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Tanak maintains control and Neuville leaves

Tanak maintains control and Neuville leaves

The Estonian Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta) remains the leader of Rally Germany, the tenth round of the World Championship, after the dispute of the nine special stages of the third day, while the leader of the championship, the Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) had to give up.

Tanak, who is looking for his second World Cup victory after the one achieved this year in the Rally Italia, will face the final day as leader this Sunday with 21.4 seconds ahead of the Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën C3), second, and 29.6 over the French Sebastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta), who completes the provisional podium.

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The abandonment of Thierry Neuville means that Ogier, world champion for the last four years, is one step away from regaining the leadership in the World Cup, since it is enough for him to add a single point this Sunday. Both drivers started the Rally Germany tied at 160 points at the head of the competition, although with the Belgian ahead.

Neuville finished the first stage this Saturday with the left rear wheel bent from having a touch in a corner. He parked the car shortly after.

The Belgian is scheduled to rejoin the race on Sunday to swallow to score points in the closing ‘power stage’, which distributes points for the first five, to limit the damage as much as possible.

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The Spanish Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20), who on Friday lost all options by retiring for a track exit, re-engaged in the race this Saturday and had the option of exhibiting with the best time in three consecutive stages, from 13 to 15. In general, the Cantabrian is more than 35 minutes from the head of the race.

This Sunday the last day is disputed, with the dispute of four stages, two passed through the special Losheim (12.95 km) and Sankt Wendeler (12.95). EFE

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