Rallye Monte Carlo - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Evans leads the 1-2 for Toyota, SS3 surprised three drivers

At the end of Friday morning, Elfyn Evans is still the leader of Rallye Monte Carlo with Sebastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville following him.

Elfyn Evans remains out in front after the end of Friday morning, but his advantage was reduced as he was slower compared to his teammate.

Sebastien Ogier does the 1-2 for Toyota and climbed to the second place overall at the end of SS5 while he was the fastest driver on final two morning stages.

Thierry Neuville completes the top three and dropped one place after SS5 as he lost the rear of his i20N resulting in having a spin and dropping nine seconds there. However, he set the fastest time in SS3 and was the first driver who ended Evans's dominant performance.

Ott Tanak is behind his teammate Neuville for 36,5 seconds and dropped to fifth after the end of SS3 when he slid off the road 7,7 Km into the opening Friday stage. The spectators helped him to get going again and to arrive at the stop control. He claimed back his fourth place after the end of SS4 as his gap from the fourth Adrien Fourmaux was at 3,2 seconds at the end of SS3.

Fourmaux completes the top five and is the top driver for M-Sport Ford while he set the third-fastest time in Stage 5. He will give a fight with Tanak on Friday afternoon as their margin is at 3,3 seconds after the end of this morning loop. Moreover, he said at the end of SS3 that the changes he made to his set-up were wrong, but he managed to improve the settings for the next two stages.

Andreas Mikkelsen is sixth from eighth overall as he did not push so much due to the fact that he still has to adapt to his new car and followed a safe approach this morning.

Gregoire Munster follows the Norwegian for 24,7 seconds and dropped many seconds in SS3 as he had a brief stop at the same spot as Tanak and Katsuta.

Pepe Lopez, Nikolay Gryazin and Nikolay Gryazin complete the top ten.

Takamoto Katsuta dropped from sixth to outside the top ten after the end of SS3 as he went off into a ditch at the same location as Tanak resulting in dropping more than five minutes and being passed by Mikkelsen on the stage.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after the end of SS5:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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