The British Elfyn Evans (Toyota) prevailed in the Rally Finland, tenth date of World Rally. In this way, he reduced his difference with the French Sébastien Ogier, his partner and leader of the tournament, to 24 points when there are two tests left for the end of the season.
Evans was escorted by two riders from the official team Hyundai: Estonian Ott Tänak, out of the title fight, and the Irishman Craig Breen, who came to lead the race in the first stage.
"This victory is good because of the way it was achieved", Evans explained after his fifth success in the specialty. "We had a lot of problems on the fast tracks in Estonia and we made some changes to the car in testing and found some confidence at the beginning," He added.
“As long as the objective was to do the best possible in each rally that we have left. We have to focus on doing our best in the next round in Spain and worrying about the rest afterwards ”, culminated.
Finnish Esapekka Lappi (Toyota), which returned to the WRC for this competition, attracted a lot of attention for its performance. With a private Yaris he finished fourth, 16 seconds from the last step of the podium.
Ogier, who finished in 5th place, mathematically had his first shot at his 8th world title this weekend, although the options were slim.
The Frenchman, who was penalized one minute on Saturday for not having his helmet fastened, failed to score points on the Power Stage and left Finland with 190 points against Evans' 166. A) Yes he lost the advantage he had since he arrived at this appointment with 44 units with respect to Evans.
A maximum of 60 points remain to be distributed in the last two tests, in Spain from October 14 to 17 and in Monza (Italy) from November 19 to 21.