Sunday | 26 Jan 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Neuville wins in Monte-Carlo

Belgian victorious in WRC season-opener

Thierry Neuville seized a maiden Rallye Monte-Carlo victory on Sunday afternoon after a dominant display during the closing leg in the mountains above Monaco.

The Belgian, driving a Hyundai i20, won all four slippery asphalt speed tests to soar from third and win a see-saw opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship by 12.6sec.

Toyota Yaris team-mate Elfyn Evans and Sébastien Ogier were powerless to withstand Neuville’s charge. Ogier, winner in Monte-Carlo for the past six seasons, overhauled overnight leader Evans in the closing test to claim second by 1.7sec.

Neuville ensured a maximum five bonus points by winning the live TV Wolf Power Stage by 0.016sec from Ogier, who took four points. Teemu Suninen was third in a Ford Fiesta to collect three points, Evans took two points in fourth and Esapekka Lappi took the final point in a Fiesta.

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