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Rally GB: Evans two stages from ending 17-year wait for home win

Elfyn Evans Rally GB 2017

Elfyn Evans is two stages away from becoming Rally GB's first British winner since Richard Burns in 2000, with Sebastien Ogier poised to seal the World Rally Championship in Wales.

Evans nursed his lead through Sunday morning's first three stages and now holds a 43.4-second advantage in his DMACK Ford.

The extremely tight five-way podium battle featuring all three WRC title contenders continued in Evans's wake.

Thierry Neuville quickly moved ahead of points leader Ogier to take second on the day's Alwen opener and then pulled 4.8s clear, setting equal fastest time on Gwydir despite admitting he got lost in his pace notes at one point.

Provided Ogier stays in third, he will win this championship this weekend unless he scores zero on the powerstage and Neuville takes all five bonus points there.

But Ogier's third place is far from secure, with Jari-Matti Latvala, Andreas Mikkelsen and Ott Tanak - Sunday morning's three stage winners - all within 8.8s of his tail in fourth, fifth and sixth.

Kris Meeke is 27s behind this battle in seventh, while Hayden Paddon, Esapekka Lappi and Dani Sordo remain on course for the final points.

Leading positions

1Elfyn Evans, D.BarrittM-Sport World Rally TeamFord2h47m18.0s
2Thierry Neuville, N.GilsoulHyundai MotorsportHyundai43.4s
3Sebastien Ogier, J.IngrassiaM-Sport World Rally TeamFord48.2s
4Jari-Matti Latvala, M.AnttilaToyota Gazoo Racing WRCToyota50.5s
5Andreas Mikkelsen, A.JagerHyundai MotorsportHyundai54.7s
6Ott Tanak, M.JarveojaM-Sport World Rally TeamFord57.0s
7Kris Meeke, P.NagleCitroen Total Abu Dhabi WRTCitroen1m24.0s
8Hayden Paddon, S.MarshallHyundai MotorsportHyundai2m13.2s
9Esapekka Lappi, J.FermToyota Gazoo Racing WRCToyota2m41.4s
10Dani Sordo, M.MartiHyundai MotorsportHyundai3m43.7s

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