Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Today's terrain was very different from yesterday's, but the conditions stayed dry again. We got off to a good start and my C4 WRC was handling just as nicely as it did on Friday. Thanks to the work of everyone in the team, we also got the morning's two tyre calls spot on, namely Pirelli 'Softs' for the three stages up to the remote service zone, then 'Hards' for the harder-wearing tank-testing tracks. The result was excellent. We have pulled even further clear of our main rival in the World Championship and Dani and Marc are holding second place, so that's all very positive. We just had one scary moment this morning when we brushed a hay-bail that formed part of a chicane in one particularly fast portion. It wasn't in the same position as it was during recce."

"The best way to stay concentrated is to keep pushing. The stages are cleaner than in previous years and I have the utmost confidence in my C4, so it was best to keep going at the same pace [this afternoon] and try to build up some more breathing space for tomorrow. We've rarely had such a dry Rallye Deutschland and everything has gone very well so far. If the order stays the same all the way to the finish after tomorrow's five stages, it will be an excellent result for us and the team in the two championships."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"I reverted to a set-up with which I felt much more comfortable [with this morning]. My car performed much better and I was more confident, so it was easier to push hard! We reclaimed second place after SS7 and we then set about consolidating our position.

"Prior to this afternoon's loop, our closest chaser was 14.4 seconds behind us. Our lead is now up to 1m 4s. We didn't push quite so hard second round, but that didn't stop us from making the most of the potential of our C4 over this terrain, although I have to say that this really isn't my favourite asphalt event - there are far too many junctions! It's been a positive day and along with the Citro?n Sport technical staff we succeeded in finding a set-up which suited me perfectly."

Francois Duval [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"The feeling is starting to come now and I'm much happier than yesterday. The bumper came off in Panzerplatte on a sharp dip in the road which affected the cooling system so the engine temperature went up and we had to back off in some places to keep an eye on the temperature. But the setup of the car is not 100 percent perfect so we will try some more things tonight. I always drive for the win and will continue to push tomorrow even though Mikko is close behind."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I didn't have any rhythm and made many small mistakes. I didn't trust my pace notes first time through the stages so I was too cautious and that's where I lost time. If there was a cut at a corner, I seemed to back off to see how slippery it was. I need to be braver and I didn't have the confidence to drive flat out like yesterday. No matter how hard I drove, I couldn't match Sordo's times. The only difference from yesterday was that the stages had different characteristics. They were more like race circuit roads. On the final stage I hit a hole and the broken concrete punctured the rear tyre. I drove the final 8km on the wheel rim. I would have been happy to clear that stage and settle for third tomorrow. I dropped 45sec but there was no way I could have stopped to change it in that time so I made the right decision to continue. Now I need to fight against Duval tomorrow and that won't be easy."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"Today has really not been bad and I felt much more comfortable in the car. Sure there's still more to do before we're right on the pace, but I felt much easier in the car this afternoon. It was actually quite good fun, not bad at all. I think we're going in the right direction and it's getting better. Today can have surprises, like with Mikko's puncture on the last stage, so I'm pleased to have got through with no problems. The gaps are so big now though it's impossible to close on them unless something happens. So tomorrow we'll just drive to the speed of the car and no mistakes."

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"Okay, we moved into sixth which is a good points-scoring position. We haven't got on top of the tarmac set-up yet though so we can't push as hard as we were able last year. We've sort of dropped to the middle of nowhere today as the gaps in front and behind are so big, so we're now trying to fine-tune and do some work on areas of the car to try and speed up development."

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"It hasn't been a bad day, we haven't had any problems and are still just continuing to get to grips with the car on tarmac. I am not planning to make any big changes to the car now because I have to concentrate on my driving and learn more about how to do it on tarmac. We are in the points and things are getting better every stage. But generally we have been improving things throughout the day and hopefully this will continue tomorrow."

Urmo Aava [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"My first tarmac rally with a World Rally Car has been mixed. Finding the right set-up for this rally requires a vast experience. The handling of the car was affected after my off in SS7 [when I lost the rear spoiler], but I was happy with my time in SS9. It didn't go too well in Panzerplatte 1 [SS10], we had little grip. The feeling of the car was okay this afternoon in SS11 and SS12, even though I wasn't particularly fast. I don't want to drive at Baumholder anymore though, it is too difficult!"

Jari-Matti Latvala [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I had a slight error in my pace notes about 3km from the finish [of SS9] and I came over a crest, flat out in fifth gear, into a chicane sooner than I expected. I was going too fast and tried to avoid the bales by going into a field alongside the road. There was a ditch between the road and the field and the car jumped and I rolled lightly into the field. It was stuck and I had to wait for people to push me out."

"It's hard to find my confidence. I'm afraid in the braking areas so I'm braking too early. I want to climb up as far as I can tomorrow but I need to regain my rhythm."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

"It was actually a good day for us as we had no real problems at all despite the difficulty of the stages. Day two in Germany is one of the toughest days of the whole World Championship, so I'm very pleased to be here at the end. We were able to do top 10 times on nearly all of the stages without pushing too hard. It's been quite positive for us so far."

Andreas Mikkelsen [Ramsport Ford Focus RS WRC}:

"I spun and stalled the engine this morning [in SS8]. It took a while before we could restart the engine. Other than that, we are happy. I haven't made any big mistakes. I made a few chnanges in SS13 this afternoon and the car is running much better now."

Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"We made some good changes in the midday service and the car felt much more comfortable under braking. This obviously helped my confidence and the feeling with the car. The stages are tricky as the roads get very slippery when there is a lot of gravel pulled out. Our safety crew are doing a brilliant job noting down the bad sections and that is definitely helping me. The roads are very slippery because there is starting to be a lot of gravel pulled onto the roads which is hard to get the confidence so we need to be careful in these sections."

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"When I woke up and saw the weather, I decided to go for it. However, the grass at the edge of the stages holds a lot of moisture and I went off the road. I smashed into some trees, thankfully they were only small, but it cost time. Things were going well this afternoon but during stage 13 there was smoke inside the car and I was reluctant to push hard until the mechanics had a look at it. I also went off in the same stage. It was a messy corner and I overshot the bend. I applied the handbrake - it wasn't enough and I slid into a field and lost around 40sec."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]:

"I was just caught out by bad luck today [in SS8]: it was a tight right hairpin with a sharp tarmac edge inside. When I pulled the handbrake to get the car around the corner, the inside right wheel hit the tarmac and broke. First I thought we just had a puncture, but when I got to the stage finish we realised then what had happened. The rest of the rally is going to be all about testing for us now, which is important as we have two other asphalt rounds coming up this year."

Sebastien Ogier [Citroen C2 S1600]: [Junior WRC leader]

"I went well today, despite a small spin on the first loop of stages. After Martin's retirement I had a comfortable margin over Aaron in second, and so I've ended day two with a cushion of more than three minutes. There's no point in taking any risks tomorrow but I've got to make sure that I control my advantage. Today has been quite long and I'm pleased to get to the end of it. I hope we've done enough now to cross the finish ramp at the Porta Nigra in Trier tomorrow afternoon as the winners!"

Aaron Burkart [Citroen C2 S1600]: [Junior WRC - second]

"On the first stage, I hit a small tree and picked up a puncture. I then had a few steering issues that cost me a lot of time. It was a real pity, as I had hoped for a strong performance on home territory. Luckily I managed to hang onto my provisional podium place thanks to the times we set on the second run through the stages in the afternoon - especially with our fastest time on SS13. I'm really happy to finish in this position tonight."

Notable retirements:

Gigi Galli [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]: [retired from event in SS5 - went off the road]

Gigi Galli broke his left leg in the accident and had surgery on Friday night.

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"I couldn't be more pleased than I am this evening. Both Citro?n C4 WRCs performed faultlessly and our two crews succeeded in making maximum use of their potential. S?bastien and Daniel [Elena] continued in the same vein as yesterday and Dani and Marc [Marti] lost no time recovering second place. We could be on for a top result tomorrow, but we need to stay concentrated until the very end."

Malcolm Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT - team boss]:

"It's been a very positive day for the Stobart team after what happened yesterday and it's really encouraging to see Fran?ois moving up to a podium position and Henning into the points. Matthew has improved well today after finding a good setting for the afternoon stages. Hopefully Fran?ois and Henning can maintain point scorning positions for tomorrow."

[On Gigi Gallli] "We are glad that Gigi's operation last night went well. He has had three pins put into his left leg. My wife has already been to the hospital to visit him. He is smiling and seems to be happy, but of course, he will be out for a long time - the next three to four events, if not for the whole season."

Malcolm Wilson [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT - team director]:

"Yes, Mikko will be able to fight back, but we shouldn't count out Francois either. Last year, he was fastest on all stages on the Sunday and he could still beat Dani Sordo."

Mark Deans [Ford of Europe - motorsport director]:

"It's a remarkable statistic that more than 50 per cent of the World Rally Cars starting this event are Focus RS WRCs. Rallye Deutschland traditionally attracts one of the largest entries of the season in the World Rally Car category and I'm delighted to see so many Focus RS WRCs here. The Focus RS WRC is renowned for its strength, speed and reliability, driving quality characteristics it shares with the road car, and those are the attributes that make it the choice of many of the world's leading drivers."

David Richards [Subaru WRT - managing director]:

"What we have seen today is the effect of testing restrictions. Petter and Chris were obviously cautious in their approach this morning, having completed only two days' tarmac testing each before this event. However with this morning's stages and yesterday's competition under their belts, they both appeared to be much more comfortable with the new car on asphalt and this showed in the times this afternoon. It clearly demonstrates that as a team we are making positive steps in the right direction."

Paul Wilding [Suzuki WRT - team manager]:

"Our drivers have had mixed fortunes today, but the most important thing is that we are close to the points with Toni and well on the way to getting both cars to the finish with good reliability. Considering that this is our first asphalt rally since Monte Carlo with this car, we've all been encouraged by the positive progress made so far."

Mario Isola [Pirelli - rally manager]:

"Up to now we've had a more than positive verdict from the teams on our PZero tyres. The special stage we feared most, Panzerplatte, was a test that I think we have passed with flying colours. In terms of pure performance, we are also very satisfied with a product that is also homologated for road use - which is an important point to bear in mind."

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