Tanak quickest as WRC returns from break
Toyota’s Ott Tanak has set the fastest time in the first stage back from the World Rally Championship’s mid-season break at Rally Finland.
The Estonian topped the 2.31km Harju super special stage by 0.7s in the #8 Yaris from championship leader Thierry Neuville of Hyundai.
Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport Ford), second in the standings, and Andrea Mikkelsen (Hyundai) were each another 0.1s slower in third and fourth respectively.
The second and third Toyotas of Esapekka Lappi and Jari-Matti Latvala, also highly favoured for the rally, were fifth and eighth respectively.
They were split by two of the Citroens in Mads Ostberg and Craig Breen, who set identical times.
Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) matched the time of Elfyn Evans (M-Sport Ford) to sit equal-ninth.
Friday action begins this afternoon (AEST) and features 10 stages totalling 126.37km, with two gravel loops near Jyväskylä and another run through Harju.
Rally Finland: After Special Stage 1 (Top 10)
|1||8||Ott Tanak||EST||Toyota Gazoo||Yaris WRC||1:49.2|
|2||5||Thierry Neuville||BEL||Hyundai||i20 WRC||+0.7|
|3||1||Sebastien Ogier||FRA||M-Sport Ford||Fiesta WRC||+0.8|
|4||4||Andreas Mikkelsen||NOR||Hyundai||i20 WRC||+0.9|
|5||9||Esapekka Lappi||FIN||Toyota Gazoo||Yaris WRC||+1.7|
|6||10||Mads Ostberg||NOR||Citroen||C3 WRC||+1.8|
|7||11||Craig Breen||IRL||Citroen||C3 WRC||+1.8|
|8||7||Jari-Matti Latvala||FIN||Toyota Gazoo||Yaris WRC||+2.3|
|9||2||Elfyn Evans||GBR||M-Sport Ford||Fiesta WRC||+2.6|
|10||6||Hayden Paddon||NZL||Hyundai||i20 WRC||+2.6|