Dani Sordo stayed in the lead after the Saturday morning section of Rally Catalunya but his lead over Sebastien Ogier has shrunk from 17 to seven seconds.The duo was separated by one and six tenths respectively in SS8 and SS9, both stages won by Jari-Matti Latvala, who retired from Day 1 with a broken suspension.
The Finn said: “I was very disappointed yesterday – I turned too early in a corner and hit the armco. I can be angry but that doesn’t help. What can I do today? Some good times.”
While Ogier beat Sordo by three seconds in SS10, he did most of the damage in El Montmell, closing the gap by 6.8s.
The duo’s lead over Andres Mikkelsen has doubled during the loop, the Norwegian continuing to sit in third closely followed by Hyundai duo Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon.
Kris Meeke took sixth from Mads Ostberg despire suffering a puncture and losing half a minute in SS9.
The top nine was completed by two more Fords as Ott Tanak and Eric Camilli both took advantage of Craig Breen losing several minutes due to a broken driveshaft.
Standings after SS7
Cla Driver/Codriver Car Gap
1 Daniel Sordo
Marc Marti Hyundai i20 WRC ’16
2 Sébastien Ogier
Julien Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo R WRC + 7.7s
3 Andreas Mikkelsen
Anders Jæger Volkswagen Polo R WRC + 45.1s
4 Thierry Neuville
Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 WRC ’16 + 55.5s
5 Hayden Paddon
John Kennard Hyundai i20 WRC ’16 + 1m08.4s
Citroën DS3 WRC + 1m36.9s
7 Mads Ostberg
Fløene Ola Ford Fiesta RS WRC + 1m51.7s
8 Ott Tanak
Raigo Molder Ford Fiesta RS WRC + 3m11.3s
Ford Fiesta RS WRC + 4m28.5s
Hyundai i20 WRC ’16 + 5m17.5s