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Rallying-Lappi leads Ogier in Citroen one-two in Turkey

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ByReuters
13/09/2019 at 18:01 | Updated 13/09/2019 at 18:04

Sept 13 (Reuters) - Finland's Esapekka Lappi led world champion team mate Sebastien Ogier by 17.7 seconds in a Citroen one-two after a rocky first full day at Rally Turkey on Friday.

Belgian Thierry Neuville climbed from seventh overnight to third and a further 0.7 seconds behind for Hyundai, with Toyota's championship leader Ott Tanak in eighth after losing time with a puncture.

Estonian Tanak, a minute and 37 seconds off Lappi's time, leads Neuville by 33 points after 10 of 14 rounds with Ogier third overall and 40 adrift.

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Afternoon rain, following morning heat, added to the challenge on the dirt stages north of Marmaris.

"I've never seen this kind of stage, I had at least 15 huge hits on the car," Lappi said after the day's sixth and penultimate Cetibeli 2 stage.

"We've had no dramas so far, apart from a stall in a hairpin. A 17 second lead is a lot in Finland, but on this rally even one minute is not a lot."

Saturday covers a further six stages with the rally finishing on Sunday. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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