Sebastien Loeb in his DS3 WRC emerges fastest in the shakedown stage with a timing of 2m26.9s, with 2.6 seconds ahead of second placed Petter Solberg Fiesta WRC. Closely followed by the Estonian Ott Tanak who slid down 0.3s behind Petter.
Loeb, however improved on his timing on the third attempt shaving off 1.7s of his initial attempt. Petter & compatriot Mads Ostberg clocked identical timing 2m25.2s, Jari-Matti Latvala did his personal best at the 0.8s down Loeb, and Dani Sordo & Mikko Hirvonen equalled Loeb's first best on the fourth attempt. Russian Evgeny Novikov and Ott Tanak did their best timings 2m27.8s, and Australian Chris Atkinson managed to time a sub 2and1/2 minute mark with 2m28.6s at his best.
Now everybody would be thinking why there were so many runs to get their best timings, and that is because there is no Qualifying round for the sealed surface round and the starting order for tomorrow will be based on the championship ranking at the end of 8th round results.
On the downline order, Van Merksteijn Jr had a small off, but both the crew and car are okay for tomorrow's fight.
Complete report of the event is compiled here