Subaru's Petter Solberg has conceded that he could struggle to hold off Urmo Aava and hang onto fifth spot on the final day of the Rally RACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada.

Petter began the second leg with a comfortable 13.7 second cushion over Aava's privately entered C4 WRC car and the gap stayed around the ten-second mark until the very final stage, the repeat pass through the 17.12 kilometre La Llena.

Made more loose and slippery after the first pass, Solberg struggled with reduced grip, which allowed his rival to close to a mere 1.4seconds to set up a battle that will rage to the finish tomorrow.

"We have been making some changes to the car today so sometimes it has been better and sometimes not so good," Petter noted. "There was so much gravel in the last stage. We lost all our time after this, and now Aava is close. It'll be hard to keep him behind us tomorrow.

"The team will look at the car tonight and then we'll see what we're able to do tomorrow."

Chris Atkinson meanwhile finished the day in seventh in the other works SWRT Impreza WRC2008 nominated to score manufacturers' points, having overhauled Jari-Matti Latvala in the opening test, SS7.

Like Petter though he struggled somewhat in SS12 and that allowed Jari to cut the gap from 6.8 seconds to 3.4 seconds heading into service E at PortAventura, the last halt of the day.

"We were pushing hard all day and moved up a place this morning on the 38km stage which was good," he added. "On the final stage of the morning we lost some time though, and on the second pass at the end of the day we had less grip towards the finish and lost a lot of time with oversteer."

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