Rallye Monte Carlo - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Three stage wins put Loeb in front, Fourmaux rolls out [+photo]

At the end of the morning loop of the second day, Sebastien Loeb is now leading Rallye Monte Carlo with Elfyn Evans and Sebastien Ogier following him.

Sebastien Loeb is now in first position overall and he set the fastest time in Stage 3, 4 and 5. 

Elfyn Evans climbed in the second position overall after the end of Stage 5 where he was a bit wide in a hairpin and got caught by the brakes while he picked up a slow puncture.

Sebastien Ogier completes the top three and he luckily escaped from an incident in Stage 3 as he ran wide on right hander near the finish and clipped the armco with the left rear of his GR Yaris. He dropped two places at the end of Stage 5.

Thierry Neuville is in fourth from sixth position overall after the end of Stage 5. In Stage 3, he spun his 120N on a hairpin right and had to do a full 360 before getting underway again.

Craig Breen comes right behind him and he stated that he was not enough confident to push more.

Ott Tanak is only in sixth position overall and he got an issue with the hybrid unit of his i20N in Stage 3. His gap from Breen is at 2,3 seconds.

Gus Greensmith dropped to seventh from fourth overall and his gap from Tanak is at 8,2 seconds.

Takamoto Katsuta, Kalle Rovanpera and Oliver Solberg complete the top ten.

Solberg reported a smoke in his i20N at the end of Stage 3 which continued to exist in the next two stages while he had no gear shift in Stage 4. Moreover, he was being angry at the end of Stage 5 saying that nothing is working in his car. He lost two minutes in Stage 5 in comparison with the rally leaders.

Adrien Fourmaux was forced to retire from the first loop of the second day as he ran wide on a left-hander and hit a bank on the outside with the left rear of his Puma which bounced his car over the armco and down a raine on the other side of the road at Stage 3. 

About the tyre choices, Ogier, Katsuta, Evans, Greensmith and Rovanpera chose 4 soft and 2 super-soft compounds for this loop. Solberg, Fourmaux and Loeb picked up five soft tyres while Tanak and Neuville chose 4 soft and 1 super-soft tyres.

Watch below the stage times: 

Watch below the overall classification after SS5:

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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