Hyundai driver Dani Sordo has taken again-to-again victories on Rally Italia Sardinia, a success this year’s tournament by 5.1 seconds, to repeat his victory on the identical tournament final year. Sordo went in entrance on Friday and controlled his profit all how one can the make, a success five out of the 16 gravel levels in full.
Though he had his lead diminished this morning, the Spaniard’s victory change into assured after a almost flawless lope. Within the again of him, the runner-up effect change into contested in an intense battle right all of the model down to the closing six-kilometre Vitality Stage.
Toyota’s Sébastien Ogier – the winner of six levels in Sardinia out of sixteen – regained power from Saturday onwards, once he change into working a little lower down the bid, hence being less tormented by sweeping away free gravel.
The Frenchman fought a truly finish battle in opposition to Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville, with the duo separated by supreme a tenth of a second after the major of three levels on the present time. Within the close, Neuville sealed the runner-up effect on the closing stage: by lawful one second.
Championship leader Elfyn Evans change into most tormented by the soft and sandy gravel of Sardinia even though, working first on the avenue at some stage in Friday with his Toyota. He too would perchance well pork up his flow from Saturday onwards to seal fourth, even supposing nearly a minute within the again of the battle for the podium. Nonetheless, this change into ample for the Welshman to defend the tip effect within the championship standings.
M-Sport Ford driver Teemu Suninen accomplished fifth – a disappointing result for the Finn after hos solid efficiency on Friday as he space the major fastest stage time and lope in a solid second effect for a truly very long time. Sadly, mechanical problems on Saturday meant that he dropped down the bid, sooner or later ending in fifth effect.
The Finn change into level-headed the tip Fiesta driver, after his team mates Esapekka Lappi and Gus Greensmith encountered problems of their very comprise. Lappi change into out on the major day, while Greensmith’s automobile switched itself off on the Vitality Stage earlier than re-initiating.
Reigning World Champion Ott Tänak change into sixth, having fought again from suspension problems on the gap day to rob the Vitality Stage. One other Hyundai i20 WRC, driven by French privateer Pierre-Yves Loubet, change into seventh – his first make in a World Rally Automobile.
The FIA WRC2 category change into obtained by Toksport WRT’s Pontus Tidemand, who made current progresses with his Škoda Fabia Evo to rob the class after going within the category lead on Friday afternoon. Hyundai Motorsport N’s Ole Christian Veiby accomplished 28.8s within the again of him,while Tidemand’s team-mate Eywind Brynildsen accomplished the class podium for producer-backed opponents.
Finland’s Jari Huttunen claimed a second FIA WRC3 victory this year within the Rally2-specification i20, additionally ending eighth overall. Kajetan Kajetanowicz is the class’ second and Marco Bulacia third.
Tom Kristensson obtained the FIA Junior World Rally Championship classification in his Ford Fiesta R2T, by a appreciable margin in entrance of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zaldivar and Latvia’s Martin Sesks.
2020 Rally Italia Sardegna – Final unofficial outcomes:
|1. Dani Sordo (ESP) / Carlos Del Barrio (ESP)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||2 hr 41min 37.5sec|
|2. Thierry Neuville (BEL) / Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||2 hr 41min 42.6sec|
|3. Sébastien Ogier (FRA) / Julien Ingrassia (FRA)||Toyota Yaris WRC||2 hr 41min 43.6sec|
|4. Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Scott Martin (GBR)||Toyota Yaris WRC||2 hr 42min 39.8sec|
|5. Teemu Suninen (FIN) / Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN)||Ford Fiesta WRC||2 hr 43min 11.4sec|
|6. Ott Tänak (EST) / Martin Järveoja (EST)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||2 hr 44min 05.0sec|
|7. Pierre-Louis Loubet (FRA) / Vincent Landais (FRA)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||2 hr 46min 21.3sec|
|8. Jari Huttunen (FIN) / Mikko Lukka (FIN) FIA WRC3||Hyundai NG i20||2 hr 50min 19.2sec|
|9. Okay. Kajetanowicz (POL) / M. Szczepaniak (POL) FIA WRC3||Škoda Fabia Evo||2 hr 51min 40.4sec|
|10. P. Tidemand (SWE) / P. Barth (SWE) FIA WRC2||Škoda Fabia Evo||2 hr 51min 58.4sec|