Daniel Sordo maintained his grip on the Junior WRC category in Germany Saturday, despite struggling with the flu.

The Citroen C2 driver concluded the second leg 11.7 seconds up on his Kronos Racing team-mate, Kris Meeke, however while yesterday, Sola won four stages and Meeke two, today the situation was reversed, Meeke taking four wins and Sola two, while Suzuki driver, Guy Wilks took the honours in SS11.

"I'm extremely tired," admitted Sordo in the final service Saturday.

"However if my day was difficult on a physical point of view, it was excellent on a sporting side. The fight with Kris is tight but we are quite far in front of our rivals. It really underlines the car's potential and it's interesting for the coming events on tarmac. That said the most important is to finish the rally without making any mistakes - and keep first place."

Meeke meanwhile having closed the gap to Sordo, down from 16.6 seconds at the end of leg 1, to 11.7 seconds at the end of day 2, added that he won't take any chances Sunday, seemingly hinting that he may well settle for second.

"When you drive competitively on a terrain like the Baumholder's military camp, you can only be careful," said the Ulsterman. "The changes of road surface and grip vary every metre and you really have to be 100 per cent focused. I really paid attention all the time. I made a mistake in Sardinia and in Finland and my only aim is to avoid making a third one here. I drove at a pace I felt right and confident. I will try to do the same tomorrow and keep it until the finish line."

Further back in the Junior class, Guy Wilks is 'best of the rest' in third, however he is over 4 minutes off Sordo, in the new Swift S1600 car, which is making its asphalt debut this weekend. The Englishman dropped to fourth following an off in SS8, however he re-took third, when his team-mate, Per-Gunnar Andersson had a puncture in the final loop of tests.

"I preferred today's stages to those of the opening leg: the roads were a bit more flowing and it was quite easy to get into a reasonably quick rhythm," stated Wilks. "The Baumholder stages, particularly Panzerplatte, have plenty of places that can catch you out, so I didn't want to take too many risks.

"After we slid into the ditch I kept my foot in, but there must have been a rock in the ditch because I knew straight away that we had a puncture. The brake balance problem turned into a bit of a disaster: we seemed to spend more time going backwards than forwards!"

After Andersson in fourth comes Kosti Katajamkai in his Suzuki Ignis and Luca Betti, while Micro Baldacci and Pavel Valousek round out the provisional Junior points scorers, in seventh and eighth respectively.

 

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