Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja continue to give a driving recital with their Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC. The Estonians have left only one scratch of the five stages contested. Step by step, the advantage with his direct rivals continues to increase. We have already reached the equator of the Arctic Lapland Rally.
Hyundai’s men lead with 23.6 seconds difference over Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen, who have put a little more ground in their fight for second place. Craig Breen and Paul Nagle are third, a bit more off the hook on TC-5. Their difference with the Finns increases to 5.3 seconds in the standings.
Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe continue, and are less than six seconds behind their teammates at Hyundai. Of course, their fourth position is in danger, since Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin come flying and cutting distances at forced marches. They are 2.6 seconds behind the Belgians.
Oliver Solberg, together with Sebastian Marshall, is giving a driving recital in his first race with the WRC. After their great morning they are sixth, ahead of Takamoto Katsuta and Sébastien Ogier. Teemu Suninen lost time in the morning, conditioned by high speeds in the Ford Fiesta WRC.
We want to highlight the minimal differences between the protagonists of this race section by section. As an example, in the TC-5 the difference for scratch has been opted for one tenth. This, in 27.68 kilometers and with two different brands, Toyota and Hyundai.
This is how things are in the middle of the race:
|1.||Tänak/Järveoja – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC|
|2.||Rovanperä/Halttunen – Toyota Yaris WRC||+23.6|
|3.||Breen/Nagle – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+28.9|
|4.||Neuville/Wydaeghe – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+34.7|
|5.||Evans/Martin – Toyota Yaris WRC||+37.3|
|6.||Solberg/Marshall – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+51.3|
|7.||Katsuta/Barritt – Toyota Yaris WRC||+52.4|
|8.||Ogier/Ingrassia – Toyota Yaris WRC||+54.2|