Rally Chile - 2nd Day - 2nd Loop: Tanak in control as Evans sights Neuville's 3rd place

At the end of Saturday afternoon, Ott Tanak remains out in front with Teemu Suninen and Thierry Neuville following him.

Ott Tanak is still the leader of Rally Chile and did not push so much in Stage 10 as the hard tyres were new and wanted to save them for the rest of the afternoon loop. He set the fastest time in Stage 11 and 12.

Teemu Suninen holds his second place and all the Rally1 drivers were too careful on the opening stage of Saturday afternoon apart from Kalle Rovanpera. The Hyundai driver dropped some time in comparison with his teammate in Stage 10, but Suninen managed to bounce back in SS11.

Thierry Neuville completes the top three and had a scary moment in Stage 11 as he managed to save his i20N when he slid wide and the two rear wheels were into the ditch. However, he was slower than Elfyn Evans with their gap being decreasec from 13,8 to 5,7 seconds after SS11. Finally, he ran wide near the end of Stage 12 and luckily was able to continue.

Elfyn Evans follows the Belgian driver for 10,7 seconds and will give his everything to finish at the lowest place of the podium as he eyes on reducing his gap from his teammate on the championship standings.

Kalle Rovanpera completes the top five and was the fastest driver in Stage 10 where his rivals backed off with the intention of managing their tyres for the last two stages of the day. The championship leader lost many seconds in Stage 12, as he had to drive behind Munster who rejoined that stage after his suffering some problems, therefore he may receive a notional time for his time loss.

Takamoto Katsuta is still sixth overall and was worried how his tyre were delaminated in Stage 11.

Gregoire Munster dropped from seventh to outside the top ten as he stopped 11.4 Km into SS12 after his hitting a bank. He suffered from a double right puncture and completed this stage by losing more than seven minutes while he thought that he had a broken steering arm.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch the overall classification after SS12:

Photo Credits: M-Sport

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