Sebastien Loeb [Citroen Total WRT]:

"It's true that there's no big fight this weekend, but I prefer to be in control. The stages are magnificent and we are enjoying ourselves. We've kept up a good rhythm all day. But the rally is far from over. Tomorrow's stages are new and we will need to stay concentrated."

"The hotter temperatures meant that the tyre factor was more important this afternoon. On the long 25.17km stage, SS11, it was important not to push our tyres too hard to make sure they didn't get too hot and lose their edge. The other stages, SS10 and SS12, were shorter, though, and we were able to go a little faster on those two tests. I would obviously prefer it if we had a fight on our hands but we mustn't lose sight of the fact that a good result here would do our chances in both championships a world of good, and we intend to do everything we can to stay on top tomorrow."

[Speaking in the mid-day service] "Despite our overnight lead, I don't want to lift too much today. The terrain is twistier, narrower and bumpier, and the asphalt is more abrasive. There were a few damp portions, too, but our gravel note crew had them clearly marked. I tried to keep to the same sort of pace as yesterday and that was probably the best way to stay concentrated. I have every confidence in my car and that means I was able to drive quickly without pushing it to its limits. It also means our lead is bigger right now, although we should be able to start taking things a little easier this afternoon."

Mikko Hirvonen [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"This morning I thought that if everything went well, then I could keep ahead of Francois and that's how it turned out. I don't think either of us was driving at 110 per cent this afternoon but nothing is certain so I'll drive hard tomorrow. Second would be very important to maintain my challenge for the drivers' championship. I have to accept that I can't beat Sebastien Loeb here, so I would be happy with second. The stages today were tricky and I slid around and missed some braking points on the slippery gravel sections. There was more gravel on the stages and the roads were more abrasive. Tomorrow's roads are quite similar. They are very bumpy in places so I will need to be careful."

Francois Duval [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"I want Ford to score as many points as possible and Mikko has the advantage over me here. Second would be important for him also in the drivers' championship, so I prefer not to take risks and stay on the road. I expected to be faster than him this morning but he's very quick on asphalt this year. I was happy to win the last stage. I softened the suspension settings at lunchtime but it didn't really work so I made some changes before the final stage and it paid off. Tomorrow's stages are difficult so I don't intend pushing hard and taking risks. Third would be a good result for me."

Jari-Matti Latvala [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"Everything seemed to go perfect today but we never really did anything differently it all just seemed to click into place. We even carried two spares for safety on the afternoon loop when most other people had one so the extra weight made no difference to our speed at all. After Service I couldn't believe how my times were so good. I have just been trying to drive more precisely like I learnt in Spain last week and it is working well; now we are in a much stronger fourth position. The stages tomorrow are generally wider but there is a narrow section in the middle of one where we need to be careful as there are some very sharp edges."

Petter Solberg [Subaru WRT]:

"Fifth is exactly where we expected to be here so it's quite okay. It's been a bit up and down today for us as the stages are very different today to yesterday, and a mix of smooth and abrasive. On the abrasive we were faster than Jari, but on the smooth downhill sections we just lose time. We're making some changes and some areas are a little bit better and we're understanding them more, but some not so good, but that's just the way it is. If you want to go forward, sometimes you will go backwards a bit. The roads are a little wider tomorrow but still lots of surface changes so we'll see what we can do."

Chris Atkinson [Subaru WRT]:

"There wasn't anything particularly special for us today. We were pushing hard this morning and were pretty close to Jari-Matti and Petter, but then we got a puncture on the middle stage of the morning. Now there's 1minute 50s ahead of us and 1minute 40s behind. You've got to keep pushing on roads like these though, but the idea is to get the points for sixth now and see if anyone else who's pushing has a problem."

Urmo Aava [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"It's really not been a very good day for us. This is the second stage we have had to do with the front left damper broken. It's just dangerous. We had the same problem yesterday."

Brice Tirabassi [Subaru WRT]

"Okay we are now eighth, but this event is not easy for us so far. It's been a long day for me, and we have been making some changes to the car, but the feeling is hard for me to find. We are still running further down so there is lots of gravel on the roads and they are very slippery, but it is not easy. We will now try to do some more to get a better feeling tomorrow."

Matthew Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"Today has been mega. This time yesterday I was coming into final service a bit unhappy but today I'm coming in with a big smile on my face as we have moved up from 14th to ninth in one day. I just put yesterday's problems behind me and concentrated on driving and it all just seemed to come together. I have been happy with my split times today apart from my first one on every stage and we just have to try and get on the pace from the very start now. The stages tomorrow are a different challenge as they are a bit wider and less technical than today."

Mads Ostberg [Adapta WRT Subaru Impreza WRC]:

"It's been a good day even though we had some slight gearbox problems this morning. I've driven all afternoon with a bit of acrid smoke in the cabin. I don't know the cause."

Khalid Al Qassimi [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT]:

"There was a vibration for about 1km [after we clipped a bridge in the final stage]. The concrete from the bridge crumbled into the rim, but then it cleared. I wasn't 100 per cent confident with the handling so I softened the suspension for this afternoon and that was a big jump forward."

Barry Clark [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"It has been a fantastic day and as it went on my confidence grew and the time on the last stage really showed this. The plan was to get around all the stages and we have done this, fairly unscathed, today and now I am in the top-12 which is my goal for the event. On the first stage after Service we had a moment where the car oversteered over a corner and dropped the back wheel off the road and we hit a small wall. Fortunately there was little damage so we were able to finish this afternoon's stages without losing any time."

Toni Gardemeister [Suzuki WRT]:

"I ended the day having a touring car race with Subaru driver Brice Tirabassi. It was incredible, I caught his car and drove to the end of the stage right behind him - it was like there was a tow-rope between the two cars. We'd lost a bit of time in the last two stages this afternoon, which wasn't so good, but this morning I was happy. The car was running well and we weren't having any trouble. I also felt a little bit better, which was quite nice for me."

Conrad Rautenbach [PH Sport-Citroen C4 WRC]:

"We've had two punctures today. Sometimes you just get days like these..."

Andreas Mikkelsen [Ramsport Ford Focus RS WRC]:

"I drove well and our times are good but the puncture we had on the previous stage has dropped us out of the top 10."

Henning Solberg [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT]:

"Today has been mixed fortunes for us but in the end things have turned out good and the mechanics have done an amazing job to make the car suit my driving style. We were seventh fastest on that last stage and I am very very happy with this. I don't know what I hit on stage 11 but all of a sudden I could feel the tyre vibrating and I knew I had a puncture so we had to stop and change it but luckily the car didn't fall off the jack like yesterday! Tomorrow I want to go out and see if we can learn some more and hopefully set some more fast times like the last one today."

Martin Prokop [Citroen C2 S1600: [JWRC - leader]

"I'm very pleased with today. This morning, I was torn between the idea of trying to take the lead or settling for second place. In the end I pushed hard and that ended up paying off on SS9, where I managed to get past the local driver who was leading. In that same stage, we came across some slippery sections that could have been tricky. Despite these difficult conditions, our Citroen C2 Super 1600 behaved really well. My advantage of 29.2 seconds over the next man this evening will allow us to control things tomorrow and not take any unnecessary risks. If I win, I will be on the final podium of this year's Junior World Rally Championship."

Pierre Campana (Renault Clio R3): [JWRC - second]

"We only made one small mistake today in SS10, which cost us about 10 seconds."

Sebastien Ogier [Citroen C2 S1600]: [JWRC - third]

"The start of the day was far from easy, with several dirty corners, plenty of rocks on the road and sone damp sections. I concentrated on not taking any risks, sometimes even driving in a lower gear in order not to be caught out. I'm just driving carefully - especially in the corners - and over today's six stages this has allowed me to claim third place in the Junior classification."

Aaron Burkart [Citroen C2 S1600]: [JWRC]

"It's a difficult situation for me. I can't really attack, as then I risk making a mistake. I know that it would be possible for me to go quicker but I prefer to stick with my objective. I have to consolidate my position and just be happy with that. The rally is far from over - there are still four stages left to run tomorrow."

Notable retirements:

Daniel Sordo [Citroen Total WRT]: [retired from event in SS3 - went off the road]

"I started cautiously and used SS1 to find my marks. On the next stage, I was able to profit from the full potential of my C4 and we managed to move into second place, although we did push very hard to achieve that. Then, about 800 metres after the start of SS3, there was a small bump in the braking zone for a lefthand turn at the end of a particularly fast, narrow, downhill section, and that was enough to cause my car to lift slightly. I braked as hard as I could, taking care not to lock the wheels, but the rear of my C4 swiped a bank which sent the front end into a rock. That in turn ripped off the left-side wheel and we were unable to continue. It's a huge shame. I had found a good pace, I felt completely at one with my car and we had just moved into second place."

Per-Gunnar Andersson [Suzuki WRT]: [retired from day 2 in SS11 - went off the road - will re-start on Sunday under the SupeRally]

"The morning had been okay for me. I was still trying to find the confidence after Catalunya. And, in all honesty, I wasn't pushing hard enough. I just wanted to get to the finish of the day - but it wasn't going to be that way. Not far after the start of the last-but-one stage of the day, I was going into a left-hander. I cut the corner, but the bottom of the car skated on the sumpguard. The car went across the road and off on the other side. We couldn't get back to the road, but the car was completely undamaged and we will start again tomorrow."

Team principals:

Olivier Quesnel [Citroen Total WRT - team principal]:

"S?bastien Loeb and Daniel Elena produced another polished performance today, picking up five more stage wins. They didn't make any mistakes and looked after their car and tyres impeccably. That approach has taken them even further clear of their pursuers and they are in an ideal position going into the final day. Seb and Daniel have once again demonstrated the competitiveness and ability of the C4 WRC on asphalt, but we can't afford to take our eye off the ball. Tomorrow's leg is very long, with more than 116km of competitive action and some notoriously treacherous stages still to come."

Malcolm Wilson [BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT - team director]:

"We wanted to keep the pressure on Loeb and we'll try to do the same tomorrow. There are four long stages so we can't afford to relax."

David Richards [Subaru WRT - managing director]:

"The conditions today have been really tough, and there have been a lot of punctures which have reshuffled the order. Unfortunately, although he remains in a strong sixth position, Chris' puncture dropped him from the battle with Petter and Latvala. Petter is still doing a solid job in fifth, and it is great to see Brice moving into the top eight on his home rally."

Malcolm Wilson [Stobart VK M-Sport Ford WRT - team boss]:

"It has been a really strong day for both nominated drivers and it's great to see how Matthew bounced back from yesterday's problems and is now back up into the points. It's also been a sterling performance from Jari-Matti, he really stamped his authority today and is just one place off a podium. Both cars ran faultlessly but we still have a tough day tomorrow with the longest stage of the rally so the action is not over yet."

Shusuke Inagaki [Suzuki WRT - team director]:

"Both drivers showed consistency today. Unfortunately, P-G has had a problem in stage 11 this afternoon, which was a shame because his confidence was coming back to him and he was setting better times. And Toni had gone really well, setting times always in or right on the edge of the top 10. We were happy with that, particularly as he has been struggling with his illness. Then he lost time in both the last stages. Toni and P-G will be back and fighting for Suzuki on these incredible Corsican roads tomorrow."



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