Rally Sardinia - 1st Day: Ogier tops Hyundai duo as Evans suffers from a puncture

At the end of Friday, Sebastien Ogier the leader of Rally Italia Sardegna with four stages completed as Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo following him.

Sebastien Ogier leads Rally Italia Sardegna at the end of the opening day by setting the fastest time in Stage 1 and 3.

Ott Tanak is in second place overall and was the fastest driver in Stage 2 resulting in cutting Ogier's lead to 1,8 seconds despite the fact that the Estonian lost the hybrid before the start of SS2.

Dani Sordo completes the 2-3 for Hyundai Motorsport and was worried of his tyre condition at the end of Stage 3 as there was only one stage remaining to complete Friday.

Takamoto Katsuta follows the Spaniard for 1,3 seconds while it must be mentioned that the first one was fifth at the end of Stage 1, just three tenths of a second behind Sordo and Adrien Fourmaux.

Thierry Neuville is in fifth overall despite the fact that he was opening the road today and headed back to the regroup zone with a branch on the roof vent. However, he set the fastest time in Stage 4 and managed to reel in Katsuta as their margin is at 2,1 seconds.

Elfyn Evans gained two places since the opening stage of Friday and is now sixth while he dropped 26,7 seconds in Stage 1 when he suffered from a rear left puncture 4 Km into SS1. In addition to that, he had to be careful as he had no spare wheel until the end of Friday, but he was ready to give a fight with Fourmaux for the sixth place as their gap was at 0,3 seconds after the end of Stage 3.

Gregoire Munster is in seventh position overall and had a big moment in Stages 2 as he went into a narrow section 1 Km into SS2 and almost went into a wall. The M-Sport driver also clipped something with the rear left of his car in Stage 3 resulting in damaging the hybrid cooing duct.

Adrien Fourmaux shared the third place with Sordo at the end of Stage 1, but he was forced to drop to sixth due to a slow rear left puncture which happened 20 Km before the end of SS3 and costed him 39,4 seconds. Moreover, he had to pull up 2.3 Km into SS4 and was working on his Puma with Alex Coria, but it is yet to be confirmed the real cause of their stop on the final stage of the day.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after the end of SS4:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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