Thierry Neuville cherish the victory in the Rally of Sardinia


The longest and toughest stage of the Rally of Sardinia has confirmed
the candidacy to the victory of Thierry Neuville, every time that the belgian has
managed to resist the attacks of Jari-Matti Latvala and even expand your
the advantage of the front of the test. The lack of four legs for the end of the
same, Thierry Neuville holds a margin of 16.1 seconds on the pilot
Volkswagen. While Sébastien Ogier maintained his third position despite
of being penalised by his starting position, Dani Sordo has ascended to the
fourth place
after taking advantage of the problems of Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Ostberg.

Neuville began the defense of his leadership, going to be the discordant note in the tires mounted, when you opt for three soft compounds for the loop morning show in place of the four selected by all of their pursuers. This selection away from harm allowed him to withstand the first onslaught of Jari-Matti Latvala, since in ‘Monti di Alà’ the belgian was six-tenths faster than the pilot of Volkswagen. All in all, the role was for Kevin Abbring with his scratch, and Eric Camilli, thanks to the good pace shown. Meanwhile, Andreas Mikkelsen and Sébastien Ogier returned to accuse them of the open track.

This trend was repeated in the ss11 state road. While the sections dirty and slippery not helped riders such as Sébastien Ogier, Andreas Mikkelsen, or the Dani Sordo, other as Ott Tanak took advantage of this circumstance to be made with the scratch, left view, and step gain time on the climb within the top ten. In the end, the main dish of the day was to come, and none of the riders pointers I wanted to take risks. In this aspect, even Thierry Neuville was left by the road two seconds to Jari-Matti Latvala.


Another rooster would sing in ‘Monte Lerno’, the iconic special stage of the Rally of
Sardinia, with its 44.26 miles is always a challenge too hard
sail. And in this stretch came in the only two casualties of the morning and the
two Italian DNA. Lorenzo Bertelli suffered an accident in the middle of
the special
when shooting in full pursuit of the points. By
your part, after drag problems during the two previous sections and
losing the leadership of the category WRC2, Umberto Scandola finished
confirm its abandonment by problems in the radiator
of your Skoda Fabia R5.

After losing part of his income in ‘Monte Lerno’ in spite of the neutralization delayed by the blow of Bertelli, the belgian Thierry Neuville came out with renewed impetus to the loop evening and I got the scratch in the SS13, escorted at times by a very fast Kevin Abbring. Dani Sordo meanwhile was fourth in the special on the wake of Sébastien Ogier, but ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen who is wearing a ‘gift’ to a penalty of 10 seconds for arriving a minute late at departure, after the assistance of the noon.

A waste of time without a doubt lesser to the tenor of what was happening in the following section, that the the second pass through ‘Loelle’ left out of the race to Andreas Mikkelsen. The pilot Norwegian Volkswagen suffered a rollover in full special. I was not the only victim in SS14, as Marius Aasen suffered an oil leak in his Ford Fiesta R5 and many other riders lost a few seconds very valuable because of a rain that fell shortly after the start of the special. All in all, ‘Monte Lerno’ came to be the great wall to climb and so close the day.


And in this aspect, the leader pulled chest. Thierry Neuville got
the scratch in the second pass through ‘Monte Lerno’
to raise their advantage
to the front of the Rally of Sardinia up to 16.1 seconds. With a
similar strategy, Jari-Matti Latvala was left 3.2 seconds
the belgian, while a step behind Eric Camilli returned to
surprise with his great consistency. However, the proper role of the
pilot M-Sport could not get even a single smile in the womb
your computer as your companion Mads Ostberg had to leave for a
mechanical problem
, losing the fourth place in favor of Dani Sordo.

While in the absolute category, the changes were minimal, in WRC2 all have been changes and surprises. The day began with the above-mentioned problems of Umberto Scandola, who was handing over the leadership to Esapekka Lappi. However, the absolute dominance of the Skoda Fabia R5 -with six units in head – broke with the neutralization in ‘Monte Lerno’, where Karl Kruuda got chopped up to be placed as the new leader, of the category WRC2. The Estonian at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta R5 was more than 1:30 minutes ahead of Julien Maurin and the rest of the pilots of Skoda.

With morality by clouds, Kruuda not only managed to maintain during the loop’s evening, but it still expanded much more. Karl Kruuda is leading with an advantage of nearly 2 minutes on Jan Kopecký. The French Julien Maurin for his part, completed the podium ahead of Nicolas Fuchs and Teemu Suninen. All in all, of this celebration of the unpredictable has not been involved a Jose Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suarez that has not been able to rehook to the test after seeing how the technicians of the Peugeot were not able to find the problems of their 208 T16 R5 Evo.

Classification after SS15 of the 13th Rally of Italy-Sardinia

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC 3:07.35.2
2nd Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC +16.1
3rd Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC +1:15.0
4th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +2:19.2
5th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4:50.6
6th Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5:32.4
7th Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5:38.5
8th Karl Kruuda Ford Fiesta R5 +11:35.3
9th Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta RS WRC +12:33.1
10th Jan Kopecký Skoda Fabia R5 +13:31.6

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.