The punctures finish with Neuville, Loeb and Ogier

The three leading men had to stop to change wheels in the first section of the final stage and now it is Evans who caresses the victory.


Butcher shop at Rally Turkey. The initial section of the last stage has given a total turn to the evolution of the Ottoman event, since the leading men have been prey to the punctures, and now it is Elfyn Evans, whom nobody counted on, the one who caresses the triumph. Thierry Neuville, Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier suffered from the same problem, putting the Welshman as a solid leader.

The 38-kilometer special at Çetibeli was the 'breakfast' that Rally Turkey had prepared for the final day. And it has not disappointed. To its great length, since it is the longest stretch of the weekend, and its broken roads, the still faint light of dawn and the dust in suspension have been added.

Y from the first moment has begun to bring surprises. The first to suffer problems was Ott Tanak, who was re-enlisting after his abandonment yesterday and wasting a lot of time when intercoms failed and he did not listen well to the instructions of Martin Jarveoja, his co-driver. On the road there were Teemu Suninen, who broke a wheel on his Ford, and Pierre-Louis Loubet, who had a breakdown in his Hyundai.

And from there the puncture festival started: Esapekka Lappi, Kalle Rovanpera ... until it was the turn of the leaders of the classification. First it was Ogier who stopped to change the wheel. "A disaster. It's not our weekend, ”he said at the end. But soon after it was the leader, Neuville, who suffered the same problem. "I thought a shock absorber had broken, but it was a puncture and I had to stop to change," explained the Belgian. And when it seemed that Loeb had a clear path to triumph, he lived the same in his flesh. “I don't know where it was. I was driving carefully, without touching the ditch. ”

The fact is that Evans has been only in the lead, with the three 'tenors' very far apart, fighting in a close duel for second place, separated by 5 seconds. Of course, there is still another pass through Çetibeli, so anything can still happen.

Y, in the midst of the head dramas, Jan Solans has emerged in his category, WRC3, in which he has set the best time, jumping from eighth to fifth.

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