Rally Poland - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Mikkelsen ahead of debutant Sesks, Tanak out after a deer collision

At the end of the Friday morning, Andreas Mikkelsen grabs the lead of Rally Poland with Martins Sesks and Elfyn Evans following him.

Andreas Mikkelsen is the new rally leader in Poland as he was the fastest driver in Stage 2 and 4 despite the fact that he had two moments. His first moment was in SS2 when he hit a hay bale and the second one was in Stage 4 when he went a little bit wide at one point of the stage.

Martins Sesks climbed to second position overall on his debut with the non-hybrid Puma and impressed in Stage 2 as he was the second-fastest driver there.

Elfyn Evans completes the top three and had to start second on the road after the end of Stage 2 as Tanak retired before the start of SS3.

Kalle Rovanpera does the 3-4 for Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT and was concerned of his pace as he said that normally he should not have lost so many seconds considering his road position.

Adrien Fourmaux is just nine tenths of a second behind the two-time WRC Champion while he and Evans shared the fourth place after the end of SS2.

Gregoire Munster follows his teammate for 0,8 seconds and is in sixth place while it must be mentioned that he was the second-fastest driver in Stage 4.

Thierry Neuville is seventh overall, as he started first on the road, and reported a problem with the handbrake in Stage 4.

Takamoto Katsuta sits in eighth place and was not happy at all with the behavior of his Yaris in all morning stages.

Stage 3 was cancelled due to safety reasons and the stewards had to give to four WRC drivers a notional time as they skipped SS3.

Ott Tanak was forced to retire at the end of Stage 2 due to a terminal damage to his i20N as he hit a deer in SS2. In fact, he had to stop 18.3 Km into the stage and managed to get to the finish line after nine minutes.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch the overall classification after the end of SS4:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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