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Belgian Thierry Neuville wins Tour of Corsica


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Belgian Thierry Neuville wins Tour of Corsica

Belgian Thierry Neuville won the Rally of Corsica for Hyundai on Sunday to become the fourth driver to triumph in four rounds so far this season.

France’s four-times world champion Sebastien Ogier finished second, 54.7 seconds behind, for the M-Sport Ford team to increase his overall lead.

Spaniard Dani Sordo lost out on second place by 1.3 seconds in the closing Power Stage but made it a podium double for Hyundai by finishing third.

Ogier won the opening race in Monte Carlo in January, with Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala taking victory in Sweden for Toyota in February and Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke triumphant in Mexico last month with Citroen.

Meeke led on Friday, the rally’s first full day, but retired on Saturday with mechanical problems.

A hard-charging Neuville took over the lead and was chased by Ogier, but the Frenchman suffered recurrent technical problems which prevented him catching the leader.

On Saturday he lost hydraulic pressure and lost full use of the car’s transmission, and on Sunday he was seen working on the car after the first stage.

Ogier now has 88 points to Latvala’s 75 with Neuville moving up to third on 54. Latvala finished fourth on Sunday but took an extra five points for winning the Power Stage.

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