(Reuters) - Belgian Thierry Neuville took over the world rally championship lead for Hyundai on Sunday while Toyota's Finnish rookie Esapekka Lappi took his first win on home soil.
The 26-year-old Toyota driver beat Britain's Elfyn Evans, in an MSport Ford, by 36 seconds in only his fourth world championship start and despite damaging his rear-left wheel in the penultimate stage.
Finland's Juho Hanninen was third, a mere 0.3 behind, in another Toyota.
Neuville finished sixth but ousted previous leader Sebastien Ogier, who crashed on Friday and was unable to restart after co-driver Julien Ingrassia suffered concussion and was signed off from competing for 15 days.
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With three additional points from the power stage, the Belgian is now level with four times champion Ogier on 160 points but ahead 3-2 on race wins.
"We set out to score more than Ogier this weekend, and we were able to achieve that. We had a very difficult weekend so to salvage some points is crucial," said Neuville.
"The Power Stage was a key moment... this levels the playing field with four events left of the season, so it has been an important result."
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)