Citroen number one driver Sebastien Loeb looks set to claim the victory in Jordan and his second of the year after increasing his advantage this morning.

Loeb set the pace in three of the four stages prior to service G and now lies 37.8 seconds up on Jari-Matti Latvala, around 10 seconds more than the margin was at the end of yesterday's action.

Loeb had been due to run first on the road today and Latvala third, but after some tactical shenanigans, Sebastien Ogier ended up running first, although the penalties he deliberately picked up cost him dear and dropped him down from second overall to seventh.

Ford also employed the same sort of measures, with Mikko Hirvonen, who had re-started under the SupeRally format, eventually slotting in to run third and crucially, ahead of Latvala.

"Citro?n is playing tactics I am not getting the benefit [of Loeb having to sweep the road]," Latvala noted. "I cannot fight against him with this position."

"We have seen the limit of the regulations," Loeb added.

Away from the battle for the win, Petter Solberg is set to take the final podium position, 20.8 seconds off Latvala, while Dani Sordo and Matt Wilson round out the top five.

Federico Villagra lies sixth for the Munchi's Ford outfit and he is 34.8 seconds up on Ogier after the Frenchman lost 8 minutes and 50 seconds with those two penalties.

2007 F1 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen, Henning Solberg and Xavier Pons hold positions 8 through to 10, the latter in a commanding position to take the SWRC honours. He is also well placed to take the final 'senior' WRC point, 10.8 seconds up on Patrik Flodin. Flodin incidentally is on course to win the PWRC class.

Overall standings after Stage 17 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 3hours 16mins 24.3secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 37.8secs M
3. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 58.6secs A8
4. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +01mins 36.1secs M
5. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +06mins 50.9secs A8
6. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +09mins 22.1secs M
7. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +09mins 56.9secs M
8. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +10mins 23.9secs M
9. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +12mins 54.8secs M
10. Xavier Pons Ford Fiesta S2000 +14mins 31.8secs S


23. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +46mins 12.2secs M*

SWRC Standings after Stage 17 (Top 3):

1. Xavier Pons Ford Fiesta S2000 3hour 30mins 56.1secs S
2. Eyvind Brynildsen Skoda Fabia S2000 +11mins 42.6secs S
3. P-G Andersson Skoda Fabia S2000 +20mins 22.6secs S

PWRC Standings after Stage 17 (Top 3):

1. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza Sti 3hour 31mins 06.9secs P
2. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +01mins 36.1secs P
3. Nicholai Georgiou Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +16mins 23.8secs P

Notable retirements:

SS8. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC Off the road M*

* denotes able to re-join under the SupeRally.

all times unofficial