Hyundai scores a valu­able one-two at Rally Poland

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - MO­TOR­SPORT COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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.

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