Matosinhos, Portugal - Hyundai's Belgian driver Thierry Neuville retook the lead in the World Rally Championship from France’s Sebastian Ogier on Sunday after winning the Portuguese Rally.
Briton Elfyn Evans finished second in a Ford Fiesta, 7.3 seconds ahead of team-mate Teemu Suninen of Finland, and 40 seconds behind Neuville.
Neuville steered clear of trouble on rocky dirt roads to win the sixth round of the series and demote five-times champion Ogier from the top of the standings.
Title challengers Ogier and Ott Tanak ended pointless after falling foul of Friday’s rock-strewn speed tests and Neuville pressed home his advantage by claiming four extra bonus points in the final Power Stage.
Those extra points moved Neuville 19 points clear of Ogier and 47 ahead of Tanak, with the series approaching its midpoint.