Rally Sardinia - 3rd Day - 1st Loop: Tanak pulls clear after Lappi's crash, Neuville rolls out

At the end of the Saturday morning loop of Rally Italia Sardegna, Ott Tanak has a comfortable lead after Esapekka Lappi's crash with Craig Breen and Dani Sordo following him.

Ott Tanak is now on top of overall classification after Esapekka Lappi's crash in Stage 10 and set the fastest times in Stage 10, 11 and 13.

Craig Breen is now in second position overall and has to defend his place from the third Dani Sordo as their gap is at 10,3 seconds. Finally, it must be mentioned that the M-Sport driver set the fastest time in Stage 12 and this was his first stage win of the year.

The Spaniard driver was driving throughout Stage 13 with the bonnet of his i20N lifting up, but he managed to be fastest in that stage than Breen for only three tenths of a second.

Pierre-Louis Loubet dropped one place and is fourth overall as he suffered from a front right puncture in Stage 10 resulting in losing 9,4 seconds there and dropping to fifth from third position. In addition to that, he lost some seconds in Stage 11 as he overshot on a downhill.

Adrien Fourmaux completes the top five and was the fourth fastest driver in Stage 12.

Kalle Rovanpera climbed to sixth place overall and had a half spin in Stage 13.

Takamoto Katsuta dropped from sixth to seventh position at the end of Stage 11 as he dropped some time there with a stall on a hairpin right. His gap from Rovanpera is at 5,5 seconds after the last one's spin.

Gus Greensmith gained some places in the morning and is now eighth overall.

Elfyn Evans restarted today under the regulations of Rally2, but he is outside the top ten. 

Esapekka Lappi was forced to retire in Stage 10 as his Yaris went through a compression and pinballed between a wall and two rocks before coming to a rest in some bushes. In fact, the rear left wheel and the suspension components have been ripped from his car. It must be mentioned that the Finn driver was leading Rally Italia Sardegna at the end of Friday for only seven tenths of a second over Ott Tanak.

Thierry Neuville retired in Stage 12 as he ran wide, hit the rear left of his i20N and rolled. After this impact, he managed to get going again, but eventually he parked his car on a road section off the stage as his car was overheating. He was in eighth position overall before this incident and was chasing Kalle Rovanpera as the Belgian was faster than the last one in the first two stages of this morning loop.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS13:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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