Italy WRC: Neuville clinches victory as Ogier tops Power Stage

Thierry Neuville took the second WRC win of his career after making it through the final two stages of Rally Italia Sardegna safely.

Italy WRC: Neuville clinches victory as Ogier tops Power Stage
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala, Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

The Hyundai driver took his ninth stage win of the event in the second run of Cala Flumini before cruising through the Power Stage, which was won by Sebastien Ogier.

The championship leader salvaged three extra points despite making a small mistake at a hairpin, with Kevin Abbring and Jari-Matti Latvala completing the top three, the Dutchman scoring his first WRC points.

Latvala ended up second overall followed by Ogier and Dani Sordo, the duo continuing to score in every rally of the season.

Ott Tanak matched his team DMACK's top finish in fifth, with fellow Ford drivers Eric Camilli and Henning Solberg behind him.

Teemu Suninen took his second WRC2 victory of the season in eighth, followed by rivals Jan Kopecky and Karl Kruuda.

Final standings

Pos.DriverTeamGap
1

 Thierry Neuville

 Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai 3h35m25.8s
2

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

Volkswagen +24.8s
3

 Sebastien Ogier

 Julien Ingrassia

Volkswagen +1m37.8s
4

 Dani Sordo

 Marc Marti

Hyundai +2m54.0s
5

 Ott Tanak

 Raigo Molder

Ford +5m26.4s
6

 Eric Camilli

 Benjamin Veillas

Ford +5m59.8s
7

 Henning Solberg

 Ilka Minor-Petrasko

Ford +6m22.2s
8

 Teemu Suninen

 Mikko Markkula

Skoda

+8m57.4s
9

 Jan Kopecky

 Pavel Dresler

Skoda

+9m47.0s
10

 Karl Kruuda

 Martin Jarveoja

Ford +13m28.5s

Points standings

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1

 Sebastien Ogier

 Julien Ingrassia

Volkswagen 132 pt
2

 Dani Sordo

 Marc Marti

Hyundai 68 pt
3

 Andreas Mikkelsen

 Anders Jaeger

Volkswagen 67 pt
4

 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford 58 pt
5

 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai 57 pt
6

 Jari-Matti Latvala

 Miikka Anttila

Volkswagen 56 pt
7

 Thierry Neuville

 Nicolas Gilsoul

Hyundai 48 pt
8

 Ott Tanak

 Raigo Molder

Ford

34 pt
9

 Kris Meeke

 Paul Nagle

Citroen

26 pt
10

 Eric Camilli

 Benjamin Veillas

Ford 22 pt
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