Ogier increases lead

Citroen's Sebastien Ogier maintains his hold on the lead of the Rally of Turkey, while Petter Solberg moves up to second and Jari-Matti Latvala crashes into a bank and slips down to 17th.
Citroen Junior Team man Sebastien Ogier managed to almost double his overnight lead this morning on day two of the Rally of Turkey.

Ogier finished the opening leg with a 5.5 second advantage and following the opening loop he now lies 10.9 seconds up on Petter Solberg.

The Frenchman had a good morning and while was 'only' fifth in SS11 and fourth in SS13, he was second best in SS10 and quickest through SS12 to maintain his position at the head of the pack.

Solberg meanwhile was the big mover, setting the pace in SS10 and SS13 in his privately entered Citroen C4 WRC, and gaining two places as a result.

BP Ford Abu Dhabi #1 Mikko Hirvonen stays third, although only 3.7 seconds off Petter, while record-breaking WRC man Sebastien Loeb now lies fourth, 0.4 seconds further back.

"It was a tough morning because the mixed surfaces meant the rhythm changed frequently," Hirvonen said. "There were many rocks in the road in the last two stages and speeds were so high there was no time to react and drive around them.

"Organisers have scraped the road since the recce and some bends have changed as gravel has piled up on the inside. So it's difficult to have complete trust in my pace notes."

Further down the order, Dani Sordo has struggled somewhat today and slipped from second to fifth, 15.2 seconds off the lead. He was only fifth and sixth quickest in the first two stages, before recovering somewhat and going third in both Bozhane and Riva.

2007 F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is up to sixth having got ahead of Munchi's Ford man Federico Villagra in the opening test. Gocbeyli 1 proved to be a significant one, as Jari-Matti Latvala hit a bank and rolled his Focus RS WRC car. He had been in P6 and while he managed to continue he has dropped down the order and is currently 17th.

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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team

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