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2020 WRC - Rally Italia Sardegna - D. Sordo / C. Del Barrio (Photo DPPI)

On the tip of the major day of Rally Italia Sardinia, Hyundai’s Dani Sordo, the winner of the 2019 edition, continues to book, earlier than M-Sport Ford’s Teemu Suninen and Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville, who moved earlier than Toyota’s Sébastien Ogier.

Sordo, on his first FIA WRC spherical since Mexico in March, won each and every afternoon phases to elongate his lead to 17.4 seconds overnight from Suninen. The Finn wasn’t comfortable with his tyre decision within the afternoon, as he expected the must haves to be warmer – so he couldn’t employ his two no longer easy tyres.

It was as soon as a more in-depth afternoon for Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville, no subject two stalls on hairpins at some stage within the day. The Belgian went previous Ogier within the total classification with a 2nd-fastest time on the closing stage. This meant that he’s now a provisional third – by no longer up to a 2nd though.

Ogier struggled with twin carriageway-sweeping within the afternoon, which additionally affected his group mate, Championship Leader Elfyn Evans, who known as the disaster “very doubtlessly no longer”. The Toyota duo completed Friday in fourth and fifth locations respectively, and are expecting a more in-depth day the next day.

In the lend a hand of them was as soon as the M-Sport Ford Fiesta of Gus Greensmith, who was as soon as comfortable enough with his development at some stage within the day but felt that he aloof had plenty more to learn.

Reigning champion Ott Tänak resolved his suspension complications from the morning at carrier noon carrier, with his Hyundai lend a hand to fleshy fitness within the afternoon. He completed the day in eighth total, one space earlier than Toyota’s Kalle Rovanperä.

The Finn dropped fair about two minutes within the afternoon with an unidentified technical grief that affected him on each and every phases. He ended the day fair about 40 seconds within the lend a hand of Tänak.

The FIA WRC2 standings are actually led by Toksport WRT driver Pontus Tidemand with his Škoda, after earlier leader Adrien Formaux of M-Sport Ford WRT dropped time with a puncture on his Fiesta in SS5, hitting a rock in a corner decrease. The Frenchman is 2nd within the provisional standings, with Tidemand’s group-mate Eyvind Brynildsen in third.

Norway’s Oliver Solberg continues to book FIA WRC3 in a single other Škoda Fabia, with his advantage within the class now standing at half a minute, earlier than Frenchmen Yohann Rossel and Nicolas Ciamin.

There was as soon as no alternate within the FIA Junior World Rally Championship classification either, with Sweden’s Tom Kristensson carrying on his impressive development from the morning, 50 seconds certain of Finland’s Sami Pajari and nearly 4 minutes over Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zaldivar.

Tomorrow’s motion takes in six more demanding phases, starting with Monte Lerno at 07: 37. The rally finishes on Sunday, preserving 16 phases in complete.

2020 Rally Italia Sardegna – Unofficial results after Share 3:

1. Dani Sordo (ESP) / Carlos Del Barrio (ESP) Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 1 hr 12min 40.9sec
2. Teemu Suninen (FIN) / Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN)  Ford Fiesta WRC 1 hr 12min 58.3sec
3. Thierry Neuville (BEL) / Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL)  Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 1 hr 13min 16.1sec
4. Sébastien Ogier (FRA) / Julien Ingrassia (FRA)  Toyota Yaris WRC 1 hr 13min 16.9sec
5. Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Scott Martin (GBR) Toyota Yaris WRC 1 hr 13min 32.8sec
6. Gus Greensmith (GBR) / Elliott Edmondson (GBR)   Ford Fiesta WRC 1 hr 13min 48.0sec
7. Pierre-Louis Loubet (FRA) / Vincent Landais (FRA) Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 1 hr 14min 14.4sec
8. Ott Tänak (EST) / Martin Järveoja (EST) Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 1 hr 14min 34.6sec
9. Kalle Rovanperä (FIN) / Jonne Halttunen (FIN)  Toyota Yaris WRC 1 hr 15min 13.2sec
10. Oliver Solberg (SWE) / Aaron Johnston (IRL) Škoda Fabia Evo 1 hr 15min 42.1sec

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