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Thierry Neuville picks up the victory in Portugal and is the new leader in world cup rally

e2cf184792ef28157de8f565f9ae2a4d - Thierry Neuville picks up the victory in Portugal and is the new leader in world cup rally

Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) has the Sunday the Rally of Portugal, the sixth round in the world championships, to his name. For Neuville after the rally Sweden, the second victory this season. Thanks to this victory the Belgians the lead in the world CHAMPIONSHIP standings.

Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) has the Rally of Portugal, the sixth round in the world championships, to his name. For Neuville after the rally Sweden, the second victory this season. Thanks to this victory the Belgians the lead in the world CHAMPIONSHIP standings.

Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta WRC) finished second and picked up his first podium of the season. Teemu Suninen (Ford Fiesta WRC) finished third and for the first time in his career on the podium of a world CHAMPIONSHIP rally.

Thierry Neuville began to moderate in the world rally of Portugal. Vrijdagvoormiddag fell back to 9th place and he had to chase. Went there Friday afternoon with 6 soft tyres on the road. Not the best choice but Neuville profited the most from the problems of Ogier (crash), Latvala (task suspension), Tänak (task koelingprobleem). After the end of the 7th stage was the Belgian to the lead to that do not. In the last klassementsrit of the day, he picked up even 4 powerstage points.

In the world cup standings bends Neuville gap of 10 points to a lead of 19 points. In the merkenkampioenschap Hyundai has 13 points ahead of Ford. Any flaw this weekend for Hyundai was the time penalty that Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) Saturday night. The Spaniard had on Friday night during the superspecial on the streets of Porto, a straw bale hit. By that time penalty dropped Sordo from the third to the fourth place. Finally ended the Spaniard fifth. For Neuville, after the rally Sweden, the second victory of the season, the eighth of his career. Neuville won in 2014 in Germany, his first world CHAMPIONSHIP rally. The seventh round, the Rally of Italy, from 7 to 10 June on the planning in Sardinia.

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