Mads Ostberg led Rally of Australia on Thursday night after the first three steps. Sebastien Ogier was 10th, just behind Thierry Neuville, his main rival for the title.
ES3: Sherwood 1 (28.68 km)
At the end of the third leg, Rally Australia has a new leader. Norway's Mads Ostberg (Citroën) beat Finland's Esapekka Lappi and Jari-Matti Latvala. He was the fastest in SS3 and beat Craig Breen of 5 & # 39; 9 and Hayden Paddon in Australia at 6 & # 39; 6. Lappi finished fifth and Latvala sixth. On the side of world candidates Ott Tänak was the best (4th). Thierry Neuville and Sebasia Ogier were further behind (9th and 10th). In the preliminary general classification, Mads Ostberg is 5 & # 39; 4 before Lappi and 5 & # 39; 8 behind Latvala. Tänak is sixth (+ 7 & # 39; 8), Neuville, ninth (+ 19 & # 39; 2) and Ogier, tenth (+ 27 & # 39; 6).
ES2: Coldwater 1 (14.12 km)
Jari-Matti Latvala joined Esapekka Lappi at the top of the Australian Rally at the end of the second leg. He dominated ES2 at 7 & # 39; & # 39; 3 and took 1 & # 39; 2 behind his countryman after the first leg. Craig Breen was second fastest in SS2 (+ 0 & # 39; 5) and Lappi third. Sebastien Ogier, he ended much longer, in 11th place (+ 10 & # 39; 7). Thierry Neuville, who is three points behind the Frenchman at the World Cup, finished 10th at 6 & # 39; 7. In the preliminary general classification, the two world champion candidates are also in the same places. Neuville leads Ogier with 4 & # 39; 5. Ott Tänak, who can also win the title, is fifth, 3 & 4; of the two leaders.
ES1: Orara East 1 (8.77 km)
Esapekka Lappi (Toyota) took the lead for Rally Australia, the last round of the World Cup, after the first step, held Friday in Arara Forest. He took over Estonia's Ott Tänak of 0 & # 39; 8 and the countryman Jari-Matti Latvala of 1 & # 39; 2. Belgium's Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) and Sébastien Ogier (Ford) finished fifth and eighth in 2 & # 39; 2 and 2 & # 39; 6. Some drops fell while most pilots had crossed the line. Ogier, who opens the road, hopes that the rain will fall on the rest of today's seven special offers, to get more grip, which would hit less five-time world champion against the competition. Irish Craig Breen, 11th time, said he met and probably killed a little kangaroo during this first leg.