Sebastien Loeb continues to lead Rally d'Italia after Day 2.
The Frenchman began the day with an advantage of 33.2 seconds, and ended with his lead still at 28.3 seconds, despite having to run first on the road on the Sardinian gravel.
Petter Solberg had cut Loeb's lead to 26 seconds on the opening stage of the day, Coiluna, but then suffered a puncture on SS10 Monte Lerno. Mikko Hirvonen slipped behind Sebastien Ogier into fourth on SS9, but shot up to second past both Ogier and Solberg on SS11 Su Filigosu.
Hirvonen was only able to trim the gap to Loeb from 35.4 to 28.3 seconds over the afternoon loop, giving the world champion a decent lead for Sunday's final four stages. Ogier won SS12 to move past Solberg into third, where he remains going into the final day. He is 6.3 seconds behind Hirvonen, with Solberg 4.9 seconds behind him.
Mads Ostberg continues to hold fifth for M-Sport Stobart, with Dani Sordo still sixth on the debut of the Mini WRC.
Ott Tanak remains in the lead of the SWRC in seventh, with Juho Hanninen now his nearest rival in eigth, 48.6 seconds behind. Matthew Wilson languishes down in ninth, with Nasser Al-Attiyah third in SWRC and 10th overall.
Jari-Matti Latvala returned after his Day 1 roll and won the five of the day's stages, but remains over half an hour off the lead and 26th overall. Kris Meeke also restarted but stopped on SS11 with a water leak.
Top ten positions after SS14:
|1.||1||Sebastien Loeb||Citroen Total||Citroen DS3 WRC||2:57:05.7|
|2.||3||Mikko Hirvonen||Ford Abu Dhabi||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+28.3|
|3.||2||Sebastien Ogier||Citroen Total||Citroen DS3 WRC||+34.6|
|4.||11||Petter Solberg||PSWRT||Citroen DS3 WRC||+39.5|
|5.||6||Mads Ostberg||M-Sport Stobart||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+1:44.9|
|6.||37||Dani Sordo||Mini||Mini John Cooper Works WRC||+2:29.0|
|7.||22||Ott Tanak||MM Motorsport||Ford Fiesta S2000||+5:19.6|
|8.||25||Juho Hanninen||Red Bull Skoda||Skoda Fabia S2000||+6:08.2|
|9.||5||Matthew Wilson||M-Sport Stobart||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+6:12.5|
|10.||23||Nasser Al-Attiyah||Barwa||Ford Fiesta S2000||+10:16.7|