Image: Martin Husár
After the tragic loss of a spectator yesterday due to Hayden Paddon’s accident, the Kiwi’s team mate soldiered on bravely during day two of the Monte Carlo Rally.
Belgium’s Thierry Neuville has a commanding lead halfway through day two of the inaugural round of the 2017 World Rally Championship. Having won what turned out to be the opening stage last night after SS1 was cancelled, Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul have had a commanding lead of 31.7 seconds going into the final three stages of the day this afternoon.
M-Sport’s Ott Tanak has been keeping the Belgian honestm having won the opening stage of the day, the 24.63km- long Agnieres en Devoluy – Le Motty stage. Neuville however won the remaining two stages of the day 2 leg comfortably and leads Tanak by a comfortable margin. Reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier is almost a minute off the pace of the Hyundai driver. On their first competitive rally since 1999, Toyota have had a hit-and-miss reunion with the WRC. Jari-Matti Latvala currently runs in fourth while Juho Hanninen’s Yaris WRC stopped on the road during stage five.
The second leg of day two is currently underway. Results to follow.