Rally Japan - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Neuville and Evans identical after a frantic Friday morning

At the end of the first loop of the second day, Thierry Neuville is leading Rally Japan for some thousandths of a second over Elfyn Evans with Kalle Rovanpera following them.

Thierry Neuville is leading Rally Japan after Stage 4 despite the fact that he did not take any stage win in this loop. However, he said that he had understeer during Stage 2.

Elfyn Evans follows the Belgian for some thousandths a second and was the fastest driver in Stage 4.

Kalle Rovanpera completes the top three and was leading Rally Japan after Stage 2 as he set the fastest time in that stage. In addition to that, he reported understeer and smoke in the cabin at the end of SS2.

Ott Tanak is in fourth place overall and suffered from a transmission issue in Stage 4.

Takamoto Katsuta follows the Hyundai driver for six seconds and was one of the drivers who reported understeer.

Emil Lindholm is sixth place overall and is leading the WRC2 class.

Gus Greensmith is 5,9 seconds behind Lindholm and suffered from a broken driveshaft in Stage 4. Moreover, he received a notional time in SS2 as this stage was initially red flagged.

Sebastien Ogier dropped is outside the top ten as he dropped more than two minutes in Stage 2 due to a puncture. In fact, he had no spare wheel after the end of the Friday opener.

Stage 2 and 4 was red flagged by the organizers. SS2 and SS3 were cancelled after Dani Sordo's car caught fire on the first stage of the Friday loop. Gus Greensmith stopped to help Sordo and Candido Carrera who are okay, but their rally is over. The Spaniard crew stopped 16.1 Km into SS2.

Craig Breen was fifth overall at the end of Stage 2, but he retired in Stage 4 as he went off the road. Due to his accident, SS4 was interrupted for some minutes.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch the overall classification after SS4:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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