car on a tight right hander on the 4.98 shakedown stage.
“It was a little stunt moment on two wheels!” joked Ogier. “It was a long hairpin right and I was actually too slow going into the bend because I braked too early. I was too far on the inside and the bank lifted the car onto two wheels”, he said.
“Luckily I had the reflexes to open the steering in the other direction and put the car back on four wheels and spin it through 360 degrees. It wouldn’t have had big consequences if we had rolled because it was a slow corner, but I’m always happier when I bring the car back in perfect shape”.
Ogier, familiar with Australian gravel having won the last two years here with co-driver Julien Ingrassia, finished first for the day.
|1.||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R||2min 49.4sec|
|2.||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R||2min 50.5sec|
|3.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R||2min 51.0sec|
|4.||Kris Meeke||DS 3||2min 51.5sec|
|5.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20||2min 51.6sec|
|6=||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20||2min 51.9sec|
|6=||Ott Tänak||Ford Fiesta RS||2min 51.9sec|
|8.||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20||2min 52.0sec|
|9.||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS||2min 52.1sec|
|10.||Stéphane Lefebvre||DS 3||2min 53.4sec|
We were standing roadside to capture the day’s events and will report gravel-side across the event.