Jari-Matti Latvala holds a 10-second lead over the flying Sebastien Ogier (left) going into the final two stages of Rally Finland.
With Latvala (Ford) finding being first on the road more of an impediment on the latest loop of stages, Ogier (Citroen) has been able to carve into his lead. The Frenchman, driving for the factory Citroen line-up for the first time, does not think he can catch Latvala in the time remaining, but intends to keep pushing.
"For the moment Jari-Matti has a good position because he still has 10 seconds [lead] and it's difficult to gain time now it's the second pass on the stage," said Ogier. "But we can put pressure on him until the end."
Ogier's teammate Sebastien Loeb won two of the last three stages and has moved up to third ahead of Petter Solberg's private Citroen. However the world champion says Ogier is the only man who can defeat Latvala.
"I cannot go for the victory, it's too far now with two stages to go," said Loeb, who is 23s behind the leader. "Ogier is in a position where he can push."