Neuville was en route to the podium ceremony in Calvi thinking he’d finished moment when he detected leader Evans had punctured a tyre in the finished speed evaluation.
Evans fell 90sec limping to the final, handing Neuville a victory in his Hyundai i-20 that moved the Belgian to a TwoPoint lead in the FIA World Rally Championship.
Neuville carried a 4.5sec lead right into now ’s final leg on Corsica’s east coast. His hopes were dented when Evans destroyed him at the opening evaluation, regaining 16.0sec to become a seemingly comfortable 11.5sec advantage ahead of the last Wolf Power Stage.
“I strove to contact the team to acquire information, but we were unsure when we’d won or not,” said Neuville. “Arriving at the podium I saw my mechanics and only then I knew we’d.
“I’m quite disappointed for Elfyn, who did a really good work, but we deserved it well. It turned out to be a wonderful battle. ”
Evans placed on a brave face after finishing third in his Ford Fiesta. Three days he struggled back to regain the lead during a topsyturvy weekend on the floor, but there was no chance to do so for a fourth time.
“It’s difficult to accept however it’s the character of the activity,” he said. “I think it happened on a straight piece of road, a hole or piece of stone that had lifted. I believed it straightaway but strove to push it to observe if we can minimise the time loss. ”
Sébastien Ogier was alleviated to claim instant, 40.3sec supporting Neuville, following having a torrid rally from his Citroen C3. Handling problems slowed the Frenchman and despite many set-up alterations, he found that the pace he expected. He had been 26.3sec ahead of Evans.
Dani Sordo took fourth another i-20, despite daily brake problems.
Ott Tänak completed the best six in a Toyota Yaris, the Estonian unable to recover from yesterday afternoon’s ) that expenditure the lead and also a possible second victory of this summer season.
Esapekka Lappi and Sébastien Loeb were eighth and seventh, with Yaris Team Mates Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala finishing the leaderboard.
Round five takes competitors to south America for the first of 2 fittings therein three weeks.