Slender Rally Poland lead for Neuville


Thierry Neuville came out on top in the opening super special stage of Rally Poland on Thursday.

After winning Rally Italia this month, the Belgian continued his fine form on the opening day in Poland.

Neuville completed the first stage of the event in one minutes and 46.2 seconds to secure the overnight lead.

The 28-year-old Hyundai driver has a 0.2-second advantage over second-placed Andreas Mikkelsen, while defending champion Sebastien Ogier is four tenths of a second off the pace.

"I tried to be smooth and take care of my tyres," said Neuville.

"It was more slippery than I though. OK, I'm not happy with my stage but the time is good - and so is beating Seb."

Ogier lost time when his Polo slid wide in the closing stages, destroying a piece of the stage furniture and resulting in him ending the day fourth.

Ott Tanak sits between the Frenchman and Mikkelsen, while Jari-Matti Latvala came in 0.7secs off Neuville.