Rally Monza - 1st Day - 1st Loop: Ogier takes an early lead in foggy conditions as Fourmaux rolls

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

Sebastien Ogier is in the first position overall after the end of Stage 4 setting the fastest time in Stage 1, 3 and 4. However, he took a tight line on a hairpin left and he had a two-wheel moment after clipping the inside, but luckily the car landed back on its wheels.

Elfyn Evans comes right behind his championship rival and he set the fastest time in Stage 2 being fastest for only one tenth of a second there in comparison with Ogier. His gap from the first position is at 6,5 seconds.

Thierry Neuville completes the top three and he mentioned at the end of Stage 2 that he was struggling with the brakes and with the spare wheel.

Dani Sordo is fourth overall and he completes the 3-4 for Hyundai Motorsport.

Oliver Solberg completes the top five and he is being happy with his new co-driver, Elliott Edmondson.

Takamoto Katsuta comes right behind the Hyundai driver with their gap being at 12,8 seconds.

Teemu Suninen is only seventh overall in his first outing with the i20 and he did not want to push more as he is still learning his new car.

Gus Greensmith is in eighth position overall and he said that he was feeling comfortable with Jonas Andersson who is his new navigator for this event.

Kalle Rovanpera is in ninth position and he admitted that he did not want to push in case of something happening to his teammates and he wants to ensure that he will be there to score points for the manufacturer's championship.

Adrien Fourmaux was sixth after the end of Stage 2, but he was forced to retire from the rest of the day after his rolling in Stage 3. The incident happened when he ran wide on a slippery left-hander, he hit the banking on the outside and eventually he rolled his Fiesta.

Most of the drivers chose 5 hard compounds for this loop apart from Neuville who took 6 hard compounds. Moreover, Fourmaux had a different tyre strategy as he picked up 2 hard and 4 soft compounds.

The Stage 4 was cancelled as a spectactor did not feel well and he received an emergency help by the medical staff. The drivers who ran after Katsuta were given notional times.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS4:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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