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Rally Spain: Neuville widens the gap, Ogier clings to the podium


If Thierry Neuville leads the Iberian race with a very firm hand, Sébastien Ogier, he limits the damage to get closer to an 8th world title.

Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) widened the gap at the top of Rallye d'Espagne after the second day on Saturday, still ahead of Elfyn Evans (Toyota) and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota), championship leader who remains a favorite for the world title .

After 13 of 17 specials, Neuville has a comfortable lead of 16''7 seconds over Evans and 38''7 over Ogier before the last day on Sunday.

Leader of the world championship with 24 points ahead of Evans before this weekend, Ogier must get ahead of the Briton and regain six points in the championship to be crowned, for the 8th time, on Sunday. Otherwise we will have to wait for the final at the Rallye de Monza (19-21 November). For the moment, the Frenchman is fighting above all to preserve his 3rd place ahead of the Spaniard Dani Sordo (Hyundai), 4th at 39''9 seconds behind Neuville, and therefore only 1''2 seconds from Ogier. "

The victory seems far away now but we still have the chance to fight for the podium so we will hang on to that

", conceded the French at midday, frustrated by his "

average pace, not terrible. We may have to force things a little more this afternoon

", He explained before joining the deeds to the word.

Thierry Neuville impresses

Ogier then won, tied with Neuville, his first special of the rally (SS11) before doing it again alone for SS12: “

Better late than never! I'm finally starting to feel better

", he then breathed, while Sordo regretted that his direct opponent had gone into"

Sébastien Ogier mode

"... until the last special of the day, when the Frenchman lost time. "

We had managed to create a small margin on Dani but unfortunately we lost everything in the last (SS13) because of a wedging in a pin

", regretted Ogier after this short "

special Mickey Mouse

" in the streets of Salou , just a quick drive from the service park located at the PortAventura theme park.

With 10 scratch times out of 13, Neuville is heading towards a second success this season after Belgium, at home, on asphalt already.

Five-time vice-world champion, he won 14 WRC rallies.

But the current 3rd in the championship no longer has the opportunity to deprive the Frenchman of the title.

The only one who can do it is called Evans.

A complicated mission for the 32-year-old Welshman, powerless against the Hyundai i20 from Neuville.


Here we can not allow the slightest hesitation, we must be clinical in our conduct and I did not know how to be,

" he regretted.

Honestly, I don't do the math.

There is no alarm.

Sebastien Ogier

If the standings remain the same on Sunday, Ogier would only concede three points.

The Frenchman, who has regained his feelings despite everything, can also count on the Power Stage to pocket points in the championship (5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for the first five), Sunday during the 17th and last special (12:18 p.m. ).


But in any case it would be a much better situation than last year to tackle Monza,

" Ogier recalled.

So honestly I don't do the math.

There is no alarm


In December 2020 in Italy, Ogier tackled the last rally of the year in second position, 14 points behind Evans ... before taking advantage of the Welshman leaving the road to become seven-time world champion.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-10-16

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