Daniel Sola leads the Mitsubishi assault on Rallye Catalunya after the second leg, with the Spanish driver in a strong sixth position on his home event.

Team-mate "Gigi" Galli is hot on his heels in seventh, having climbed from an overnight ninth. Gilles Panizzi has spent the day testing various settings and is twelfth going into the final leg.

"At the end of the second day we have all three cars in the event, confirming the Lancer WRC04's reliability," technical director Mario Fornaris said. "I am also very proud of our youngsters. They have performed extremely well and avoided mistakes, especially as they are so close and not fighting against one another; very professional behaviour. Of course we are very sorry for Gilles. After the wrong tyre choice yesterday he was more or less out of the rally, and again this morning his set-up didn't work. After all this he is just trying lots of different things to gain more information."

Sola consistently set times within the top seven and has pushing hard throughout the leg. But for a half spin in stage 11, which cost him 25 seconds, the Spaniard could well have moved into fifth position in his first outing on home territory in a world rally car. Overnight he is just 12 seconds adrift of reigning World Champion Petter Solberg.

"I drove a bit more aggressively today and we are now very close to Petter and fifth position," he said. "I am very happy with our day, although it was disappointing to lose the time in stage 11; there was a lot of gravel on the inside of a slow corner and we had a half spun. The car has been perfect all day and we won't be changing anything for tomorrow."

Galli also had an impressive run, moving two places up the leaderboard to overnight 32.5 seconds adrift of his team-mate. The Italian posted five top six times, including fourth in the eighth stage, just 6.3 seconds adrift of rally leader Markko Martin.

"I am really really happy," Galli said. "I discussed some things with Mario this morning and we changed the anti-roll bar settings and it made a big difference. I have learned so much over the last two days; it has been great. For me the car has maybe had a little too much oversteer, but that's more of a personal style thing in relation to this particular event. Hopefully we can reduce it for tomorrow with a few changes and push hard over the closing stages."

After losing time with a poor tyre choice yesterday afternoon, Panizzi spent the day testing different set-ups on the Lancer WRC04 and, although they too have moved up the leaderboard, the French man has struggled with a car that is not at its best.

 

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