Sebastien Loeb is now half a minute clear of the field in Bulgaria, while Sebastien Ogier lost time with an error and Kimi Raikkonen crashed out.
Raikkonen had been enjoying his best World Rally Championship performance to date as he held fifth on the opening loop, and then set better split times than Loeb on occasion this afternoon. But the former grand prix driver then crashed near the end of today's final stage. The stage was stopped afterward, with following drivers reporting that Raikkonen's car had gone a long way off the road. However, the Citroen Junior team confirmed that Raikkonen and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom are uninjured.
Raikkonen's Citroen Junior teammate Ogier was second behind Loeb at the midday service, but lost nearly a minute and a half when he overshot a junction on SS3 and had difficulty getting back on the road. Having dropped to seventh, Ogier immediately commenced his recovery by going second fastest to Loeb on SS4, taking seven seconds out of the two Fords ahead in the process.
With Ogier delayed, Dani Sordo is up to second, half a minute behind his dominant teammate Loeb, but now nearly 10sec ahead of third-placed Petter Solberg (Solberg Citroen).
Ford continues to struggle to match Citroen in Bulgaria, with Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala over a minute adrift in fourth and fifth positions.