WRC – Neuville increases lead, Tänak climbs to 3rd and closes on title


2019 WRC - Rally de Espana - T. Neuville / N. Gilsoul (DPPI)

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville tops the standings on Rally de España with an extended profit of 21.5 seconds ahead of his teammate Dani Sordo on the tip of Day 2, while Toyota’s Ott Tänak charged right into a podium field to terminate on a maiden World Rally Championship title.

Saturday afternoon used to be a repeat of the morning’s three-stage loop north east of Salou, sooner than the motion concluded this evening with a short tear tear on the seafront in Salou in entrance of crowds of spectators.

After a success the final stage of the morning loop, Tänak persevered his strong file within the afternoon, environment the quickest time on all three mountain tests. This allowed the Yaris WRC driver to terminate on the main trio of his Hyundai rivals, sooner than he then moved past Sébastien Loeb into third field within the Salou avenue stage.

Neuville had a relentless tear throughout the afternoon and took a purchase within the final stage to terminate the day with a lead of 21.5s over Dani Sordo, who’s ultimate 3.1s in entrance of Tänak.

All eyes are literally on the following day’s decisive fight that will resolve if Tänak will put an terminate to fifteen years of French supremacy within the World Rally Championship.

Jari-Matti Latvala holds a receive fifth field for Toyota, in entrance of the M-Sport duo of Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen, 22.4s and 37.7s within the motivate of him respectively.

Sébastien Ogier remains eighth in his Citroën, on the different hand with a niche of four minutes from the leader and relying on components that would possibly per chance well per chance be confronted by his rivals to dwell in competition for the driver’s championship.

In FIA WRC 2 Pro, Kalle Rovanperä minimize the profit of the class leader Mads Østberg to ultimate 9.8s earlier than the Salou avenue stage, sooner than his Škoda lost a wheel on this closing tear, which price him round 40 seconds and demoted him to 3rd overall within the motivate of his teammate Jan Kopecký.

FIA WRC 2 leader Eric Camilli is ultimate three seconds within the motivate of Østberg in 10th overall, ahead of Pierre-Henri Loubet and Kajetan Kajetanowicz.

2019 Rally de España – Unofficial Results after Allotment 5 – Day 2:

1. Thierry Neuville (BEL) / Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL)Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC2hr 25min 15.8sec
2. Dani Sordo (SPA) / Carlos Del Barrio (SPA)Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC2hr 25min 37.3sec
3. Ott Tänak (EST) / Martin Järveoja (EST)                         Toyota Yaris WRC2hr 25min 40.4sec
4. Sébastien Loeb (FRA) / Daniel Elena (MON)Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC2hr 25min 41.0sec
5. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) / Mikka AnttilaToyota Yaris WRC2hr 26min 02.6sec
6. Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Scott Martin (GBR)Ford Fiesta WRC2hr 26min 25.0sec
7. Teemu Suninen (FIN) / Marko Salminen (FIN)Ford Fiesta WRC2hr 26min 40.3sec
8. Sébastien Ogier (FRA) / Julien Ingrassia (FRA)Citroën C3 WRC2hr 29min 25.7sec
9. Mads Østberg (NOR) / Torstein Eriksen (NOR)Citroën C3 R52hr 31min 51.0sec
10. Eric Camilli (FRA) / Benjamin Veillas (FRA)Citroën C3 R52hr 31min 54.0sec
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