Rally Finland - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Evans steals the lead from Breen, Rovanpera crashes out

At the end of the morning loop of the second day, Elfyn Evans tops the overall classification of Rally Finland with the Hyundai duo following him.

Elfyn Evans is first overall after Stage 8 as he dominated in all morning stages today resulting in taking the lead from Craig Breen. However, he did a mistake in SS9 as the rear of his Yaris stepped out after running wide on a high-speed left-hander resulting in going into the grass, but despite this mistake he was the fastest driver in that stage.

Breen dropped one place at the end of Stage 7 and he is currently second overall with his gap from Evans being  at 5,6 seconds.

Ott Tanak completes the top three and he is the fight for the first position of Rally Finland as his gap from Evans is at 9,7 seconds.

Esapekka Lappi remains in fourth position after the retirement of Kalle Rovanpera and he mentioned at the Stage 9 that he could not push more as that would be very dangerous.

Thierry Neuville completes the top five and he is far behind from EP as their gap is at seconds.

Sebastien Ogier comes right behind Neuville, but he was slower than the Belgian driver in three stages and their gap was increased.

Gus Greensmith is in seventh position and he did not any mistake in these stages being the faster M-Sport driver.

Adrien Fourmaux is only eighth overall and he almost went off the road in SS9 as he went slightly off-line near the end of SS9.

Kalle Rovanpera was in fourth position after Stage 9 and he was struggling with the set-up of his Yaris as he mentioned at the end of Stage 7. However, he stopped in the last stage of the morning loop and he went into a ditch after running wide after a left-hander. Unfortunately there was a pile of stone on the outside of the corner which he clouted with the front of the car and he was not able to continue.

Takamoto Katsuta was eighth overall after Stage 7, but he was forced to retire as he went off the road after a spin he had in Stage 8. His Yaris landed in the undergrowth and he could not get out while the rear of his car was damaged. 

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS10:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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