After a bitter incident on the very first stage of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, the day two of Rally Monte Carlo concluded without any drama. Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville leads after the completion of Friday's stages.
Driving a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC Neuville holds a lead of 45.1 seconds ahead of M-Sport driver Sebastien Ogier. Neuville was consistent with his pace all day and holds a healthy overnight lead.
Sebastien Ogier in his Fiesta WRC slid off the road in the morning loop and lost time, in the afternoon he struggled with slushy conditions and finished the day behind Neuville.
Ogier's teammate Ott Tanak was also quick in his 2017-spec Fiesta WRC and was posting good times on the stages. He is in third after the completion of eight stages.
Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala maintained a decent pace in his Yaris WRC and is in the fourth position after day two. Despite a spin on the last stage of the day, Latvala retained his position.
Hyundai driver Dani Sordo was too much cautious and was unable to find the rhythm on the tricky Monte Carlo roads. At one point he had dropped to sixth behind Craig Breen who is driving a 2016-spec car. But Sordo managed to regain fifth at the end of day two.
Overall Positions After Special Stage 8
1. Thierry Neuville - Hyundai
2. Sebastien Ogier - M-Sport
3. Ott Tanak - M-Sport
4. Jari-Matti Latvala - Toyota
5. Dani Sordo - Hyundai