Photo by Sophie Graillon
For the WRC tomorrow's race on the closing day, athletes had to complete six rounds, totaling 84 kilometers. As expected, in the afternoon of Sunday after the Australian time, the road was muddy and very slippery.
Latvala, who surpassed Andreas Mikelsen for 5.2 seconds, started the day with the best of the day. At the next stage, Heidon Padon was the fastest, while Tanak slid out and left the track, losing at least 20 seconds. This is the second place lost to his teammate Latval for five seconds.
Photo: TGR WRC
& # 39; When I got out of the way, the car got a reverse gear. Now the goal is to stay in front of Padon, but it will not be easy, "said Tanak after the scene. Espoika Lapi, who continued the race for fourth place with Mads Ostbergs, was the fastest in the 21st stage.
Consequently, before the last three stages, the leader was Latvala, followed by Tanax (+5.0) and Padon (+19.6).
The last three stages were dramatic. In the 22nd stage, Noiville left for the first time, destroying the rear wheel of the car, but Tanax, who was also forced to retire, entered point 23. This meant that the stage before the sixth WRC champion ended Ojier.
At the stage of closing the Power Stage, Oji was the fastest, but Latvala, who last won the WRC at the WRC Rally of 2017, was the winner. Padson finished second, but the third was Mad Ostbergs, who admitted that it was a tough fight after two months of sitting on the couch without testing.
As a result, WRC first won Ozier (219), followed by Noiville (201) and Tanaka (181). The Toyota team provided the manufacturer with this.
Overall WRC Ranking:
1. S.Zzje 219
2. T.Noivil 201
3. O. Tannak 181
4. J. Latvala 128
5. E.Lapi 126
6. A.Mikelsen 84
WRC Production Cup
1. Toyota 368
2. Hyundai 341
3. M-Sport 324
4. Citroen 237