Overnight leader Suarez won the opening stage but then lost more than four minutes after going off the road. This promoted Tidemand into the lead and he gradually drew clear of Lemes before the latter punctured in the final test and lost over two minutes.
Tidemand leads by 2min 24.6sec in his Ford Fiesta R2 from the similar car of Michael Burri, with Marius Aasen hot on his heels in third.
“In terms of the rally, it’s a bonus for me that Jose and Yeray had problems but I feel sorry for them,” said Tidemand. I would prefer to be in a battle as it keeps my concentration. That will probably be the hardest thing now. I have a big lead and in those situations it’s easy to relax too much so I have to stay alert.”
Martin Koci is up to fourth, followed by the recovering Lemes and Sander Parn. Suarez fell to seventh after receiving a 1min 20sec penalty for leaving lunchtime service late to add to his woes.
The JWRC contenders finish on Saturday evening after another long day containing six more tests, including two passes over the daunting 40km Panzerplatte.