Elfyn Evans increased his lead to 53 seconds by the end of the second day of the Rally great Britain.
Winning five of the eight special stages Saturday, rider M-Sport made an important step towards the first win in his career, which was already close in Argentina in may of this year.
“Frankly, the last stages of Saturday could go better,’ commented Evans the end of the day. I’m glad this night was over, had really difficult.”
Two evening special stage was difficult not only for Evans. The fog added to the problems to all participants. Most of all in such conditions was won by Sebastien Ogier. Despite a puncture in the front right wheel and brake issues, the Frenchman once played Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanaka 20 seconds and climbed to second place. The final day Ogier will start with an advantage of half a second over his main rival in the championship.
Neville, apparently, mindful of their mistakes in the end of Saturday in Monte Carlo and Sweden, drove very carefully in the fog. On СУ15 the Belgian lost to the owner of the best time Jari-Matti Latvala half a minute.
“It’s a shame when you’re trying to attack, and then find themselves in such conditions”, – said the Hyundai driver.
More than two final special stages of Saturday lost teammate Ogier and M-Sport Tanak, who fell back from third to sixth place. The Estonian lost more than half a minute in difficult conditions behind Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen.
“Visibility was zero. I didn’t see anything,” commented Tanak, now leading to 21 seconds of Chris Mick.
The eighth day finished with Hayden Paddon, while ninth place went to Esapekka Lappi and Dani Sordo was the tenth.
On Sunday the participants of the Rally great Britain are waiting for the final five special stages with a total length of 41.1 km.
|1.||Elfyn Evans||M-Sport World Rally Team||2:32.39,2|
|2.||Sebastien Ogier||M-Sport World Rally Team||2:33.32,3||+53,1|
|3.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai Motorsport||2:33.36,5||+57,3|
|4.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC||2:33.36,9||+57,7|
|5.||Andreas Mikkelsen||Hyundai Motorsport||2:33.42,8||+1.03,6|
|6.||Ott Tanak||M-Sport World Rally Team||2:33.45,3||+1.06,1|
|7.||Kris Meeke||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT||2:34.06,8||+1.27,6|
|8.||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai Motorsport||2:34.43,2||+2.04,0|
|9.||Esapekka Lappi||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC||2:35.20,2||+2.41,0|
|10.||Dani Sordo||Hyundai Motorsport||2:36.15,0||+3.35,8|
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