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2021 WRC - RallyRACC Catalunya - T. Neuville/M. Wydaeghe (DPPI Media / Nikos Katikis)

Thierry Neuville won all three of Saturday morning’s velocity tests at RallyRACC Catalunya – Rally de España to stretch his result in nearly double figures.

The dominant Belgian, who used to be fastest in Friday’s remaining three particular phases, stretched his unbeaten scurry with a masterful force on soundless and flowing roads within the Costa Daurada hills to extend his profit over Elfyn Evans to 9.0sec.

The Hyundai i20 pilot continued to fight against understeer and fog within the hole Savallà test, but no one had an reply to his stir as he strives to get aid-to-aid victories in Spain in this penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

“It wasn’t a simple originate up with fog tantalizing during the stage and the avenue used to be in actuality dirty,” he mentioned. “I didn’t take a look at that. We tried to love a artful attain and retain a ways from the challenging edges and the cuts on the remaining stage. We’re peaceable working a bit on the distance up. Lets scurry quicker if we weren’t combating the understeer.”

A self-serious Evans blamed himself for now not being committed sufficient within the hole Savallà and mirrored on space-up modifications made for at this time time’s more flowing roads.

“I upright didn’t pretty click on with the feeling of the auto,” mentioned the Welshman. “We made some refined modifications to rob a be aware at to make stronger it but I’m now not sure it used to be the accurate direction. It wasn’t so utterly different, but I struggled to search out the candy dwelling we had the earlier day. Working at the aid now we get more grime and I mediate that suits us lower than the must haves the earlier day morning.”

Championship leader Sébastien Ogier hung onto third in one other Yaris, but Dani Sordo used to be doing all he might perhaps well perhaps to u.s. the Frenchman. The hole between the pair dwindled to upright two-tenths after a stable morning for the Spaniard as drivers returned to carrier in Salou.

Ogier used to be sad with the attain his Yaris behaved in corner cuts but acknowledged that he should always elevate his like efficiency and rob more dangers to retain Sordo tiresome.

Kalle Rovanperä remained fifth in one other Yaris, the outlet from Sordo increasing to 21.5ec. The young Finn punctured within the heart Querol – Les Pobles test but used to be joyful to peaceable be working. “I had a large moment within the remaining stage – per chance thought to be one of many largest I genuinely like ever had. We had been lucky to get away,” he outlined.

Adrien Fourmaux used to be sixth in a Ford Fiesta, the Frenchman 2d fastest in Querol – Les Pobles but it wasn’t this kind of accurate morning for team-mate Gus Greensmith. He punctured in El Montmell and conceded more than a minute to plunge from seventh to ninth.

His narrate promoted Oliver Solberg and Nil Solans, competing in a World Rally Car for the predominant time, to seventh and eighth in i20s. FIA WRC2 leader Eric Camilli accomplished the leaderboard in a Sports & You-entered Citroën C3 Rally2.


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