Rally Estonia - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Charging Evans out in front, Breen off the road

At the end of the morning loop of the second day, Elfyn Evans is the new leader of Rally Estonia with Ott Tanak and Kalle Rovanpera following him.

Elfyn Evans is first overall and set the fastest time in all stages of this morning loop. However, he was lucky to escape a big slide on a left-hander near the end of Stage 4.

Ott Tanak is in second position overall and his gap from the first Evans is at 12,5 seconds.

Kalle Rovanpera completes the top three despite the fact that he was opening the road in all stages. Moreover, he hit a rock quite hard in Stage 2 and there was evident damage on his rear right wheel.

Thierry Neuville climbed into fourth place after Craig Breen's retirement and struggled with his car. More specifically, he said at the end of Stage 3 that he did not feel comfortable with the rear of his i20N while he made some changes for the next stage, but he still was struggling with the dampers as his car was moving a lot. Finally, he said at the end of Stage 5 that he had no traction resulting in having an overshoot towards the end of that stage.

Esapekka Lappi completes the top five and was facing a minor issue with his Yaris as he felt something strange with the pads in Stage 2 resulting in struggling at braking points. However, the same issues got even worse in Stage 4 and believes that the brakes should be changed at the midday service. 

Adrien Fourmaux is sixth overall and left Takamoto Katsuta behind for 1,8 seconds.

Gus Greensmith, Pierre-Louis Louber and Oliver Solberg complete the top five. 

Loubet almost ended up in a ditch in Stage 5 as he braked too late.

Solberg had a big spin early in Stage 4 which costed him 15 seconds while he had a stall later in the same stage.

Craig Breen was leading Rally Estonia after Stage 1 and was fourth overall at the end of Stage 3, but he stopped in Stage 4 as he ran wide on a left-hander, slid off the road and the steering was damaged.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS5:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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