Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has concluded day two of Rallye Deutschland with a commanding lead over team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.

Ogier doubled his overnight lead on the opening loop this morning, winning four of the five stages, including taking 6.8s out of Latvala on the first run through Panzerplatte Long.

Latvala was then quickest in the first two tests after lunch, but Ogier conceded only 1.5s, before then again setting the pace in Panzerplatte Long, this time a massive 15.3s up on Latvala, who was 'best of the rest'. The loop concluded with another pass through Bosenberg and Ogier was again the man, taking his sixth stage win of the day and his 13th of the event.

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"A perfect day for us - really happy," Ogier told the official WRC site. "We made most of the difference in Panzerplatte - that was the key. We had the right set-up and tyre management. I had a really good feeling. Okay, four more stages to go tomorrow [now]."

Meanwhile, Latvala was at a loss to explain why he lost so much time in Panzerplatte Long, especially on the repeat: "I'm surprised by the time because I felt we had a good run. But it seems that we didn't. It's disappointing. I don't understand," said the Finn.

Speaking after the final test, he added: "It's been a sensible drive from me today. I'm not trying to push too hard. We want to end it like this."

Behind, Andreas Mikkelsen is a lonely third, switching his focus in the afternoon to test set-ups for the next tarmac event coming up in October in Corsica: "We learned some things today," noted the VW Motorsport II pilot. "No we must keep full concentration for the four stages still to come [on Sunday]."

In the battle for fourth, Dani Sordo has managed to inch away from Hyundai team-mate Thierry Neuville, despite gearbox issues. The two are now split by 9.5s: "Not such a bad day. We have had a few problems, but the gap [to Neuville behind] is looking okay now," Sordo stated.

M-Sport's Elfyn Evans rounds out the top-six, with Mads Ostberg up to seventh in his Citroen DS 3 WRC and just 3.2 seconds back.

Ott Tanak ends the day in eighth, losing time this afternoon in Panzerplatte Long 2, when he went off the road and had trouble re-starting his Fiesta RS WRC, losing over a minute.

Hyundai third driver Hayden Paddon and WRC car debutant Stephane Lefebvre fill out the remaining positions in the top-ten, ahead of Kevin Abbring, WRC2 class leader Jan Kopecky, Martin Prokop and the recovering Kris Meeke.

Meeke set a string of top-three times, but after damaging the suspension in SS6 on Friday with an off, is over 5 minutes off a place in the top-ten: "The pace today has been good, but we already knew that. I really need to get it together. My future is on the line," he conceded. "I'll continue to try and do my best."

In WRC2, Kopecky's lead is up to just over 4 minutes. Eric Camilli is now second and Quentin Giordano third. Craig Breen had been running P2 until he picked up a puncture in the penultimate test of the day, losing over 3.5 minutes and dropping back to sixth in class.

As for retirements, former F1 driver Robert Kubica was the biggest scalp, retiring this morning in SS13 after damaging a wheel.

The event now concludes on Sunday with two stages on the bill, both to be run twice. SS18, the 19.59km Stein & Wein 1 test, is due to start tomorrow at 07.07 hours local time [06.07 hours UK time]. Full itinerary for round nine in WRC 2015 available - HERE.

2015 Rallye Deutschland: Overall standings after Stage 17 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2hr 55m 42.5s M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +0m 33.8s M
3. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +1m 47.5s M
4. Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +2m 14.3s M
5. Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +2m 23.8s M
6. Elfyn Evans M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 53.5s M
7. Mads Ostberg Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +2m 56.7s M
8. Ott Tanak M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m 10.7s M
9. Hayden Paddon Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC +4m 34.6s M
10. Stephane Lefebvre Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +4m 43.3s


11. Kevin Abbring Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +8m 14.4s
12. Jan Kopecky Skoda Fabia R5 +9m 23.3s WRC2
13. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +9m 36.8s M
14. Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +10m 59.5s M

WRC2 standings after Stage 17 (Top 3):

1. Jan Kopecky Skoda Fabia R5 3hr 05m 05.8s WRC2
2. Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta R5 +4m 01.5s WRC2
3. Quentin Giordano Citroen DS 3 RRC +5m 39.8s WRC2

Notable retirements:

SS2. Esapekka Lappi Skoda Fabia R5 Went off WRC2*

SS13. Robert Kubica Ford Fiesta RS WRC Lost a wheel

M denotes Manufacturer entry

*denotes re-started on Saturday under Rally 2

all times unofficial