The Toyota driver, who gained the rally’s opening stage on Friday, suffered a wild second on the second stage of the Saturday morning loop solely 400 metres from the end.
Katsuta, partnered with a brand new co-driver for the occasion in Aaron Johnston, ran broad upon touchdown from a soar, ensuing within the Yaris clipping a tree with the correct rear. The influence spun the automotive throughout the street and into the undergrowth.
Unable to rejoin the street, the pair, each unscathed from the influence, have been pressured to exit the stranded automotive with the stage finish nearly in sight.
Katsuta had began the day sitting eighth having dropped 21s on Friday’s Stage 2 after a wild 360-degree spin following a high-speed sixth gear left hander. Fortunately the pair managed to keep away from any contact and was in a position to re-fire the automotive.
Toyota is hopeful Katsuta will be capable to proceed beneath restart guidelines on Sunday.
Katsuta was not the one driver to hit hassle on Saturday morning as WRC2 driver Oliver Solberg rolled on Stage 7.
Particulars of the crash stay unclear however Solberg’s automotive was pictured on its roof subsequent to some timber on the stage. Solberg and new co-driver Craig Drew confirmed they have been “okay” after the influence.
“We now have stopped 3.3km into SS7. Each me and Craig are okay,” learn a submit on Twitter.
The pair had began the day fourth within the WRC2 class.
Except for the high-profile accidents, there was loads of drama on the entrance of the sector as Toyota’s Elfyn Evans leapt from third to the lead after profitable the opening two levels of the morning loop.
Evans had began the day 6.1s adrift of Hyundai’s Craig Breen however two standout instances on the primary two levels noticed the Welshman transfer into 0.9s lead over the Irishman.
Crews will deal with 9 levels in complete on Saturday, the longest day of the rally.