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Makinen felt the set-up he'd taken through the final three stages of the day had compromised his performance; running at 60 per cent throttle for the most part of stages 12 and 13 also cost him time.

Solberg said: "It was supposed to rain today. That would have been nice, hopefully it will come tonight. In the middle loop of stages we used a new tyre, one which was a compound harder than we'd gone on before – it worked well, our times were competitive."

Makinen added: "Driving with the throttle problem was not good for us, neither was the suspension settings on the final loop. The car had too much grip at the rear, we overheated the front tyres much too early. Not good. Tomorrow it will be a good idea to go back to the old set-up."

At Skoda Didier Auriol's Fabia WRC retired with clutch failure three kilometres into the first stage this morning. Toni Gardemeister's car ran without any major technical problems.

Auriol's troubled rally deteriorated further not far after the start of the Olost test. The clutch on his Fabia had been slipping from the start of the stage, it wasn't long before it stopped the car in its tracks. Following the turbo-related problems he'd suffered on his Fabia through leg one, this wasn't the exact result which Auriol had been looking for from his 150th round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Reverting his car to an almost Corsican set-up continued to give Gardemeister confidence for the second leg. While the Finn was able to push harder, he still felt the front of the car was too soft.

Auriol said: "This is a very disappointing end to the event for us. With the problems yesterday and now this morning, we haven't really had the chance to show just what the car could do. Okay, we need more power, we know that – but the car is handling very well."

Gardemeister added: "The times have improved very well with the change of set-up. We had to stiffen the front again this morning, to take out some of the initial body roll on turn-in. Apart from that I'm happier than I was yesterday. On some of the stages we are getting close to Tommi which means things are getting better."

Of the other entries Brice Tirabassi continues to head the FIA Junior World Rally Championship field in his Renault Clio. The Frenchman's only problem has been deciding whether or not to cut the corners and risk getting a puncture. Kris Meeke remains second in the category after a similarly problem-free day in his Opel Corsa.



Rally statistics - Leg 2:

Starters: 45 crews (41 Group A and 4 Group N) started this morning.

Retirements: Auriol (F), Iliev (BG), Broccoli (RSM).

Today - Saturday 25 October: Leg 2 started from Lloret de Mar at 07h00 and covered 429.69km, including 131.26km on eight stages.



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