Sebastien Loeb remains in the lead of the Rally Catalunya Costa Daurada, the twelfth round in the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship, following the second leg on Saturday.

The Citroen man began the day with an 11.3 second cushion over his team-mate, Daniel Sordo and while he only won one of the four stages that made up the morning loop, he did enough to increase his advantage.

As such he returned to the mid-day service area at Port Aventura with a 14.3 second lead, while Marcus Gronholm, who is his chief championship rival, remained third, just under 50 seconds further back.

In the afternoon the situation again remained pretty stable and while Seb again only won one of the four tests - repeats of those held this morning - he is still comfortably on course to take the victory and the maximum ten points.

The Frenchman will take a 12.8 seconds advantage over Sordo into the third and final day, while Gronholm's Ford Focus WRC is 43.6 seconds adrift.

Sordo for his part had another strong day in the second C4 WRC and while Marcus did manage to close the gap ever so slightly - down from around 40 seconds overnight to 30 at the end of today's 120 competitive kilometres - in reality the Spaniard has done more than enough to ensure he takes the runners-up spot.

Sordo once again set some strong times, including winning SS10 and SS12, as well as posting four third best efforts, one fourth and one fifth.

Gronholm meanwhile was a lot more comfortable on day 2 and with conditions more consistent - and generally dry, bar for the first two stages, he won four of the day's eight tests.

It wasn't enough though to make any real impression on the two Citroens in front and the Finn conceded that they were just too far in front.

He will now be keen just to get to the finish and take third and minimise the potential damage to his lead in the drivers' championship. If they finish like they currently are, Gronholm's cushion will go down from 10 points to 6.

Of the rest, Mikko Hirvonen is still fourth, although he has lost a lot of ground to Gronholm and is now more than 25 seconds further back in the second BP Ford Focus.

Further down the order Francois Duval has managed to pull away from Petter Solberg in his OMV Kronos-run Citroen Xsara WRC and the gap has gone up from 9.6 seconds overnight to 33.6 seconds post-SS14.

Like on Friday though the Belgian's pace was a bit erratic and while he did post some good times - including two third best results, he was also at the tail end of the top ten in three others.

Petter had no real issues this morning and his only problem on the repeat runs was a puncture in SS12. In general though he could not set the kind of times he would really like. Indeed he managed only one in the top five.

Stobart Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala and Chris Atkinson complete the provisional points' scorers, the former seemingly getting more and more comfortable as the event goes on.

Atkinson had a scare in SS8 this morning when he slide wide and hit a guardrail but other than that had little to report.

Xavier Pons and Henning Solberg round out the top ten followed by Matthew Wilson, Thomas Schie, Munchi's runner, Federico Villagra and BP Ford 'third' driver, Khalid Al-Qassimi - the latter two drivers' the only movers in the top 14, as the top 12 remained exactly the same as it was at the end of day 1.

In the FIA Junior Rally Championship category, Per-Gunnar Andersson now leads in his Suzuki Swift after Urmo Aava picked up a puncture in SS8 and had to stop to change the tyre. The Estonian dropped to third, more than a minute off P-G and 20 seconds or so off Martin Prokop, who moves up to P2.

In the end P-G finished the day 55.5 seconds up on Prokop and 1min 09.6secs ahead of Aava.

Jozef Beres and Conrad Rautenbach round out the JRC top five, with Michal Kosciuszko sixth.

The action now concludes on Sunday, with SS15, the 16.32 kilometre-run through Riudecanyes 1, kicking off proceedings at 08.15 hours local time. Four tests - 86 competitive kilometres - will be held on day three to bring the Rally Catalunya to a close.