Duel between Neuville and Latvala in the Rally of Sardinia


the first stage of The Rally of Italy has had everything.
Surprises, accidents and, above all, two great players. After a battle
dog face between the two,
Thierry Neuville is leading the Rally of Sardinia with
an advantage of 11.1 seconds over Jari-Matti Latvala
. Both the belgian as the
Finnish driver have taken advantage of their beneficial position output to stop the
test in a duel to the two, as Sébastien Ogier has stopped 40.3 seconds
during the first stage to the opening track. Overcoming the chaos
Dani Sordo is installed in a comfortable sixth place.

The morning began in Italy with two big problems for pilots, the huge layer of loose earth that had the sections and the complex tires mounted. While the Volkswagen drivers opted to base their ride on the tires soft, Hyundai chose to equip the hard tyres on the front axle, an attempt to curb the high degradation. In the end, both brands they were correct in their decision, but the factor cleaning marked differences between the leaders and the pilots that started out in positions more delayed. In this aspect, Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala took advantage of their opportunity despite the initial resistance of Ogier.

In fact, Jari-Matti Latvala, Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville are
handing out the scratch in the four sections of the loop morning
, but the
reality is that open track lastraba Sébastien Ogier, who was left
23.7 seconds during the special. However, the race is
became an act of survival and not all came out well prepared.
Valeriy Gorban and Yazeed Al-Rajhi went out on the same curve of the second
, Hayden Paddon broke a tire after trompear and hit
against a wall and most of the riders had serious problems
grip, as in the case of Dani Sordo and Andreas Mikkelsen


the difficulties in the loop morning, all the drivers vying in the
section evening by a mounted five tires LTX Force H4 hard
except Mads Ostberg, who opted for a different strategy after his good
start of rally. With this alternative resolved, new dirt
of the tranches-much less in this case – marked differences and again
shine to Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala
. The Finnish was
the first blow in the SS6 to be a leader, a position that does not
lasted too long because that Thierry Neuville linked three-scratch for
close the day with 11.1 seconds ahead of Latvala

despite his performance, Sebastien Ogier closed the day with 40.3 seconds of disadvantage on Thierry Neuville, although the French managed to beat Andreas Mikkelsen in a clear way. In fact, the pilot Norwegian had to wait for the last leg of the journey to make an assault on the fourth position before a great Mads Ostberg. The pilot of M-Sport has pulled seniority to shine with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC and stay in the fight for the positions previous to the podium, if one of the top guys committed a mistake or had a problem.

Dani Sordo for his part, occupies the sixth position very comfortable, all while his nearest rival is more than 1 minute and 13 seconds. This distance from Henning Solberg is understood with the two low-riders of Hyundai the whole time Hayden Paddon suffered a massive accident, destroying the new chassis of the i20 WRC as has already happened in Portugal with the unfortunate fire suffered. Kevin Abbring had no better luck when you compete only with front-wheel drive and be a ‘minutada’. The area of points the entire Ott Tanak and the two strongest rider of WRC2.


And these are two of the best drivers in WRC2 are not others that Umberto Scandola and Esapekka Lappi. The second category in the world championship has been characterised from beginning to end for the Skoda Fabia R5, to such an extent that in all the stretches at least three units of the model Czech have cornered the three best times. In this aspect, and when Lappi, Suninen, Fuchs or Kopecký could be called on to lead the category, it is certain that all have been surprised by the extraordinary level of Umberto Scandola. The Italian closed the day with a 3.3 second advantage over Esapekka Lappi.

The first driver who dares to follow in the wake of the five Skoda Fabia R5 of the pilots mentioned sporting the colors of DMACK. Marius Aasen is in charge of occupying the sixth position at the controls of the Ford Fiesta R5, while Pierre-Louis Loubert or Karl Kruuda have had a day with greater problems to find the rhythm. In this aspect, José Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suarez has missed a great opportunity, every time that the spaniard has had a power steering problem and will have to rehook to the test in WRC2.

Classification after SS9 of the 13th Rally of Italy-Sardinia

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC 1:14:03.2
2nd Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC +11.1
3rd Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC +40.3
4th Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Polo R WRC +57.5
5th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +58.5
6th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +1:18.6
7th Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2:32.5
8th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC
9th Umberto Scandola Skoda Fabia R5 +2:35.9
10th Esapekka Lappi Skoda Fabia R5 +2:39.2

The second stage of the Rally of Italy-Sardinia, will start this Saturday at 08:10am. The riders will face two loops symmetrical three sections playedn 177,70 kilometres against the clock.