Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala has finished day two of Wales Rally GB with a comfortable 24.5 second lead and he now looks well poised to take his second win of the 2012 World Rally Championship season.

Latvala started Saturday's action with a 12.1 second cushion and he all but doubled it this morning on the first loop before then maintaining that gap this afternoon on the repeat runs. The Finn then ended the day on a high by taking his seventh stage win of the event in SS13, the short 3.04 km Celtic Manor test, and will now go into Sunday's final leg with a 24.5 second gap over team-mate, Petter Solberg.

"It was the best super special stage that I've driven. Winning was like getting a hole-in-one!" Latvala said. "I had another superb day but I can't afford to relax. If the weather turns bad tomorrow then the roads will be slippery and a 25 second lead can disappear easily in such conditions. I've always enjoyed this rally and perhaps it's the event where the set-up of the car and my driving come together best."

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Solberg meanwhile has resisted Sebastien Loeb and while the Frenchman is still a threat, just 6.4 seconds back in P3, 'Hollywood' will be determined to hang onto second tomorrow to give Ford the 1-2.

"I worked hard today to keep my rivals behind and I must do the same tomorrow," Petter confirmed. "First and second would be so important for Ford and both Jari-Matti and I must ensure we maintain these positions to the finish."

"I managed my tyres as efficiently as possible during the afternoon," Loeb added. "I lost two or three seconds on the second loop, but I'm still in the running for second place. As I often say when I have a bit of a lead on the Saturday evening, the rally isn't finished yet! And even if I finish third, that wouldn't be a bad result in terms of the World Championships."

Mads Ostberg is next up and fourth, after another impressive day, including setting the pace in SS7 this morning.

"This afternoon has been a little bit tricky. We ran with two spares but I know from previous events that we are struggling a bit with that," Ostberg said. "We had to try to do something in service and we changed the car a little and I changed the car a little between each stage also. But still I wasn't able to find a good set-up with the two spares so it was not brilliant.

"OK, it was not a disaster but we haven't been able to take more time off the cars in front which is what we wanted to do. But we have been taking more time off Mikko so I am pleased with that at least."

Mikko Hirvonen rounds out the top-five, although the event, thus far, has given him little to smile about: "I did my best, I never stopped pushing. We have to keep working to try and understand why we aren't quicker in tricky, low-grip conditions," Hirvonen explained.

Behind M-Sport Ford WRT trio, Ott Tanak, Evgeny Novikov and Matthew Wilson come in sixth, seventh and ninth, Thierry Neuville sandwiched between Novikov and Wilson in P8 for the Citroen Junior WRT.

"This afternoon has been OK - no problems. I felt more confident and we took two spares so I knew that we had some extra tyres. I was pushing and we wore the tyres completely but still I felt OK," Tanak stated. "I think tomorrow we will just carry on tomorrow as we have today and see what happens. We are only 12 seconds behind Mikko now but it is not my 'special' aim to beat him - we will just drive our own race and see what happens."

Martin Prokop completes the provisional points scorers' ahead of Chris Atkinson, Sebastien Ogier, Nasser Al-Attiyah and SWRC runners, Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Craig Breen, split by just 0.1 seconds.

Wales Rally GB now concludes on Sunday with two loops of three stages on the agenda. SS14, the 17.35 kilometre Port Talbot 1 stage, is due to start at 07.18 hours local time.

Wales Rally GB: Overall standings after Stage 13 (Top 10):

1. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC 2hours 18mins 05.3secs M
2. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 24.5secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 30.9secs M
4. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 49.9secs M
5. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +01mins 22.4secs M
6. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 34.4secs M
7. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +01mins 50.9secs M
8. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC +03mins 25.9secs M
9. Matthew Wilson M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +04mins 39.8secs
10. Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta RS WRC +05mins 29.2secs


11. Chris Atkinson WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +06mins 24.8secs
12. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000 +06mins 52.2secs
13. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +07mins 43.6secsM
14. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta S2000 +10mins 53.7secs S
15. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +10mins 53.8secs S
19. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +17mins 50.6secs

SWRC standings after Stage 13 - Top 3:

1. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta S2000 2hours 28mins 59.0secs S
2. Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 +00mins 00.1secs S
3. Tom Cave Proton Satria Neo S2000 +02mins 15.9secs S

Notable retirements:

SS2. Per-Gunnar Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 Lost a wheel S*
SS2/3. Alastair Fisher Ford Fiesta S2000 Suspension damage S*
SS3/SS4. Haydon Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 Mechanical S*

SS7. Jannie Habig M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road

* denotes re-started under Rally 2

all times unofficial