Rally Estonia - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Rovanpera leading as Tanak retires

At the end of the morning loop of the second day of Rally Estonia, Kalle Rovanpera is still in the lead, with Craig Breen and Sebastien Ogier following the first one.

Kalle Rovanpera lost his lead after Stage 2, but he took it back on Stage 4 setting the fastest times on SS3, SS4 and SS5. Moreover, he complained that he faced oversteer and understeer during SS4 because of grip changes while he had a sideaways moment over the last corner of Stage 2.

Craig Breen is second and he lost ten seconds on SS3 as he was stuck on the dust of Greensmith who was moving slowly. However, the stewards gave him a notional time and he was on the lead at the end of Stage 3.

Sebastien Ogier completes the top three despite the fact that he was cleaning the stages, but he stayed away from problems.

Thierry Neuville is on fourth position and he lost 8,2 seconds on Stage 4 as he had a rear right puncture seven kilometers before the end of SS4 and a result of that the rear right bumper was damaged. Furthermore, he lost a little power on the last stage of the morning loop.

Elfyn Evans completes the top five and the only mistake he did was when he overshot two junctions on Stage 3.

Pierre-Louis Loubet follows behind the Welsh driver with their gap being at 45,9 seconds.

Mads Ostberg is seventh and he is leading WRC2 category. However, he faced intercom and sumpension problems.

Andreas Mikkelsen comes right behind him with their gap being at 6,2 seconds.

Teemu Sunined dropped to tenth position after having a rear left puncture on Stage 4 and he lost 45,3 seconds. Also, he faced the same problem as his teammate and he had to slow down on Stage 5, because he had a water pressure warning light flashing up on his Fiesta's dashboard during SS5.

Ott Tanak was leading Rally Estonia after Stage 2, but he had a front right puncture and a front right bumper damage after Stage 3 and as a result of that he lost 26,6 seconds there. However, he ran wide on Stage 4 and he went off the road. This exit had an impact on the radiator of his car that overheated and he was forced to retire for the rest of the day.

Gus Greensmith faced a problem with the water pump of his car and he had to pull over on Stage 3 losing almost 14 minutes. He managed to finish this stage, but he was forced to retire on the next stage. Finally, he had a minor rear bumper damage after hitting a hay bale on Stage 2.

Takamoto Katsuta was third on the overall classification, but he retired on the road section between SS4 and SS5 as his co-driver, Daniel Barritt, suffered a back injury.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS5:

Photo Credits: Toyota 

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