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Sordo leads Rally Monza after monsoon-like conditions hit

Dani Sordo grabbed a slender lead at ACI Rally Monza on Friday night after a ding-dong daylong battle with Esapekka Lappi on waterlogged roads.Spaniard Sordo sped through the closing special stage of the opening leg at Italy's ‘Cathedral of Speed' circuit to demote the Finn and lead this final round of the FIA World Rally Championship by 1.0s.Heavy rain transformed the track and parkland roads into a muddy mess, with standing water causing aquaplaning. Conditions were so extreme that drivers opted for Michelin's heavily-treaded snow tyre in an effort to find grip.Sordo won the opening test in his Hyundai i20 to relegate overnight leader Sébastien Ogier, but Lappi was first to gamble...
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