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Ryan Wood  |    |   0  |  11 May 2019

Video: Thierry Neuville hospitalised following huge Rally Chile crash

Championship leader heading into Rally Chile, Thierry Neuville, has been forced to retire from the event following a huge crash during the Maria Las Cruces test.

The Hyundai driver had been chasing down second-placed Sebastian Ogier with just 1.4 seconds splitting the duo ahead of SS8, but drifted wide and rolled his i20 eight times before eventually coming to a rest.

Neuville required medical assistance after the crash and was transferred to Concepcion Hospital for further checks.

A later update from his Hyundai team confirmed he escaped injury. Co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul is also believed to be fine.

The stage was red-flagged but has now been cleared.

Toyota's Ott Tanak currently leads the event with a 30.8s lead over Ogier, who now holds a 16.7s gap to Latvala.

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