Tyre scare for leader Ogier
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Latvala was fastest by 0.2sec from Kris Meeke, with Ogier 5.0sec back, to leave the gap between the Polo R duo at 27.9sec with just a short seafront test in Salou remaining today.
Despite the win, Latvala was unhappy with his car’s braking. “I tried as hard as I can, and the car was good, but there’s no bite with the brakes. I had to push, so, so hard. I didn’t have the feeling,” he explained.
Ogier was as cool as a cucumber as he told WRC Live the stage went without problem.
Mikko Hirvonen was fourth to retain third position, but Martin Prokop lost almost three minutes when he stopped to investigate a problem 13km after the start. “I thought it was a puncture but it wasn’t that. I think we have a broken driveshaft,” said the Czech driver, who retained eighth place in Fiona the Ford Fiesta RS.