World rally champ Ogier maintains lead at Tour of Corsica
AJACCIO, Corsica (AP) — Defending world rally champion Sebastien Ogier maintained his overall lead on the second day of the Corsica rally on Saturday.
In his Ford Fiesta, Ogier did not win any of the six stages on the day’s program but was the most consistent driver on the twisty asphalt roads of the Mediterranean island.
“Anything can always happen but I don’t take the extra risk and I feel like I’m still in control,” Ogier said.
The world championship leader, Ogier holds an overall lead of 44.5 seconds over Ott Tanak of Estonia.
Thierry Neuville of Belgium was third, just a tenth of a second further back.
Kris Meeke of Britain, who was third overnight, crashed his Citroen C3 in the final speed test and withdrew from the race, the third year in a row he retired on this stage.
After crashing out of second place on Friday, Sebastien Loeb posted the fastest time in three special stages in his Citroen C3.
“No problems at all, I knew I could be fast,” said the nine-time world champion, who missed a left corner and slid straight into a ditch 400 meters after the start of the second speed test on Friday.
Loeb is competing at the race as part of his three-event program this year with Citroen, the team with whom he won all of his championship titles during his rally career.
The race ends on Sunday after the final two special stages.