Both championships will be decided in Monza in November.
Toyota Kalle Rovanperä got to follow from the side when the teammates Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans tried to solve the World Rally Championship in Spain.
Belgian Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville won the competition and moved the distribution of World Cup titles to the final race of the season in Monza, Italy on 19-21. November.
“It was a tough weekend. Had tough until the end, ”Neuville said in a goal area interview and seemed dissatisfied rather than satisfied.
French Ogier still leads the World Series after the Spanish Rally, but the gap narrowed slightly to Evans.
Evans finished second 24.1 seconds behind Neuville. Dani Sordo drove third and the difference to the top accumulated 35.3 seconds. Ogier finished fourth after 42.1.
Rovanperä drove fifth in the last special stage, just like in the whole rally. He was 1.31.8 seconds behind the tip, so Sunday’s driving day was more practice or rallying.
With these rankings, both the drivers ’and manufacturers’ championships moved to wait for a solution to Monza, known for its F1 races rather than rallies.
Rovanperä placed fifth, but the biggest win was that he was able to drive through the rally. Rovanperä injured his back in the run-out in the Jyväskylä World Rally Championship, but the recovery progressed so well that he withstood the stresses of the asphalt rally.
“Congratulations to Hyundai. They did a very good job all weekend, ”Toyota’s team manager Jari-Matti Latvala said in an interview with the WRC.
Toyota had a chance to settle for the manufacturers ’World Cup title in Spain, but it didn’t succeed.
“In one way, it’s interesting that the solution moved to Monza,” Latvala said.
To the question For Toyota’s entire season, Latvala responded that the year had gone better than he could have expected.
“But we are not yet on target.”
Situation in the World Rally Championship before the last race:
1) Ogier 204 points, 2) Evans 187, 3) Neuville 159, 4) Rovanperä 140, 5) Ott Tänak Estonia and Hyundai 128 points.
You get 25 points for the victory, 18 points for the second place, 15 points for the third place, 12 points for the fourth place and 10 points for the fifth place.