WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Day 2
Written and Images by – Michael Vettas | Images by – André Lavadinho – @tWorld
Day 2 of Rally Poland and Ogier holds a slight lead over his competitors with 35sec covering the top 5.
With the day’s high speed action covering eight stages across almost 130Km/80Mi, teams will need to drive a total of 600Kms/373Mi in 35C/95F heat which could take its toll on a number of teams.
Under rally two rules, any team that retires and re-joins the next day, that team will be the first car to sweep each stage before car number 1. With no incidents on day 1, Ogier would again be the first car out to sweep the stages on Day 2.
Images by – André Lavadinho & Michael Vettas
With dust causing major visibility issues for following competitors, a two minute gap was given between drivers which was later extended to three miutes.
Ogier after the morning loop of stages continued to lead the event over Volkswagen team mate Mikkelsen by 4.1sec as Tanak moved into third by 20 sec replacing Latvala in forth.
Rally Poland has brought out a huge number of spectators to cheer on local hero Robert Kubica which saw the afternoon loop of stages actually cancelled due to the unmanageably large crowd.
With just two forest stages of the day remaining, Mikkelsen’s chances of reduce Ogier’s lead were slowly dwindling.
It was Ogier proving the fastest again to win the remaining stages and extending his lead to 4.7sec over Mikkelsen with the fight for third continuing between Tanak a further 15.4 sec behind and Latvala 2.4sec a further back with consistent form continuing to hold Hayden Paddon in fifth position.
With only one day and two stages to go, Ogier is on the verge of taking yet another victory and a step closer to retaining his WRC championship crown.
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