Lappi quickest on opening night of Rally GB

Esapekka Lappi

Esapekka Lappi and Jari-Matti Latvala gave Toyota Gazoo Racing a one-two on the opening night of Wales Rally GB.

Lappi clocked a 1:21.6s time on the 1.70km Tir Prince Super Special Stage while Latvala was 0.7s slower.

Championship leader Thierry Neuville ended up tied for second in his Hyundai.

His key rivals Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport Ford) and Ott Tanak (Toyota Gazoo), the latter of whom crashed his Yaris during shakedown, were fourth and fifth respectively.

Hayden Paddon was seventh, 1.9s off the pace in his Hyundai i20.

Friday action begins this afternoon (AEST).

Rally Great Britain: After Special Stage 1 (Top 10)

Pos Num Driver Nat Team Car   Time/Gap
1 9 Esapekka Lappi FIN Toyota Gazoo Yaris WRC   1:21.6
2 7 Jari-Matti Latvala FIN Toyota Gazoo Yaris WRC   +0.3
3 5 Thierry Neuville BEL Hyundai i20 WRC   +0.3
4 1 Sebastien Ogier FRA M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC   +0.7
5 8 Ott Tanak EST Toyota Gazoo Yaris WRC   +0.9
6 4 Andreas Mikkelsen NOR Hyundai i20 WRC   +1.7
7 6 Hayden Paddon NZL Hyundai i20 WRC   +1.9
8 36 Kalle Rovanpera FIN Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2 +2.2
9 3 Teemu Suninen FIN M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC   +2.2
10 11 Craig Breen IRL Citroen C3 WRC   +2.5

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