Belgian Thierry Neuville overcame a very forgettable end to 2015 and start to 2016 to finally set off on a winning streak in his Hyundai i20, when he claimed his second WRC victory at Rally Italia Sardegna on Sunday. At the end of the four-day rough road event, he was ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala by 24.8sec.
On Satuday, Jari-Matti Latvala from Finland was within three seconds distance before Neuville eased through the final leg. Until a new gearbox set things right, his Volkswagen Polo R was playing hard to manage; yet Latvala led three times on Friday as he exchanged blows with Neuville and Sébastien Ogier.
As for championship leader Sebastien Ogier, his lead was extended when he finished third in another Polo R. As road opener, he lost time sweeping the dry gravel and gambled with soft tyres on Friday and Saturday morning to achieve a podium finish.
Henning Solberg had to overcome suspension problems on Sunday to finish seventh, just ahead of WRC 2 winner Teemu Suninen.
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