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

"It's a great feeling to be leading tonight but it might bring me some difficulties tomorrow. I wanted to catch Loeb and I was expecting to be in the top three, but not to be leading tonight. I drove flat out on that final stage and tomorrow I need to do the same and be precise. The biggest thing is not to worry about being first on the road, it's being mentally strong that's the important thing. It's six months since I won in Sweden and it would be great to win here, but it will be a very open day and a big fight. Maybe the rally could be like last year when Ford won by just 0.3sec. It will be really challenging."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I knew we would lose time but we lost more than I thought. There was so much loose gravel on the surface that conditions were really slippery and that's what I expected. This was the hardest day of the rally because each stage was driven only once so there was no chance for me to drive on cleaner roads. When the roads were fast I could match Loeb's pace but in the slow sections I lost time because of the gravel.

"It was a hard day but I came through and the time differences aren't that big. The driver, the car, the pace notes and the rhythm were really good. I could do nothing tactically because I was first on the road. I'm in a good position and all I can do now is try to be faster than all of them tomorrow. It will be really close and I can't wait. I have a good road position but Loeb has a better one so it will be difficult. If I could have chosen my start position I would have selected fourth," he added.

Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"With an overnight deficit of 28s to make up, we had no other choice than to push as hard as we could. Running second on the road is effectively better than being first through the stages. Even so, we still had to push extremely hard and not make any mistakes. Thankfully, our car performed faultlessly and we managed to make up much of the gap. We will see how things pan out over this afternoon's two long stages which could well be decisive.

"We managed to move ahead after SS10. However, along with the team, we worked out that 4.2s wasn't a big enough lead to take into the final day if we were first on the road. We regretfully let our rivals pass us again, although that's not really my vision of rallying which should be about driving faster than the others and not having to lift: There are nonetheless rules we have to exploit. We'll see tomorrow whether we made the right choice."

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]:

"Running fourth on the road today was an advantage. It was nice to see my times get closer to those of the front-runners. The gap is coming down, although I continue to lose time on the slower, more technical portions because I still lack experience of this event. However, if I compare my times with those I posted here in 2007, I can see that I am improving, and that is very encouraging. This afternoon's two stages went very well for us. We really enjoyed ourselves after making some small modifications to the set-up of our C4. I pushed as hard as I could and that paid off. We will now keep a close eye on the scrap that's going on in front of us. It could all work out in our favour..."

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

"I have been learning the car a lot more today and things have gone OK without any problems. The stages were a lot faster which I prefer and I had a much better feeling especially on the two long stages this afternoon. I used too much left-foot braking in the last 10 kilometres of the long stage this morning and lost the front brakes but apart from this the car has been going good and we haven't made any mistakes. I am in a good position and I want to finish the rally tomorrow because I can take a lot of experience, with the car, from this event."

Urmo Aava [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

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Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"The car was a lot better than yesterday, but it's been another tough day. A lot of the stages were very narrow, and when you struggle for confidence it really shows in the times. We made some adjustments to the dampers for the last stage and it wasn't bad, but we still have more work to do. I'm just driving, saying what I feel, and letting the engineers work on the car and come up with the ideas. We're just lacking overall grip here, that's what we need to find. On the fast and flat stuff, like the last stage, we're not bad, but on the twisty it's very difficult to push and that's where we're losing time."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]:

"I am in the points and am really happy for that. I'm not going to take any risks to try and catch the car ahead. At the same time, I have a nice gap to the car behind. This morning was quite hard work, though. The stages were so full of gravel, it was hard to find a line and to get any grip. We tried to soften the car through the morning. That helps with the traction, but it means the car loses precision in the faster sections. For the afternoon, where the stages were faster, we stiffened the roll bars, which worked quite well. The confidence was not so bad this afternoon."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

"This morning was okay for the first two stages. It was slippery, worse than yesterday - there was more gravel around. But then we had the brake trouble in the third stage, caused by a loss of the brake fluid, which unfortunately also affected the clutch. The afternoon was good again. I had driven these stages before and like them, they're nice and quick, like the traditional Rally New Zealand roads."

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]: Restart under SupeRally

"This afternoon was better and we were able to push for some better times but overall today has not been good. We had some problems with the suspension struts that meant the car wasn't damping properly, but after we changed them in service it was better. We've still got a lot to learn with this new car and it's frustrating that we're in this position as from testing we know this car can perform far better. The guys did a great job on the car last night to turn it round in time, and I'd like to thank them all."

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

"Today has been really good for us and I am really happy with the times we were setting. On all stages we were less than one second a kilometre off the leader and for some only 0.2-0.3 seconds which is very encouraging. The splits were also really fast in sections and it has helped my confidence a lot especially after retiring yesterday. I know I still need more experience of these events but it is a good feeling to know we can set these times. Tomorrow we will look to continue and hopefully achieve what we have today."

Martin Prokop [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX]: [PWRC leader]

"It's a shame for Mirco, it was a very good fight. This is the way it goes sometimes. The stages this afternoon were really fast in places. I enjoyed them, but it's still quite hard to judge how quick we can go. This is the first time I have driven these kind of stages in this car."

Patrick Sandell [Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX]: [PWRC - second overall]

"What a day! I've really found my rhythm today. It's been very good for me. We've had no problems, except for a heavy landing after flying a little further than expected over one jump this afternoon."

Martin Rauam [Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9]: [PWRC - third overall]

"I didn't change anything on the car today Just my mind. Finally, I was able to find some rhythm. Now I need to carry that on into the final day."

Team principals:

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

"Once we saw how much Loeb slowed at the end of the final stage, we made an instant decision to let Jari-Matti take his chance and build as big a lead over him as possible. Of course, it also means Mikko has the advantage of being second to start tomorrow. Both drove flat out and it's looking good for an exciting day with four drivers covered by 15sec."

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"Today's leg went well for us, and S?bastien and Daniel succeeded in moving ahead with one stage to go. However, after concerting with Seb, we decided we would have the best chance of winning if they weren't first on the road tomorrow. Dani and Marc had a very positive day and posted some outstanding times this afternoon. They're also in a good position to score welcome points for Citro?n. Tomorrow's action takes place to a magnificent backdrop and it will be up to us to do all we can to score a top result..."

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

"Today we have seen another solid performance by Fran?ois and he is now in a position to score good points in both the Drivers' and Manufacturers' championship. Beginning the day where he was meant he needed to get around without any problems and he has done this perfectly. Matthew's times today have been some of his best to date and he has been setting fastest splits on sections of the longer stages which has really impressed me. Hopefully both he and Fran?ois will continue this positive form on tomorrow's final leg."

David Richards [Subaru WRT - managing director]:

"It's proving to be a tough rally for us so far, but we must approach it with an overall perspective and not just seize on one element of the mix. It's important that we work systematically to enable us to build on our experience here and continue to improve our new car."

Paul Wilding [Suzuki WRT - team manager]:

"It's been another strong day for the Suzuki team and the SX4 WRC. Toni's brake trouble was frustrating this morning, but otherwise it's been good today. These conditions are not easy, all of the teams are talking about the gravel and the same problem. However we're really happy with the performance of the car, the drivers and the whole team."