It combines a larger road, which runs through the villages of Cargiacca and Loreto di Tallano at a long twisty downhill section as far as this Acoravo bridge. After that it climbs and becomes even more quicker on a often changing surface before final at the entry to Arbellara.

SS3: Alta-Rocca inch, 17.37kilometers
The stage starts a couple dozen yards from the Caldane bridge. After passing Chialza to the narrow and twisty road, the test crosses Bisene village, where drivers must avoid damp sections in the woods. After passing through Tirolo, a series of curves onto a narrow road leads to the conclusion only after the spectacular Orone Hair Pin.

The Estonian topped the standings by 1.3sec from early leader Elfyn Evans as a tightly clustered group of four drivers blanketed by 7.6sec came at portovecchio after having a breathless morning at the hills at the south west of this island.

After living a near-miss with a cows at the opening test, Tänak was next from the following Valinco special stage before rounding off the afternoon with fastest in Alta-Rocca.

“it had been a good morning, not a very good morning however consistent,” said the Toyota Yaris pilot. “Without any problems however that I believe my rhythm may improve. Broadly speaking the vehicle is working well, I just should know these new stages. ”

Evans afforded the result of Tänak at Valinco, but next in Alta-Rocca kept the Ford Fiesta driver hot on his heels.

The Welshman was 2.2sec in front of Thierry Neuville, the Belgian fighting with the handling of his own Hyundai i-20 and playing the setup.

Team-mate Dani Sordo was 4.1sec back in fourth. The Spaniard dropped behind Neuville from Alta-Rocca because his low beginning position meant gravel dragged onto the floor by people prior made the roads dirty.

Teemu Suninen was most useful of the remaining fifth, the Fiesta driver 8.9sec behind Sordo and keeping his pace at balance following his premature departure from the preceding round in Mexico.

Pace notes have been a big talking point on the new stages and Jari-Matti Latvala was clearly one of several drivers who have work todo. His notes have been overly cautious and after losing greater than 15sec at Valinco, he had been sixth.

Esapekka Lappi was in the top Citroën C 3, even though having a spin in Alta-Rocca. Team-mate Sebastien Ogier declared eighth, trying to scale the order after his opening stage mistake. We made a few changes and now it feels ,” he explained.

Kris Meeke was ninth, the Briton dealing with his opening stage time-loss to win Valinco and maintain second in Alta-Rocca. WRC 2 leader Eric Camilli completed the leader board.

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