Tanak leads in Corsica as Ogier and Loeb struggle

Bastia (France) (AFP) –


Ott Tanak led the Rally of Corsica halfway through the opening day of racing ahead of Welshman Elfyn Evans.

Toyota driver Tanak, who won the Rally of Sweden in February, had a 1.3sec advantage over Ford's Evans with six-time world champion Sebastien Ogier back in eighth place after three stages of the 14 planned for the weekend.

Sebastien Loeb, a nine-time WRC winner, was struggling in 17th spot after an unplanned mechanical stop on a course that has been largely re-designed from last year.

"Generally a good morning. The car is performing well. Not perfect notes and sometimes my rhythm isn't right but generally quite good. No worries," Tanak told the WRC website.

"I'd be happier in first position but overall not a bad morning. I didn't have the perfect run in the middle stage and gave away a little to Ott there. That's a shame, otherwise pretty equal," Evans said.

The rest of the opening day continues through the mountainous south of island with a finish at Alta Rocca.