Argentina WRC: Neuville denies Evans victory by 0.7s

By: David Gruz, Editorial assistant

Neuville was only 2.5s faster in the first of the three Sunday stages, in which Evans had brake issues, but the Belgian topped the subsequent SS17 by over eight seconds and was just six tenths behind Evans before the Power Stage.

Evans seemed to respond perfectly in the Power Stage as he was over three seconds quicker after the early splits, but he ended up 1.3s off the Belgian’s pace.

“Gutted to be honest. To lose by such a fine margin after so many issues,” Evans said after the finish.

“I need to learn from it to come back stronger and win these rallies in the future.”

Ott Tanak completed the podium, having doubled his lead over his teammate Sebastien Ogier during Sunday.

Jari-Matti Latvala took fifth, 23.4s behind Ogier.

Hayden Paddon spent the day in a lonely sixth, which he kept even though he only had rear-wheel drive in SS17, and then no power steering in SS18.

Juho Hanninen, whose Toyota had reoccurring technical woes during the rally, was seventh, as Dani Sordo completed his recovery from a Friday crash in eighth.

Mads Ostberg was ninth, ahead of WRC2 winner Pontus Tidemand.

Having also won the Power Stage, Neuville collected 30 points and is third in the standings, 18 and two behind Ogier and Latvala respectively.

Final standings

1belgiumThierry Neuville
belgiumNicolas Gilsoul
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC3h38m10.6s
2united_kingdomElfyn Evans
united_kingdomDaniel Barritt
Ford Fiesta WRC ’170.7s
3estoniaOtt Tanak
estoniaMartin Jarveoja
Ford Fiesta WRC ’1729.9s
4franceSébastien Ogier
franceJulien Ingrassia
Ford Fiesta WRC ’171m24.7s
5finlandJari-Matti Latvala
finlandMiikka Anttila
Toyota Yaris WRC1m48.1s
6 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC7m42.7s
7finlandJuho Hanninen
finlandKaj Lindstrom
Toyota Yaris WRC11m16.9s
8 Dani Sordo

 Marc Marti

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC14m44.1s
9 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford Fiesta WRC ’1715m11.3s
10 Pontus Tidemand

 Jonas Andersson