"There are rocks everywhere, even in the braking areas, and many drivers have already had problems with them so I have to be careful. Perhaps that's on my mind too much because I struggled to find a good rhythm sometimes."
Of the rest, Federico Villagra and Matt Wilson are seventh and eighth, although both are quite a way off Latvala. Indeed Villagra is already nearly 30 seconds adrift, while Wilson is around 10 seconds further back.
2007 F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is ninth with Ott Tanak completing the top ten in his Mitsubishi Evo, 1 minute 10.5 up on Aaron Burkart, the current leader of the Junior WRC category.
There were two notable retirements this morning, with Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg and Monster WRT's Ken Block both going out in the opening test after damaging the steering on their Focus'. Both men are expected to be able to re-join the fold on Saturday under the SupeRally.
The action now continues at 14.00 hours local time with all four of this morning's stages due to be repeated. The day then concludes with a run through the short 2.20 kilometre Istanbul SSS.
Overall standings after Stage 4 (Top 10):
1. Sebastien Ogier
Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 27mins 15.2secs
2. Dani Sordo
Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 2.1secs
3. Mikko Hirvonen
BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 03.0secs
4. Petter Solberg
PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 07.4secs
5. Sebastien Loeb
Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 07.8secs
6. Jari-Matti Latvala
BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 12.6secs
7. Federico Villagra
Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +00mins 40.4secs
8. Matthew Wilson
Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +00mins 51.7secs
9. Kimi Raikkonen
Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +00mins 58.6secs
10. Ott Tanak
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +02mins 10.5secs
JWRC Standings after Stage 4 (Top 3):
1. Aaron Burkart
Suzuki Swift S1600 30mins 36.2secs
2. Thierry Neuville
Citroen C2 S1600 +00mins 06.0secs
3. Kevin Abbring
Renault Clio R3 +00mins 24.5secs
SS1. Henning Solberg
Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC Broken steering
SS1. Ken Block
Monster WRT Ford Focus WRC Broken steering
all times unofficial