Rallye Monte Carlo - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Ogier continues his domination despite hybrid issues

At the end of the Friday morning loop of Rallye Monte Carlo, Sebastien Ogier remains on the top of the overall classification with Thierry Neuville and Kalle Rovanpera following him.

Sebastien Ogier remains the leader of this classic WRC event as he set the fastest time in all three morning stages resulting in extending his advantage over his rivals. Despite the fact that his Yaris had a hybrid unit failure as he reported at the end of Stage 4, he managed to be the quickest driver there.

Thierry Neuville climbed to second position overall after Elfyn Evans's puncture and said at the end of SS3 that he was struggling with the turn in and the movement of his i20N.

Kalle Rovanpera completes the top three and had a little moment in Stage 5 as he ran wide and hit an armco barrier. This impact had as result to damage the rear of his Yaris.

Ott Tanak follows the reigning champion for 5,7 seconds and dropped from third to fifth after the end of SS3. The Estonian said that he did not want to push as he is still learning his new car.

Elfyn Evans completes the top five and dropped 42,1 seconds on the final stage of the morning loop as he suffered from a right rear puncture resulting in losing his second place.

Dani Sordo is in sixth place overall and left his new teammate Esapekka Lappi behind for 19,2 seconds. The Finn driver is still discovering the potential of his new car and said that he has to work on the braking points.

Takamoto Katsuta is eighth overall and changed a wheel before the start ofo SS5 as he saw that he had a slow puncture after the end of SS4.

Pierre-Louis Loubet is now ninth from seventh as he had understeer in Stage 3 while he backed off in the next one stage after having a puncture alarm on the dashboard. In addition to these, he lost over one minute and 30 seconds in Stage 5 as he had no powersteering after hitting a rock.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS5: 

Photo Credits: Toyota

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