Novell advances to lead, Evans escapes terrifying moment


The Hyundai driver produced a streak of sprint times to win all three stages in the afternoon to take the lead over Toyota’s Evans by 0.7sec.

Neuville began the afternoon by winning the fourth stage, which saw the end of Ott Tanak, during which the Belgian led Evans by 0.3 seconds, and followed it up with two more victories in the next two stages.

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“I was able to extract more performance out of the car and you saw that immediately over the times,” said Neuville.

Evans, for his part, maintained his strong pace, but faced a terrifying moment in the fifth stage, before making an impressive recovery and extending his advantage over fellow championship leader Sebastien Ogier.

“It was a really scary moment,” Evans said of it. “The gravel caught me and the car skidded. We struggled a bit on the gravel.”

Speaking of Ogier, the Frenchman, who could clinch his eighth title with a six-point lead over Evans, completed his day 19.4 seconds off the lead.

Local champion Dani Sordo completed the day fourth in front of another Toyota driver, Calle Rovanpera, who is making his Rally Spain debut, while M-Sport’s Adrian Formo clings to sixth.




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