Neuville wins in Australia, at the final round
The Rally of Australia, final round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, where many teams involved are equipped by BMC, was won by Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC); three weeks after Wales Rally GB where Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, 4th in Australia, made sure of the year’s Drivers’ and Co-drivers’ crowns in their Ford Fiesta WRC run by the 2017 Manufacturers’ champions M-Sport.
Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul were joined on the podium by Ott Tänak-Martin Järveoja (M-Sport, Ford Fiesta WRC) and Hayden Paddon-Seb Marshall (Hyundai i20 WRC).
The three-day Rally Australia featured 21 stages totalling 318.16 km and an overall distance of some 1,000km through bush land in the Coffs Harbour region, North South Wales. The weather proved as hot as expected, with air and ground temperatures of 30°C and 50°C respectively, but the occasional shower saw the thermometer dip to as low as 23°C at times and left the ground very damp in places.
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