Suninen crashes out of Rally Chile

The Hyundai driver had been fighting team-mate Thierry Neuville for second, but crashed on the penultimate stage

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Hyundai’s Teemu Suninen has crashed out of second place on the penultimate stage of Rally Chile.

Suninen was being pursued by his Hyundai team-mate Thierry Neuville, who had been taking time out of him through Sunday’s stages.

They were separated by 6.7 seconds going onto SS15, the second pass of Las Pataguas, and Neuville had taken a further 1.1s out of Suninen’s advantage after the first split. Not long after, Suninen clipped something which broke the steering of his Hyundai, and led to him slipping helplessly off the road down a ditch.

That immediately promoted Neuville to second in the overall classification, and his gap to M-Sport Ford’s Ott Tänak at the front decreased too as Tänak had to slow when he went pass Suninen on the stage and was 13.7s slower than Neuville. However he still has a big margin of 44.6s going onto the powerstage.