Nancy Knapp Schilke, WRC Correspondent
Sebastien Loeb stays on top of Rally Finland on the penultimate day; however he did lose some ground to his Citroen teammate Mikko Hirvonen. On special stage 11, the Frenchman had a sight error and a problem with his rear differential glitch which allowed his teammate to gain ground in this weekend’s FIA World Rally Championship‘s eighth. Loeb closed out the day with the fastest time in SS12 for his fourth stage win today.
“I don’t think we let our level drop at all today,” said Loeb. “You can only keep going at this kind of pace if you have absolute faith in the car. And once again, the DS3 WRC was perfect. I’m ready for the final battle tomorrow. I have been leading since the first stage, and I am determined to stay where I am right to the end!”
If the Frenchman keeps his pace, he will notch his third victory in the Nordic event. The gap between the eight times WRC champion to Hirvonen is now five seconds. Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala continues to hold down third; 20.3 seconds adrift of Loeb.
Taking the state 11 win was Petter Solberg who now is 1.1 second s behind his teammate Latvala.
Tomorrow’s final day includes six gravel stages that will be very fast, and one tiny error could cost the teams dearly.