SS-8: Désert des Agriates inch, 14.45kilometers
The Désert des Agriates can be a barren, wild and gorgeous wilderness and also the only real ‘& official rsquo; desert from Europe. It is spanned by just one road and also this comprises the stage, which starts on the border of the hamlet of Casta. A wide, quick route traverses uninhabited maquis 300 m above sea level. After crossing the Vezzo overhaul, a quick downhill section attracts crews to the final near Petra Moneta.

SS9: Castagniccia inch, 47.18kilometers
The maximum period of the weekend. A fast rise of the Riscamone and Serna goes contributes to a narrow road that crosses Castello-di-Rostino and Bisinchi. The section in the front of Campile church is one of those Tour’therefore highlights. A rise via Crocicchia contributes to the Saint-Antoine pass, after that your evaluation continues over the mountain side to Piano on a new road. There’s a change of management to the San Agostino pass and also the last uphill section in muddy woodlands to Loreto di Casinca.

The epic conflict between the duo flipped Tänak’s way as he won today’s launching two special stages in his Toyota Yaris, cutting on the Welshman’s lead to 0.2sec and setting the scene for a showdown in the creature Castagniccia test.

The divided times ebbed and flowed in both directions on the narrow, twisty and slick asphalt, but Tänak stopped the clock 2.5sec quicker than Evans to come back to the mid-leg ceremony in Bastia with a 2.3sec advantage.

Tänak acknowledged that his pace had varied. “Following the very first stage we made a few changes to the set-up which worked extremely well. I pushed hard from the first couple of stages, but the lengthy one was much too catchy to push the limitation. The grip has been shifting all of the time,” he explained.

Evans pointed to a historical issue in Castagniccia. “I maybe didn’t start the best. I touched something on the back in a cluttered cut on and it altered the handling extremely slightly. No big deal, but it didn’t help,” said the Ford Fiesta motorist.

The pace of the frontrunning duo completed them 14.9sec clear of Thierry Neuville in thirdparty. The Belgian was next fastest in Désert des Agriates, but confessed he may have been Over cautious in the gravel-covered section midway through the very long test.

His hesitation allowed Hyundai i-20 teammate Dani Sordo to close the gap.

Next fastest in Castagniccia encouraged Sébastien Ogier to fifth at his Citroën C3, ahead of Teemu Suninen. The young Finn was suffering from several little issues in his Fiesta and conceded almost 30sec to Ogier in the very long term.

A distraught Esapekka Lappi remained seventh, still looking for the secret to unlock more pace. He’d nearly 90sec at your fingertips Sébastien Loeb, who dropped in Castagniccia after sliding his i20 into a ditch.

Kris Meeke and Jari-Matti Latvala completed the leaderboard, the Briton moving in front of his Yaris teammate in Désert des Agriates. These certainly were separated by 8.5sec and relegated WRC 2 leader Eric Camilli, who dropped nearly two moments after stopping to change a tyre.

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