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To do so, he must improve the low results obtained at previous rounds in Turkey and Great Britain. His difference from Ogier has decreased from 23 to 7 points and, even though his development has been solid, if Neuville finishes this rally with a 31 point advantage, he can already become the champion.

Ogier, three times winner of the rally, revived the hope for a sixth consecutive title with a series of won sections in Great Britain at the beginning of this month, after the trouble with his gear box relegated him to the eighth position.

Tänak was left 21 points behind Neuville at the WRC Championship Standings, following the incident with his Toyota Yaris’s damaged radiator, which put it at the side of the road in Great Britain. He was then close to winning his fourth consecutive round, but it was a fatal one for the driver of the moment.