It is really bad weekend for Hyundai Motorsport’s team.
Yesterday were retired on SS12 two their drivers: Mikkelsen and Sordo – both in the same corner:
Today on SS16 retired also Neuville, who had a chance to improve his positions for championship title, but he also broke a wheel: “It’s game over. Same problem as my colleagues yesterday. A suspension part was broken after an impact with a stone. We tried everything to fight back today, we had an unlucky weekend with some trouble yesterday and now it’s finished for us. Obviously this wasn’t our weekend. After yesterday we had no choice than to push hard and that is what we did – there are no regrets.”
Today retired also Lappi who had accident on SS15, so there are just first four places the same as yesterday after SS17:
1. Meeke Kris – Nagle Paul ( Citroën C3 WRC ) 2:42:50.3
2. Ogier S. – Ingrassia J. ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +26.2
3. Tänak Ott – Järveoja Martin ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +28.5
4. Hänninen Juho – Lindström K. ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) +46.4
5. Østberg Mads – Eriksen T. ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +2:10.8
6. Lefebvre Stéphane – Moreau G. ( Citroën C3 WRC ) +2:27.8
7. Evans Elfyn – Barritt Daniel ( Ford Fiesta WRC ’17 ) +4:07.2
8. Suninen Teemu – Markkula Mikko ( Ford Fiesta R5 ) +7:35.8
9. Kopecký Jan – Dresler Pavel ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +8:12.4
10. Veiby O. – Skjærmoen S. ( Škoda Fabia R5 ) +8:13.5
Jan Kopecky won all tarmac stages today in yesterday and managed to came close to Suninen with just 37.7 seconds behind him. Solans is still the leader in WRC3 and Gorban in WRC Trophy.