Rally Sweden - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Tanak leads a five-car battle, Katsuta claims first stage win as a nominated driver

At the end of the morning loop of the second day, Ott Tanak is the new leader of Rally Sweden with Craig Breen and Esapekka Lappi following him.

Ott Tanak is leading Rally Sweden after Stage 4 despite the fact that he did not set a fastest time in the morning and stole the first place from Kalle Rovanpera at the end of Stage 2. The Estonian was second after the end of the superspecial stage and holds a tiny lead over his rivals. Last but not least, it must be mentioned that this is the first time for this season that a M-Sport Ford driver leads a rally.

Craig Breen comes right behind the 2019 WRC Champion for 2,1 seconds and set the fastest time in Stage 2. However, his i20N had a damage to the front bumper after using a snowbank to brake as he was close to miss a junction.

Esapekka Lappi completes the 2-3 for Hyundai Motorsport and was beaten by Kalle Rovanpera for one second in Stage 3.

Kalle Rovanpera dropped to fourth overall and was the fastest driver in SS3 despite the fact that he was cleaning the road due to his road position. His gap from the leader Tanak is at 4,7 seconds.

Takamoto Katsuta completes the top five on the overall classification and claimed his first stage win as a Toyota nominated driver.

Elfyn Evans follows his teammate for 8,4 seconds and was out of pace in this loop. He understeered on a long corner on the second stage of the morning and missed his apex while he was struggling to find balance with his Yaris in Stage 4.

Thierry Neuville is in seventh place overall and reported understeer at the end of SS3 as he was struggling to keep the corner speed. He is 1,5 seconds behind Evans.

Pierre-Louis Loubet remains eighth overall on the classification as it is his second time at Rally Sweden.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS4:

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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