Sebastien Loeb admits he isn't sure whether he has done enough to negate his disadvantage of running first on the road for the final day of the Rally Portugal, but insisted he 'couldn't have hoped for better' from leg two.

Loeb found himself in third position at the end of day one, 18 seconds behind Mikko Hirvonen, but quickly worked his way to the front as he benefitted from the Ford driver and team-mate Dani Sordo cleaning the road ahead of him.

Winning each of the leg's six stages, Loeb overhauled the gap to Hirvonen by the second stage of the day before opening up a margin of 26.8secs at its climax.

Although there had been speculation that tactical manoeuvring would see Loeb try and start behind Hirvonen, the Frenchman is pleased with the eventual advantage over his rival.

"It's been a very good day," he said. "I did all I could to increase my lead. The road cleaning effect was inconsistent, with some stages cleaning more than others, but the most important thing is we have a good lead for tomorrow.

Even so, with tomorrow's first two stages expected to be slower and twistier, Loeb concedes that he isn't sure if the gap is large enough.

"Maybe it's not going to be enough to balance being first on the road, because tomorrow's stages are a bit more twisty and dusty, we'll just have to wait and see. Overall I couldn't have hoped for better."


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