Bavella 2, 17.60km
The afternoon’s activity kicks off onto a huge quick road that looks like a hill climb at a massive pine woods. The very first uphill section takes crews into the Larone pass and includes the only real narrow and tty industry. It is accompanied by a fast descent before the following climb contributes to the final from the Bavella pass, 12-18 metres above sea level. Ten hairpins anticipate drivers close to the village.

For the next time today, the Welshman was fastest through the 17.60kilometers Bavella special stage in his Ford Fiesta. He was 2.7sec quicker than Ott Tänak to demote the Estonian from the lead from 1.4sec.

On asphalt made dirty by this morning’spass, road opener Tänak was second fastest in his Yaris along with the major duo extended the gap into Hyundai Motorsport teammates Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

Both i20s were well down the point group and Tänak’therefore margin over Neuville enlarged to 7.3sec, with Sordo a further 5.8sec behind.

Fourth speediest for Sébastien Ogier encouraged the Frenchman to as Citroën C 3 team-mate Esapekka Lappi dropped . Both stayed far from happy.

“It’s better compared to this morning but still not fabulous,” said Ogier, while Lappi was an image of despondency. “Too slow. I have done a good point, however I guess the R5s would be faster,” was the Finn’s down-beat view on the situation.

Kris Meeke was quickest in his Yaris, however, the Ulsterman still needed nearly 20sec to produce upon eight-placed Lappi after his sooner problem.

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