Breen and Nagle on verge of Rallye Monte Carlo podium as Ogier eyes record-breaking ninth victory.

Craig Breen (IRL) and Paul Nagle (IRL) of team M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM are seen performing during the World Rally Championship Monte-Carlo in Monte-Carlo, Monaco on 22,January

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle are just four stages away from a Monte Carlo Rally Podium. 

Sébastien Ogier sits on the cusp of a record-breaking ninth Rallye Monte-Carlo victory after outwitting arch-adversary Sébastien Loeb in the snow and ice of the French Alps on Saturday.

After a Saturday of breathless drama, Breen finished third in  his Ford Puma. The Irishman was 64.9sec adrift of overnight leader Sebastien. Loeb, but a clean run enabled him to climb from sixth.

Bree and Nagle kept their heads as all around where losing theirs and came from Friday’s sixth to third on Saturday – as his rivals fell by the wayside.

Remember Fridaty when he said “slowly, slowly catchy monkey” and Saturday when he said the stages were like home over the bumps and jumps. 

Well add them all together and his tactics have paid off and now sits behind the two Sebastiens who have 17 world titles between them.

On Sunday he will be keeping a watchful eye on Kalle Rovanperä  who found a more balanced set-up for his GR Yaris and soared from ninth to fourth. He ended 37.8sec behind Breen after winning the final two stages.

Craig Breen (IRL) and Paul Nagle (IRL) of team M-SPORT FORD WORLD RALLY TEAM are seen performing during the World Rally Championship Monte-Carlo in Monte-Carlo, Monaco on 22,January // SI202201220142 // Usage for editorial use only //


Sunday’s finale comprises two tests in the Alpes-Maritimes region driven twice without service before the finish in Monaco’s Casino Square. The last stage forms the Wolf Power Stage with bonus points available for the fastest drivers. The four tests add up to 67.26km.


 

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