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2019 WRC: Tanak holds off dogged Neuville for Rallye Deutschland Friday lead
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 08:49 AM
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2019 WRC: Tanak holds off dogged Neuville for Rallye Deutschland Friday lead


WRC leader claims precious gap to Belgian rival and Frenchman Ogier.

Ott Tänak fended off a determined challenge from FIA World Rally Championship title rival Thierry Neuville to hold a narrow lead at ADAC Rallye Deutschland on Friday night.

Championship leader Tänak, chasing a fifth victory of the season in his Toyota Yaris, won four of the six speed tests to head Neuville by 2.8sec after a thrilling duel.

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2019 WRC: Tanak hunts hat-trick in Germany to boost his WRC title challenge
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 06:50 AM
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2019 WRC: Tanak hunts hat-trick in Germany to boost his WRC title challenge


The Estonian looks to win and take a massive step towards a maiden WRC title.

Ott Tänak chases an ADAC Rallye Deutschland (22 - 25 August) hat-trick this weekend to take a massive step towards his maiden FIA World Rally Championship title.

Despite having won in south-west Germany for the last two years, Tänak knows a third victory is a tough ask at one of the season’s most complex fixtures.


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2019 WRC: Tanak wins Rally Finland to stretch WRC points lead
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 08:54 PM
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2019 WRC: Tanak wins Rally Finland to stretch WRC points lead


Back-to-back victories on Sunday create gap at the head of the championship.

Ott Tänak secured back-to-back Neste Rally Finland victories on Sunday to create daylight between himself and his rivals at the head of the FIA World Rally Championship.


His third win from the last four rallies, by 25.6sec from home hero Esapekka Lappi, opened a 22-point lead over reigning champion Sébastien Ogier in his quest for a maiden title.


Tänak’s success banished memories of the crushing disappointment last time out in Italy, when broken steering on his Toyota Yaris deprived him of victory a handful of kilometres from the finish.


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2019 WRC: Tanak in charge after furious Rally Finland fight
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 04, 2019 - 07:43 AM
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2019 WRC: Tanak in charge after furious Rally Finland fight


Estonian driver Ott Tänak led Neste Rally Finland on Saturday night.

Ott Tänak led Neste Rally Finland on Saturday night after a rogue rock ruined an incredible three-way fight for supremacy at the FIA World Rally Championship’s fastest round.

The series leader completed the penultimate leg of the four-day event with a 16.4sec advantage in his Toyota Yaris over Esapekka Lappi. Tänak’s team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala, trailed the Citroën C3 driver by 12.4sec in third.

Finland’s fast and furious Friday turned into a super speed Saturday as just six-tenths of a second blanketed leader Latvala, Tänak and the third Yaris of Kris Meeke this morning as Toyota Gazoo Racing controlled this ninth round of the season.

It all went wrong in the blisteringly fast Kakaristo special stage where Latvala punctured his rear left tyre and Meeke retired with broken rear left suspension after both struck the same rock shortly before the midpoint.


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2019 WRC: Home hero Latvala grabs slim Friday lead in Rally Finland thriller
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, August 02, 2019 - 04:52 PM
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2019 WRC: Home hero Latvala grabs slim Friday lead in Rally Finland thriller


Meeke, Lappi and Tanak close behind as Ogier and Neuville stay in hunt.

Jari-Matti Latvala held a slender Neste Rally Finland lead on Friday night after a remarkable opening leg which ended with the top four drivers blanketed by just 2.6sec.

Home hero Latvala won six of the day's 10 speed tests in forests around Jyväskylä, but such was the speed of Finland’s fast and furious Friday that the Toyota Yaris driver never broke free of the chasing pack.


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2019 WRC: WRC's big three resume thrilling title fight in Finland after break
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 06:47 PM
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2019 WRC: WRC's big three resume thrilling title fight in Finland after break


Just seven points separate Ott Tänak, Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville.

The closest FIA World Rally Championship title fight for years resumes on Finland’s iconic roller-coaster roads this weekend with little more than a handful of points blanketing the leading trio of drivers.

Ott Tänak, six-time champion Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville, whose electrifying battle for last year’s crown went down to the final morning of the concluding round, are staging a reprise that could yet exceed 2018 for excitement.



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2019 WRC: Sordo snatches Rally Italia Sardegna win after late drama
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 06:47 AM
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2019 WRC: Sordo snatches Rally Italia Sardegna win after late drama


Tänak's steering problem lets Spaniard in for second-ever win.

Dani Sordo claimed his second career victory at Rally Italia Sardegna on Sunday afternoon after late agony for long-time leader Ott Tänak.

The Spaniard celebrated his second success in 164 world rally starts when a steering problem in the final rough road speed test denied Tänak a third consecutive FIA World Rally Championship victory.

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2019 WRC: Clean sweep for Tanak as he takes Rally Italia Sardegna lead
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 05:14 PM
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2019 WRC: Clean sweep for Tanak as he takes Rally Italia Sardegna lead


Estonian puts in a flawless day's driving to lead the way into Sunday.

Ott Tänak produced perfection to win all six speed tests and take a commanding lead at Rally Italia Sardegna on Saturday night.


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2019 WRC: Sordo leads Rally Italia Sardegna as WRC leader Ogier crashes
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 07:05 AM
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2019 WRC: Sordo leads Rally Italia Sardegna as WRC leader Ogier crashes


Dani Sordo led Rally Italia Sardegna on Friday night as the captivating three-way battle in the FIA World Rally Championship took many twists and turns on hot and dusty Mediterranean island roads.

The Spaniard, driving a Hyundai i20, finished a drama-filled leg with a 10.8sec advantage over Teemu Suninen. Ott Tänak, the only driver of the title-tussling trio to steer clear of trouble, was a further 0.4sec back.

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2019 WRC: WRC Title Leader Sebastien Ogier Discounts His Chances To Win In Italy
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, June 14, 2019 - 06:47 AM
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2019 WRC: WRC Title Leader Sebastien Ogier Discounts His Chances To Win In Italy


Frenchman rules out win after opening gravel roads at Rally Italia Sardegna.

FIA World Rally Championship leader Sébastien Ogier has ruled out prospects of a third victory of the season in Italy this weekend.

Ogier must open the gravel roads in Friday’s first leg at Rally Italia Sardegna and believes the handicap will be too great to overcome during the final two days.

Starting first in the running order on the Mediterranean island’s sandy tracks will cost the Frenchman vital time as he fights for grip. His rivals behind will enjoy a cleaner and faster line, gaining seconds that Ogier will find hard to recover.


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2019 WRC: Tanak captures back-to-back wins in Portugal to boost title bid
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, June 02, 2019 - 05:54 PM
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2019 WRC: Tanak captures back-to-back wins in Portugal to boost title bid


Ott Tänak withstood intense pressure to claim his second consecutive 2019 FIA World Rally Championship victory in an action-packed finale in Portugal on Sunday afternoon.

He claimed a third triumph of the season at Vodafone Rally de Portugal, his second in a row following last month’s success in Chile, to move within two points of championship leader Sébastien Ogier.

Driving a Toyota Yaris, Tänak finished the hot and dusty dirt road encounter 15.9sec clear of Thierry Neuville, in a Hyundai i20. Ogier clinched his sixth podium in seven rounds in a Citroen C3, a further 41.2sec behind.


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2019 WRC: Tanak clings on to Portugal lead after late Saturday drama
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 01, 2019 - 05:41 PM
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2019 WRC: Tanak clings on to Portugal lead after late Saturday drama


Estonian holds slender advantage in Toyota over Meeke and Neuville.

Ott Tänak's Vodafone Rally de Portugal lead was hanging by a thread on Saturday night after a dramatic finale to the penultimate leg.

He clung onto a 4.3sec lead over Toyota Gazoo Racing colleague Kris Meeke after damage to his Yaris' front right suspension left him limping through the final speed test – the longest of the rally at almost 40km.


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2019 WRC: Tanak tops Toyota trio in punishing Portugal opener on dusty Friday
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 31, 2019 - 08:27 PM
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2019 WRC: Tanak tops Toyota trio in punishing Portugal opener on dusty Friday


Estonian creates impressive gap up front to title rivals Neuville and Ogier.

Ott Tänak led a clean sweep of the podium positions for Toyota Gazoo Racing after Friday’s tough opening leg of Vodafone Rally de Portugal.

He was one of the few drivers to avoid trouble in hot and dusty conditions to build a 17.3sec advantage in a Yaris World Rally Car over Jari-Matti Latvala. Kris Meeke completed Toyota’s treble a further 5.5sec back.

This seventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship returned to famous roads near Coimbra for the first time since 2001. Hanging dust prompted organisers to extend start intervals to four minutes to avoid visibility problems.


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2019 WRC: WRC heavyweights primed for Portugal rally duel
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 31, 2019 - 06:26 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2019 WRC: WRC heavyweights primed for Portugal rally duel


Loeb’s late call-up brings the prospect of another mouth-watering duel with Ogier.

The two most successful drivers in WRC history locked horns again in Chile three weeks ago. Ogier fended off his fellow Frenchman in a final-leg fight to finish second and regain the championship lead in his quest for a seventh straight world title.

It was expected to be their last head-to-head for a while as Loeb’s part-time programme with Hyundai Motorsport was not due to continue until the second half of the season.


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2019 WRC: Dominant Rally Chile victory boosts Ott Tanak's WRC title challenge
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 06:37 AM
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2019 WRC: Dominant Rally Chile victory boosts Ott Tanak's WRC title challenge


Estonian reignites his title bid with the inaugural Copec Rally Chile victory.

Ott Tänak reignited his FIA World Rally Championship title bid with victory at the inaugural Copec Rally Chile on Sunday afternoon.

The Estonian led from the second of the 16 speed tests on Friday morning in a Toyota Yaris. He measured his pace on wet, slippery and foggy forest tracks to claim his second win of the season by 23.1sec from Sébastien Ogier.

Victory promoted him to second in the drivers’ standings after disappointing results at the previous two rounds. He lies 10 points behind new leader Ogier, who replaced Thierry Neuville at the top as the championship approaches its midpoint.


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2019 WRC: Tanak controls Rally Chile as WRC leader Neuville escapes huge crash
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 08:16 AM
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2019 WRC: Tanak controls Rally Chile as WRC leader Neuville escapes huge crash


The Estonian driver extends his lead after a dramatic Saturday in Chile.

Ott Tänak stayed on course for his second FIA World Rally Championship victory of the season after extending his lead at Copec Rally Chile on Saturday.

With one leg remaining, he led Sébastien Ogier by 30.3sec. A charging Sébastien Loeb rolled back the years to close to within 5.1sec of fellow Frenchman Ogier after a stirring drive on the fast gravel tracks.


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2019 WRC: Tanak recovers from early mistake to dominate Rally Chile
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 07:35 AM
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2019 WRC: Tanak recovers from early mistake to dominate Rally Chile


The Estonian builds a big lead after a strong perfomance on Friday afternoon.

Ott Tänak shrugged aside an early error to hold a comfortable lead at the end of Friday’s fascinating opening leg of Copec Rally Chile.

The Toyota Yaris driver won three of the six speed tests on slippery forest roads south of Concepción to head Sébastien Ogier by 22.4sec. Team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala was a further 6.4sec back in third.


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2019 WRC: Excitement builds as Chile becomes 32nd country to host a WRC round
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 09, 2019 - 06:34 PM
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2019 WRC: Excitement builds as Chile becomes 32nd country to host a WRC round


Neuville chases a hat-trick of wins to extend lead at top of overall standings.

Chile’s graduation this week as the 32nd country to host an FIA World Rally Championship round adds an intriguing new aspect to an already captivating title battle.

Thierry Neuville chases a hat-trick of wins to extend his 10-point series lead after success in Corsica and Argentina. But Copec Rally Chile’s debut throws up a raft of questions and challenges that will only start to be answered when the action begins on Friday (10 May).


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2019 WRC: Neuville increases WRC lead to 10 points with Rally Argentina win
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 06:29 PM
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2019 WRC: Neuville increases WRC lead to 10 points with Rally Argentina win


Belgian cruises to victory with Mikkelsen second and title rival Ogier third.

Thierry Neuville extended his FIA World Rally Championship lead to 10 points by completing back-to-back wins at Xion Rally Argentina on Sunday afternoon.

Neuville, who moved into the series lead with victory in France last month, finished 48.4sec clear of Hyundai i20 team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen.

He seized the lead late in Friday’s rain-soaked opening leg when a broken driveshaft sent Ott Tänak into a time-consuming spin. He fended off the hard-charging Estonian on Saturday before an alternator problem ended Tänak’s hopes for good and left Neuville clear.

The Belgian eased through Sunday’s final three speed tests in the rough and rugged Traslasierra Mountains, near host town Villa Carlos Paz, to secure his second Argentine win in three seasons.

“I’m feeling great and we can be proud of what we’ve done. We had a fantastic car all weekend and I felt very comfortable. The entire team is working hard and we can see the progress. The result is good for the championship but upcoming events could be tougher,” he said.

Second for Mikkelsen at this fifth round of 14 represented a welcome change of form for the Norwegian. It was his first podium since Sweden in February 2018, coming on his return to the team after being axed for the previous round.

Sébastien Ogier snatched third in a Citroën C3, a further 16.4sec behind, in a dramatic finale in the iconic El Condór speed test. He
overhauled Kris Meeke who struggled with a puncture in his Toyota Yaris for the final 5km. The gap between them was 1.4sec.

Ogier’s charge through El Condór also earned maximum bonus points in the Wolf Power Stage.

Meeke had earlier fought back after a 10sec time penalty late on Saturday for taking the wrong route demoted him to fifth from a podium place. The fired-up Briton quickly saw off Dani Sordo and Ogier this morning to reclaim third, only to fall back again.

It was a disappointing day for Spaniard Sordo. The i20 driver struggled for pace and slipped from fourth to sixth. He was also demoted by Jari-Matti Latvala, the Finn taking fifth in a Yaris on his 200th WRC start.

The championship remains in South America for round six. Copec Rally Chile makes its first appearance in the WRC on May 8-12. The gravel road encounter is based in Concepción.

Final positions:
1. T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 3hr 20min 54.6sec
2. A Mikkelsen / A Jaeger-Amland NOR Hyundai i20 +48.4sec
3. S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Citroën C3 +1min 04.8sec
4. K Meeke / S Marshall GBR Toyota Yaris +1min 06.2sec
5. J-M Latvala / M Anttila FIN Toyota Yaris +1min 21.1sec
6. D Sordo / C del Barrio ESP Hyundai i20 +1min 26.7sec

FIA World Rally Championship (after round 5 of 14)
1. T Neuville 110pts
2. S Ogier 100pts
3. O Tänak 82pts

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2019 WRC: Belgian Neuville clear after Tanak exits on Saturday at Rally Argentina
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 07:51 PM
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2019 WRC: Belgian Neuville clear after Tanak exits on Saturday at Rally Argentina


Championship leader extends lead over rivals heading into Sunday finale.

Thierry Neuville held a comfortable lead at the end of Saturday’s second leg of Xion Rally Argentina after a troubled day for closest rivals Ott Tänak and Sébastien Ogier.

He ended the longest leg of this fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship with a 45.7sec advantage over Hyundai i20 team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen on a stellar day for the Korean manufacturer.

Neuville fended off a charging Tänak this morning after the Estonian made light work of demoting Ogier and climbing to second. His lead was slashed to less than seven seconds, but Tänak's attack ended when his Toyota Yaris stopped with alternator problems.

Earlier Ogier broke his Citroën C3's power steering after hitting a stone gate pillar when he became confused over which route to follow at a cattle grid. He dropped almost a minute and their demise left Neuville on course for a second straight WRC win.


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2019 WRC: Neuville grabs late Friday lead in dramatic Rally Argentina final
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 09:25 AM
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2019 WRC: Neuville grabs late Friday lead in dramatic Rally Argentina final


Championship leader forges gap ahead of title rivals Ogier and Tänak.

Thierry Neuville seized a last-gasp lead in Friday’s captivating opening leg of Xion Rally Argentina.

The FIA World Rally Championship leader snatched the initiative from Ott Tänak when a broken driveshaft on the Estonian's Toyota Yaris sent him into a time-consuming spin near the finish of the final speed test.

Tanak's lead was wiped out and fastest time for Neuville promoted the Hyundai i20 driver into a 11.9sec advantage over Sébastien Ogier's Citroën C3. Tänak was a further 1.5sec behind in third.


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2019 WRC: Tense title fight enters vital period at the atmospheric Rally Argentina
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 05:38 PM
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2019 WRC: Tense title fight enters vital period at the atmospheric Rally Argentina


Almost a million fans expected to witness the tough battle on the gravel roads.

Just five points blanket the leading three drivers as the FIA World Rally Championship embarks on a crucial phase of five fixtures on gravel, the series’ dominant surface, in Argentina.

Thierry Neuville edged into a two-point lead over Sébastien Ogier after snatching a dramatic late victory in Corsica last month. Former leader Ott Tänak slipped to third, a further three points adrift, after four of the 14 rounds.

The middle third of the campaign starts on Xion Rally Argentina’s (25 - 29 April) dirt roads. It is the first of a south American double-header which continues when Copec Rally Chile (9 - 12 May) makes its WRC bow on the other side of the Andes Mountains two weeks later.


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2019 WRC: Neuville snatches victory from Evans at Tour de Corse
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 07:00 PM
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2019 WRC: Neuville snatches victory from Evans at Tour de Corse


Late puncture causes heartbreak for British driver as Belgian retains overall championship lead.

Thierry Neuville grabbed a dramatic victory at Corsica linea - Tour de Corse on Sunday afternoon after final stage heartbreak for Elfyn Evans.

Neuville was en route to the podium ceremony in Calvi believing he had finished second when he discovered leader Evans had punctured a tyre in the final speed test.


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2019 WRC: Thierry Neuville springs to surprise lead at Tour de Corse
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 07:09 AM
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2019 WRC: Thierry Neuville springs to surprise lead at Tour de Corse


The Belgian snatched lead after dramatic finale to the longest day of the season.

Neuville heads into Sunday’s closing leg with a 4.5sec advantage after charging ahead of leader Elfyn Evans in the marathon 47km Castagniccia speed test which ended the day.

Evans started the test with an 11.5sec advantage in his Ford Fiesta after his frantic tussle for the lead with Ott Tänak ended in the previous special stage. The Toyota Yaris driver conceded two minutes after stopping to change a punctured tyre.


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2019 WRC: Evans leads Tour de Corse despite late fright
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, March 29, 2019 - 09:34 PM
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2019 WRC: Evans leads Tour de Corse despite late fright


The Brit's Corsica linea lead marred by controversial end to opening leg.

He started the final speed test leading Ott Tänak by 4.5sec in his Ford Fiesta, but was inadvertently delayed for nearly a minute after catching a limping Kris Meeke near the end.

Elfyn Evans finished nearly 11sec slower than Tänak, provisionally plunging to third and promoting the Toyota Yaris driver to first. However, officials credited Evans with the same time as the Estonian, restoring him to first with an unchanged advantage.


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