After the end of the first full matchday are Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) on the ninth place. The Belgian duo had first on to the track, found there the necessary nuisance of it and went in the error.
“Today We have really all taken off the shelf. More than this we could not do it” responds Thierry Neuville. “We have as quickly as possible driven. It is also very disappointing that we were the first on the job so much bothered by the loose surface. This morning, we managed not to get into the rhythm. At the end of the first circulation we went also in the error. It is difficult to with this starting position is more to do in these circumstances.”
“It was a treacherous day, but I want the positive to remember and that is that we are not so far from Ogier. Tomorrow is a different day in different circumstances, and we drive on asphalt. We will continue to do,” decided Neuville.
Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) in the Rally of Catalunya, the penultimate round of the world CHAMPIONSHIP, provisionally the ninth spot. The Belgian rally pilot follows Friday after the first 7 rides on 59.7 of the leader, the Est Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris).
Tänak in the lead
Tänak has a lead of 26.8 on the Spaniard Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20) and 29.7 on the Brit Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta). Sébastien Loeb (Citroën C3) is 4th on 30.2 of Tänak. Between 2005 and 2012, won the Frenchman eight times in the Rally of Catalonia. The rival of Neuville, Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta), it is currently 7th, 39.4 of the leader.
“We have really given everything,” responded Neuville after the last ride of the day. “We are not far from Sébastien Ogier. We have done our best.”
Ogier and Tänak are Neuvilles biggest competitors in the battle for the world title. The as Also known since the Rally of Portugal, in may this year, in the lead of the standings. Ogier follows on 7 points and Tänak on 21 points.
The next part of the rally will be on asphalt play. Saturday, there are 7 stages on the programme, Sunday 4. The last stage is the Power Stage of Santa Marina (14.5 km).