Rally Spain - 1st Day - 1st Loop: Evans takes an early lead as Katsuta crashes out [+photo]


At the end of the first loop of the first day, Elfyn Evans is leading Rally Spain with Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier following.

Elfyn Evans is in the top of overall classification after the end of three stages and he set the fastest times in SS1, in SS2 and in SS3 while he set an equal time with Thierry Neuville, but he was slower than the last one for some hundrenths of a second.

Neuville is in second position overall and he mentioned that he was struggling with his i20 due to understeer in SS1 and in SS3. Moreover, he said that he had lost the front of his car in the middle of the roads of Stage 2 and he had to use the handbrake to save the car.

Sebastien Ogier completes the top three and he mentioned at the end of Stage 1 that he had understeer while he had a slide in corner of SS2.

Dani Sordo is fourth overall and his gap from Ogier is at 4,1 seconds.

Kalle Rovanpera completes the top five and he was slow in all the stages, because he did not feel comfortable with the tyres.

Ott Tanak is only in sixth position overall and he lost time because of the understeer. Also, he had a spin in Stage 2 resulting in losing 21,3 seconds.

Adrien Fourmaux comes right behind Tanak and he is the best driver for M-Sport Ford.

Gus Greensmith, Oliver Solberg and Nil Solans compete the top ten.

Solans had to slow down in Stage 2 due to poor visibility as the windscreen of his i20 misted up and he said that there was some liquid of engine in the windscreen. Finally, he had a spin in a high-speed section of Stage 3 resulting in dropping some time there.

Takamoto Katsuta ran wide on a right-hander and slided into an armco in Stage 1 damaging the front left suspension of his Yaris. Despite his damage and the fact that the front left wheel was hanging off, he made it to the end of the stage and he was forced to retire from the first day due to this damage.

All the drivers chose five P Zero RA WRC HA hard compounds tyres for this loop.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS3:

Photo Credits: Toyota 

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