The primary stage of the Arctic Rally Finland ended with the second passage within the 31.05 kilometers of Sarriojärvi, contested at night time underneath temperatures near zero ° C. This afternoon, the identical timed part opened the proceedings with the most effective time in 15’57 “eight from Ott Tänak.
On an aggressive highway for studded tires the place gravel appeared often, the Estonian did it once more by signing his second consecutive scratch. Due to a powerful time of 15’52 “9, or Four” 9 lower than this afternoon, the Hyundai Motorsport driver marked his territory on this primary day in Lapland!
Relegated to 16.2 behind the chief on Friday night time, Craig Breen misplaced contact after a promising begin. With entrance tires dying, Kalle Rovanperä saved the day for the Toyota Gazoo Racing group. SS1, the Finn completed this primary day in provisional third place, falling to Four-2 behind the Northern Irishman.
Within the Hyundai clan, the attractive day was accomplished by the efficiency of Thierry Neuville. Third on the highway, the Belgian lastly restricted the lack of time by giving up solely 29.eight. With positions on the highway much more disadvantageous, Elfyn Evans and Sébastien Ogier suffered far more. The Welshman held on within the high 5 whereas the seven-time World Champion has already misplaced greater than 49.eight.
Powerless on this highway to wash up, the Gapençais even noticed Oliver Solberg steal eighth place on the finish of the day. At 19, Petter’s son proved he was a quick learner by setting the fourth quickest time in SS2. Then again, the day didn’t finish properly for his teammate within the 2C Competitors group. Pierre-Louis Loubet suffered a puncture earlier than stopping to vary a wheel.
The rally will resume this Saturday at eight:08 am (in France) with the 24.43 kilometers of SS3 – Mustalampi. Six specials, divided into two loops, can be on this system for a complete of 144.04 kilometers timed.
Scratch of step one
ES1: O.Tänak (Hyundai)
ES2: O.Tänak (Hyundai)