Neuville nudges nearer the leader

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Bel­gium’s Thierry Neuville cranked up the pres­sure on four-time de­fend­ing world rally champion Se­bastien Ogier by charg­ing to a third tri­umph of the sea­son in Poland on Sun­day.

Neuville be­gan the day with a 3.1-sec­ond lead over Es­to­nian Ott Tanak, but the lat­ter’s hopes evap­o­rated on the penul­ti­mate stage as he was forced to aban­don the rally after slam­ming into a bank.

Neuville won the fi­nal two stages — post­ing the quick­est time in nine of 22 spe­cials over the four days — to fin­ish one minute, 23.9 sec­onds clear of fel­low Hyundai driver Hayden Pad­don of New Zealand.

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