Elfyn Evans has kept hold of his healthy advantage at Wales Rally GB ahead of the final day of action while Sebastien Ogier leapfrogged to second to edge towards the 2017 World Rally Championship title.

The DMACK M-Sport Ford driver looks set to seal his maiden WRC event win thanks to his useful 53.1s lead over nearest rival Ogier who nipped past Thierry Neuville on the double night stages to close out the Saturday action.

If Evans can see his lead to the finish line it will mark his first career WRC win while also becoming the first British winner of Wales Rally GB since Richard Burns in 2000. Ogier has also closed in on sealing the title with a round to spare by moving into second place and in front of Hyundai’s Neuville with just half a second splitting the pair at the end of SS16 Dyfnant 2.

Jari-Matt Latvala (Toyota) and Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai) also progressed up the order at Ott Tanak’s expense who struggled in the dark and foggy conditions to drop to sixth.

Kris Meeke holds a lonely seventh place as the lead Citroen driver in front of Hayden Paddon, while Esapekka Lappi (Toyota) has jumped ahead of Dani Sordo to round out the top ten contenders.



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