SS12 – Thierry Neuville fights his way to the front!
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SS12 – Thierry Neuville fights his way to the front!

30/03/2019

Thanks to a stunning time the Belgian driver took the lead in the CORSICA linea – Tour de Corse. Although Elfyn Evans couldn’t match this pace he is only 4.5 seconds behind Neuville, which promises a thrilling battle in the last two stages in the rally. Sébastien Ogier was in tip-top form by the end of the special despite an engine problem and snatched third place from Dani Sordo. Completing the top 5 was Teemu Suninen who was in front of Ott Tänak. The latter is obliged to make up the time lost in the previous stage.

Saturday 30th March
SS12 (Castagniccia 2)
Distance: 47,18 km
Weather: Sunny
Road conditions: Dry, change of surface towards the end (gravel)

#5. KRIS MEEKE & SEBASTIAN MARSHALL
“I liked driving the car this afternoon. The setup was harder and that worked a lot better.”

#10. JARI-MATTI LATVALA & MIKKA ANTTILA
“The car’s got potential, it’s the driver who’s the problem. I have to go to sleep and think about my driving for tomorrow.”

#19. SÉBASTIEN LOEB & DANIEL ELENA
“It was a bit better. We adjusted the setup on the diff and it was a good special.”

#4. ESAPEKKA LAPPI & JANNE FERM
“It went well in this one and we didn’t really push. We’re there or thereabouts without having had any problems today. It’s cool. We’re going to be racing in great stages tomorrow.”

#1. SÉBASTIEN OGIER & JULIEN INGRASSIA
“I set a good time. It’s a shame as we didn’t have the anti-lag system and more power and then it suddenly came back.”

#3. TEEMU SUNINEN & MARKO SALMINEN
“We lost time.”

#6. DANI SORDO & CARLOS DEL BARRIO
“Nothing really untoward happened. I simply lost time to the others who were quicker than me. The podium, tomorrow? If Ogier is in the same form there won’t be any battle.”

#11. THIERRY NEUVILLE & NICOLAS GILSOUL
“Our aim was not to make any mistakes in view of the Manufacturers’ Championship. But the feeling in the car was so good this afternoon. I changed a few setups and it was easier to push.”

#8. OTT TÄNAK & MARTIN JÄRVEOJA
“I now have to score the maximum number of point.”

#33. ELFYN EVANS & SCOTT MARTIN
“I thought I drove a good special; I don’t know why I set this time.”

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