Citroen's Sebastien Ogier
leads Rallye de France Alsace following the opening loop of stages this morning.
Ogier moved into the lead on his home event in SS3, when his team-mate Sebastien Loeb, the early leader - albeit by only 0.1 seconds after SS2 – had to stop due to engine problems. It is not yet known if Loeb will be able to continue but whatever happens, it will certainly eat into - and possibly cost him - his championship lead.
Ogier won two of the morning's tests and now returns to service with a 5 second lead over Citroen
privateer, Petter Solberg.
Dani Sordo meanwhile made a great start for MINI and having been seventh quickest in SS1, he was second in SS2 and SS4 and third in SS3. He now lies just 1.6 seconds off P2 and 6.6 seconds off the lead.
Kris Meeke has also gone well in the other MINI WRT John Cooper Works WRC car and he is fourth, albeit 21.4 seconds further back.
Ford man Mads Ostberg
completes the five - 6.6 seconds up on Mikko Hirvonen, who had a scare in SS3 and went off the road. The Finn is just over a minute off Ogier.
Jari-Matti Latvala is next up in the sister works Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC. He also had problems in Pays d'Ormont 1, but the quickest time in SS4 saw him haul himself back up from ninth to seventh.
Armindo Araujo, Dennis Kuipers and Ken Block round out the top ten, the latter 13.3 seconds ahead of SWRC class leader Ott Tanak. Tanak comfortably leads the SWRC, 59.2 seconds up on Eyvind Brynildsen.
In terms of retirements, in addition to Loeb, Kimi Raikkonen has also had retire from the leg. The F1 2007 world champion went out on the road section between SS2 and SS3. Initially reports said he had damaged his suspension and go off while trying to warm up his tyres. However it has since been reported that he was involved in a collision with Henning Solberg.
The action now continues this afternoon with a repeat-run through this morning's four tests. SS5, the 9.68 kilometre-run through Klevener 2, starts at 13.23 hours local time [12.23 hours British time].Rallye de France Alsace: Overall standings after Stage 4 (Top 10):
1. Sebastien Ogier
Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 41mins 26.6secs
2. Petter Solberg
DS3 WRC +00mins 05.0secs
3. Dani Sordo
MINI WRT John Cooper Works +00mins 06.6secs
4. Kris Meeke
MINI WRT John Cooper Works +00mins 28.0secs
5. Mads Ostberg
Ford Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 53.5secs
6. Mikko Hirvonen
Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 00.1secs
7. Jari-Matti Latvala
Ford Abu Dhabi WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 19.7secs
8. Armindo Araujo
Motorsport Italia MINI John Cooper Works +01mins 20.4secs
9. Dennis Kuipers
FERM Powertools Ford Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 25.6secs
10. Ken Block
Monster WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 53.8secs
11. Ott Tanak
Ford Fiesta S2000 +02mins 07.1secs
12. Henning Solberg
Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 08.9secs
13. Matthew Wilson
Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 20.1secs
14. Peter van Merksteijn
Van Merksteijn Citroen
DS3 WRC +02mins 29.8secs
15. Pierre Campana
Equipe de France FFSA MINI John Cooper Works +02mins 30.8secs
16. Evgeny Novikov
Ford Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 34.2secs
17. Khalid Al-Qassimi
Team Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC +02mins 38.1secs
24. Daniel Oliviera
Brazil WRT MINI John Cooper Works +04mins 26.0secs
MSWRC standings after Stage 4:
1. Ott Tanak
Ford Fiesta S2000 43mins 33.7secs
2. Eyvind Brynildsen
Skoda Fabia S2000 +00mins 59.2secs
3. Martin Prokop
Ford Fiesta S2000 +01mins 19.4secs
SS3. Sebastien Loeb
Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Engine
SS2/3. Kimi Raikkonen
ICE1 Racing Citroen
DS3 WRC Went off on road section
Mall times unofficial