Elfyn Evans snatched again the lead of the Monte Carlo rally from his Toyota International Rally Championship team-mate Sebastien Ogier after a powerful Saturday morning loop.

Ogier began the morning with a 1.2-second lead over his team-mate, and prolonged it via 1.6s at the opening SS9 level, however Evans fought again at the Los angeles Breole-Slonnet check to win the level via 7.6s and take the lead of the rally via 4.8s.

Hyundai motive force Thierry Neuville stays 3rd, having received the St-Leger Les Melezes – Los angeles Batie Neuve check, however the 2019 WRC runner-up misplaced 14 seconds at the morning’s moment level, and is 11.8s in the back of Ogier.

Sebastien Loeb had a tough morning in his Hyundai i20, dropping time to the leaders at the first two phases of the morning loop, and the nine-time champion admitted that he had “bogged down an excessive amount of” after seeking to save his tyres on SS10.

His wary manner intended he ended the level 20s off the tempo and is now 1m39.6s in the back of rally chief Evans.

M-Recreation’s Esapekka Lappi ended the morning in 5th, however used to be unsatisfied that there used to be now not as a lot ice at the highway as his pacenotes had prompt. Regardless of that, he nonetheless prolonged his merit over Kalle Rovenpera in 6th to 19.5s.

The primary of the WRC3 runners used to be subsequent up, with Eric Camilli shifting as much as 7th position in his Citroen C3, and Toyota motive force Takamoto Katsuta shedding right down to 8th.

Katsuta spun his Yaris WRC in the course of St Leger Les Melezes – Los angeles Batie Neuve level, costing him simply over 3 and a part mins as he stopped to transparent snow from his radiator ahead of proceeding to complete.

Citroen C3 motive force Nicolas Ciamin is moment within the WRC3 magnificence, and 9th general, finishing the morning 19.6s forward of WRC2 chief Mads Ostberg, who rounded out the highest 10.

Main positions after SS10

PosMotive forceWorkforceAutomotiveHole
1Elfyn Evans, S.MartinToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota2h06m38.3s
2Sebastien Ogier, J.IngrassiaToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota4.8s
3Thierry Neuville, N.GilsoulHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai16.6s
4Sebastien Loeb, D.ElenaHyundai Shell Mobis WRTHyundai1m56.2s
5Esapekka Lappi, J.FermM-Recreation Ford WRTFord2m31.4s
6Kalle Rovanpera, J.HalttunenToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota2m59.3s
7Eric Camilli, F-X.BuresiEric CamilliCitroen9m10.2s
8Takamoto Katsuta, D.BarrittToyota Gazoo Racing WRTToyota9m49.7s
9Nicolas Ciamin, Y.RocheNicolas CiaminCitroen10m32.4s
10Mads Ostberg, T.EriksenPH RecreationCitroen10m52.0s

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