Rally Spain - 1st Day - 2nd Loop: Neuville snatches Spain lead as Tanak goes off the road

At the end of the second loop of the first day. Thierry Neuville stole the lead of Rally Spain from Elfyn Evans with Sebastien Ogier completing the top three.

Thierry Neuville climbed to first position overall after the end of Stage 5 and he was the fastest driver in Stage 4, 5 and 6.

Elfyn Evans dropped a place and he is current second as he lost 7,9 seconds in comparison with Neuville in Stage 5. In fact he was caught out by the gravel and his Yaris was very nearly to leave the road in Stage 5, but he managed to correct it. His gap from the first position is only at seven tenths of a second.

Sebastien Ogier completes the top three and he was slower than his main rival in championship, Evans, in this loop. Also, he had a big slide on a right-hander of Stage 5 while he mentioned at the end of Stage 6 that he was fighting with his Yaris.

Dani Sordo is fourth and he had a bit of damage to his rear left wheel rim in Stage 5, but he kept the pressure on and he is in the fight for the podium with Ogier. The Spaniard driver reduced his gap from 6,6 to 5,4 seconds. Finally, he was distracted due to Tanak's accident in Stage 4 resulting in dropping some seconds.

Kalle Rovanpera completes the top five and he felt more comfortable inside his Yaris in comparison with the morning loop as he did some changes to his car in the Service Park.

Adrien Fourmaux is in sixth position after Ott Tanak's retirement in Stage 4 and he did not face any problem with his Fiesta.

Gus Greensmith follows behind his teammate with their gap being at seconds.

Oliver Solberg and Nil Solans are in eighth and in ninth position overall respectively.

All drivers chose five hard compound tyres apart from Solberg and Sordo who had six tyres with them.

Ott Tanak was sixth overall at the end of the morning loop, but he was forced to retire in Stage 4 as he went off the road. He and his co-driver, Martin Jarveoja, are unhurt.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS6:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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