Hyundai’s Dani Sordo delivered a sensational force on the closing Friday morning stage of Rally Italia Sardinia to take SS4 and notify the lead after the foremost four phases of the postponed Italian tournament.
The Spanish driver is simply 7.5 seconds ahead of the Ford Fiesta WRC of Teemu Suninen: the one real M-Sport handbook closing in the head class after his group mate Esapekka Lappi retired, with steam considered coming out of his engine bay in the foremost stage this morning.
Suninen – the winner of the foremost stage – held the lead up to the tip of SS3 though, ahead of being handed by the new chief Sordo.
Ending the provisional podium is a pair of champion Sébastien Ogier, 18 seconds off the lead, ahead of his Toyota group mate and World Championship chief Elfyn Evans: the winner of SS3.
Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville is fifth, with Toyota’s Harri Rovanperä 15 seconds in the assist of him in sixth. The younger Finn is stopping assist after a Shakedown accident that gave his mechanics a extra special job to prepare the automobile for the rally beginning up.
Eastern driver Takamoto Katsuta went off down in a ditch along with his Toyota Yari as he slid broad this morning and became unable to continue. Reigning champion Ott Tänak struggled with suspension factors on his Hyundai, shedding bigger than 30 seconds on the closing stage ahead of carrier, and one other 30 seconds on the stage ahead of that.
In FIA WRC2, M-Sport driver Adrien Formaux leads the technique in his Ford Fiesta Rally2, inheriting the lead from Ole-Christian Veiby, who suffered a puncture on his Hyundai.
The FIA WRC3 class meanwhile is led by Škoda Fabia Rally2 driver Oliver Solberg, who went a convincing seventh fastest total on the foremost stage of the day.
The Junior World Rally Championship standings are led by Sweden’s Tom Kristensson, almost a pair of minute ahead of Finland’s Sami Pajari after four phases. All force identical Ford Fiesta R2T vehicles.
Correct two phases stay this afternoon in Sardinia, ahead of the chief reaches the overnight pause assist in Alghero.