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Torrential rain leads to stage cancellation in Australia

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Torrential rain leads to stage cancellation in Australia
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Nov 19, 2017, 12:31 AM

Torrential rain has led to the penultimate stage at Rally Australia being cancelled, all but ensuring that Thierry Neuville will win the event.

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Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
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Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport

Crews were set to run a short afternoon loop consisting of a second run through the Pilbara stage, which was used in reverse direction on Friday, and then the Wedding Bells Power Stage.

However this morning's torrential rain has led to organisers cancelling the second pass through the 9.9-kilometre Pilbara stage, with the afternoon loop now being contested solely on the 6.4-kilometre televised Power Stage.

The decision all but ensures that Neuville will win the rally, his 14.7-second advantage unlikely to be overhauled on the single remaining stage.

It's the second stage cancellation of the rally, following yesterday's shortened afternoon loop due to a damaged bridge on the Newry test.

That was unrelated to another crash at a bridge that saw a state championship competitor end up submerged in a river on the Nambucca stage.

 

 
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Series WRC
Event Rally Australia
Author Andrew van Leeuwen