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Loeb in control in Corsica.

A number of 'works' drivers hit problems and the first loop proved particularly troublesome, with both Stobart VK Ford's retiring from the leg as well as Andreas Aigner's Red Bull Skoda.

Aigner stopped when he hit a bridge near the start of SS5 and lost a wheel, while Matthew Wilson's day finished in the same test when his Focus slid off the road and into a ditch 5km from the off. Latvala also had problems and after ending leg 1 in seventh, went off the road in SS6, 10km from the stage end and was unable to rejoin.

Francois Duval joined those three on the sidelines this afternoon, when his First Motorsport Skoda Fabia WRC stopped in the final test. Whether or not these runners will be able to re-start Sunday under the SupeRally format has yet to be confirmed.

In the Junior WRC, Urmo Aava now leads in his Suzuki Swift. He inherited the lead on SS7, after Kris Meeke had mechanical problems. Brice Tirabassi is second 3 minutes behind Aava, while Conrad Rautenbach, Julien Pressac and Jozef Beres complete the top five. If Meeke can re-start tomorrow he will do so from sixth place, just over 4 minutes off a possible podium place.

The action now resumes on Sunday, with four more tests - the first beginning at 08.08 hours local time.


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