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Hyundai Motorsport has completed #rally Finland, the ninth round of the 2017 FIA World #rally Championship (WRC), with #thierryneuville finishing highest of the team’s three crews in sixth position in the #5 #hyundai i20 Coupe #wrc. #danisordo claimed ninth position, with Hayden Paddon resuming a frustrating event under #rally 2 conditions on Sunday morning with a handful of top-six stage times. Sunday’s itinerary covered a repeat loop of the short 6.80km Lempää and 10.12km Oittila stages over a total distance of just 33.84km. Despite the brevity of the stages, there was no holding back with close battles at the front and important Power Stage points up for grabs. Top of the table Taking eight points for his sixth-placed finish, Neuville added three extra points for finishing third in the Power Stage. They were vital points for the Belgian, as he has moved to the lead of the Drivers’ Championship on 160 points, the same as Sébastien Ogier. However, Neuville’s three wins this year put him ahead of the Frenchman on the leaderboard. There are 34 points separating #hyundai Motorsport from Manufacturers’ Championship leaders MSport, with four rounds of the season left to contest. It has been an uncharacteristically low-key weekend for the #hyundai Motorsport team, who just three weeks ago, in Poland, registered its best-combined performance in the #wrc. With just a solitary stage win in Friday’s closing Harju test, the three #hyundai Shell Mobis World #rally Team crews have struggled to find pace, rhythm or confidence on Finland’s notoriously high-speed, jump-filled gravel roads. Crew Notes: Neuville/Gilsoul (#5 #hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) Although a challenging weekend brings their run of six consecutive podium results to an end, Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul continued their unbroken streak of Power Stage points this season. A strong run in the second Oittila stage saw Neuville achieve his pre-event aim of outscoring Ogier, and moving onto equal points with the reigning Champion.
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