Petter Solberg has vowed to try and push hard to keep Sebastien Loeb at bay after being given an unexpected opportunity to fight for a podium position in Sardinia.
The Norwegian went into the day in fourth place but dropped back from the leading three during the morning loop of stages at the wheel of his Citroen Xsara.
Solberg then posted the quickest time on stage eleven, while Loeb dropped time after suffering a puncture – allowing former Subaru ace Solberg to move into a podium position.
Loeb then went quickest on the final stage of the day to close to within two seconds of 'Hollywood' and while not expected to keep the defending champion at bay, Solberg said he would be giving it his all to try and keep Loeb behind.
“It felt really good to be fastest on SS11 – that was a proper stage,” he said. “We were fast on many stages today, but the dampers got a bit warm at the end of the stage and we lose grip.
“We only have two Fords in front of us, and are the fastest Citroen today. We will really push hard tomorrow and try to keep Loeb behind us.”