Portugal WRC: Ogier beats Neuville for second win of 2017

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Portugal WRC: Ogier beats Neuville for second win of 2017
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
May 21, 2017, 12:26 PM

Sebastien Ogier completed a trouble-free final day of Rally Portugal to score his second victory of the WRC season.

Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport
Sébastien Ogier, M-Sport
Sébastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, Ford Fiesta WRC, M-Sport

Ogier, who inherited the lead after M-Sport teammate Ott Tanak's incident on Saturday, started the day with a 16-second lead over Hyundai's Thierry Neuville.

Only eight tenths slower than the Belgian in the opening SS16, Ogier then cemented his lead by topping the subsequent Luilhas test by over three seconds.

Neuville was quicker in the last two stages, but Ogier only gave up four seconds of his lead, resulting in a win for the Frenchman by 15.6s.

As a result, the reigning champion's lead in the standings is 22 points over closest challenger Neuville.

Neuville's teammate Dani Sordo and Ogier's teammate Tanak completed the day in third and fourth respectively, separated by half a minute.

The latter won the Power Stage, by just four tenths over Neuville.

Craig Breen was the lead Citroen, taking fifth for the fourth time in five rallies, ahead of DMACK's Elfyn Evans.

Juho Hanninen was the top Toyota in seventh, followed by Mads Ostberg, who switched to DMACK tyres for this event, and the second Toyota of Jari-Matti Latvala.

A roll for Skoda's Andreas Mikkelsen on the final stage moved the third Yaris WRC of Esapekka Lappi into the top 10 overall, also handing victory in WRC2 to another Skoda driver, Pontus Tidemand.

Final results:

Pos.

Driver

Co-driver

CarTime/Gap
1 france Sébastien Ogier 
france Julien Ingrassia 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 3h42m55.7s
2 belgium Thierry Neuville 
belgium Nicolas Gilsoul 
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 15.6s
3 spain Dani Sordo 
spain Marc Marti 
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 1m01.7s
4 estonia Ott Tanak 
estonia Martin Jarveoja 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 1m30.2s
5 ireland Craig Breen 
united_kingdom Scott Martin 
Citroen C3 WRC 1m57.4s
6 united_kingdom Elfyn Evans 
united_kingdom Daniel Barritt 
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 3m10.6s
7 finland Juho Hanninen 
finland Kaj Lindstrom 
Toyota Yaris WRC 3m48.9s
8 norway Mads Ostberg 
norway  Ola Fløene
Ford Fiesta WRC '17 5m29.7s
9 finland Jari-Matti Latvala 
finland Miikka Anttila 
Toyota Yaris WRC 5m43.6s
10 finland Esapekka Lappi
finland Janne Ferm
Toyota Yaris WRC 8m13.3s
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Series WRC
Event Rally Portugal
Sub-event Leg three
Drivers Sébastien Ogier
Teams M-Sport
Author David Gruz
Article type Leg report