Thierry Neuville leads in Italy after the Ittiri Arena Show


Thierry Neuville is the first leader of the Rally of Italy-Sardinia after scoring the best time in the first special test. Asserting the pace exhibited during the shakedown, the belgian driver has placed his Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe in the first position after stop the clock in 2:01.8 in ‘Ittiri Arena Show’. This stretch of two kilometers destined to bring the WRC to a large number of fans has result with minimal differences. Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo occupy the provisional podium in Sardinia awaiting the start of the real competition on the day Friday.

The speed displayed by the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe in the shakedown has been made extensible in the first leg of the rally and Ott Tanak has been able to avoid the doublet of Neuville and Sordo. All in all, the first special test has left a result is somewhat curious, because while the Hyundai and Ford have been collated in the first seven positions, the drivers of Citroën and Toyota have been placed behind. In this aspect, Elfyn Evans was fourth with the Ford Fiesta equipped with tires DMACK, while Sébastien Ogier and Hayden Paddon have taken time to be fifth and sixth respectively.


Mads Ostberg has closed this battalion of Hyundai and Ford to the finish just ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen, who like in the shakedown has been the fastest rider of the Vehicle, although this time without having more passes than their peers. All in all, the performance of the three pilots of the French brand has been like, the whole time Mikkelsen has fallen to 1.1 seconds of the head, Kris Meeke has given a tenth more than the Norwegian and Craig Breen has lost 1.6 seconds. All in all, the three have been denied by the Top 10 pilots from Toyota.

beyond this result homogeneous, the only incident worth mentioning is the small touch that has suffered Juho Hänninen and that he has been relegated to the thirteenth position. All in all, the Finnish has yielded just 3.7 seconds and will fight in equal conditions with the rest of the riders who compete on a World Rally Car of new generation. Behind these is located Yohan Rossel as the best driver in WRC2 at the wheel of his Citroën DS3 R5, while Nil Solans has marked the scratch on the JWRC, which places him third in WRC3.

Classification after SS1 of the 14th Rally of Italy-Sardinia

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe 2:01.8
2nd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +0.2
3rd Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +0.4
4th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +0.5
5th Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +0.9
6th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +0.9
7th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1.0
8th Andreas Mikkelsen Citroen C3 WRC +1.1
9th Kris Meeke Citroen C3 WRC +1.2
10th Craig Breen Citroen C3 WRC +1.6

the first stage of The Rally Italia-Sardinia starts this Friday at 7:18 pm with the dispute of the first instalment of the eight that make up the day. In two loops symmetrical, the riders will face 125,46 kilometres against the clock.