Thierry Neuville and Hyundai Motorsport close overhead the first of three stages which make up the Poland Rally, eighth round of the World Rally Championship 2017. Belgian talent managed to stay up in the top 4 positions, engaging top gear in the afternoon tour climbing positions to positions until hoisted in front of everyone at a stage remaining.
The PS10, won by Elfyn Evans, was a formality for Neuville, who can go to park his i20 Coupe number 5 the service Park in anticipation of Stage 2 that will be decisive for the overall standings.
The fight for the first position is anything but closed. Indeed, it's wide open. In second place there is Ott Tanak, who surrendered the lead after Ss9 but continues to be near Neuville. Between the two there is just 1 "3. Glamorous. And tomorrow the unleashed Estonian will do everything to overcome the rival leading the race.
Third position for Jari-Matti Latvala on Toyota, which accuses 6"6 gap from Neuville. Sébastien Ogier has paid dearly the starting position. Excellent after a first round in which he seemed capable to remain in the fight for victory, the afternoon tour made him lose more than 30 seconds. The 4 time world champion will have to look over their shoulders, because on a couple of special Hayden Paddon approached him and it is just over 4 seconds.
WRC Rally Poland – Standings after SS10
1 Neuville/Gilsoul - Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC 56'21"2
2 Tanak/Jarveoja - Ford Fiesta WRC Plus +1"3
3 Latvala/Anttila - Toyota Yaris WRC Plus +6"6
4 Ogier/Ingrassia - Ford Fiesta WRC Plus +35"1
5 Paddon/Marshall - Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC +39"6
6 Sordo/Martì - Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC +51"7
7 Suninen/Markkula - Ford Fiesta WRC Plus +1'11"0
8 Hanninen/Lindstrom - Toyota Yaris WRC Plus +1'28"9
9 Lefebvre/Moreau - Citroen C3 WRC Plus +1'37"0
10 Ostberg/Floene - Ford Fiesta WRC Plus +1'42"7