Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta WRC) has Sunday, the Rally of Wales won the final match of the world cup rally. Upon arrival had the Frenchman 10.6 seconds ahead of the finn Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Yaris WRC). Esapekka Lappi (Toyota Yaris WRC) provided a second Toyota on the podium. Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) finished fifth. In the standings of the world cup rally remains our compatriot in the lead with 7 points ahead of Ogier, and 21 points Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC).
Sébastien Ogier began as the leader on the final day, but saw Jari-Matti Latvala on two stages from the end of the pipe over it. The difference between the two riders was 0.2 seconds. In the penultimate ride took Ogier, everything out of the closet, retook the lead and it was not more. In the final ride, with over one and a half hour delay started after a motorcyclist during a demonstration injured, put Ogier, the dots on the i and he drove the fastest time.
After his victories in Monte Carlo, Mexico and Corsica wins the Frenchman is now his fourth rally of the season, the same amount as Ott Tänak and one more than Thierry Neuville. Ogier won for the fifth time the Rally of Wales which means it is doing better than Petter Solberg and Hannu Mikola of each four times of this legendary race managed to win.
The second ride of the day was the powerstage. It was Latvala the fastest and he went with the five points of the pacesetters. Team-mate Tänak scored four points, Ogier, three and Neuville two points.
With two world cup rallies to go (Spain and Australia) continues to Thierry Neuville in the lead. He has 7 points lead on the first pursuer Ogier, and 21 points on Tänak. With two more rallies to drive, there remain 60 points to earn. At the end of October, the Rally of Spain driving, the penultimate rally of the world CHAMPIONSHIP.
Neuville: “We have everything still in their own hands”
After the Rally of Turkey was the Rally of Wales is also no crit for Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC). In Turkey showed the mechanics of our countrymen in the lurch. In Wales went Neuville itself in the error. Sunday showed Neuville mental toughness and wipte he still from the eighth to the fifth place. Despite the recent setbacks, he retains the best papers for the world title.
“We have this weekend given everything”, put Neuville after the end of the shore. “After my mistake on Saturday, we were able to cross over the stage. Today we attacked some places make a profit. The championship is to go over. The tension between Sebastien, Ott and me remains. I would have preferred a bigger lead in the championship, but look: we can’t keep dwelling on the past rally’s happened. We need to stand up and in the two remaining rallies for the victory fight. We have to do everything ourselves.”