Ogier poised for seventh title after Evans’ Monza heartbreak

Sébastien Ogier moved within touching distance of a seventh FIA World Rally Championship title after an extraordinary day at ACI Rally Monza on Saturday. The Frenchman completed the penultimate leg of the season finale with a 17.8sec lead in his Toyota Yaris, after team-mate and championship favourite Elfyn Evans crashed on treacherous snow-covered roads. Sportingly, Evans ran back down the road to warn Ogier of the impending hazard and prevent his colleague joining him in the undergrowth. The lead changed hands on every stage before Ogier pulled clear of the Spaniard, who chose caution over bravery after Evans’ demise, this afternoon. The deep snow caused the penultimate stage to be cancelled but Ogier was taking nothing for granted.

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