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Rally Australia – Classification after Day 1, SS8 (Top 15)

Top 15 classification after SS8 [day one] for Rally Australia, the thirteenth round of the 2017 World Rally Championship. 1. Andreas Mikkelsen NOR Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 57m 51.9s 2. Thierry Neuville BEL Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +20.1s 3. Kris Meeke GBR Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi WRC +20.8s 4. Jari-Matti Latvala FIN Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing +29.9s 5. Craig Breen ...

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Saturday in Australia: Neuville exploits Mikkelsen mistake

Thierry Neuville capitalised on team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen’s error to lead Kennards Hire Rally Australia on Saturday night. Going into Sunday’s final leg, Neuville headed Jari-Matti Latvala by 20.1sec and is on course to seal the runners-up position in the FIA World Rally Championship for the third time in five years. He moved ahead when Hyundai i20 colleague Mikkelsen, who dominated ...

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SS12/13: Neuville pulls clear

Thierry Neuville repelled Jari-Matti Latvala’s challenge to restore a comfortable lead at Kennards Hire Rally Australia on Saturday afternoon. Stage info: SS12/13 SS12: Welshs Creek, 33.49kmSaturday afternoon’s opener repeats the opening two-thirds of the morning Nambucca test. It is fast and flowing with big corners and crests, although there is a 4km section which is extremely tight between trees. Jumps ...

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Mikkelsen leads Neuville in Hyundai domination

Andreas Mikkelsen has pulled out a 21-second lead on Hyundai Motorsport team-mate Thierry Neuville after the opening day of running at Rally Australia. The Norwegian driver, whose last WRC victory came at the same event for Volkswagen 12 months ago, has started strongly by winning five of the opening eight stages to see his lead on the timesheet to steadily ...

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SS9: Neuville attacks

Thierry Neuville ate into team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen’s Kennards Hire Rally Australia lead in Saturday morning’s opening Nambucca speed test. Stage info: SS9 Nambucca 17, 48.89kmNambucca is one of the longest stages of the season. It is fast and flowing with big corners and crests, although there is a 4km area in the middle which is extremely tight between trees. Jumps ...

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Friday in Australia: Masterful Mikkelsen dominates

Andreas Mikkelsen showed a clean pair of heels to his Kennards Hire Rally Australia rivals to dominate Friday’s opening leg. He won five of the six dusty gravel speed tests which formed the majority of today’s action to lead the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship by 20.1sec in a Hyundai i20. A similar margin covered the next ...

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SS3: Mikkelsen clean sweep

Andreas Mikkelsen won all three Friday morning speed tests to build a handsome lead at Kennards Hire Rally Australia. Stage info: SS3 Sherwood 1, 26.68kmSherwood begins on a wide uphill road and the opening few kilometres are fast and flowing with plenty of corners requiring full commitment. After 10km the stage narrows and the second half contains several muddy sections ...

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Rally Australia – Shakedown results

Top 15 Shakedown results for Rally Australia, the thirteenth round of the 2017 World Rally Championship. 1. Thierry Neuville BEL Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 2m 56.3s 2. Stephane Lefebvre FRA Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi WRC 2m 56.8s 3. Elfyn Evans GBR DMACK M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC 17 2m 56.8s 4. Jari-Matti Latvala FIN Toyota Yaris Gazoo Racing 2m 57.1s 5. ...

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SS4/5: Mikkelsen marches on

Andreas Mikkelsen extended his Kennards Hire Rally Australia advantage on Friday afternoon despite Thierry Neuville halting the Norwegian’s run of fastest times. Stage info: SS4 / 5 SS4: Pilbara 2, 9.71kmA new 3.51km section at the start ushers in roads that are familiar from previous years. The initial part features two watersplashes before switching to a harder surface. It is fast ...

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Neuville edges Rally Australia shakedown

Thierry Neuville has started from the front by topping the shakedown for the 2017 season closer Rally Australia ahead of Stephane Lefebvre. The Hyundai Motorsport driver, who lost out on his chance of the World Rally Championship title last time out at Wales Rally GB to Sebastien Ogier, is battling against Ott Tanak for the runner-up spot in the drivers’ ...

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