Elfyn Evans leads on home turf at Wales Rally GB by almost half a minute over M-Sport Ford duo Ott Tanak and Sebastien Ogier after the full opening day of action.

The DMACK M-Sport Ford driver notched up a trio of stage wins to overhaul early leader Ogier before gradually pulling away at the front, having also profited from his advantageous starting slot, to delight the home fans.

The British driver is aiming to become the first home nation driver winner since Richard Burns in 2000 and also break Ogier’s control of the event having entered this year as a four-time consecutive winner.

Tanak, who recently confirmed his switch to Toyota from 2018, leads the M-Sport Ford charge in second by two seconds from Ogier while Thierry Neuville produced an impressive SS7 Hafren 2 charge to win the stage and leapfrog three spots to fourth place for Hyundai.

Jari-Mati Latvala continues to head up the Toyota charge sitting in fifth place ahead of top Citroen driver Kris Meeke in sixth place.

Andreas Mikkelsen is adjusting to life at Hyundai in seventh place ahead of team-mates Dani Sordo in eighth and Hayden Paddon in ninth as Juho Hanninen rounded out the top ten on his final outing for Toyota.


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