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Latvala, Tanak top Australia timseheets but Ogier on pace to win title

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By ITN News Editor November 17, 2018 12:49

Latvala, Tanak top Australia timseheets but Ogier on pace to win title

Belgian Thierry Neuville’s hopes of winning a maiden world title at Rally Australia this weekend suffered a hammer blow after a calamitous sixth stage on the opening day, when he damaged his car landing from a jump and then stalled in a chicane.The Hyundai driver trailed world champion Sebastien Ogier by three points coming into the final round of the championship and was hoping to make them up around the coastal city of Coffs Harbour.Neuville finished the first of the three days of the rally in 10th place, one minute, 11.9 seconds behind Norwegian leader Mads Ostberg and, more importantly, more than half a minute behind the M-Sport Ford of Ogier.Ogier was expected to struggle on day one as he had to go out first, sweeping the gravel tracks to improve conditions for the drivers behind him.The Frenchman finished in seventh place, 38.2 seconds off the pace, with two M-Sport Fords having slowed to drop below him in the standings and allow the five-times world champion a better starting position on day two.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 17, 2018 12:49
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