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On Sunday, Welshman Elvin Evans (Toyota) won first place in the Portugal International Rally, the fourth stage of the World Rally Championship, and his French colleague Sebastian Augier maintained the top of the overall standings by third.
Evans finished the race with a time of 3: 38.26.2 hours, 28.3 seconds ahead of Spaniard Dani Sordo (Hyundai) 1.23.6 minutes ahead of Augier.
Evans clinched second place in the overall standings, two points behind seven-time world champion Agier.
“We may not have been the fastest team this weekend,” Evans said after crossing the finish line, “but the pace was really good and we avoided problems. Today we did enough to leave Danny behind.”
“It wasn’t a fun weekend for us,” said Augier, who is trying to win his eighth title. “But we deserve the points we won.”
It is Evans’ fourth victory in his career in the World Rally Championship, after the successes he achieved in the Rally of Britain 2017, the Rally of Sweden and the Rally of Turkey last year, which contributed to ending the season in second place during the seventh World Rally Coronation of Oger.
Despite the second place in Sordo, the Hyundai team lived a difficult weekend on Portuguese soil, with the withdrawal of Belgian Thierry Nouvel on Friday, when he was in second place, and then Estonian Ott Tanak, who was also the victim of a malfunction in his car.
The consolation of Tanak and Nouvel on Sunday was that they finished the first two places in the “strength stage”, synonymous with bonus points, in front of Auger.
However, that wasn’t enough to prevent Evans from overtaking Novell in the drivers’ ranking.
In the World Constructors Championship, Toyota (183 points) widened the lead against Hyundai (146 points) and Ford of M Sport (64 points).
Ranking of the top five in the Portuguese Rally:
1- Elvin Evans (Toyota) 3: 38.26.2 hours
2- Dani Sordo (Hyundai), 28.3 s
3- French Sebastian Augier (Toyota), a difference of 1.23.6 minutes
4- The Japanese Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota), a difference of 2.28.4 d
5- British Goose Greensmith (M – Sport Ford), a difference of 4.52.7 d
Ranking of the World Championship for Drivers:
1- French Sebastian Augier (Toyota) 79 points
2- Elvin Evans (Toyota) 77
3- Thierry Nouvel (Hyundai) 57
4- Estonian Aut Tanak (Hyundai) 45
5- Finn Kali Rovanberra (Toyota) 41
Ranking of the World Championship
1- Toyota 183 points
2- Hyundai 146
3- M-Sport Ford 64
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