Catalunya Rally: Loeb leads after day 2

Updated: 08 October 2007 18:14 IST

Day two of the World Rally Championship's Catalunya-Costa Daurada Rally, the 12th round of the championship, in Salou.

Catalunya Rally: Loeb leads after day 2

Salou:

Day two of the World Rally Championship's Catalunya-Costa Daurada Rally, the 12th round of the championship, and a stern test of driving ability over roads in Salou, south-west of Barcelona, which are fast and flowing but can also be abrasive.

Overnight leader and three-time world champion Sebastien Loeb of France led the way in his Citroen - but his 11.3-second overnight advantage would be severely tested over Saturday's eight stages.

However, his ability at the wheel meant that he would extend his lead over his second-placed team-mate Daniel Sordo of Spain.

Sordo, on home soil would finish day two 12.9 seconds behind Loeb.

However, the WRC battle lies between Loeb, the reigning king of rallying, and the championship leader Marcus Gronholm of Finland.

The 2000 and 2002 world champion lies 43.6 seconds adrift of his rival and will have his work cut out in Sunday's third leg if he is to protect his 10-point lead in the overall WRC standings.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Mikko Hirvonen of Finland would finish the day one minute and 12.5 seconds off the pace while Francois Duval of Belgium, seen here cornering in his Citroen, is currently one minute and 58.1 seconds off the lead in fifth place.

Petter Solberg of Norway's Subaru finished the day in sixth place, two minutes and 31.7 seconds behind Loeb - while also providing the most dramatic scenes of Saturday's stages as crashed on the high, undulating asphalt.

But it was left to the flying Loeb to finish the 15th of the rally's 18 stages and day two in an overall time of two hours, 30 minutes and 45.5 seconds.

On Sunday, the race for the overall lead of the WRC will be truly on.



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