Hyundai scores a valuable one-two at Rally Poland
THIERRY Neuville won last weekend’s Rally Poland to claim Hyundai’s third victory of the season and slashed Sebastien Ogier’s World Rally Championship lead to 11 points.
Neuville had been engaged in a dog fight with Ott Tanak in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta until the Ford driver crashed out, leaving the Belgian to win ahead of his Hyundai team-mate Hayden Paddon.
Reigning champion Ogier was third in his M-Sport Fiesta.
Dani Sordo finished fourth, making it the most successful combined result for Hyundai Motorsport in the team’s history.
Neuville’s win represents the sixth overall WRC victory for Hyundai Motorsport since 2014, as well as the seventh double podium for the team.
Juho Hanninen was the top placed Toyota driver, claiming tenth place in his Gazoo Yaris after the retirement of his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.
Ogier leads the standings with 160 points to Neuville’s 149, with third-placed Latvala on 112.
Thierry Neuville’s win slashed Sebastien Ogier’s lead to 11 points.