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Rally Poland: Latvala takes Rally Poland lead in wet conditions

Jari-Matti Latvala leads a four-way battle for top spot at Rally Poland in wet and muddy conditions on the opening full day of action.
Click here for the Rally Poland leaderboard after SS5

Jari-Matti Latvala leads a four-way battle for top spot at Rally Poland in wet and muddy conditions on the opening full day of action.

The Toyota Gazoo Racing driver carved his way up the order as the first drivers on the course profited from conditions thanks to a smoother surface before rutting the muddy track for the following chargers.

After SS5 Latvala heads up a 4.5-second advantage over Thierry Neuville in the Hyundai Motorsport i20 – who jumped above Ott Tanak with victory on SS5 – as Sebastien Ogier rounds out the top contenders in fourth just 7.3 seconds behind leader Latvala.

Hayden Paddon heads up the rest of the field, albeit 36.3 seconds off Ogier, with Hyundai team-mate Dani Sordo narrowly behind him in sixth.

Juho Hanninen has jumped to seventh on the timesheet for Toyota despite picking up a 10-second time penalty infringement with Teemu Suninen, in the M-Sport Ford fold, ahead of SS1 leader Elfyn Evans who has endured a tough opening morning.

A nightmare Rally Poland has continued for Citroen with best-placed driver Stephane Lefebvre down in 10th and already over a minute off the pace.

Craig Breen in the sister Citroen lost a chunk of time on SS4 due to damage four-wheel drive, while Esapekka Lappi also fell from contention due to a reported broken wheel.
by Haydn Cobb



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