Wrc Rally Monza 2021, first day: Evans leader on Toyota

The first seven special stages of the Forum8 Aci Rally of Monza in the sign of the challenge between Evans and Ogier, both on Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing, fighting for the world title, with the Welshman shining in the fractions in Brianza in the afternoon. Hyundai from Neuville was third

It is immediately a challenge between the two Toyota Gazoo Racing home drivers at the Monza Rally, the last act of the WRC 2021 World Championship. of 1 “4 the reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier, both on Toyota Yaris. In third position the first Hyundai i20 Coupé, the one driven by the Belgian Thierry Neuville (+21 “6). The Frenchman wins three PS, Evans two, but thanks to a constant pace he closes the day in the lead.


The two color bearers of the Gazoo Racing team, therefore, come out in the open on the first day, setting the pace and animating the challenge for the title, with Ogier arriving in Brianza with 17 points ahead of his teammate. At the end of the day, Dani Sordo is fourth in Hyundai (+24 “6); fifth Oliver Solberg in Hyundai (+50” 6). In the morning the seven-time world champion had started with a better pace, who had secured the first three special stages, held in the Bergamo mountains. Later, during the PS4 Costa Valle Imagna 2 (22.11 km) the test was interrupted after the accident that occurred to Adrien Formaux, on a Ford Fiesta M-Sport, who went off the road by overturning, but without reporting particularly serious problems. : the French born in 1995, however, was forced to retire, and was taken to the hospital in Lecco for investigations. In the afternoon, with the WRC cars returning to the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Evans’ performance improved, who in particular in PS5 Cinturato 1 (14.49 km), won by the British, gained 5 “7 compared to Ogier, who closed this lap sixth. “We had a problem with the brakes, the car always remained slightly braked” explains Ogier at the end of the sixth lap.


The Forum8 Aci Rally of Monza continues on Saturday 20 November (108.24 km) with six special stages, in order: San Fermo 1 (start from 7.38), Selvino 1 (8.33), San Fermo 2 (11.08) and Selvino 2 ( 12.03); then in Monza the double passage on the Sottozero (from 15.09 and 17.19). For the WRC cars, therefore, the grand final on Sunday 21 November (39.53 km) with the last three stages, in the order Grand Prix 2 (7.48), Serraglio 1 (10.08) and Serraglio 2 – Power Stage (12.18).


On Saturday the fifth (and last) round of the Toyota GR Yaris Rally Cup flagship also enters the scene, which arrived in Brianza with 12 registered crews and all the rankings still. Protagonist is the compact car of the Japanese house that shares most of the mechanics with the GR Yaris road: 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine, increased to 281 Hp and 381 Nm torque; 6-speed manual gearbox; all-wheel drive GR-Four. First Alessandro Ciardi in the overall ranking; Angelo Pucci Grossi leads in the one reserved for the Under 23s, and Emmeci leads in the ranking for the Team. The challenge for the Gazzetta Motori Award, which crowns who will win the most special stages, sees Federico Romagnoli in command.

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Wrc Rally Monza 2021, first day: Evans leader on Toyota