CER - 3rd Day - 2nd Loop: Neuville pulls clear as Rovanpera followed a safe approach

At the end of Saturday afternoon, Thierry Neuville remains out in front with Kalle Rovanpera and Ott Tanak following him at Central European Rally.

Thierry Neuville extended further his lead at the end of the third day of CER as the second Kalle Rovanpera backed off his pace after Elfyn Evans's retirement in Stage 11. 

The 2022 WRC Champion did not want to push on all Saturday afternoon stages as his aim to get to the finish line of Central European Rally and to claim his second WRC title, but he set the fastest time in SS14.

Ott Tanak completes the top three and was very close to set the fastest time in SS13, but Sebastien Ogier went faster than the Estonian for 0,1 seconds. However, the M-Sport dropped 30,4 seconds in SS14 as he lost the hydraulic pressure of his Puma in SS13 which means that there was a handbrake disconnect. In addition to that, he went straight and had to reverse to get going again in SS14.

Sebastien Ogier is still in fourth overall and set the fastest time in SS12 and SS13.

Takamoto Katsuta moved ahead of Teemu Suninen for six seconds after the end of SS12 and is now in fifth place overall.

Suninen dropped from fifth to sixth as the conditions were very challenging for him on his first tarmac outing with the Hyundai i20N Rally1.

Gregoire Munster keeps his seventh position and made two mistakes in this loop. First of all, he missed the cut, went straight  and had to reverse to get going again in SS12 while his Puma had a low idle in Stage 14 resulting in stalling the engine.

Pierre-Louis Loubet overtook the WRC2 crews and is now eighth overall, but he had a moment on the final Saturday stage as he went straight in a long wide corner.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS14:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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