Ogier and Evans prevail over Hyundai

They come with desire. Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans, the two title contenders, are unforgiving. From the very shakedown Rally Spain are setting the pace, taking the top two positions ahead of the Hyundais of Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo and Ott Tanak.

The engines have started to roar in Salou. First act, the ‘shakedown’ in the section of Coll de la Teixeta has served to measure forces and check the fitness of drivers and cars on the special tarraconense asphalt. With little more than four kilometers, and dry and sunny weather, the action of the Spanish round of the World Cup started.

And the Toyota of the two contenders for the crown have been faster than their Hyundai rivals, but with minimal differences between them. Ogier set the best time, just a few tenths ahead of Evans, which in turn led Neuville, Sordo and Tanak by less than a second.

But the happiest man in La Teixeta was Nil Solans. As a child with new shoes, the former junior world and WRC3 champion rolled on the special with his brand new Hyundai i20 WRC, fulfilling his first objective: to beat the other semi-official car of the brand that Oliver Solberg drives. “We’ll see. We start from scratch and learn all the time. I just want to enjoy the car and feel this incredible sensation, “explained the Catalan.

This afternoon at 7:00 p.m. the departure ceremony will take place on the Paseo Marítimo de Salou, last commitment before tomorrow at 8.43 the real fire begins in the Vilaplana section.

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Classification ‘shakedown’

1. Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), 2m 33.6s

2. Evans-Martin (Gbr / Toyota), at 0.2

3. Neuville-Wydaeghe (Bel / Hyundai), at 0.4

4. Sordo-Carrera (Esp / Hyundai), at 0.6

5. Tanak-Jarveoja (Est / Hyundai), at 0.8

10. Solans-Martí (Esp / Hyundai), to 2.5

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