Thierry Neuville wins Rally of Sardinia with Deaf room


Had Neuville in the hours before the start of the Rally
Italy-Sardinia that does not rise to the Hyundai i20 WRC from 2017 until
I had a new contract signed with the hyundai brand. Just three days after,
the belgian has a great argument for your renewal. Thierry Neuville has been
scored the victory in the Rally of Sardinia
after completing a test
consistent in that she has overcome in direct duel for Jari-Matti Latvala.
Third, for its part, has been a Sébastien Ogier, with a good swag of points and
not yet dad. Dani Sordo finished fourth.

With differences that are consolidated and without wanting to take any kind of risk,
all the riders pointers went to the final day with five tires LTX
Force soft Michelin, with Dani Sordo and Kevin Abbring-mounting of two tires
. Be that as it may, the first leg was left very clear that the leader is not going
to leave surprise. Thierry Neuville got the scratch on the SS16 with the
the clear intention of sending a message to Jari-Matti Latvala. With rhythms discrete,
the only change was the sorpasso of Eric Camilli Henning
Solberg. For his part, Nicolas Fuchs left with the Fabia R5 after a

The first pass ‘Sassari’ let a truce between
the strongest rider, something that took advantage of Eric Camilli to score his first
scratch time in the rally
. The French rider showed a good dose of ambition
because after beating Henning Solberg went out into the hunting of Ott Tanak, role
that certainly begins to give the reason Malcolm Wilson when it launched its
signing. Neuville for his part returned to be faster than Latvala, while
Sébastien Ogier and Dani Sordo began to save forces in the face of an
Power Stage with several candidates to the win part.


The penultimate stage of the rally did not stop major developments
margin of the scratch of Thierry Neuville
, an appetizer too warm before
of the Power Stage. The struggle for the usual plus points of this stretch
he compensated for this feeling that up to six riders rolled in just 2.5
seconds. However, no one could beat in the Power Stage, Sébastien Ogier,
expert in these matters and that you are using this stretch to claim his
huge speed, overshadowed in the last three rallies for open track. Kevin
Abbring finished second with the Hyundai i20 WRC 2015
scoring two points
extra, while Jari-Matti Latvala was third.

With everything and oblivious to the extra points from the Power Stage,
happiest man in Sardinia was Thierry Neuville after adding a second victory to his
in the WRC
. The belgian driver not only delivered the second win at the new
Hyundai i20 WRC 2016, but reached the third victory of Hyundai in the
world and broke a losing streak that went along with it in the past quotes
calendar. Jari-Matti Latvala and Sébastien Ogier completed the podium in a
good rally for Volkswagen, that while he has lost his invincibility in Sardinia,
still way to her fourth title of the drivers and the teams.

In this aspect, the fourth place from Dani Sordo allows the
Spanish to ascend to the second position of the World
, something that does not cease to be
curious since the pilot, Hyundai still has not stepped on the podium. In
in any case, the role of the spaniard in Sardinia has turned out to be very regular and
it is a well-deserved reward to your work. Whatever the case may be, Ott Tanak has been completed
, while Eric Camilli has been located on the sixth position in full
line an upper. The area of points was completed in Italy by Henning
Solberg, Teemu Suninen, Jan Kopecký and Karl Kruuda.


Colonizing part of the top ten of the test, the best drivers of the category WRC2 have lived their last day with no issues, always at the margin of the abandonment of Fuchs. All in all, Teemu Suninen has scored the win in the WRC2 at the wheel of the Skoda Fabia R5, vehicle dominator of the test with up to six units among the first ten classified of the category. Jan Kopecký finished second, while Karl Kruuda has managed to finish third, thus breaking the outline of the Fabia R5 as with its Ford Fiesta R5 has surpassed Armin Kremer and Julien Maurin.

all in all, it seems that the Rally of Italy-Sardinia has left some ‘defeats’ moral, since Marius Aasen, Esapekka Lappi or Quentin Gilbert has missed a good opportunity to achieve a good result in the absence of Elfyn Evans who has followed this rally from home. will Not be an appointment of a fond memory for a Jose Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suarez who has barely been able to play a few tens of kilometers before having to say goodbye to the rally. A fiasco remarkable since the spaniard needs to experience on their Peugeot 208 T16 R5 Evo.

final Standings of the 13th Rally of Italy-Sardinia

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC 3:35:25.8
2nd Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Polo R WRC +24.8
3rd Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC +1:37.8
4th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC +2:54.0
5th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5:26.4
6th Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5:59.8
7th Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6:22.2
8th Teemu Suninen Skoda Fabia R5 +8:57.4
9th Jan Kopecký Skoda Fabia R5 +9:47.0
10th Karl Kruuda Ford Fiesta R5 +13.28.5