Hyundai’s Belgian ace Thierry Neuville has survived chaotic conditions to record his first Kennards Hire Rally Australia victory.
As morning rain showers transformed the final stages into slippery and soggy runs, Neuville was able to control his lead and claim the final event of the World Rally Championship.
In a late twist, second-placed Jari-Matti Latvala struck trouble and went into the trees on the final stage.
The Finn’s misfortune promoted M-Sport’s Toyota-bound Ott Tanak to second, 22.5s adrift while Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) has claimed an unlikely third just under a minute back.
Recently crowned five-times World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport) finished fourth after topping the Power Stage run in fine conditions and televised live on free-to-air in Australia.
A comprehensive wrap will follow this afternoon.
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