Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) ended the Rally Finland, the eighth round of the WRC championship, Sunday, in ninth place. The Oostkantonner remains the leader in the world CHAMPIONSHIP standings, but sees his competitor, reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier (5th) come back to 21 points. The victory in Finland was for the Est Ott Tänak (Toyota).
The 30-year-old Tänak showed to be the whole weekend regularly and picks up his second victory of the season, after the Rally of Argentina. He took it after 23 special stages for the Norwegian Mads Ostberg (Citroën, +32.7) and the finn Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota, +35.5).
Sunday morning had the Fin Esapekka Lappi (Toyota), last year’s winner, specify in the twentieth special stage. Neuville rose one spot and was also fourth in the Power Stage, which gave them two extra points in return. Ogier was only sixth in the Power Stage and conquered so no extra points. “We have tried to keep everything in that last trip to squeeze in,” said Neuville after. “It was a very difficult weekend for us.”
In the world cup standings retains Neuville in the lead with 153 points. Ogier (132) and Tänak (107) are his closest pursuers.
The rallycaravaan draws for the next round, from 16 to 19 August, to the German Moselle region. Neuville won the whole tarmac rally in 2014, Tänak is departing winner. “I look forward with impatience to that race,” showed Neuville is already excited.