He started the ultimate speed evaluation directing Ott Tänak from 4.5sec within his Ford Fiesta, however, was unintentionally delayed for nearly a minute after grabbing a limping Kris Meeke nearby the ending.

Evans finished almost 11sec slower compared to Tänak, provisionally stirring to third party and encouraging the Toyota Yaris driver to first. Yet, officials credited Evans with precisely exactly the exact period whilst the Estonian, restoring him with an unchanged advantage.

Evans led initially before Tänak edged ahead after the afternoon , only for the Welshman to recover his advantage that this afternoon as Tänak suffered a damper issue.

“The difficulty in the last point proved to be a difficult one to predict but I feel that the end result was fair. We’ve to just consider the struggle to Ott and we all realize when everything is working, we can be better and faster,” said Evans.

Thierry Neuville was 5.3sec adrift of Tänak. He struggled with his Hyundai I 20 ’s handling but became increasingly comfortable as the day progressed and ended with fastest time in the last stage.

He led team mate Dani Sordo from 16.3sec. The Spaniard was for most of the morning but couldn’t reproduce the pace when the stages were repeated and fell away.

Ott Tänak battled hard all day with Evans

Teemu Suninen was careful to prevent mistakes in his Fiesta after his early departure at the previous round in Mexico. He had 5.4sec in-hand on a frustrated Sébastien Ogier, that failed to find the expected speed that led many to make him preferred.

An opening point spin cost 10sec and left him eighth, however the Citroën C-3 driver struggled with understeer daily and increased to only as a result of others’ issues. Team mate Esapekka Lappi was the Finn equally miserable and dropping period with a spin.

Sébastien Loeb, four times per winner in Corsica, fought back to eighth after losing two moments in the opening evaluation when his i20 slid into a kerb and broke out a rear suspension arm.

Jari-Matti Latvala was clearly one of the many to fight with pace notes over the newest stages. He had been first until dropping to 13th after stopping to replace a wheel onto his Yaris.

An opening point puncture delayed Meeke after he hit on a rock. He stopped 15 th, almost 4 minutes adrift.

The rally goes to the north of the island Saturday for its longest leg of the weekend, incorporating more than half the sum total competitive space. Two equal anti clockwise loops of three tests near Bastia provide 174.50km of actions.

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