Solberg increases lead over Sordo to 2 seconds
Petter Solberg and Dani Sordo had another clash on SS 9 and the winner was once again Solberg. Norwegian increased lead over Sordo but not by much, so the two are now split by 2,4 seconds. Meanwhile, Loeb is playing it safe and keeping his distance and is currently 1 minute and 28 seconds ahead. Drying conditions did not suit Sebastien Ogier and he lost more time to Evgeny Novikov, who is trailing Mikko Hirvonen in fifth place.
Overall classification after SS 9:
1. Loeb 2:31:56.8
2. Solberg +1:28.8
3. Sordo +1:31.2
4. Hirvonen +3:18.7
5. Novikov +3:33.2
6. Ogier +4:06.8
7. Delecour +4:55.2
8. Tanak +6:09.7
9. Campana +6:17.8
10. Wilson +11:24.2
“For the moment I’m happy with the day. Feeling is good, car is good, we’re trying to do no mistake. We have one more stage and need to avoid problems on that one”, Sebastien Loeb.
“We’re happy, to be second in Monte Carlo is very difficult due to conditions. We’re fighting with Petter and trying to keep it up”, Dani Sordo.
“It’s fantastic, I’m enjoying myself. It is difficult and we’re still learning, but for now we are happy. We will improve this year and we’ll be very fast, I can tell you that”, Petter Solberg.
“Good stage, but it’s too dry for us and we cannot do much in challenging WRC cars. I dream about weather change, so we’re hoping it does change tomorrow”, Sebastien Ogier.
“It’s going well, but I’m old man so it’s not bad! We think there will be snow tomorrow, so let’s see how that unfolds”, Francois Delecour.