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Corsica WRC: Neuville opens up advantage as Ogier hits trouble

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Corsica WRC: Neuville opens up advantage as Ogier hits trouble
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Apr 8, 2017, 3:06 PM

Thierry Neuville leads the Tour de Corse ahead of the final day of the event after Sebastien Ogier’s charge was brought to an end by hydraulic problems.

Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Racing

In the first stage of the afternoon, M-Sport Ford driver Ogier took six seconds out of Hyundai’s Neuville in the battle for the lead, but on SS8, Ogier had trouble with gearshifts and his car was rear-wheel-drive only.

Neuville went quickest of all on that test while his rival suffered, extending his lead to 38.9s with two stages to go.

He had taken the lead in the last stage of the morning, when he took second from Ogier, and then Citroen’s Kris Meeke retired from the lead with an engine problem simultaneously.

Hyundai teammate Dani Sordo sits third, 18.8s behind Ogier. He said he’d pushed to the “maximum” on SS8, but still sits just under a minute behind Neuville.

Jari-Matti Latvala showed newfound pace in his Toyota Yaris, and still remains within striking distance of Sordo, 11.7s behind.

A change to the rear differential meant the Finn was much more comfortable with his car in the afternoon.

Not for the first time this season, Craig Breen is the highest-placed Citroen, as his teammates Meeke and Stephane Lefebvre have retired.

The Irishman didn’t take any risks and continues to get seat time in the 2017 car after missing the previous round in Mexico, and is only 2.8s behind Latvala at the end of the day.

Hayden Paddon is the last WRC car in the gaggle of leaders. He was happier with his car in the afternoon loop, but lies half a minute behind Breen.

Andreas Mikkelsen leads WRC2 by over a minute in his Skoda Fabia R5. Last year’s Rally Australia winner heads M-Sport driver Teemu Suninen.

Standings after SS8

Pos.Driver/CodriverCarTime/Gap
1 belgiumThierry Neuville 
belgiumNicolas Gilsoul 
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 2h44m10.2s
2

franceSebastien Ogier 
franceJulien Ingrassia 

Ford Fiesta WRC '17

38.9s
3

 Dani Sordo

 Marc Marti

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 57.7s
4

finlandJari-Matti Latvala 
finlandMiikka Anttila 

Toyota Yaris WRC 1m09.4s
5

 Craig Breen

united_kingdomScott Martin

Citroen C3 WRC 1m12.2s
6

new_zealandHayden Paddon 
new_zealandJohn Kennard 

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 1m43.8s
7

 Andreas Mikkelsen

 Anders Jaeger

Skoda Fabia R5 6m21.7s
8

finlandTeemu Suninen

finlandMikko Markkula

Ford Fiesta R5 7m29.6s
9

franceStephane Sarrazin

franceJacques-Julien Renucci 

Skoda Fabia R5 7m46.8s
10

franceYohan Rossel

franceBenoit Fulcrand

Citroen DS3 R5 9m56.5s
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Series WRC
Event Rally France
Drivers Thierry Neuville
Teams Hyundai Motorsport
Author Jack Benyon