Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) after the end of the second day of the Rally of Australia at the head of the standings. Neuville took halfway through the second race the lead over from his team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen when that hard in the grass to bounce back, there are two flat tires on kept and only one spare tire in the trunk had. Neuville has a 20.1 second lead on the first pursuer Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Yaris WRC). Ott Tänak (Ford Fiesta WRC) follows as the third at 40.6 seconds, world champion Sébastien Ogier finished sixth in 1:48.2.
Neuville is Down Under working on a strong performance and is well on his way to his fourth world cup victory this season. Earlier he won the rally of Corsica, Argentina and Poland. When this mode is in Neuville for the third time in his career, runner up at the worlds.
Thierry Neuville has won the second race day 4 klassementsritten, 7 since the start of the race. The Oostkantonner started the second day with a fastest time over the 48,89 km long klassementsrit of Nambucca. In the second ride of the day went to the Belgian as in the fault but worse was his team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. “2 km after the start of KP 10 I took a turn too wide and crashed into I was pretty hard up against a wall, ‘ explained Mikkelsen. “I thought I was only right behind the leak was but it soon became clear to me that the band on the right front also leak. I had unfortunately only one spare wheel, and had to give up.”
Problems with gearbox
“I’m very disappointed for Andrew,” said Thierry Neuville. “Apparently, he is a puncture at the place where we very briefly of the way gone. We have a lot of problems because we can make the first gear and no longer use. In the switchbacks I had to really pay attention to, but we have managed to reach the finish. The crew will be during the assistance, the transmission was replaced.”
During the five remaining stages on Saturday afternoon, went Neuville on his elan with two fastest times. The 14th stage of the rally was cancelled because of a damaged bridge.
By the contents of Mikkelsen came to Neuville in the lead. The dashing Kris Meeke (Citroen C3 WRC) had at that time his car once again to put aside after yet another mistake this season. In Australia collided against a small bridge and damaged the suspension of his Citroen.
Jourdan Serdiridis and his Belgian corijder Frédéric Have (Citroen DS3 WRC), after the second matchday, moved up to 14th place. The rally of Australia and the world cup rally 2017 end in the night from Saturday to Sunday.