Rally GB: Evans two stages from ending 17-year wait for home win
|By Matt Beer||Sunday, October 29th 2017, 10:49 GMT|
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.
|1||Elfyn Evans, D.Barritt||M-Sport World Rally Team||Ford||2h47m18.0s|
|2||Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul||Hyundai Motorsport||Hyundai||43.4s|
|3||Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia||M-Sport World Rally Team||Ford||48.2s|
|4||Jari-Matti Latvala, M.Anttila||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC||Toyota||50.5s|
|5||Andreas Mikkelsen, A.Jager||Hyundai Motorsport||Hyundai||54.7s|
|6||Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja||M-Sport World Rally Team||Ford||57.0s|
|7||Kris Meeke, P.Nagle||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT||Citroen||1m24.0s|
|8||Hayden Paddon, S.Marshall||Hyundai Motorsport||Hyundai||2m13.2s|
|9||Esapekka Lappi, J.Ferm||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC||Toyota||2m41.4s|
|10||Dani Sordo, M.Marti||Hyundai Motorsport||Hyundai||3m43.7s|