Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) after the end of the third day in the rally of Sweden firmly to the pipe. The Belgians have a lead of 22.7 seconds on the first pursuer Craig Breen (Citroen C3 WRC). Team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) is third at 32 seconds of Neuville.
The second matchday saw a less turbulent race as the first. Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC) began the day with two stage victories. Thierry Neuville followed his example, won Saturday morning in the third stage and extended his lead to 5.9 seconds on the first pursuer Craig Breen.
Saturday afternoon came, with the Belgian only under steam, and he won another three stages, including a second time the klassementsrit of Vargasen with in the end, the well-known jump Colin’s Crest. Neuville had a warm moment, and came to the landing with the left side of the car in the sneeuwmuur. The Belgian was able to without problems proceed any further. “Last year I took it a bit more, and I went briefly off the track. Now I’m full on attacking,” said Neuville almost impassive to the finish line.
Of all the factory riders Kris Meeke (Citroen C3 WRC), the end of the day will not be achieved. During the thirteenth klassementsrit he came up with the nose of the car in a sneeuwmuur visit after which he is up against a slakkengangetje towards the finish tufte. On the road he was overtaken by the Toyota’s of Latvala and Tänak. The Est was briefly off the track and lost a minute and a half.
World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta WRC) is moved up to tenth place. As the Frenchman on Sunday as the tenth would end up then gives him one world CHAMPIONSHIP point. Thierry Neuville Sunday a golden thing to do in the standings of the championship. When profit takes the Belgian is 25 points. If Neuville in the rally of Sweden win, he is after Sébastien Loeb (2004) and Sébastien Ogier (2013, 2015, 2016) of the third non-Scandinaaf that manages to be the rally of Sweden win.
On Sunday there are still three klassementsritten driven including the powerstage. The rally Sweden ends Sunday afternoon.