Rally Sardinia - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Tanak on top as Evans retires

At the end of the morning loop of the second day, Ott Tanak is leading Rally Italia Sardegna with Esapekka Lappi and Pierre-Louis Loubet following him.

Ott Tanak is the leader of Rally Italia Sardegna after the end of the first loop of Day1 despite the fact that he did not win any stage in this loop.

Esapekka Lappi was first overall at the end of Stage 3, but he dropped second as he was slower than Tanak in the next stages. However, he set the fastest time in Stage 3 while he was about to retake the lead from Tanak at the end of SS5 as the Finn driver was faster than the last one in splits, but he dropped time towards the end as he suffered from a front left puncture. It must be mentioned that his gap from Tanak was only nine tenths of a second at the end of SS4. Finally, he hit a loose rock in Stage 2 and the tyre was off the rim.

Pierre-Louis Loubet completes the top three despite the fact that he lost some seconds in Stage 3 after having to reverse due to the fact that he braked too late before a hairpin. He was the second fastest driver in Stage 2 and set the third fastest time in Stage 5.

Craig Breen follows his teammate for 1,2 seconds and dropped some time in Stage 4 as he had an overshoot towards the end of that stage.

Dani Sordo completes the top five and was the fastest driver in Stages 4 and 5.

Andrien Fourmaux is sixth overall and had a front left puncture on the last stage of the loop.

Takamoto Katsuta is in seventh position overall and stayed out of trouble in all morning stages.

Kalle Rovanpera comes right behind his teammate for 1,3 seconds. The current championship leader had a huge slide on a right hander in Stage 4 and the half of the rear roof spoiler was missing after this impact. 

Thierry Neuville is outside the top ten after dropping more than one minute in Stage 5 due to a transmission issue. He was sixth before the start of Stage 5.

Gus Greensmith is tenth as he dropped 1min45sec in Stage 3 trying to get his car restarted after an overshoot he had on a right-hander. In addition to that, he overshot a corner in Stage 4 and there was a vibration coming through his Puma's steering wheel.

Elfyn Evans was to retire at the end of Stage 3 due to a water leak which was caused by a rock. He was third overall after SS3 and was the fastest driver in Stage 2.

Stage 5 was delayed for safety reasons.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS5:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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