Kris Meeke was off to a great start at the Tour de Corse, the first dry asphalt rally of the 2017 WRC season. He managed to rack up three stage wins out of the four stages that ran today and currently leads the rally at the end of leg one.
Meeke was quickest on SS1 and SS2, and managed to create an 8.9 second lead over Sebastien Ogier. Thierry Neuville was in third, with Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo close behind him, Tanak getting the better of Sordo in SS2. Meanwhile, Toyota didn’t get the start they would have liked, with Latvala’s times being way off the mark and Hanninen’s great performance in SS1 coming to an end when he hit a bridge.
Ogier managed to beat Meeke in SS3, but did so by only 0.8 seconds. Meeke took the fight back to Ogier the following stage and won it, putting him at the top of the standings at the end of Leg 1. Hyundai’s Neuville still holds third, but is 25.8 seconds off the leader.
Tomorrow will be a gruelling day, the longest of the rally with the two loops of the two stages totalling 131.92km. Stay tuned for more of the WRC Tour de Corse tomorrow.