The Spaniard, the 2012 WRC Academy runner-up, took the lead on Friday’s second stage, and hopes to take his first win on gravel when the event concludes on Sunday.
“I picked up a slow puncture 5 kilometres from the end of SS3, so I drove SS4 and SS5 carefully. I pushed a bit more on SS6, but the stage was a bit slippery. Anyway, I'm happy still to be in the lead,” he said.
While Suarez tops the leaderboard, series leader Tidemand was the class of the field. After losing more than two minutes with a puncture on Friday’s opening stage, he was quickest on all four stages today.
“I'm really happy to have four stage wins this morning and four Junior WRC Stage Points. Our run through the stages was the absolute best we could have hoped for today. It'll be a tough day tomorrow though,” he said.
Murat Bostanci completed the provisional podium, taking third from Sander Pärn on SS6 when the Estonian lost over four minutes stopping to change a puncture.
Parn is fourth, followed by Switzerland's Michael Burri in fifth and Andreas Amberg in sixth. Amberg struggled with front suspension problems but nursed his Fiesta to the end of the day. Martin Koci holds seventh with Niko Nieminen completing the survivors in eighth,
Yeray Lemes retired for the second time due to a damaged damper, but he will restart tomorrow under Rally 2 regulations. It is unknown whether Norway's Marius Aasen will be as lucky.
He finished last night in second, but rolled his Fiesta in SS3. He continued before retiring on the next test when a broken damper went into the engine.
The Junior WRC concludes tomorrow when the crews will tackle four final stages.
Click here to see the Junior WRC positions after Saturday's competition.
“I picked up a slow puncture 5 kilometres from the end of SS3, so I drove SS4 and SS5 carefully"