Exchange of blows between Neuville and Tanak in Poland


The loop the morning of the Saturday the Rally of Poland has been a battle unfinished, but of those who leave a mark on the body. Very far from being able to be resolved by KO technical, we have not decided the points. However, after more than 70 kilometres timed, divided in four sections, Neuville and Tanak have traced its absolute time. Therefore, the difference between both is maintained at the same point as to the completion of the first stage and Thierry Neuville holds 1.3 seconds ahead of Ott Tanak. Around both, everything has been moved in a way more profound among the strongest rider of the WRC.

Jari-Matti Latvala was the first to attack in spite of the delay in the start of the ss11 state road, the result once more of the bad placement of the public. The Finnish driver has noted the scratch on the first pass ‘Baranowo’, good morning. With a Toyota Yaris WRC especially nimble, Latvala managed to cut in 0.8 seconds to Neuville and 2.1 to Ott Tanak. All in all, good start of Jari-Matti Latvala was diluted in the following section, especially, who had returned to start nearly 20 minutes late. The public was once again the unfortunate protagonist in a test that is the is playing in this regard.

In sports, and once I got to relocate the public is ill-placed in ‘Pozezdrze’, the SS12 left double loot in the coffers of Ott Tanak that noted the scratch and step was done with the leadership of the rally. Thierry Neuville gave 6.1 seconds with respect to the Estonian on this stretch, although it was not far from the big loser. In fact, Sébastien Loeb had a touch on a cross in which still left very damaged in the front and the left side of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17, that it was hard for him to lose more than half a minute.


Hayden Paddon has noted the scratch on the SS13, although in the struggle for the leadership that got game was Thierry Neuville. However, the first pass through ‘Goldap’ was marked by the problems that had two riders on the pointers. damage aerodynamic in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17, Sébastien Ogier is made to note in the sections faster the stretch, and the French lost another ten seconds that even made him fall to the sixth position, behind Dani Sordo. For his part, Juho Hänninen fell to the tenth position with engine problems in your Toyota Yaris WRC.

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Teemu Suninen also has a comfortable seventh position after the engine problems of Juho Hänninen. With a single failure in the entire rally and marking cronos very acceptable in his debut with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17, the finn has an advantage of twenty seconds on Stéphane Lefebvre, the only Citroën that has come to the equator of the rally without any mechanical problems. The Top 10 is completed by Mads Ostberg and Juho Hänninen. Technicians from Toyota will work to try to resolve the problems in the Yaris WRC, as Elfyn Evans threatens to take tenth place.


The duel between Ole Christian Veiby and Pontus Tidemand in WRC2 remains one of the battles most beautiful of the rally. By the time the Norwegian leads at 13.6 seconds to Tidemand. However, the second category in the world championship has been the protagonist for having a morning very rugged. Without going any further, Gus Greensmith had a strong blow in the ss11 state road, while in the SS12 which had a track output was Fabio Andolfi. This mishap without being so serious, but he had an impact on race as it affected the proper development of the Junior WRC and the category WRC3.

A JWRC in which Nil Solans has the leadership virtual. The spaniard has been the great hurt of the incident of Fabio Andolfi in the SS12, a stretch in which the Catalan has lost more than 4 minutes per obligation. This leaves Emil Lindholm as interim leader, although the commissioners, with all security, will return the lost time to the Spanish rider. In fact, Solans should amass a lead of more than half a minute on Emil Lindholm yTerry Folb, although we will have to wait for the final decision to position all the drivers in the JWRC and WRC3.

Classification after SS14 of the 74th Rally of Poland

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe 1:32.44.1
2nd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1.3
3rd Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +9.5
4th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +42.8
5th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +1:30.4
6th Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1:37.2
7th Teemu Suninen Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1:55.1
8th Stéphane Lefebvre Citroen C3 WRC +2:15.7
9th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +2:25.3
10th Juho Hänninen Toyota Yaris WRC +2:37.9

the second stage of The Rally of Poland continues this Saturday with the dispute of the first of the five remaining sections of the day. The riders will face 73,62 kilometres against the clock.