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Neuville achieves his first triumph in Corsica in 2017, Sordo his first podium

Neuville achieves his first triumph in Corsica in 2017, Sordo his first podium
Belgian Thierry Neuville achieved his first triumph in the 2017 World Rally Championship this Sunday in Corsica, ahead of world champion and championship leader, Frenchman Sebastien Ogier, who avoided a double from Hyundai by snatching second place from the last stage. Spanish Dani Sordo, who got his first podium of the year.
It was enough for Neuville to set the fifth best time in the «power stage», in which the Finn Jari-Matti Latvala prevailed, to secure the final victory with 54.7 seconds ahead of Ogier (Ford Fiesta) and 56.0 over Deaf. This is the third victory of his career, after Germany in 2014 and Sardinia in 2016.
With his victory in the last stage, Latvala took the five extra points for the overall championship, while Ogier added four, Irishman Craig Breen three, Sordo two and Neuville one.
Neuville’s victory means that four different drivers have won all four of the 2017 World Championship rallies.
It’s a wonderful feeling. I thank the team, who have supported me a lot after Monte Carlo and Sweden. I was not sure if I could win here, but things turned favorable on the second day, “said Neuville.
The penultimate section, Antisanti-Poggio di Nazza, of 53.78 kilometers – the longest of the rally Corsican-, reinforced the leadership of Thierry Neuville, and the Hyundai team took the first two positions.
The Belgian leader set the best time (32: 34.6) only one tenth faster than the Spaniard, who overtook world champion Frenchman Sebastien Ogier, who had mechanical problems in his Ford Fiesta.
Victory was practically assured for Neuville in the absence of the 10.4 km “power stage”, Porto Vecchio-Palombaggia. The Belgian led Dani Sordo by 57.8 seconds and Ogier by 1: 00.3, who lost another 21 seconds over the leader in the penultimate stage.
Ogier recovered, in the last, second place on the podium, to the detriment of Dani Sordo, who gave 4 seconds to the world champion. “It was a rally hard, so I’m happy to have reached the end, ”said the Frenchman.
For the Spaniard “everything was strange”, although he declared himself happy with third place. «Third place was my goal for today. Ogier’s second place is logical. Has been faster during the rally and it had to be second, “said Sordo.
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