Thierry Neuville wants to win the Rally of Poland and should do so to increase the pressure on Sébastien Ogier in the overall WRC. Under these two premises, it seems that nothing or no one can stop the driver of Hyundai Motorsport, to such an extent that the belgian has managed to overcome a flat tire to keep the front of the test. At the close of the second stage, Thierry Neuville leads in 3.1 Ott Tanak, while the Estonian also had a problem losing the rear wing of his Ford Fiesta on the SS16. The podium closes Hayden Paddon after taking advantage of the mechanical problems of Jari-Matti Latvala.
After the exchange of blows between the two leaders of the rally in the loop morning, the SS15 seemed to serve as stage to take a breath and resume the battle. However, the scratch of Thierry Neuville was only the eye of the hurricane since madness is desatapa just a few minutes later with the dispute of the SS16. The second pass through ‘Pozezdrze’ gave several turns to rally to draw a new horizon. The rain that began to fall just before the start of the segment was the channel driver for the leaders to see for the first time in trouble.And not all were better.
despite its solid performance, Jari-Matti Latvala looked like his podium was wiped out in a blink of an eye. Mechanical problems not specified in your Toyota Yaris WRC left out of the game to the Finnish driver. However, neither Neuville nor Tanak were the problems in ‘Pozezdrze’. In fact, Thierry Neuville suffered a puncture in the rear wheel left that made him lose more than 20 seconds, in addition to damage part of the body of the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe. Ott Tanak was placed leader with 14.4 seconds of advantage, although this does not preclude that the Estonian had also its own shock.
Ott Tanak gave a large part of the time gained after losing the rear spoiler of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17. A delicate situation, which led to the Estonian to slightly lift the foot in the two sections following. In ‘Goldap’, Tanak lost for 8.3 seconds to Thierry Neuville and 8.8 seconds ahead of Hayden Paddon, author of the scratch. With the third locked position, the pilot in new zealand raised his pace to try to draw slice of the problems suffered by the two leaders of the race. For his part, Sebastien Ogier was back to overtake Dani Sordo in the SS17 in their struggle for the fourth position. The Spanish would end up damaging the front of your i20.
despite the commendable work of Ott Tanak in the SS18, rolling fund with no rear spoiler and under the rain in ‘Kruklanki’, the Estonian could not avoid losing the leadership, which again pass into the hands of Neuville. While Thierry Neuville is noted the scratch on the SS18 state road, Ott Tanak managed to minimize damage and only gave way at 8.6 seconds on the belgian. Hayden Paddon returning to take advantage of the situation of Tanak and got placed 22.4 seconds on the Estonian. Behind, Juho Hänninen lost the tenth position with Andreas Mikkelsen the fruit of a prick.
The third and last edition of the Super Special in Mikolajki Arena do not let big changes in the general, every time the scratch to fall in the arms of Elfyn Evans. At the close of the stage, Thierry Neuville holds for 3.1 seconds ahead of Ott Tanak, while the podium closes Hayden Paddon with 25,5 seconds of loss. Sébastien Ogier is in fourth place with a margin of 11.8 seconds to Dani Sordo, engine problems of the French and puncture of the Spanish through. Teemu Suninen is maintained sixth ahead of Mads Ostberg. Elfyn Evans and Andreas Mikkelsen close the Top 10.
If the fight for the victory has been marked by punctures and mechanical problems in the second category in the world championship the script has been very similar. As if in a dance, synchronized it were, Ole Christian Veiby and Pontus Tidemand have suffered two punctures in the SS17. Although this double setback has not altered the positions of none of the two pilots, the worst part is the has led Pontus Tidemand has been since we left 40 seconds on the road. The podium of the category WRC2 completed by the frenchman Quentin Gilbert with another of the Skoda Fabia R5.
once you have returned the time of the loop morning, Nil Solans has taken another step toward victory in JWRC and WRC3. Solans, that was affected by the strong accident of Fabio Andolfi, recovered a lead of 27.6 seconds before the start of SS15. From there, the Catalan has signed two of the five scratch in game, maybe in two tranches more sensitive, to improve its position further. In this way, in the absence of four sections , Nil Solans has a margin of 40.1 seconds on the Swedish Denis Radström. Third is Terry Folb to more than 80 seconds.
Standings after SS19 in the 74th Rally of Poland
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||2:10:26.3|
|2nd||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+3.1|
|3rd||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+25.5|
|4th||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+1:32.0|
|5th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+1:43.8|
|6th||Teemu Suninen||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+2:06.2|
|7th||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroen C3 WRC||+2:20.3|
|8th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+2:45.8|
|9th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+3:23.1|
|10th||Andreas Mikkelsen||Citroen C3 WRC||+3:34.6|
The third stage of the Rally of Poland starts this Sunday at 08:10 hours with the dispute of the first of the four sections that serve to put the point and end of the test. The riders will face 59,66 kilometres against the clock.