Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul are winners of 74. ORLEN Rally Poland 2017. He managed to drove safelly trough finish line of last stage and won third time in this amazing WRC season.
Hyundai Motorsport’s team has a real reason to celebrate on this event because their second driver Hayden Paddon finished on second place overall. Sordo, third Hyundai’s driver, finished just 26.6 seconds behind a last podium place, where finished Ogier from M-Sport team.
There were also some position changes on Top 10 places after last stage. Suninen made a mistake on last stage and lost P5 which got Lefebvre, who is the best Citroen’s driver on this event. But this sixt place overall is the best possible start of WRC career of young Teemu Suninen, who was driving first time WRC car in World Rally Championship.
Second best Citroen’s driver is Andreas Mikkelsen who managed to climb up on P9 on last stage, where he beat Juho Hanninen from Toyota Gazzoo Team.
His team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala won Power Stage ahead Ogier and Mikkelsen. Points from Power Stage:
1. Latvala (Toyota) 5 points
2. Ogier (M-Sport) 4
3. Mikkelsen (Citroen) 3
4. Lefebvre (Citroen) 2
5. Neuville (Hyundai) 1
Nil Solans won third time in JWRC this season and he won there also in WRC3 section. Also Valeriy Gorban won third time this season in WRC Trophy.
But in WRC2 section is totally different story. Also on this event was Pontus Tidemand very quick, but norwegian driver Ole Christian Veiby was little quicker. Veiby was dominating whole weekend in WRC2 section and won with 32.9 seconds ahead Tidemand. How quick were they represent time gap against third places Quentin Gilbert, who finished more than four minutes behind them.
Overall standings after finish line:
1. Neuville Thierry – Gilsoul N. ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) 2:40:46.1
2. Paddon Hayden – Marshall S. ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) +1:23.9
3. Ogier S. – Ingrassia J. ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +2:20.8
4. Sordo Dani – Martí Marc ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) +2:47.4
5. Lefebvre Stéphane – Moreau G. ( Citroën C3 WRC ) +3:11.8
6. Suninen Teemu – Markkula Mikko ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +3:16.8
7. Østberg Mads – Fløene Ola ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +3:39.6
8. Evans Elfyn – Barritt Daniel ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +4:39.1
9. Mikkelsen Andreas – Jæger A. ( Citroën C3 WRC ) +4:43.5
10. Hänninen Juho – Lindström K. ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) +4:53.7
1. Veiby O. – Skjærmoen S. ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) 2:53:39.3
2. Tidemand Pontus – Andersson J. ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +32.9
3. Gilbert Quentin – Jamoul R. ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +4:20.3
4. Guerra jr. Benito – Cué D. ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +7:04.9
5. Bonato Yoann – Boulloud B. ( Citroën DS3 R5 ) +7:22.9
1. Solans Nil – Ibáñez Sotos M. ( Ford Fiesta R2T ) 3:17:47.0
2. Rådström D. – Johansson J. ( Ford Fiesta R2T ) +15.4
3. Brzeziński Jakub – Hundla R. ( Citroën DS3 R3T Max ) +2:10.8
4. Ciamin Nicolas – de la Haye T. ( Ford Fiesta R2T ) +2:41.8
5. Folb Terry – Guieu Christopher ( Ford Fiesta R2T ) +3:52.4