Ogier and Neuville 3.9 seconds apart in Sardinia
WRC Rally Italy

Ogier and Neuville 3.9 seconds apart in Sardinia

World champion Sebastien Ogier and Belgian title rival Thierry Neuville were locked in a tight battle after the penultimate leg of the Rally of Italy in Sardinia on Saturday.

The French M-Sport Ford driver ended the 16th special stage with a lead of just 3.9 seconds over Hyundai's championship leader.

"It is tight," said Ogier after stage 16. "It was fun this afternoon. The second stage I didn't find a good rhythm. On this one I had to push."

Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala was in third place for Toyota, 48.9 seconds off the lead.

Neuville won the last two stages of the day, after losing time to a slow front-right puncture, while Ogier lost a couple of seconds in the afternoon with a start-line stall.

The Belgian leads Ogier by 19 points after six rounds.

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