WRC Finland SS12: Rovanpera steals, Tanak resists, Neuville gains two places

The increasing rain made this twelfth special particularly difficult and tricky. Craig Breen didn’t come out after hitting an embankment on landing a jump, while Takamoto Katsuta made three errors causing him to lose by three tenths what has now become 5th place in favor of Thierry Neuville.

“My car still lacks precision,” hammers the Belgian. “We are progressing in small steps but it is not enough.”

Still the leader, Ott Tanak hasn’t gone with the back of the spoon since the start of the rally.

“The conditions are tough but consistent. But there’s something else that makes the grip inconsistent.” Yet another criticism of his team.

Yet the Estonian is resisting. Even though he lost 2.5 here compared to the scratch from Kalle Rovanpera, he further increased his lead over Esapekka Lappi, author of a small error on braking for a left. The Finn lost a handful of seconds and is now 8.4 behind the leader. His compatriot Rovanpera is now only 6.5 behind, while Elfyn Evans remains in the fight for the win at 15.6 from the Hyundai driver.

More than ever under these conditions, the four can still win. And the four can also all commit an irreparable fault…

SS11: Elfyn Evans signs her first scratch, Kalle Rovanpera comes back

The rain further complicated things this morning on the stages of Rally Finland.

Fifth on the road, Thierry Neuville could not take full advantage of his best position. Our compatriot takes two seconds from Takamoto Katsuta and is 13 seconds closer to sixth place, but loses out on Craig Breen.

“We changed the differentials last night, but it’s still uncomfortable. We have to keep working on that,” he explains after losing 7.1 on Elfyn Evans, author of the best time. The Welshman therefore signs his first scratch on this rally 7 tenths ahead of Kalle Rovanpera. The two men passed just before the rain increased, which caused Esapekka Lappi and Ott Tanak to lose some time.

“This thing is a nightmare to fly,” lance the Estonian on arrival. The engineers and managers of Hyundai will appreciate… The Estonian, third on the special loses 4.3 on Evans but increases his lead over his closest pursuer Esapekka Lappi, the gap increasing to 6.6. Elfyn Evans is third at 15 seconds and Kalle Rovanpera is at 17.4.

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