10.06.18

BREAKING: NEUVILLE WINS IN SARDINIA BY JUST 0.7 SECONDS


Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul have won Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 by just 0.7 seconds over Sébastien Ogier. The Belgians were 0.8 seconds behind Ogier before the final stage, but a big push in the Power Stage, which was 1.5 seconds faster than Ogier, was just enough to take the win in Sardinia.

Ogier took the lead in SS6, the Frenchman mastered the muddy conditions to go 12.2 seconds faster than anyone else. And increased the gap with Neuville to 18.9 seconds at the end of Friday.

Neuville fought back on Saturday and Sunday, winning 7 out of 11 stages (Saturday and Sunday combined) and a total of 9 stage wins during the rally, to take victory by just 7 tenths of a second.

Esapekka Lappi completes the podium. Latvala's late problems on the road section after SS16 promoted Lappi up to third overall. A third place which Lappi brought home without any problems on the last day.

Hyundai's Haydon Paddon finished fourth. Citroën drivers Mads Østberg and Craig Breen finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Another dissapoiting weekend for Latvala. Toyota managed to fix Latvala's car on Saturday night. But with a podium insight, seventh is not the result Latvala wanted. Tänak came home in eighth overall, still some championship points for the Estonian after having to stop on SS9 due to cooling problems.

WRC2 winner Jan Kopecký finished in ninth overall. More than 3 minutes(!) ahead of his next WRC2 rival. Kopecký had a flawless rally and was promoted to first in the class after Lefebvre had to stop in SS11 with suspension damage.

Teemu Suninen completes the top 10, the M-Sport Ford driver crashed into the trees on SS9, but (like Latvala and Tänak) came back under Rally2 regulations and managed to get back in the top 10.

Next round on the WRC calender is Rally Finland, 26-29 July.

WRC Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 (unofficial) results:

#

Driver

Time/Difference to first

1.

Neuville

3:29:18.7

2.

Ogier

+0.7

3.

Lappi

+1:56.3

4.

Paddon

+2:55.2

5.

Østberg

+3:10.9

6.

Breen

+4:31.7

7.

Latvala

+11:22.1

8.

Tänak

+12:38.2

9.

Kopecký

+13:14.6

10.

Suninen

+15:30.4


Driver's Championship standings after round 7 (out of 13):

#

Driver

Points

Difference to first

1

Neuville

149

-

2.

Ogier

122

27

3.

Tänak

79

70

4.

Lappi

70

79

5.

Sordo

60

89

6.

Mikkelsen

54

95

7.

Evans

46

103

8.

Meeke

43

106

9.

Latvala

37

112

10.

Breen

34

115



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