The first two stages on Friday at the ACI Rally Monza have just been completed. The teams have encountered very difficult conditions, with heavy rain. The classification, compared to yesterday, has gone crazy.
Esapekka Lappi is leading aboard the Ford Fiesta WRC. The Finn got the tire riding right, coming out on spikeless snow on TC-3. Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio are close behind, just 3.3 seconds behind the M-Sport team.
Much further apart are the 2020 championship contenders. Sébastien Ogier is third at 22 seconds, ahead of Ott Tänak, Elfyn Evans, Kalle Rovanperä, Thierry Neuville and Teemu Suninen. Neuville made a mistake in the first stage of the day, while Suninen started with a broken engine.
Three specials remain to end the day. Starting at twelve thirty in the morning, “Cinturato 1” will take place, which is 16.22 kilometers long. The second pass through that section will be held at three in the afternoon. PZero Grand Prix, with ten kilometers, will close the day after five thirty in the afternoon.
* UPDATE: As confirmed live, Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio have suffered a mechanical breakdown after crossing the finish line, which will prevent them from starting the next special. If so, they would lose any chance of a good outcome.
This is the provisional classification:
|1.||Lappi/Ferm Ford Fiesta WRC|
|2.||Sordo/del Barrio Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+3.3|
|3.||Ogier/Ingrassia Toyota Yaris WRC||+22.4|
|4.||Tänak/Järveoja Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+23.5|
|5.||Evans/Martin Toyota Yaris WRC||+26.4|
|6.||Rovanperä/Halttunen Toyota Yaris WRC||+31.6|
|7.||Neuville/Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+34.7|
|8.||Suninen/Lehtinen Ford Fiesta WRC||+53.0|