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WRC Rally Spain
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How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

Rally Spain was billed as a probable World Rally Championship title decider, with many expecting Sebastien Ogier to lift an eighth world crown at the penultimate round on his favoured asphalt. But it appears that nobody read the script, and what eventuated on Catalunya’s finest roads was the complete opposite.

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville issued a timely reminder that, had Lady Luck shone upon him this season, he could have been in Ogier’s position vying for a world title. The Belgian recorded a dominant 24.1-second victory, winning 10 of the 17 stages.

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