Rally Finland - 2nd Day - 2nd Loop: Tight fight between Evans/Tanak, Neuville's title hopes crashing out

At the end of the second day of Rally Finland, Elfyn Evans remains in the lead of the event with the Hyundai duo swapping their positions. 

Elfyn Evans is still leading Rally Finland and he defended his first position overall in Stage 14 as he was the fastest driver there and he was close to the stage times of his main rival, Ott Tanak, resulting in remaining in the top. However, he reported some understeer during the Stage 13 while he went a little wide in that stage. Finally, he was very nearly to have a big crash in Stage 14 when he got out of line over a jump.

Tanak climbed into the second position overall after Stage 12 and he set the fastest times in SS11, SS12 and SS13 pushing hard for his being in top, but he made it to reduce his gap from Evans. 

Craig Breen dropped to third from the second place at the end of Stage 12 and he lost major time in comparison with the frontrunners. It must be mentioned that he had a contact with a halebale resulting in damaging the front aero of his i20 and this damage affected his performance in the next stages.

Esapekka Lappi remains fourth and he gave a hard battle with Thierry Neuville with the intention of keeping his place in his return to WRC with the fifth Yaris.

Sebastien Ogier gained one position after Thierry Neuville's retirement in Stage 14 and he is now fifth from sixth overall having been more comfortable with his Yaris in the afternoon loop as he did some changes to his car in the midday service.

Gus Greensmith follows behind Ogier and he was struggling during all the stages with the grip and the behavior of his Fiesta.

Adrien Fourmaux comes right behind his teammate and he did not push so much due to the fact that it is his first time in Finland with a WRCar and he did not feel so comfortable to push.

Thierry Neuville was in fifth position after the Stage 13 and he was pushing hard with the intention to catch up EP and to gain one position, but he was forced to retire in Stage 14. Specifically, he was driving slowly through the Stage 14 and the lamp pod of his i20 was missing, so he decided to pull over and to stop his car in an access road after the 10,5-kilometer marker inside the stage. According to the sources, the incident happened after a jump where he landed badly and he damaged his car. 

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS15:

Photo Credits: Toyota 

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