On the finish of a second day of racing which noticed the retirement of Ott Tänak, Takamato Katsuta and Gus Greensmith, Kalle Rovanperä retained a small benefit on the prime of the overall classification.
Rapidly free of the specter of Tänak, the Finn nonetheless needed to work to widen the hole in opposition to one other driver from the Hyundai Motorsport crew, on this case Craig Breen. Dominated in quickest occasions with two scratches in opposition to seven for his rival, the Irishman was clearly one of many strongmen of the day regardless of his lack of tempo within the i20 Cup WRC, his final look courting again to Rally Croatia final April. . Second final yr, he proved as soon as once more that he’s clearly relaxed on quick rallies by pointing eight.5 behind the chief this night.
Clearly handicapped by his first place on the highway, Sébastien Ogier as soon as once more delivered a stable efficiency. Even when he logically gave up third place in opposition to Thierry Neuville after SS8, the Gapençais confirmed that he was “on the restrict” all day thought-about as “wonderful”. Again on the rostrum after a superb effort this afternoon, the Belgian drew a stability sheet corresponding to that of his rival with, nevertheless, a nuance, his puncture which occurred in SS4. Pushed again greater than 20 “from third place, Elfyn Evans didn’t have the identical success. The Welshman admitted he had not been “completely relaxed” on the specials lined this Friday.
Sixth earlier than tackling the final particular of the day, Pierre-Louis Loubet skilled an alert within the final kilometers. After an tour on the verges, the Corsican needed to attain the end line in highway mode to lastly slip into the overall classification behind Teemu Suninen. The M-Sport driver was nevertheless overwhelmed by the technical issues on his Ford Fiesta WRC.
The third stage resumes this Saturday from 7:06 am (in France) with the longest particular of the weekend, Peipsiääre and its 23.53 km. The Rally of Estonia will be adopted in its entirety on Motorsport.com.
ES6: Okay. Rovanperä
SS7: Okay. Rovanperä
SS8: C. Breen
ES9: Okay. Rovanperä