Here is how he did it:
Neuville led a Hyundai 1-2-3, siphoned away Andreas Mikkelsen by 4.9sec while Hayden Paddon surged upward the sequence to claim third, 12.1sec off the guide.
Sixth after Thursday’s superb special, Neuville transferred his i-20 to front on SS3, while early starters lost period through fresh snow.
Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott Tänak and Sébastien Ogier suffered badly out of their start positions. Road opener Ogier conceded probably the most, losing nearly 3 moments.
Neuville broke free from the bunch, starting a 22.7sec advantage on a hard-charging Breen. A glitch using a spin and Neuville’s gear-change threatened to violate him in the morning, however Mikkelsen pirouetted at precisely the same location.
Mikkelsen dropped to fourth and even though he regained third from Paddon, he can do nothing to reel in Breen and trailed him 9.3sec. Paddon’s car setup was unsuited to the woods roads and he stopped 16.6sec supporting Mikkelsen.
Ott Tänak won three stages but was involved in a collision with Kris Meeke that cost him two minutes and ended with the Briton’s retirement.
Neuville maintained calm to win from 19.8sec. Breen held away Mikkelsen from 8.5sec for second place along with also his best WRC lead so far.
Lappi fought back from losing time in a snow bank first from the function. A stage mistake from Paddon made life easier for Lappi. The Kiwi postponed his i20 and trailed the Finn from 8.6sec.
Østberg was sixth while Tänak and Ogier have been unable to regain lost ground and ended ninth and 10th.