Subaru's Petter Solberg has maintained his lead on the Wales Rally GB, following the final 'proper' stage of the day.

SS6, Rheola 2 [32.58 km], though provided plenty of action for the crowds that lined the route and flooded the purpose-built viewing area near the test's central section.

Despite setting the most competitive split times through the first 28 kilometres, Solberg crossed the finish second fastest, 1.6 seconds behind arch rival, Sebastien Loeb, after collecting a puncture in the final section. Incredibly, after 161.79 kilometres, 6.2 seconds separated the pair.

Colin McRae was third and Tommi Makinen fourth. Contesting his first WRC event since Australia earlier this year, Peugeot driver Harri Rovanpera was fifth fastest, with new team-mate Freddy Loix rounding off the top six.

Taking crews high above the valleys, through a water splash and round a variety of difficult, slippery corners, the route presented drivers with drier, looser conditions than the first pass.

After the finish, crews returned to Felindre for a scheduled 45-minute service.

Leg 1 will now conclude with a second run through the Cardiff Super Special, which starts at 1932 [local time].



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