Bavella inch, 17.60km
The rally kicks off onto a wide quick road which resembles a hillclimb in a huge pine forest. The very first uphill section takes crews to the Larone pass and also comprises the only real lean and tWISty sector. It’s accompanied by a quick descent before another scale leads to the final from the Bavella pass, 12 18 metres above sea level. Ten hairpins await drivers close to the village.
Neuville’s Hyundai i20 team mate, Dani Sordo, was a further 0.2sec back third.
Further down the order there were problems for full-figured favorite Sébastien Ogier, Kris Meeke and also Sébastien Loeb since the difficult asphalt roads of the Mediterranean island lived to their gruesome reputation.
The Frenchman and also co-driver Daniel Elena worked tirelessly to get repairs after the final (below) however they dropped two minutes in the stage.
“We all struck one of those suspension arms at the rear, we slid wide and hit a stone. Not just a big impact however it had been a lot of. We had the spare parts to mend so it ought to be OK to last,” clarified Loeb.
Meeke limped to the ending with a busted front left wheel rim on his Yaris i20. “” I have no idea how it happened. I was just after my notes and some thing caught me on the inside of a corner, completely unseen,” said that the Briton, who lost 50sec.
Ogier conceded more than 10sec after turning into a righthand hairpin, nudging the apex along with his Citroën C3 at slow rate before Placing continuing and out.
The incident came a kilometre after the Frenchman encountered cows in the road, but Ogier denied to blame the incident because of his error. Road opener Ott Tänak additionally came across the bovine beasts in his Yaris.
“Five cows in the exact middle of the road. We lost lots of time and had to discontinue,” clarified the Estonian, who was still fourth fastest, 3.2sec off Evans’ pace.