The organisers of Rallye Monte Carlo have cancelled SS9, the opening test of day three, on safety grounds.

The 19.93 km run through the Prunieres-Embrun 1 test had been scheduled to start at 09.16 hours local time [08.16 hours UK time]. However with too many spectators near the end officials were forced to can it.

A statement on the event's official website read:

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"Despite instructions given to the public by safety and road marshals by the info cars, "000", "00" and "0" cars, security conditions could not be met so race control took the decision to cancel special stage #9 Prunieres-Embrun 1.

"Competitors will [now] use the stage as road section."

Day three of the event is now due to get underway at 10.49 hours local time [09.49 hours UK time], with SS10, the long 51.70 km Lardier et Valenca-Faye test.

Sebastien Ogier currently leads the event, 1m 45.4s seconds up on team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala. Andreas Mikkelsen is third followed by Ott Tanak, Mads Ostberg, Elfyn Evans, Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo in positions 4 through to 8. Sebastien Loeb has dropped back to 15th after damaging the suspension on his DS 3 WRC in the final test on Friday. Full day two report - HERE].