Tanak highlights the first day

The Estonian set a pace that only young Kalle Rovanpera could follow. Bad start from Dani Sordo, who fell off his head.


First day of school, and Ott Tanak was the smartest. The Estonian rider set a hellish pace in the opening stage of the Monte Carlo Rally, taking the lead in the standings. Only the young Kalle Rovanpera has been able to get close to the former world champion, while Dani Sordo has not had a good start and has taken off his head.

Tanak has won the two stages that opened the season and made up the first stage of the Monegasque event. With a wet floor and changes in grip the first, and with some ice and snow the second, they have been a hallway for the Estonian of Hyundai, who starts the year by removing the bad taste in his mouth last year, who suffered a terrible accident in this test. In both stages he was escorted by Toyota Rovanpera and Elfyn Evans, while Thierry Neuville lost time adapting to a new co-driver and Sebastien Ogier yielded due to brake problems.

Sordo did not understand anything at the end of the first section, in which he assured that "the sensations have been good, but the weather was not", and after the second he found some possible explanation: "there is a strange noise in the car, and also I have not had very good feelings in this section. We may have a problem with the spreads. We have to fix it for tomorrow. ”

The worst stopped on the day was Teemu Suninen, who was setting a spectacular time in the first section, until his Ford slid against a slope in a right-hand corner and went straight into the ravine.


1. Tanak-Jarveoja (Est / Hyundai), 24: 17.5

2. Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin / Toyota), to 3.3

. Evans-Martin (Gbr / Toyota), to 8.5

4. Neuville- Wydaeghe (Bel / Hyundai), at 16.0

5 Ogier-Ingrasia (Fra / Toyota), at 16.9

6 Sordo-Del Barrio (Esp / Hyundai), at 42.7

Photos from as.com
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