The Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) stood as the new leader of the Rally Turkey, fifth scoring round of the World Championship, after winning this Saturday in three of the six stages of the second day.
A superiority that allowed Neuville, who started the day 1.2 seconds from the head of the test, snatch the first place from his teammate, Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, who was relegated to second place 33.2 seconds behind the Belgian driver .
The same distance that separates Thierry Neuville from the World Cup leader, Frenchman Sebastien Ogier (Toyota), who shares second place with his compatriot Loeb.
And that the day could not have started better for Ogier, who won the first two special stages of the day.
Triumphs that allowed the six-time world champion to take the lead with a 3-second lead over Neuville and a 9-second lead over Loeb, who fell to provisional fourth place after the first two stages.
A lead from which Sebastien Ogier found himself dismounted on the sixth special, after suffering an inopportune puncture in a front tire, which caused him to lose 31.3 seconds.
A circumstance that Neuville did not miss, who chained the victory in stages 5, 6 and 7, to establish himself in the first place of the classification.
As reflected in the 30.1 seconds in which he leads Ogier and the 34.1 that separated him from Sebastien Loeb at the start of the last special stage of the day.
A special in which Loeb won by just 9 tenths of Neuville, who will face this Sunday with a comfortable advantage -33.2 seconds- over Loeb and Ogier the last four special stages of the Ottoman event.