M-Sport’s Craig Breen was in the same boat with one less wet tire – three instead of four.
“Obviously we were hoping it would rain a little earlier, but now we’re going to do the rain dance,” he said.
Fourth-placed Esapeka Lappi took 2.5s off Breen in SS6 to take a nine-second lead overall.
Oliver Solberg reported a bit of trouble with the gearbox and three keys at the back of his Hyundai, but he was impressed with what was happening up front.
“The guys at the front are going to have some really strong times, dammit,” Solberg said after losing 18.3 seconds to the best on the stage.
Despite,, issues, he passed the recovering Adrien Furmaux of Fourmault and extended his lead to 7.7s in the overall standings.
Gus Greensmith was the slowest of the Rally1 runners but remains safe in his current sixth place.
“I felt okay, but the timing sucks, I don’t know why, because it was good for me,” Greensmith said.