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Ott Tanak has maintained his useful time cushion over Andreas Mikkelsen at the end of SS17 at Rallye Deutschland as he closes in on a second WRC career victory.

The M-Sport Ford driver built a 20-second advantage over Mikkelsen during the first loop of the day two running, while WRC championship leader Thierry Neuville dropped out with a broken right-rear suspension while running in third. Tanak kept control of the pace despite not winning any of the stages on the second loop of day two to lead by 21.4 seconds at the end of SS17.

Mikkelsen has a slender 8.2-second lead over third place driver Sebastien Ogier in the second M-Sport Ford who will be keen to maximise his opportunity with Neuville out of the running in Germany.

Elfyn Evans looks set to make it a dominant performance for Ford in fourth place but is just 4.2 seconds up the road on Toyota’s Juho Hanninen while Citroen’s Craig Breen remains in the hunt for a top five finish 14.2 seconds off Hanninen.

Further back Jari-Matti Latvala is enduring a lonely race down in seventh for Toyota ahead of Hayden Paddon (Hyundai), while Eric Camilli took charge of the WRC2 race by also going ninth overall and ahead of local driver Armin Kremer in the Ford Fiesta WRC ’17.