DMACK's Ott Tanak has lost the lead on Rally Poland after picking up a front-right puncture in a dramatic penultimate stage.
Tanak had been leading by over 18.6secs, but lost over 40 seconds in Baranowo 2, and now slips down to second, 16.5secs behind Andreas Mikkelsen.
Conditions deteriorated on the repeat-past, with Mikkelsen among those to complain: “The worst stage I have ever done,” the new rally leader told the official WRC site. “Really difficult. Wow!”
Jari-Matti Latvala, who was quickest, agreed: “Horrendous conditions. I don't remember conditions like this for a long time. Huge ruts and stones. It's more slippery than Wales!”
Tanak was not the only driver in trouble either, with WRC2 class leader Esapekka Lappi also losing out with a puncture, costing him almost 2 minutes and dropping him to third. In addition, Thierry Neuville picked up a puncture halfway through, but remains fourth and ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala, while Eric Camilli went off after the finish and Dani Sordo stopped.