Kalle Rovanperä dropped to fourth in the second round of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship.

Finnish teammate Sebastien Ogier was the first to start the race for the fifth, 22.24 km long special stage.

He put a tough challenge on the following - Elfyn Evans, who finished second fastest, was 8 seconds behind his teammate and Hyundain Ott Tänak just over 12 seconds.

Rovanperä was also unable to beat the time of the French champion.

Rovanperä was 18.5 seconds behind Ogier.

Ogier led the race after the fourth special stage with 3.3 seconds to Evans and 9.7 seconds to Rovanpera.

With the fifth EK, the difference to Evans increased to 11.3 seconds.

Today, in turn, overtook Rovanperä by 3.4 seconds in the overall race.

Today is 24.8 seconds behind Ogier and 28.2 seconds from Rovanperä.

The Monte Carlo race is Jari-Matti Latvala's first World Rally Championship in a new wash as Toyota's team manager.

Latvala's World Cup contract has started strongly: Toyota has a double lead in the race, after five of the race's 15 special stages have been run.