2019 Wales Rally GB - K. Meeke / S. Marshall

Toyota driver Kris Meeke leads a close pack of contenders after the main fleshy loop of phases on Wales Rally GB.

Meeke has been the motive force to beat prior to now on his home event, atmosphere fastest time on Thursday morning’s Shakedown earlier than winning the evening’s opening stage at the Oulton Park circuit. The Ulsterman holds a 2.1 2nd lead at the cease of the Friday morning procedure, which consisted of four forest phases at some stage in north Wales. Stipulations were conventional of the event, with heavy rain making the phases wet and slippery.

Meeke first prolonged his earnings to 9.2 seconds over Citroën’s Sébastien Ogier within the day’s opening two phases but suffered a setback in SS4 when he had an overshoot. Despite this, he stays at the cease of the leaderboard and leads by six seconds at the midday carrier in Llandudno.

2nd in a single day, Thierry Neuville slipped help to fourth after SS3 but claimed 2nd place of abode help on SS5. The Hyundai driver has the two varied Toyotas on his tail, internal half a 2nd. Jari-Matti Latvala moved earlier than Ott Tänak on SS5 despite the indisputable fact that the Estonian had received the earlier two tests. Ogier is 2.3s extra help in fifth.

Craig Breen is correct a 2nd within the help of Ogier in sixth in his Hyundai. At the help of him, Esapekka Lappi and Andreas Mikkelsen moved past Teemu Suninen, when the M-Sport driver went off in SS4. Suninen’s team-mate Elfyn Evans used to be fastest on SS2 but damaged his suspension when he ran wide on the following test, and rounds out the cease 10.

Kalle Rovanperä leads a fierce fight in FIA WRC 2 Legitimate in 11th overall: the Škoda’s championship leader is 6.8s in entrance of Citroën’s Mads Østberg. Gus Greensmith used to be sharp Rovanperä when he had a excessive-perambulate dawdle in SS4. His M-Sport team-mate Hayden Paddon additionally went off and retired.

Pierre-Louis Loubet has led FIA WRC 2 from the morning’s first stage earlier than 2003 World Champion Petter Solberg in 2nd place of abode on his farewell event. Solberg’s son Oliver hit misfortune early in his FIA WRC debut and had to retire in SS2 with a suspected guidance procedure.

The FIA Junior WRC title decider is incredibly intently fought, with the main protagonists Jan Solans and Tom Kristensson separated by correct 0.4s at the cease of the leaderboard. Competitors Dennis Rådström and Roland Poom each went off and retired on Friday morning.

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