WRC: Rally Portugal – Thierry Neuville on top in gravel classic

WRC: Rally Portugal – Thierry Neuville on top in gravel classic

Thierry Neuville won Vodafone Rally de Portugal on Sunday afternoon to swing the FIA World Rally Championship pendulum firmly in his favour.

Victory at the gruelling four-day dirt road encounter promoted Neuville to the top of the standings as the series approaches its midpoint. After starting 10 points behind reigning champion Sébastien Ogier, the Belgian leaves Portugal with a 19-point advantage.

Neuville steered his Hyundai i20 away from trouble during a weekend of attrition that sidelined many frontrunners to win by 40.0sec from Elfyn Evans’ Ford Fiesta.

Fellow title challengers Ogier and Ott Tänak ended pointless after falling foul of Friday’s rock-strewn speed tests and Neuville pressed home his advantage by claiming four extra bonus points in the final Power Stage.

He moved to the front near the end of Friday’s first leg after the lead changed hands six times in a frantic opening. He doubled his advantage yesterday and eased through Sunday’s finale to secure his second win of the year.

“It was a clever approach all weekend,” he said. “I had a fantastic car which was working well and I felt comfortable. We can be proud of what we achieved here There are a lot of Portuguese mechanics in the team and I think the party is going to be big tonight!”

Second for Evans eased the pressure after a disappointing season and team-mate Teemu Suninen helped erase the frustration of Ogier’s blank weekend in the M-Sport Ford squad by claiming his maiden podium. He finished 7.3sec behind the Welshman.

Suninen held off Esapekka Lappi and Dani Sordo in an intense fight for the final podium place. Lappi was 7.4sec adrift of his fellow Finn in a Toyota Yaris with Spaniard Sordo 6.2sec further back in his i20.

Sordo went to bed last night in third but woke up this morning in fourth after receiving a 10sec penalty for dislodging two bales on a Porto street stage roundabout on Friday night.

Round seven promises a high-summer shootout on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. The all-gravel Rally Italia Sardegna is based in Alghero on 8 – 10 June.

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15 minutes ago


A champion crowned, and an incredible race in the history books... 😍 ... See Less

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For a moment i tought i missed a race. My heart skipped!

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God watching this makes my heart break for Danny Ric even more 😭 Just could not catch a break

🖤I Love U Guys🖤

since 2014 the FIA Mercedes team is winning all titles , nothing is new

Must feel good becoming champion again with a far superior car for years and f1 easier than ever less demanding tracks overtaking assist computer assisted cars no wonder kids are filling the grid

I’m a top fan here too Sergej Petrov

Hyperbole everywhere

This guy screams a lot..

Como lo hizo...

This year and that's gonna be it for Mercedes and Hamilton.



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46 minutes ago


Victory number 10 of 2019 and number 54 in the premier class

🥇 - Marc Márquez
🥈 - Fabio Quartararo
🥉 - Andrea Dovizioso

#JapaneseGP 🇯🇵
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Still Honda is the best congrats #mm93

Pretty sure hes a machine!!!! No one Ive ever seen pushes it to limit and comes off as much unscathed! And then wins! Hes very skilled and very lucky and we are all blessed to be witnessing such greatness!!

Congrats Marc

Congratulations #MM93 💐🌻

Great run marc,keep it going

👍👍👍👍the best rider

The best, grande 🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸

Congratulations Marc #MM93 🔥🔥🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

The best ever! #MM93

To be honest, without hiding any thoughts in my mind and without any lies, to tell the actual truth with my clear open mind and clean heart, expressing whatever is embedded inside me from a long time which I didn't say just because I was nervous but today by gathering all the courage and motivation I just want to say Cool post thanks for sharing

He’s the Tiger Woods of MGP. Maybe Rossi can take him down with a couple crazy women😂


As good as any of the former Goats. Best rider ATM 😁

Rossi fans left the group😁 We love you MM93 FROM PHILIPPINES 🇵🇭

Congratulation.. Marc#FC.​ Thailand​

Can we have video of the legend doctor binning it fighting for 10th place please?

Yamaha has slower bike and a talented rider in fabio, honda has a faster bike and a talented rider in marc, ducati has the fastest bike and a slower rider in dovi. Lol.

Well done #MM93 💪💪💪

Congratulation Marc Márquez you are the biso mcm pok iso and hebat ..

Congratulations MM93..🏆🎊🎉🍻🏁

Lossi fan / people who keep forcing mm93 to change bike ( Angry emote)

Again strong performance by Lorenzo. Literally he's flying.

My top fan badge is just as impressive

Nice Fabio you won again in MotoGP.5 and Your ROTY


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1 day ago


Daniel Ricciardo set a new lap record and his third career pole in Mexico last year! Jump onboard with the rapid Aussie 🔥 ... See Less

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I love this circuit. Go Max!

My favorite driver as a person. He deserved a better car than a Renault

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Absolutely stunning! And the radio message sums it up perfectly 🤙

Great lap indeed !!! But im here to show the badge 😎😎

Great driver, always enjoy watching him. I was surprised how much the car was bottoming out on the lap, never paid attention to that before

I was soooooo happy when he did this. Max just wasn't fast enough and Vettel still youngest pole sitter 😂😂😂😂😂

And Austin Texas Grand Prix???

wou finally a great brand opens its eyes to the great corridor that is ricciardo 🏎🏎

This was just a fucking tragedy of a weekend, pole to yet another mechanical dnf. Thanks for all the broken engine components RB. They call that particular move the Horner Special.

Daniel will always be one of my favourite drivers.

Really miss seeing ricciardo at the top

Won’t be doing that this year. Sadly. Such a bad move.

Feel bad he moved from red bull deserves so much more of a better car. Would love to see him in a silver arrow

Last sector is one of the trickiests of all the circus... brilliant drive by Dani!

Will he ever experience these highs again, I’ve been a little deflated with the f1 thing this year because of this Renault thing, damn you max

Long straight will provide the advantage for Ferrari. Medium and slow corners would be Red Bull and Mercedes territory. Will be fascinating race.

Interesting to see how this year's Renault engines will cope with the Mexican altitude, last year they seemed the most efficient in the Red Bull car but who knows, just wishing for a Danny Ric podium again

Poor max almost cried after that one. I’m sure he did behind doors on his daddy’s shoulder. 😭

He's a great competitor ,Ferrari should hire him for next year to be in front againd

I don’t know anyone who does not like this guy. He’s fast and has amazing race craft. Its a wonder why he isn’t in a top team as the number 1 driver 🤔

Is this the pole he robbed crashy and Jos of their record?

all to give it up in the first `10 meter the next day

Jenson Button made the claim that Max was the quickest driver ever in F1 history yet Danny Ric had 3 poles while partnered with Max and Max had none This isn’t a dig at Max who I like a lot but a dig at how much shite Buttons talks

I miss Daniel Ric in the Red Bull plus the names of the tyres. These days tyre names are so boring.

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