Evans wins in Finland to maintain title hopes alive, Ogier fifth

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Oct 3 (Reuters) – Elfyn Evans received Rally Finland on Sunday to maintain alive his world championship hopes and reduce Toyota staff mate Sebastien Ogier’s total result in 24 factors with two rounds remaining.

The Welshman secured his fifth profession win by ending 14.1 seconds forward of Hyundai’s Estonian Ott Tanak, the 2019 world champion who had been chasing his third successive win within the gravel occasion.

Ireland’s Craig Breen, the chief after the primary leg, was third for Hyundai with Finnish driver Esapekka Lappi fourth for Toyota and Ogier fifth within the quickest spherical on the calendar.

Evans gained 5 bonus factors for successful the ultimate Power Stage, forward of Tanak and Lappi. Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta took two additional factors and Breen one whereas Ogier failed so as to add to his tally.

The Frenchman, chasing his eighth world title, had been handed a one-minute penalty and fined 800 euros ($930) on Saturday for not fastening his helmet strap appropriately.

He can nonetheless wrap up the title on the subsequent spherical in Spain on Oct. 17 if outcomes go his manner. The season ends at Italy’s Monza circuit in November.

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Ed Osmond

FIA World Rally Championship - Rally Sweden - Second Round - Torsby, Sweden - February 16, 2020. Elfyn Evans of Britain poses. Micke Fransson/TT News Agency/via REUTERS