World Champion Sébastien Ogier, competing in what is essentially his backyard, ended the day with a 51s advantage over second place, and yesterday's leader Bryan Bouffier in a Ford.
“Today was much better than yesterday,” Ogier told WRC.com. “Tomorrow will be difficult with some snow expected on the Col de Turini. But for now I can be happy.”
Kris Meeke put together a solid day to keep his Citroen DS3 WRC in third place. Meanwhile, Meeke's closest rival, Robert Kubica went off the road 32km into SS9.
With the pressure off, Meeke took a 1m 10s advantage over teammate Mads Ostberg in third place.
Jari-Matti Latvala ended the day in his Polo-R WRC in fifth after passing impressive M-Sport driver Elfyn Evans on the day's final stage, while Mikko Hirvonen’s frustrating rally continued in seventh.
VW's Andreas Mikkelsen, driving his first Rallye Monte-Carlo, rounds off the top eight.