It will be a tough fight on the final day to hold off Argentina's Marcos Ligato [Subaru Impreza] with overnight leader Manfred Stohl [Mitsubishi] fighting back to be 11.8 seconds behind Ligato in third place. Stohl dropped 50 seconds on Sola after gear selection problems on special stage 14.
The leading New Zealander is Masterton's Richard Mason [Subaru] who retained his advantage throughout the day. He goes into the final day in 18th place overall with a 4min 23sec lead from 65 Chris West [Subaru] in 25th place overall.
The final leg tomorrow [Sunday] returns to territory near Raglan on the west coast of North Island, south of Auckland, that was not used in 2003. It comprises two identical loops of three stages, covering 114.74km. The final test of each loop is the classic Whaanga Coast, one of the most spectacular stages in the entire championship, which runs alongside stunning coastal scenery for much of its route. Drivers leave Auckland at 05.00 and return for the ceremonial finish at 17.00 [all times local].