British Toyota driver Elfyn Evans dramatized the fight for the title of world champion in motor racing by winning Rally Finland.
Series leader and teammate Sébastien Ogier finished fifth, reducing his World Cup lead to 24 points. Evans scored 30 points in Finland, adding five in the final Power stage to 25 for his overall triumph.
With two races to go, Hyundai factory driver Thierry Neuville is effectively out of action for the title. The Belgian resigned in the second stage on Saturday due to a broken radiator, and because he had a damaged engine, he could not continue the next day with a loss and fight for at least points in the ‘Power step. In third position, he has already lost 60 points against Ogier.
After the third stage on Sunday in the final standings of Rally Finland, Ott Tänak finished behind Evans in Hyundai, the third was Craig Breen with another car from the Korean brand.
In the WRC2 category, Martin Prokop and Ford took part in the competition, finishing 16th overall and fourth in his category. Martin Vlček entered the WRC3 class. The Hyundai driver finished 21st and eighth overall among drivers in the same category.
Rally Finland, world championship event in motor racing:
1. Evans, Martin (Brit./Toyota Yaris) 2: 19: 13,7, 2. Tänak, Järveoja (Est./Hyundai i20) -14,1, 3. Breen, Nagle (Ir./Hyundai i20) – 42.2, 4. Lapland, Ferm (Fin./Toyota Yaris) -58.8, 5. Ogier, Ingrassia (Fr./Toyota Yaris) -2: 54.4, 6. Greensmith, Patterson (Brit., Ir ./Ford Fiesta) -5: 02.3,… 16. Prokop, Ernst (ČR / Ford Fiesta R5) -20: 06.2, 21. Vlček, Jugasová (ČR / Hyundai i20 R5) -32: 23.8.
World ranking (10 out of 12 races): 1. Ogier 190 points, 2. Evans 166, 3. Neuville (Belg./Hyundai i20) 130, 4. Rovanperä (Fin./Toyota) 129, 5. Tänak 128, 6 Breen 76.
Team classification: 1. Toyota 441 points, 2. Hyundai 380, 3. M-Sport Ford 172, 4. Hyundai 2C 44.
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