Rally New Zealand - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Tanak steals Breen's lead on the morning finale

At the end of the morning loop of Friday, Ott Tanak remains out in front with Craig Breen and Elfyn Evans following him.

Ott Tanak lost his lead from Craig Breen at the end of Stage 2, but he managed to get it back at the end of the morning loop on Friday as he set the fastest time in Stage 4. However, he dropped some seconds in Stage 2 as he had a big slide around 10 Km after the start of SS2.

Craig Breen dropped to second overall after Stage 4, but he was leading Rally New Zealand after Stage 2. His margin from the leader Tanak is at 2,6 seconds.

Elfyn Evans completes the top three despite the fact that his gap from Tanak is identical with the gap that Breen has with the Estonia. Moreover, the Toyota driver was the fastest driver in Stage 3.

Gus Greensmith is in fourth place overall and set the fastest time in Stage 2 resulting in being second overall after SS2. In fact, he was just four tenths of a second behind the leader Breen at the end of Stage 2, but he dropped two positions after SS3.

Sebastien Ogier completes the top five and stole the fifth place from the championship leader Kalle Rovanpera at the end of SS4. The Frenchman stated at the end of SS3 that he was struggling to find grip with his Yaris.

Kalle Rovanpera is sixth overall and had a small moment in Stage 3. Last but not least, he was 7,4 seconds slower than Tanak in Stage 2.

Thierry Neuville is in seventh place and had a spin four corners before the end of SS3 as the rear of his i20N spun and the engine stalled. In addition to that, he had another spin in Stage 4 and got lucky as his car almost skirted off the edge of the road.

Takamoto Katsuta follows the Belgian and spun in the same corner of SS3 as Neuville did.

Oliver Solberg is ninth overall and did not feel comfortable with his i20N.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch the overall classification after SS4:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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