Second day of Rallye Monte-Carlo was a real challenge for everybody. After four more challenging icy and snowy stages we have 61 drivers, that means 15 crews has already ended their performance in the first Open RBR-LT WRC 2020 season event.
The overall top 3 remained the same as it was after first leg, just the gaps got bigger. Remus Diaconescu had a little concern after Lukas Fafrak won SS9 and cut his lag from Romanian to 21 second. But in the next stage Slovakian made a mistake in snowy section and left the only one M-Sport Ford WRT man in top 10,- "Too much of a cut, it kicked me really hard and I ended up in the tree.. Too bad." Which left our WRC debutante Diaconescu safely in his 3rd place. Remus drove really well in second leg and in all stages he showed top 5 times, moreover he was 2nd in SS12 and is fastest Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT driver at the moment. Romanian has over 1 minute advantage over Metusz Przyszlakowsk in 4th place and not very big 30 seconds gap from Adrian Klimas in 2nd. Meanwhile Adrian was struggling in second leg despite winning the SS11. Pole is almost 2 minutes behind rally leader. Oscar Estevez won two stages and increased his lead to a very safe one. Last day for Portuguese driver should be a very pleasing having this much of an advantage.
Well in WRC 2 category we have a real make over. Leader after first leg Krzysiek Sliz has some drama with technical issues and couldn't make it to the start of second leg. This let Diego Vasquez take over the lead, but Spaniard struggled in snowy roads and ended second leg in 4th place with more than 2 minutes gap from a leader. So Lithuanian Gedvis Ralistaz was leader during SS10 and SS11, but Russian Aleksandr Romanenko was mega fast in SS12 and became a WRC 2 leader by just 5,57 over Lithuanian. That's a great jump from 4th place to 1st for a Russian and his VW Polo GTI R5. Patry Lasek rose to 3rd place with 1 minute gap from Aleksandr.
Cristian Lamas managed not even to keep a leadership in JUNIOR WRC but build it almost to 1 minute without even wining any stage in second leg. Argentinian Enzo Sagrera was pushing really hard on his Ford Fiesta R2T19 and won two special stages, which let him to climb on 2nd place from 4th. While Artur Hazuka remains 3rd but just 3.35 seconds behind Enzo.
Interesting fact that Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT is the beast performance showing team so far and both drivers who leads this team are WRC debutantes. Great performance by Remus Diaconescu and current WRC 2 champion Kirill Kolomiets. Four more stages is waiting for competitors in a last day with ability to win some additional points in Wolf Power Stage.