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Published on June 12th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair

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Podium for Latvala, Points and Fastest Times for Lappi and Hänninen

At the end of an incredibly challenging four days for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team, it was an excellent result: second for Jari-Matti Latvala, narrowing the points gap to the championship leader, while Esapekka Lappi was fourth, having claimed a remarkable six fastest stage times (including the Power Stage): more than any other driver this weekend. Juho Hänninen led the rally on Friday and also won a stage, eventually finishing sixth.

The final day consisted of just four stages, ending with the Power Stage close to Alghero. Latvala and Lappi maintained the positions that they held the previous night, despite Latvala making two small mistakes. Lappi won the Power Stage on only his second rally in the Yaris WRC, adding to his points total. Hänninen had to cope with a steering problem, which had also affected him the day before, but still equalled the best WRC overall finish of his career.

FINAL RESULT, RALLY ITALIA SARDEGNA
1
Ott Tanak / Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC)3h25m15.1s
2
Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC)+12.3s
3
Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)+1m07.7s
4
Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC)+2m12.9s
5
Sebastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC)+3m25.3s
6
Juho Hänninen / Kaj Lindström (Toyota Yaris WRC)+3m38.5s
7
Mads Ostberg / Ola Floene (Ford Fiesta WRC)+6m31.8s
8
Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jaeger (Citroen C3 WRC)+8m07.8s
9
Eric Camilli / Benjamin Veillas (Ford Fiesta R5)+11m15.8s
10
Jan Kopecky / Pavel Dresler (Skoda Fabia R5)+11m21.4s
2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS AFTER ROUND SEVEN
1
Sebastien Ogier141
2
Thierry Neuville123
3
Ott Tanak108
4
Jari-Matti Latvala107
5
Dani Sordo70
6
Elfyn Evans53
7
Craig Breen43
8
Hayden Paddon33
9
Juho Hänninen29
10
Kris Meeke27
11
Esapekka Lappi20
2017 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MANUFACTURERS AFTER ROUND SEVEN
1
M-Sport World Rally Team234
2
Hyundai Motorsport194
3
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT143
4
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team97


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