Rallye Monte Carlo - 3rd Day - 1st Loop: Chaotic morning as Ogier and Loeb are in a battle royale

At the end of the morning loop of the third day, Sebastien Ogier is now in the lead of Rallye Monte Carlo with Sebastien Loeb and Craig Breen following him.

Sebastien Ogier is in the first position overall at the end of Stage 11 as he set the fastest time in SS10 and in SS11. In fact he shared the lead with Loeb at the end of Stage 10 as both had equal time.

Sebastien Loeb dropped one position and is now second overall while he reported understeer in Stage 9.

Craig Breen climbed to third from fifth position overall taking advantage of Thierry Neuville's and Elfyn Evans's troubles.

Thierry Neuville remains fourth while he dropped one place at the end of Stage 10 as he received 10-second time penalty for checking one minute late at the arrival control of SS10. Moreover, he reported understeer at the end of Stage 9 while he said that he got the radio working in this stage and he could hear the other drivers talking. Finally, he had a spin in Stage 11. 

Kalle Rovanpera comes right behind Neuville and their gap is at 15,6 seconds.

Takamoto Katsuta is sixth and he dropped time in Stage 10 as he spun and stalled his GR Yaris.

Ott Tanak dropped to seventh position overall after suffering from a rear left puncture in Stage 9 resulting in losing more than one minute in this stage. In addition, he had a spin in Stage 11 due to the fact that he had no winter tyres while he suffered from front righ puncture in that stage. Due to the fact that he had no spare wheels remaining, he retired eventually as he was not able to return to the regroup zone.

Gus Greensmith faced a misfire problem with his Puma very early in Stage 10 resulting in dropping more than one minute in that stage. In addition, he almost clipped a barrier on a right-hander and he just touched it with the front of his car. He did not set a time in Stage 11 as this stage was red flagged after Loeb's start, therefore he will receive a notional time and for this reason we do not know yet his overall classification.

Elfyn Evans ran wide and went off a bank in Stage 11 resulting in being stuck in a ditch. It must be mentioned that he was in third position overall before the start of Stage 11 and he was the fastest driver in Stage 9. However, he managed to return to the road after having been stuck in a ditch and he is now moving to the regroup zone which means that he will continue in the second loop of the day.

Oliver Solberg is outside the top ten as he went off the road in Stage 10 and his i20N was stuck in a ditch. The incident happened when the yound driver locked the brakes approaching a right-hander and slid down on the outside. However, he managed to get his i20N back on the road and finished the stage. In addition, he said at the end of Stage 9 that he had no confidence to push as there was still smoke on his car.

About tyre choices, Ogier was the only driver who chose 3 soft, 1 super-soft and 2 studs. Solberg and Evans picked up 4 soft compounds and 2 stud while Katsuta and Rovanpera took 4 soft and 2 snow tyres. Tanak and Neuville chose 4 soft and 1 super-soft tyres while M-Sport drivers picked up 2 soft, 2 super-soft and 2 stud.

Watch below the stage times: 

Watch below the overall classification after SS11:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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