Citroen team leader Sebastien Loeb remains firmly in the lead following day two of the Rally RACC Catalunya-Costa Daurda, the twelfth round in this year's World Rally Championship.

Loeb, who won all the tests on Friday, had to settle for four from six today, but that was still enough to see him practically double his overnight advantage in his Citroen C4 WRC car.

Indeed Loeb maintained his clean sweep this morning and set the pace in SS7, SS8 and SS9, to increase his cushion from 15.8 seconds to 23.7 seconds going into the mid-day service.

While in the afternoon Mikko Hirvonen and Francois Duval beat him in SS10 and SS12, Loeb still notched up another stage win - his tenth of the event - and he will now take a 27.7 second lead into Sunday's final leg.

Dani Sordo meanwhile remains second in the sister 'works' C4 WRC and while Duval did inch slightly closer, the gap between the two is still over 20 seconds - down just 1.8 seconds on what it was at the end of day 1.

Mikko Hirvonen completes the top four, but while he tried to close up on his Duval he actually lost ground. He now lies 13.2 seconds off his team-mate and the final place on the rostrum.

Further down the order, Petter Solberg rounds out the top five, although the Norwegian came under increased pressure from Urmo Aava on the repeat loop, who slashed the gap to just 1.4 seconds following SS12.

Subaru's Chris Atkinson and Stobart Ford returnee Jari-Matti Latvala complete the provisional points' scorers, with Andreas Mikkelsen and Matthew Wilson ninth and tenth respectively.

Of the rest, Conrad Rautenbach is 11.3 seconds off Wilson in eleventh, while Brice Tirabassi is twelfth followed by Henning Solberg, Federico Villagra and Suzuki's Toni Gardemeister.

Gardemeister's team-mate Per-Gunnar Andersson re-started this morning under the SupeRally, but after missing most of the opening day is way down the leaderboard and outside the top 40.

Khalid Al Qassimi also took advantage of the SupeRally and rejoined the fold in the 'third' BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT entry after issues on the way back to the final service last night. He finished the day 26th.

In the Junior World Rally Championship category, Sebastien Ogier looked to have it wrapped up, until he made a crucial error in SS12 and damaged the radiator on his C2 S1600. The Frenchman completed the test but was forced to retire on the way back to service.

Martin Prokop thus inherits the lead and he is over 1.5 minutes up on Alessandro Bettega in second. Aaron Burkart completes the J-WRC podium followed by Shaun Gallagher and Patrik Sandell.

Hans Weijs Jr, Jaan Molder and Kris Meeke round out the points scorers' in sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, with Gilles Schammel ninth and Stefano Albertini tenth.

In terms of retirees there were no major casualties on day 2 - other than Ogier, although the final stage was stopped prematurely when Albert Llovera rolled at the start in his Fiat Grande Punto. His co-driver, Diego Vallejo was flown to hospital with a broken collarbone and chest injuries. Llovera was also taken to hospital for checks.

The action now concludes on Sunday, with the format the same as on days 1 and 2, comprising three stages, each to be run twice. SS13, the 16.32 kilometre-run through Riudecanyes 1 starts at 08.05 hours local time. Leg 3 includes 93.88 competitive kilometres in total.



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