WRC 2024 result after Round 6: Rally Italia Sardegna

WRC 2024 result

Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team continued its 2024 FIA World Rally Championship campaign with what looked set to be a surefire win in Italy for Sébastien Ogier (below). Unfortunately, the extremely rough terrain delivered late drama that denied the Toyota driver a third consecutive victory – all by the narrowest margin in WRC history. How does this WRC 2024 result affect the overall championship?

WRC 2024 result: Rally Italia Sardegna

After victories in the last three events, Toyota Gazoo Racing was looking for a strong result on the Italian island of Sardinia in order to try and step back into the lead in the manufacturers’ standings. But as always, the Sardinian event proved demanding – more so this year thanks to a trial format that condensed the competitive action into just 48 hours.

WRC 2024 result

The pre-event shakedown took place on Friday morning. But it was all systems go in the afternoon with two passes of a tough pair of stages on the northern coast, both of which had to be driven on the same tyres.

WRC 2024 result

Sébastien Ogier made a storming start here, posting a time that was 7.7 seconds faster than anybody else. Some of that advantage was conceded on the repeat but he concluded the day 4.5 seconds ahead. Meanwhile, Takamoto Katsuta was in a consistent fourth and Elfyn Evans had been hamstrung with a puncture near the end of the first stage and was driving more slowly in order to preserve his spare tyre.

WRC 2024 result

Saturday was by far the longest day and had to be driven without a midday service. Unfortunately, Ogier’s advantage was eradicated in the morning’s first stage following a tyre detachment on some of the roughest conditions this rally had ever seen. Knowing that new tyres were only allowed ahead of the afternoon loop, Ogier had to balance battling for the lead while preserving his remaining tyres. In the afternoon Ogier returned to form and won three consecutive stages to retake the leas with a sizeable 17.1 second advantage.

WRC 2024 result

Day two started well for Katsuta and he concluded the morning loop in third place. But hopes of a podium finish were dashed by a transmission issue that couldn’t be resolved on the roadside. The Japanese driver was therefore forced to stop on stage nine in the hopes of being able to restart on Sunday. Thankfully, team-mate Evans enjoyed a slightly easier day and his speed on sandier sections was rewarded with a move up into fourth place.

WRC 2024 result

Competition remained intense for Ogier on the last day as rivals bit at his heels. By the rally-closing Power Stage he was 6.2 seconds ahead, which looked to be enough to secure victory. But in the extremely rough final section he began losing air from one of his tyres and was forced to slow down. This ultimately meant that he and co-driver Vincent Landais missed out on victory in Sardinia by just 0.2 seconds – a finish that equals the closest ever in WRC history.

WRC 2024 result

Although this was incredibly disappointing, comfort was drawn from the fact that Toyota’s overall championship was not badly affected. Ogier had also risen to fourth place in the drivers’ championship despite contesting only four of the six rounds held so far.

WRC 2024 result in Round 6: Rally Italia Sardegna

POSITION TEAM DRIVERS VARIATION 
1Hyundai MotorsportOtt Tänak / Martin Järveoja
2Toyota Gazoo RacingSébastien Ogier / Vincent Landais+ 0.2s
3Hyundai MotorsportDani Sordo / Cándido Carrera+ 2m 25.8s
4Toyota Gazoo RacingElfyn Evans / Scott Martin+ 2m 37.8s
5M-Sport FordGrégoire Munster / Louis Louka+ 6m 42.9s
35Toyota Gazoo RacingTakamoto Katsuta / Aaron Johnston+ 41m 28.1s
WRC 2024 result

WRC 2024 championship standings: drivers and co-drivers

POSITION TEAM DRIVERS POINTS 
Hyundai Motorsport Thierry Neuville / Martijn Wydaeghe 122 
2Hyundai MotorsportOtt Tänak / Martin Järveoja104
3 Toyota Gazoo Racing Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin104 
4Toyota Gazoo RacingSébastien Ogier / Vincent Landais92
M-Sport Ford Adrien Fourmaux / Alexandre Coria 74 
6Toyota Gazoo RacingTakamoto Katsuta / Aaron Johnston52
7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Kalle Rovanperä / Jonne Halttunen 36 
Hyundai Motorsport Dani Sordo / Cándido Carrera 27 
WRC 2024 result

Where is the WRC heading next?

Round seven sees the WRC juggernaut head to eastern Europe for Rally Poland, which takes place later this month on 27-30 June. Poland has not been on the WRC calendar since 2017, so it will be intriguing to see how the GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid performs on this event’s soft and sandy roads in the north-east of the country.

3 comments

  1. Very good article and hoping Toyota Gazoo Racing have better look in Kenya. Wishing Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin continued success in their GR Yaris.

  2. I would like along with many others too see WRC coming too Scotland. It’s been a long time since we seen these superb drivers and car performing in Scotland.

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