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IRC Rally Corsica Day 3

Thierry Neuville has claimed his maiden victory in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge after winning Tour de Corse-E.Leclerc, which finished in Ajaccio this evening (Saturday). Co-driven by Nicolas Gilsoul in a Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207 Super 2000, Neuville belied his 22 years to triumph on one of the world's most legendary and demanding events, billed locally as the Return of the Myth. In the process he becomes the youngest winner in the five-year history of the IRC, beating the record set by Anton Alen, who was 24 when he won Rally Russia in 2007. Neuville started day three, the longest of the asphalt rally at 138.44 kilometres, with an overnight advantage of 23.4s. Although he dropped precious seconds on the opening stage after reporting a slight lack of handling precision due to his decision to carry two spare tyres, he hit back with the fastest time on the next three sun-baked stages, which was enough to put him out of reach of the chasing pack. Jan Kopecky narrowed Neuville's lead to 14.5s after winning Saturday's first stage, by making the most of the smoother and wider roads on day three, as well as benefitting from changes to his car's rear differential settings and overall balance. Although he posted a series of top two stage times thereafter he wasn't able to dislodge Neuville from first place and took the runner-up spot for the second rally in a row in his Skoda Motorsport Fabia S2000. Freddy Loix finished third in his BFO Skoda Rally Team Fabia to ...

IRC, Tour de Corse, Thierry Neuville, Peugeot, Skoda, Jan Kopecky, Freddy Loix



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