Neuville wins in Argentina and remains the leader of the WRC
He put on his captain's jacket in the Rally de France, and it seems he does not want to take it off. Thierry Neuville has scored his second consecutive win in Argentina and has increased his lead in the World Cup. The 'eternal' runner-up wants to make the leap. Andreas Mikkelsen completed the Hyundai double, which also strengthens in the classification of brands.
Among the Chileans, Pedro Heller won the WRC2 and his brother Alberto finished fourth, in the last advance before the championship date in Chile next May.
The final day of the moving South American race started with a change in the classification, as the stewards penalized Kris Meeke with 10 seconds to stop on the way, and was overtaken by Sebastien Ogier and Sordo. But the Briton did not break down and launched a fierce attack that allowed him to overtake the Spaniard, but not recovers the podium, which was for Ogier to puncture the Toyota in the final stretch. The Frenchman also won the Power Stage and saved the furniture in a certain way. Dani was not comfortable with the car and could not defend himself from the attack of Jari-Matti Latvala, so he finished sixth. "I'm happy for the team, but not for me," he admitted after finishing.
Neuville already has a 10-point advantage over Ogier and 29 over Tanak, while Hyundai also runs away from the standings with 34 points ahead of Toyota and 43 points over Citroën. The next appointment will be in two weeks, the Rally of Chile, new in the calendar, in which Sordo will not be because Sebastien Loeb returns to the steering wheel of the Hyundai. The Spanish returns in the following two tests, Portugal and Italy.
And the one who was his co-driver, Marc Martí, scored the victory in the WRC2 category to the right of the Chilean Pedro Heller, even though his car stopped on the last stage ... although it started again. At least some Spaniards climbed to the podium of Villa Carlos Paz, a land where they want and support our pilots enormously.
1. Neuville-Gilsoul (Bél / Hyundai), 3: 20: 54.6
2. Mikkelsen-Jaeger (Nor / Hyundai), at 48.4
3. Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Citroën), at 1: 04.8
4. Meeke-Marshall (GBr / Toyota), at 1: 06.2
5. Latvala-Anttila (Fin / Toyota), at 1: 21.1
6. Sordo-Del Barrio (Hyundai), at 1: 26.7
1. Thierry Neuville, 110 points
2. Sebastien Ogier, 100
3. Ott Tanak, 81
4. Kris Meeke, 54
5. Elfyn Evans, 43
7. Dani So