Sebastien Loeb leads the Rally of Turkey at the end of day two, having moved up into P1 after fellow Citroen runner Sebastien Ogier lost around 3 minutes with a puncture in the second test this afternoon.
Loeb had been fourth at the mid-day service, 15 seconds off the lead. However he put in a real charge this afternoon winning three of the four stages, something that ensured he made the most of Ogier's misfortune and moved ahead of Petter Solberg and Mikko Hirvonen. The Citroen #1 will now go into the final leg on Sunday with a good 16.2 second cushion.
Petter Solberg meanwhile also ran pretty well on the repeat loop, but he was unable to match Loeb, his best efforts a second best time and two thirds.
Mikko Hirvonen is next up, and while he dropped to fifth in SS14, he battled back in the following tests, winning SS15, to finish the day just 1.1 seconds off the runners-up spot – and 17.3 second off Loeb.
Further down the order, Dani Sordo hung on and is also still very much in with a chance of a rostrum result, 5.1 seconds further back.
Ogier now lies in a lonely fifth, the time lost in Ulupelit 2, when he had to stop to change a wheel, dropping him completely out of contention.
Fellow Citroen Junior Team man, Kimi Raikkonen rounds out the top six and is on course for an impressive result given he is a WRC rookie. Kimi was 'Mr Consistent' this afternoon, posting three eighth fastest times and one ninth.
Of the rest, Federico Villagra and Britain's Matthew Wilson remain seventh and eighth respectively in their Fords, ahead of Group N class leader, Ott Tanak and the Ford Fiesta S2000 of Dennis Kuipers.
In the Junior WRC, Aaron Burkart remains comfortably out front in his Suzuki, more than 4 minutes up on Alessandro Broccoli.
There were no more 'major' retirements today, although Jari-Matti Latvala lost over 9 minutes in SS10, when he hit a bank and rolled his Ford Focus RS WRC. The Finn dropped down from 6th to 17th as a result, before making his way back up to 12th this afternoon, 21.9 seconds behind Burkart.
The event now concludes on Sunday, with six more stages on the bill. The final day features around 115 competitive kilometres, with SS18, the 16.76 km Deniz 1 test, due to start at 09.13 hours local time.
Overall standings after Stage 17 / Day 2 (Top 10):
1. Sebastien Loeb
Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 2hour 19mins 13.5secs
2. Petter Solberg
PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +00mins 16.2secs
3. Mikko Hirvonen
BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +00mins 17.3secs
4. Dani Sordo
Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 22.4secs
5. Sebastien Ogier
Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +03mins 21.0secs
6. Kimi Raikkonen
Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +04mins 37.5secs
7. Federico Villagra
Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +05mins 10.1secs
8. Matthew Wilson
Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +06mins 16.6secs
9. Ott Tanak
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +14mins 33.6secs
10. Dennis Kuipers
Ford Fiesta S2000 +17mins 16.2secs
12. Jari-Matti Latvala
BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +19mins 14.2secs
26. Henning Solberg
Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +50mins 45.1secs
27. Ken Block
Monster WRT Ford Focus WRC +53mins 55.7secs
JWRC Standings after Stage 17 / Day 2 (Top 3):
1. Aaron Burkart
Suzuki Swift S1600 2hours 38mins 05.8secs
2. Alessandro Broccoli
Renault Clio R3 +04mins 05.4secs
3. Kevin Abbring
Renault Clio R3 +11mins 19.7secs
SS1. Henning Solberg
Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC Broken steering
SS1. Ken Block
Monster WRT Ford Focus WRC Broken steering
* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally.
all times unofficial