Citroen team leader Sebastien Loeb has said that he drove as hard as he dared on day two of the Wales Rally GB, the final round in the 2008 World Rally Championship.

Loeb held second place pretty much throughout the day and while he did manage to cut the gap to Jari-Matti Latvala, he remains behind the Finn following Saturday's 129.21 competitive kilometres.

Indeed going into the final leg, Seb trails Jari by 7.3 seconds and while that isn't much, the Frenchman freely admits that he has found it difficult trying to balance pushing hard enough to keep the Ford man honest and ensuring he doesn't make a mistake and harm Citroen's hopes of securing the manufacturers' crown.

"The conditions were just as delicate as yesterday's this morning," Loeb reflected. "During recce, I found Resolfen to be the most difficult stage to note and I think that showed today. It wasn't as icy, but we ran the risk of starting to feel too confident and consequently being caught out.

"I drove as fast as I dared in order to maintain our chances of scoring as many points as possible for Citro?n, but we also did all we could to put pressure on the leaders. Striking the right balance between the two wasn't easy.

"Our car continued to be nicely balanced this afternoon, so we were able to keep up a quick pace. The ground wasn't so frozen, but that made it all the more difficult to spot where the lingering patches of ice were. We tried to take things cautiously, while at the same time keeping an eye on the times of our rivals. I think we're in a good position going into the last leg."

Citroen boss Olivier Quesnel meanwhile was delighted with Loeb's performance. He was also happy with Dani Sordo, who ended day 2 in third, in the sister C4 WRC.

"It was another complex day, but both our crews managed the situation superbly again," Quesnel summed-up. "Seb and Daniel [Elena] put in another masterful run and found a pace that kept the leaders under pressure without running the risk of throwing away their chances of scoring what promise to be valuable points for Citro?n.

"Running sixth on the road, Dani and Marc [Marti] made the most of the fact that the conditions were less slippery for them, while at the same underlining the progress they have made on the loose this season.

"Our two C4s have run like clockwork, too, and both cars are on the overnight podium, so our chances of clinching a second title this year are looking quite promising. Everyone Citro?n Sport is extremely fired up but we still need to be very cautious. There are another four stages totalling 96.21km to come before we can be certain of the outcome."



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