2015 World Rally Championship | RallyRACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada
Written by Michael Vettas | Images by Michael Vettas and André Lavadinho
Rally de España 2015 | Shakedown and Heat 2
Heat 2 of RallyRACC Catalunya and Ogier held a 4second lead over team mate Latvala with Tanak still in third a further 7.3seconds behind.
Overnight teams performed the change over from gravel spec to tarmac, an amazing show of speed and expertise here to change almost the entire cars drivetrain and suspension in just 75min, it is one of the main draw cards to the service park all year.
Heat 2 comprised of seven stages with just over 120km of competitive roads with teams finishing the day with a 2km blast around the picturesque foreshore of Salou.
After the first stage of the day Ogier had further extended his lead over Latvala to 6.4seconds with Latvala complaining of brake issues, Tanak slipped a further 9.2seconds behind Latvala.
An eventful morning saw Latvala push a fraction to hard gaining a puncture where he lost three positions and 45seconds. Meanwhile Tanak ran wide on a corner colliding with an armco and breaking his front suspension, which resulted in a DNF (Did Not Finish) for the day.
As a result Dani Sordo catapulted in to second position 51seconds behind Ogier with Mikkelsen only 1.5seconds behind Sordo.
The afternoon loop saw Latvala gain some rhythm winning all three stages and moving back in to second position. Mikkelsen improved moving into third ending the day with a VW 1, 2 and 3.
Images by Michael Vettas and André Lavadinho
Going in to the final day Ogier holds a 54 second lead over Latvala, an almost unobtainable lead if history is anything to go by, while the gap between second, third and fourth is only 7.4seconds.
A further six stages remain for the final day of the event including the Duesaigues Power Stage which includes the famous roundabout where thousands of spectators line the road.
The final round of the championship moves Wales for Rally Great Britain 12th to 15th November, 2015.
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