Thierry Neuville became the fifth different winner in five WRC rounds when he won Rally Italia Sardegna on Sunday afternoon.
The Belgian banished memories of a torrid start to the 2016 season by claiming his second career victory in a Hyundai i20. He headed Jari-Matti Latvala’s Volkswagen Polo R by 24.8sec after four-days of rough gravel speed tests on the Mediterranean island.
Championship leader Sébastien Ogier extended his points advantage by finishing third in another Polo R, a further 1min 13.0sec behind.
Despite overshooting a hairpin bend, Ogier won the final live TV Power Stage to claim three bonus points. Dutchman Kevin Abbring took two points for second in an i20, while Latvala claimed the final point in third.
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