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WRC Rally Poland: Neuville in comfortable lead after Tanak mistake – WRC


Thierry Neuville now has a clear path to Rally Poland victory after a mistake from his lead rival Ott Tanak on Sunday morning.

Tanak had grabbed first place back from Neuville by setting the pace on the opening Orzysz stage, where the M-Sport Ford beat the Hyundai by 4.9 seconds and moved ahead overall by 1.8s.

But on the following Paprotki stage, Tanak clipped a bank and pitched himself into a spin, doing severe front end damage to his Fiesta.

He limped to the stage finish, losing nearly a minute and a half and falling behind Hayden Paddon to third overall.

But with no midday service Tanak will not be able to carry out sufficient repairs to contest the final two stages and is set to retire.

With the rain that blighted Friday having returned, most of the field began the final morning very cautiously.

Paddon in particular described his tactics as a “Sunday drive” and the new second-place man is 1m03.3s behind team-mate Neuville.

Sebastien Ogier is set to move up to third if his team-mate Tanak has to retire, while M-Sport’s World Rally Car rookie Teemu Suninen will advance into the top five behind Dani Sordo.

Further back, a mistake from Andreas Mikkelsen dropped him back behind Juho Hanninen into what will become 10th, while Craig Breen has cleared the WRC2 field and will be 11th.

Follow the final Rally Poland stage as it happens with Autosport Live from 11am UK time

LEADING POSITIONS AFTER SS21:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai 2h25m39.6s
2 Hayden Paddon, S.Marshall Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai 1m03.3s
3 Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 1m43.1s
4 Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 2m08.9s
5 Dani Sordo, M.Marti Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai 2m30.3s
6 Teemu Suninen, M.Markkula M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 2m47.2s
7 Stephane Lefebvre, G.Moreau Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen 3m02.5s
8 Mads Ostberg, O.Floene M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 3m28.0s
9 Elfyn Evans, D.Barritt M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 4m22.9s
10 Juho Hanninen, K.Lindstrom Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC Toyota 4m28.5s



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