Østberg turns the tables to lead WRC 2

Mads Østberg upped the ante over the technical mountain stages to snatch the WRC 2 category top spot on Saturday at ACI Rally Monza. Østberg, driving a Citroën C3 R5, ended Friday’s Monza leg in third, but quickly moved up a place when title rival Pontus Tidemand was caught napping in the opening Selvino speed test. Two afternoon stages were cancelled on safety grounds and the Norwegian arrived back to service with a 30.9sec advantage over Tidemand. As it stands, Østberg is in prime position to be crowned champion on Sunday. Tidemand was caught out with a bad tyre choice on the opening loop. After starting Saturday with the lead, the Frenchman now trails Østberg by 28min 36.5sec.

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