The Citroen Racing driver Kris Meeke took the lead after the first two special stages asphalt Rally Tour de Corse ahead of Sebastien Ogier in 8.9 seconds.
Meeke was fastest on both the morning extra Pietrosella-Albitreccia and Plage du Liamone-Sarrola-Carocpino.
Thierry Neuville of Hyundai 17.2 seconds behind the leader and took the third place, while on his tail, in four seconds, is a partner of Ogier, Ott Tanak.
After the first SU Estonians could completely bypass Dani Sordo in the fight for fourth place, however, the time Tanaka left no chance to the Spaniard. Behind Sordo showed the result of Craig Breen from Citroen. A third car manufacturer, at the wheel which acts Stephane Lefebvre, took ninth place behind Hayden paddon of.
For Toyota, the start of the Tour de Corse can hardly be called successful: Jari-Matti Latvala all morning complained that it is quite “careful” driving, which lost 34 seconds to the leader and occupies seventh place.
His teammate Juho Hanninen could claim and to fight with the leaders, if not touched the barrier at the end of the first stage. The clash resulted in liquid leakage, and then to the fire. Hanninen, fortunately, were able to extinguish the flames, but already on the way to the second SU, with a 14-minute lag, he decided to go.
Elfyn Evans finished in ninth place after the first stage, but on the second SU he had to slow down due to problems with the hydraulics and losing more than two minutes.
Andreas Mikkelsen in the WRC2 standings regained the lead after the last speech at the Rally Monte Carlo, but his closest rival Eric Camilli inferior to him in just 5.8 seconds.
|1.||Kris Meeke||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT||38.18,8|
|2.||Sebastien Ogier||M-Sport World Rally Team||+8,9|
|3.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai Motorsport||+17,2|
|4.||Ott Tanak||M-Sport World Rally Team||+21,5|
|5.||Dani Sordo||Hyundai Motorsport||+26,7|
|6.||Craig Breen||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT||+29,7|
|7.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC||+34,8|
|8.||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai Motorsport||+45,0|
|9.||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT||+1.06,1|
|10.||Andreas Mikkelsen||Skoda Motorsport||+1.28,2|
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