Kris Meeke is edging towards a much-needed World Rally Championship victory for Citroen after ending day two of Rally RACC Catalunya with a 13-second lead over Sebastien Ogier.

The Citroen driver was temporarily dropped from its line-up for Rally Poland after a string of poor performances but having returned to action looks set for his second victory of the year to add to his Rally Mexico triumph.

Meeke keeps a useful 13-second advantage over WRC points leader Ogier after getting through Saturday’s second loop unscathed, while Ogier looks to keep in contention with a hat-trick of stage wins in the afternoon.

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Ogier’s M-Sport Ford team-mate Ott Tanak is also within touching distance in third just 1.5-seconds off the defending world champion, while Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Juho Hanninen produced an impressive charge up the order to take fourth place.

WRC title contender Thierry Neuville has also made solid progress up the order thanks to victory on SS10 El Montmell 2 to go fifth but the Hyundai driver’s improvements were largely at the expense of his team-mates with Dani Sordo and early leader Andreas Mikkelsen dropping out of contention on SS12 Savalla 2 both with broken steering sustained at the same point of the stage.

That has seen Esapekka Lappi leap to sixth place for Toyota with Mads Ostberg (M-Sport) seventh and Stephane Lefebvre (Citroen) eighth. Elfyn Evans has continued to struggle for outright pace in Spain down in ninth and over three minutes off leader Meeke as Eric Camilli rounded out the top ten.