CER - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Dominant Rovanpera storms into the lead, Lappi off the road

At the end of the morning Friday, Kalle Rovanpera is the new leader of Central European Rally with Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville following him.

Kalle Rovanpera stole the lead of Thierry Neuville at the end of Stage 4 as he was the fastest driver in all morning stages. 

Elfyn Evans climbed to second overall at the end of the final morning stage and completes the 1-2 for Toyota, but his place is under threat by Neuville as their gap is at 0,9 seconds before the start of the afternoon loop.

Thierry Neuville dropped from first to third overall at the end of SS5 while his morning was not easy. First of all, he faced visibility issues in Stage 3 as the windscreen was misting up, therefore he headed to Stage 4 with a 1,4-second advantage over Rovanpera. The Stage 4 was disastrous for him as he overshot a junction and afterwards he handbraked his car round which means that he lost many seconds and eventually the lead.

Ott Tanak ended Thursday at second place overall, but now he is behind Neuville on the classification. As he stated at the end of SS4, his Puma is undriveable on wet conditions and he has to do some adjustments to the wet set-up.

Takamoto Katsuta completes the top five and left Teemu Suninen behind for 5,9 seconds.

Gregoire Munster is in seventh place overall on his tarmac debut with the Ford Puma Rally1 and is ahead of his teammate Pierre-Louis Loubet for 0,6 seconds.

Sebastien Ogier dropped from third to tenth overall at the end of Stage 3 as he damaged the front-right tyre of his Yaris resulting in losing 41,9 seconds in comparison with Rovanpera. However, he is now ninth overall after the end of morning loop while he said that he has no motivation.

Esapekka Lappi was in third place overall at the end of Stage 4 and completed the 2-3 for Hyundai Motorsport, but he had to retire after his going off the road 1.2 Km into SS5.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS5:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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