Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC) won all three classification stages in the Spanish World Cup on Saturday morning and are now 9 seconds ahead of first pursuer Elfyn Evans (Toyota Yaris WRC).
Maarten DelvauxSource: BELGIAN
Sébastien Ogier (Toyota Yaris WRC) follows third at 32 seconds and is followed by home driver Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC) who is fourth. The difference between third and fourth place is only 0.2 seconds.
Thierry Neuville said on Friday evening that he was looking forward to today’s/Saturday’s rides that should suit him and his car even better. The Belgian was right. He won all three stages on Saturday morning and is 9 seconds behind first pursuer Elfyn Evans. “During the third stage there were a lot of cuts and I took it a little more carefully. The risk of a puncture was a little too great. Even today I still suffer from understeer. Without it I could go even faster. I can’t get rid of it. We have to keep working on it,” Neuville said on arrival.
Elfyn Evans has to recognize his superior in Neuville for now but the Welshman may find an ally in Dani Sordo. The Spaniard made up for 5.2 seconds on Ogier on Saturday morning and now follows 0.2 seconds from the Frenchman. With a possible position change, Evans can take advantage and narrow the gap in the World Cup standings against Ogier even more.
On Saturday afternoon, the riders will complete the same loop of three classification stages. The day ends with a short classification ride in the city center of Salou.