Rally Finland - 1st Day: Breen takes an unexpected lead as night falls

At the end of first day of Rally Finland, Craig Breen is leading the race with Ott Tanak and Elfyn Evans following.

Craig Breen is in first position overall and he stole the lead from his teammate, Ott Tanak, at the end of Stage 6 as the first one was the fastest driver in SS5.

Tanak completes the 1-2 of Hyundai setting the fastest time in all stages except from SS1, SS5 and SS6 and his gap from the first position is at 2,8 seconds. It must be mentioned that the Estonian was leading Rally Finland from Stage 2 to Stage 5.

Elfyn Evans completes the top three being the fastest driver in SS6 and he stole the third position from his teammate, Kalle Rovanpera, after that stage.

Esapekka Lappi is fourth and he was in third position overall at the end of Stage 3, but he dropped to fifth position as he was slower than his rivals. However, he fought back in Stage 5 and 6 and he claimed back the fourth position as he was the second fastest driver in SS6.

Rovanpera is fifth overall and he was fighting with Evans and Lappi for the third position. However, he lost time in the first loop, because he said that he had done a mistake with the set-up of his car for this loop having fixed it for the second loop on tyre fitting zone.

Thierry Neuville is only sixth position and he reported an understeer with his i20 at the end of Stage 2. Moreover, he kept his position at the end of the last stage despite the fact that he lost time there due to poor visibility.

Sebastien Ogier is seventh and it was expected that he would lose time as he was the driver who opened the roads today. His gap from Neuville dropped at 2,3 seconds.

Takamoto Katsuta is eighth and he was leading Rally Finland after Stage 1 as he set the fastest time there. However, he spun his Yaris 360 degrees in a high speed section of Stage 2 and he managed to get going again without hitting anything.

Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux complete the top ten.

Greensmith complained after Stage 2 that he was struggling to keep his Fiesta in a straight line on the high-speed sections resulting in losing time.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS6:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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