World News – AU – Evans’ World Rally Championship in Monza


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MONZA (ITALY) – Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier finished third, while his world title rival Elfyn Evans was just five seconds slower breakneck race in a frozen and misty Monza after Friday.

Welsh driver Evans leads his Toyota teammate by 14 points for the season and only needs to finish fourth or better to deny Ogier the seventh world crown.

After six of the 15 specials, the rally itself was led by Dani Sordo from Hyundai, followed by Esapekka Lappi from Ford.

When snow storms and cold weather hit northern Italy earlier this week, tension heightened as the two followed closely.

« It was tough, we slipped out everywhere and there was just no room for error, » said Ogier after the sixth special on Friday.

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville finished second overnight but crashed after spinning in a huge puddle next to a huge pile of gravel.

With the constructor title, which could also be won by the Belgian, he did everything he could, but had to pull out when the engine overheated.

On Saturday, six more specials are expected to take place on the specially adapted Monza racetrack, where the World Cycling Championships also took place.

Evans, 31, is hoping to become the third Briton to win a World Rally title after Colin McRae and Richard Burns.

Evans won his first season at Toyota since leaving Ford in the snow in Sweden and on the sizzling dirt roads of Turkey.

More than 130 people who came into contact with a 25-year-old woman who was found to have Covid-19 after returning from a hotel in the border town of Tachilek, Myanmar, tested negative on Saturday.

Vaccines will not end the Covid crisis quickly, warns the WHO, as global providers are preparing for « the most complex logistical exercises of all time ». .

Two local infections and four participants from Myanmar among 19 new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday, with Hotel Tachilek-related cases reaching 15.

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