Posted on November 16, 2018, 1:25 am – Updated November 16, 2018, at 1:32 am
Although Toyota's Esapekka Lappi and Jari-Matti Latvala started their rally in Australia, Mads Ostberg spent a time in SS3 to lead the events. The opening of the runway for Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier is a waste of time.
World champion WRC title was launched for the last fight. On the dirt roads of the Coffs Coast in New South Wales, the final round of the season began perfectly for Esapekka Lappi. For his last trip with Toyota before joining a renewed Citroen team, Finn moved to the first stage of the day before defeating his teammate on the team of Japanese team 1 & 2; In the first scheduled section of the day. At the wheel of the Citroën C3 WRC, Mads Ostberg defended the best in the first two episodes before starting the offensive in ES3. The Norwegian beat teammate Craig Breen in 26.68 km after almost six seconds and reduced the two leaders to about 8 seconds. As a result, the Citroën driver took over the general leadership at the end of this phase less than six seconds before the Toyota Duo.
Neuville and Ogier trapped on the start order
As for the title race, Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak have been specially built for this first day due to their place in the championship. The result was catastrophic for Sébastien Ogier, who pointed to three general stages in the 10th overall, with a 27-second delay on the Citroën driver, the last of the cyclists. . 10 & # 39; & # 39; 7 has dropped to Latvala in SS2 and finally to 14 seconds behind Mads Ostberg in the SS3. Thierry Neuville borrowed the leader in 19 & 2 39; with a delay, especially in the second and third, with an enlarged gap, but less important. For Ott Tänak, the fate of world champion title with 23 points behind Sébastien Ogier, The delay in Leader Mads Ostberg is limited to 7 & # 39; 8, but in Estonia the ES3 is a big fright with the moment spent on two wheels. In order to limit the damage, it is necessary to stay in the title race for the first day.
– WRC (@OfficialWRC) November 15, 2018
RALLY – WRC / AUSTRALIA
Ranking after SS3 – Friday, November 16, 2018
1- 25 '' 34 '' Mads Ostberg-Torstein Eriksen (NOR-NOR / Citroën)
2nd- Esapekka Lappi-Janne Off (FIN-FIN / Toyota) 5 & # 39; & # 39; 4
3- 8 in Jari-Matti Latvala-Miikka Anttila (FIN-FIN / Toyota) & # 39; 8
4- 7 en at Craig Breen-Scott Martin (IRL-GBR / Citroen)
5- Hayden Paddon-Sebastian Marshall (NZL-GBR / Hyundai) 7 & # 39;
6 7 & # 39; & # 39; 8 in Ott Tänak-Martin Järveoja (EAST-EST / Toyota)
9- Thierry Neuville-Nicolas Gilsoul in 19 '& # 39; 2' (BEL-BEL / Hyundai)
10 Sébastien Ogier-Julien Ingrassia (FRA-FRA / Ford M-Sport) on 27 & # 39; 6
Esapekka Lappi: 1 (ES1)
Jari-Matti Latvala: 1 (ES2)
Mads Ostberg: 1 (ES3)