Thierry Neuville won the Rally Argentina and strengthened the leadership in the championship

Thierry Neuville won the Rally Argentina and strengthened the leadership in the championship

April 29, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Hyundai racer Thierry Neuville won the fifth stage of the World Rally Championship held last weekend in Argentina.

The beginning of the rally was difficult for the Belgian. After the first three special stages, he was in ninth place, this was the price of the first starting position in the pouring rain. But gradually Neuville rose higher and higher by the end of the day ahead of the leader Ott Tyanaka.

Throughout Saturday, Tanak then lagged behind, then approached Neuville, until he stopped at the penultimate dope because of the failure of the generator. In this struggle for victory, in fact, was over. Released in second place, Andreas Mikkelsen at the time inferior teammate for Hyundai 50 seconds. And for the remaining five special stages, the handicap remained at that level.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more – my second victory at this classic stage and the second in a row this season,” commented Neuville. – The car was fast all weekend. This is the result of the work of our entire team, including at the base in Germany. The progress is obvious, I am very proud of the work we have done. ”

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Mikkelsen almost perfectly spent the Rally Argentina, except for a loss of 20 seconds due to a slow puncture on SS4. Norwegian for the first time since the Rally Sweden since February last year, finished on the podium. “This result is like a victory for me,” Andreas shared his impressions.

The current world champion Sebastien Ogier fought Neuville and Tyanak for two-thirds of the distance. But the mistake at the fork in SU11 and the subsequent collision with the gate cost the Frenchman a minute. Before the start of the final session, he was fourth in five seconds from Chris Mick. However, in the end, it was Ogier who rose to the podium.

The last kilometers Mick drove with a slow puncture of the front left wheel and almost held the third position. The Irish lacked some 1.5 seconds.

His Toyota partner Jari-Matti Latvala finished fifth, ahead of Dani Sordo in the penultimate dope.

Ott Tyanak, who returned after Saturday’s departure, turned out to be the eighth and earned one point on the bonus special stage.

In the championship, Neuville leads with 110 points, Ogier has 100, Tyanak has 82.

The next stage of the WRC will take place from 9 to 12 May. For the first time, the World Rally Championship will take Chile.