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Puncture sees Latvala drop from lead to sixth place

What a day – the first stages saw a tight battle between Jari-Matti Latvala, Sebastien Ogier, Sebastien Loeb and Petter Solberg, with the Ford car leading for most of the day until the second Myherin stop.

Loeb led after last night’s superspecial stage in Cardiff Bay but the  Ford of Latvala took an early lead in stage 2 before yielding the lead to Loeb in stage 3.

But an excellent time in stage 4 saw Latvala take a healthy lead over the other drivers which he maintained for most of the day despite leading stage times from Ogier and Loeb in SS5 and SS6.

But its Loeb’s Citroen C4 which starts the tough stages of day three in the number one spot after a puncture in stage 7 saw Latvala dropped into sixth place.

Second place is held by Petter Solberg just 1.8 seconds back from Loeb while Sebastien Ogier a similar interval further back makes it a Citroen 1-2-3.

Despite a promising start 19-year-old Tom Cave, from Aberdovey, has suffered problems with the steering on his Proton Satria.

That promotes Jason Pritchard to top home runner. The Builth Wells driver currently lies in 28th place in his Subaru Impreza.

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With arguably the toughest stages ahead tomorrow who will take the top spot on the podium for this year’s Wales Rally GB is far from determined.

We’re expecting a lot more drama tomorrow.

The top runners are scheduled to begin arriving in Cardiff Bay from 18:30GMT for the overnight halt before tackling seven more stages tomorrow including six on the Epynt military ranges and surrounding forests before heading back to tackle the Cardiff Bay superspecial for a second time tomorrow evening.


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