WRC rookie driver Esapekka Lappi leads Rally Finland after the end of day one. Toyota driver clinched the rally lead in his fourth WRC start. His teammate Jari-Matti Latvala is second just 4.4 seconds adrift.
The first day of Rally Finland witnessed an all-Finnish top three with Teemu Suninen finishing the day in third. Championship leader Sebastien Ogier crashed out due to a damaged suspension.
Latvala was leading the rally after the morning loop in his Yaris WRC. But Lappi was so fast that he took four stage wins to clinch the rally lead. M-Sport Ford driver Teemu Suninen maintained a steady pace to move up to third.
Third Toyota driver Juho Hanninen was in the fourth position, but a damaged suspension saw him slip to fifth. Citroen driver Craig Breen moved up to fourth. Hyundai pilot Thierry Neuville struggled with his pace and is in the eighth position.
The other major retirement was Hyundai driver Hayden Paddon. The Kiwi driver damaged the suspension of his i20 WRC after clipping a rock. Kris Meeke and Ott Tanak rounded off the top ten drivers after day one.
Overall Results After Special Stage 13
1. Esapekka Lappi(FIN) Toyota
2. Jari-Matti Latvala(FIN) Toyota
3. Teemu Suninen (FIN) M-Sport Ford
4. Craig Breen (IRE) Citroen
5. Juho Hanninen (FIN) Toyota
Rally Finland is the fastest rally in the WRC calendar. A small mistake can lead to a disaster. The competitors will tackle eight more fast and flowing stages on the second day which also includes the legendary Ouninpohja stage.