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.
"Citroën 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
2. Jari-Matti Latvala
BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 37.8secs
3. Petter Solberg
C4 WRC +00mins 58.6secs
4. Dani Sordo
Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +01mins 36.1secs
5. Matthew Wilson
Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +06mins 50.9secs
6. Federico Villagra
Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +09mins 22.1secs
7. Sebastien Ogier
Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +09mins 56.9secs
8. Kimi Raikkonen
Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +10mins 23.9secs
9. Henning Solberg
Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +12mins 54.8secs
10. Xavier Pons
Ford Fiesta S2000 +14mins 31.8secs
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
2. Eyvind Brynildsen
Skoda Fabia S2000 +11mins 42.6secs
3. P-G Andersson
Skoda Fabia S2000 +20mins 22.6secs
SPWRC Standings after Stage 17 (Top 3):
1. Patrik Flodin
Subaru Impreza Sti 3hour 31mins 06.9secs
2. Armindo Araujo
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +01mins 36.1secs
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
* denotes able to re-join under the SupeRally.all times unofficial