Rally Finland - 3rd Day: Flying Evans wins as Rovanpera retires with back pain

At the end of Rally Finland, Elfyn Evans is the winner of this event scoring his third win for this season with Ott Tanak and Craig Breen completing the podium.

Elfyn Evans took a dominant win in Finland and he defended his lead over Ott Tanak as the first one set the fastest time in Stages 17, 18 and 19. He scored the maximum points in Finland as he was the fastest driver in Powerstage and he took the five extra points from it.

Tanak finished second overall and he tried today to catch Evans with the intention of his winning this event. He was the fastest driver in Stage 16 while he was fighting hard in all stages being the second fastest driver in SS17, in SS18 and in Powerstage scoring four extra points in driver's championship.

Craig Breen completes the podium and he did a mistake in Stage 16 as he overshot a junction and he had to do a 360 to return in the road, but he took only one point from Powerstage.

Esapekka Lappi finished in fourth position inhis retirn to WRC with the fifth Yaris WRC, but he made a mistake in SS18 as he went slightly off the line on one tight corner. It is noteworthy that he was the third fastest driver in Stages 16, 18 and 19 scoring three extra points in Powerstage.

Sebastien Ogier completes the top five and he kept his position overall despite the one-minute time penalty he received at the end of Day2 for breaking the safety regulations of FIA. However, he did not score any point in Powerstage as the engine of his Yaris stopped before the first split and he felt that his car was not in full power, so he lost some time there.

Gus Greensmith finished sixth position for M-Sport Ford while he was struggling in Sunday stages as he found the conditions very slippery.

Adrien Fourmaux completes the 6-7 for M-Sport Ford and he made some schanges to the rear of his Fiesta before the start of SS17.

Kalle Rovanpera restarted today under the regulations of Rally2 following his Saturday crash which led to his retirement for the rest of Day2. However, he was forced to retire before the start of Powerstage as he reported a back pain which was caused by Saturday's crash.

Takamoto Katsuta restarted as well under the regulations of Rally2 after his having gone off the road yesterday. Moreover, he received a 10sec time penalty as he was checked 1min late at the arrival control before the start of Stage 16. Finally, he scored two extra poins in Powerstage.

Thierry Neuville was forced to retire from Rally Finland as Hyundai Motorsport confirmed an engine damage to his i20 following by a water leak in Stage 14. This damage was caused after a jump where his i20 landed badly resulting in damaging the radiator and the lamp pod.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after the end of race:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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