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Thierry Neuville scores his third WRC victory
Posted by WRC - 10/04/17 01:58PM - 0 Comments - WRC -
The third leg of the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse saw Thierry Neuville emerge victorious after 316 km of special stages. The Belgian finished in front of the 4-time reigning world champion, Sébastien Ogier, with Dani Sordo from Spain in third place.
After a difficult start to the year, Thierry Neuville finally finished on the topmost step of the podium in the 2017 Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse after fighting off tough opposition to give Hyundai its first victory in 2017. Despite a cautious first day the Belgian driver took advantage of the glitches that hit his rivals and turned the tables at the start of the second leg to finish the weekend in a blaze of glory!
Summary of Sunday 9th April
Neuville came out on top in the first stage of the day SS9, Antisanti-Poggio di Nazza, setting the fastest time in 32m 34.6 sec one-hundredth-of-a-second in front of his team-mate, Dani Sordo. Sébastien Ogier ran into more mechanical problems which cost him 21 seconds.
The stages followed one another but the scenarios were not the same. The Power Stage, the final special, sprang a few surprises as Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala set the fastest time. Ogier, who had suffered several mechanical problems the previous day, managed to set the second-best time in this stage giving him second place in the overall classification just in front of Dani Sordo.
In the general classification in the World Rally Championship Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul scored 26 points putting them in third place (54 points) behind Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala (75 points) and Sébastien Ogier (88 points).
“The 60th Tour de Corse offered us a great sporting battle right up till the end and was also a big popular success. Its reputation as a rally posing numerous sporting difficulties fulfilled all its promises, and the aura enjoyed by the Tour de Corse is now beyond dispute. We’re very satisfied with the way the spectators respected the safety instructions, and overall the result of the 2017 event is a very positive one. I’d like to congratulate all the entrants for taking part and for their respective results, as well as all the volunteers and partners mobilised in the organisation of this blue-riband motor sporting national and international island event.” Nicolas Deschaux, President of the FFSA.
Thus at the end of the 60th Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse 28-year-old Neuville scored his third victory in the WRC after Germany in 2014 and Sardinia in 2016. In 2011 he won the IRC in the Tour de Corse, but this weekend’s success is his first victory on the Ile de Beauté in the top category.
In WRC2 Andreas Mikkelsen came home first in front of Teemu Suninen and the Equipe de France FFSA Rallye driver, Yohan Rossel. The Junior World Rally Championship was dominated by Nil Solans from Spain closely followed by two French coming men, Terry Folb and Nicolas Ciamin. French colours also shone in WRC3 and RGT won by Raphaël Astier and Romain Dumas respectively.
Rendezvous in Argentina on 27-30 April for the fifth round of the World Rally Championship.