Rally Mexico - 2nd Day - 2nd Loop: Lappi takes a breath as Sordo gets a puncture

At the end of Friday, Esapekka Lappi is still leading Rally Mexico with Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans following him.

Esapekka Lappi extended his advantage over the second Sebastien Ogier at the end of Friday afternoon as he set the fastest time in SS6, SS8 and SS9.

Sebastien Ogier remains in second place overall and his gap from the lead is at 5,3 seconds despite the fact that he was the fastest driver in Stage 7. However, he dropped major time in SS9 in comparison with his former teammate as the conditions of this stage were twisty and slippery.

Elfyn Evans completes the top three and he mentioned at the end of SS9 that it was difficult for him to turn his Yaris.

Thierry Neuville climbs into fourth place overall at the end of SS7 and had a big slide in Stage 8 as he felt something strange with the rear of his i20 since the opening stage of the afternoon loop. Finally, he said at the end of SS9 that the problem with his car was the rear damper which was blocked, but he managed to fix it on the road section before SS9 whereas he revealed at the end of SS10 that he had a damaged driveshaft boot.

Kalle Rovanpera gained one position and is now fifth overall, but his gap from Neuville is at 19,9 seconds which means that it is difficult for him to catch the Belgian.

Dani Sordo dropped to sixth from fourth place overall as he suffered from a rear left puncture on the opening stage of the loop resulting in losing over one minute there.

Ott Tanak remains outside the top ten and the turbocharger of his Puma was fixed by his mechanics at the service area, but he was out of pace on the second loop of Friday.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS10:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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