Sebastien Ogier now leads the Rally of Portugal by half a minute after Jari-Matti Latvala suffered a driveshaft breakage on the penultimate stage of day two.
The duo had been in a two-man fight for victory following Mikko Hirvonen's puncture and Sebastien Loeb's delay in his dust this morning, with Ogier leading Latvala by 11 seconds after SS11. But then Latvala had to slow with the driveshaft issue in the latter part of SS12 Vascao – and will have to limp through the following Loule stage as well before he can get it repaired at service.
"I heard the noise and thought, 'That's not right,'" said Latvala. "Even before, earlier in the stage, I heard a strange noise and I think the rubber on the top of the CV joint broke first. It might be the rear right. We can't do anything with this, we don't have another driveshaft with us."
Latvala has hung on to third for now, with Citroen moving into 1-2 formation. Ogier leads Sebastien Loeb by 32.3sec, while Latvala is still within 39 seconds of first place but set to lose much more time.