Jari-Matti Latvala leads Rally France after Thierry Neuville suffered a punctured tire on the first of Saturday afternoon's loop of stages.
The Belgian entered the Hohlandsbourg test with a 13.1sec advantage over the rest of the field but it all went wrong mid-stage when he hit a large stone, causing his left-rear tire to fall of its rim and deflate. He lost 1m20s as a consequence and fell down to fifth overall and, despite winning the third stage of the afternoon in Soultzeren, trails rally leader Latvala by 1m10.4s overnight.
Dani Sordo was in sparkling form today and his third fastest time through Hohlandsbourg gave him the rally lead, which he held until the final test as both Volkswagen drivers turned up the wick along with teammate Sebastien Loeb.
The Citroen driver's advantage over Latvala was just 0.6sec prior to the final stage of the day through the streets of Mulhouse, which became a 0.4sec deficit after the Finn posted a time one-second quicker.
Ogier is 1.5sec behind his teammate in third, while Loeb's challenge took a slight knock when he experienced understeer through the second of the afternoon's tests – Vallee de Munster – which resulted in him losing 3.7sec.
The nine-time world champion starts the final day of his rally swansong five seconds off the lead, but more than minute ahead of fifth place Neuville.
Evgeny Novikov is a similar distance behind his M-Sport teammate, while Mikko Hirvonen remains in seventh as his relatively lackluster rally continues to play out.
Robert Kubica is still in charge of WRC 2 and has built a lead of 3m30.1s over Elfyn Evans.
Leading positions after SS14:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Jari-Matti Latvala VW 2h18m58.3s
2. Dani Sordo Citroen +0.4s
3. Sebastien Ogier VW +1.5s
4. Sebastien Loeb Citroen +5.0s
5. Thierry Neuville M-Sport Ford +1m10.4s
6. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford +2m16.4s
7. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen +2m43.1s
8. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Ford +2m57.2s
9. Andreas Mikkelsen VW +3m19.2s
10. Martin Prokop Czech Ford +5m25.2s