2020 WRC - Rally Estonia - O. Tänak/M. Järveoja (photo Red Bull Content Pool)

Ott Tänak leads on home soil a Hyundai 1-2-3 as the FIA World Rally Championship roared back into action on Rally Estonia with five stages on Saturday morning.

Tänak came into the tournament as the favourite for victory alternatively it used to be Toyota’s 19-year Kalle Rovanperä who used to be quickest in SS2 to rob the lead of a WRC spherical for the first time. However the Finn then misplaced spherical half of a minute to Tänak in SS3 when he accomplished the stage with a broken tyre, which also introduced on him to lose some of the aerodynamic bodywork on his automobile.

Tänak used to be quickest in stages three and 4 to launch up a lead over his crew-mate Craig Breen, whereas Thierry Neuville also moved up into the tip three. Neuville received SS6 and accomplished the morning 4.3 seconds on the back of Breen and 11.1 seconds away from Tänak.

Collectively leading the rally after SS1 on Friday following a brilliant opening ceremony at Raadi airfield in Tartu, Sébastien Ogier dropped to fifth opening the boulevard on the morning’s first stage, but improved his hump as the loop wore on and claimed a quickest time on SS6 to jump sooner than Toyota crew-mate Elfyn Evans for fourth total. The getting larger Rovanperä used to be 2nd quickest within the final two stages of the loop and sits sixth correct sooner than fellow Toyota teen Takamoto Katsuta.

M-Sport Ford drivers Esapekka Lappi and Teemu Suninen take a seat eighth and ninth, with Lappi losing time when he overshot a junction in SS6. Pierre-Louis Loubet made a identical error within the very similar repute but sits 10th on his top-class debut in a Hyundai, sooner than M-Sport’s Gus Greensmith.

Mads Østberg leads FIA WRC2 in his Citroën following an eventful morning within the category, which integrated a puncture for the Norwegian driver. He is 16.5 seconds sooner than his nearest rival Nikolay Gryazin, who escaped a excessive-move stride in SS2 in his Hyundai. Before Østberg total are the tip three drivers in FIA WRC3, where Oliver Solberg is on top in entrance of local ace Egon Kaur and Poland’s Kajetan Kajetanowicz.

It is miles an Estonian one-two in FIA Junior WRC, with category debutant Robert Virves leading Ken Torn by 1.3s. Championship chief Tom Kristensson used to be on top after SS2, simplest to retire following a heavy landing on the next stage.

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