Tremendous images that we have just seen on the snow and, as if that were not enough, with the night closed. The second run through Sarriojärvi has just ended for the participants of the WRC. Despite the conditions, the differences have not been excessively great.
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia have played the role of opening the track during the two passes. Something that, without a doubt, has weighed down the French in their goal of losing as little time as possible to specialists in these conditions such as Tänak or Rovanperä, among others.
Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja go to sleep leaders of the day in the Hyundai i20 WRC. The Estonians have taken both scratch marks at stake, on the longest stage of the entire rally. Craig Breen and Paul Nagle, meanwhile, continue to do their thing, playing a huge role in their return to the World Rally Championship.
The Irish are 16.2 seconds behind Tänak and Järveoja. Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen are third, 20.4 seconds behind the Estonians and 4 seconds behind the Irish. It seems that it will be the three teams that fight for victory in this rally, but anything can happen with their pursuers.
Thierry Neuville, Elfyn Evans, Teemu Suninen and Takamoto Katsuta are the next classified. They are very close, with a few seconds of difference, so they will also give us an interesting battle starting tomorrow.
Oliver Solberg, for his part, is ninth, ahead of an Ogier lost today due to the different conditions and the starting position. Pierre-Louis Loubet lost several minutes due to a puncture in the middle of the special. Everything remains to be decided!
Friday general classification:
|1.||Tänak/Järveoja – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC|
|2.||Breen/Nagle – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+16.2|
|3.||Rovanperä/Halttunen – Toyota Yaris WRC||+20.4|
|4.||Neuville/Wydaeghe – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+29.8|
|5.||Evans/Martin – Toyota Yaris WRC||+32.0|
|6.||Suninen/Markkula – Ford Fiesta WRC||+34.5|
|7.||Katsuta/Barritt – Toyota Yaris WRC||+38.8|
|8.||Solberg/Marshall – Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+45.9|