Sebastien Loeb will take a 4.8-second lead over Petter Solberg into the final day of the Rally of Great Britain.
Three straight stage wins this afternoon had allowed Loeb to edge into a 6.7sec advantage over the Norwegian, who was sure he could have been leading but for a quick spin on Crychan.
Privateer Citroen driver Solberg then won the Halfway stage to trim a little bit back from the factory number one's lead, before Loeb added another 0.2sec to his cushion by winning tonight's superspecial in Cardiff Bay, leaving their battle finely poised with four stages to go on Sunday.
The works Ford pair are now battling for third place, with Jari-Matti Latvala having closed to within 8.6s of team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, despite being frustrated with launch control problems. Both plan to continue pushing for the podium tomorrow, with Latvala hoping to be at least third to boost his chances of beating Solberg and Sebastien Ogier to second in the championship.
Dani Sordo (Citroen Junior) remains fifth, with Stobart Ford pair Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson having serene runs in sixth and seventh.
Despite struggling with a broken spring today, Citroen Junior's Kimi Raikkonen is up to eighth, helped by Mads Ostberg (Adapta Subaru) hitting a stone on Halfway and puncturing a tyre. Ken Block has retired from 10th place after a driveshaft problem with his Monster Ford.
Andreas Mikkelsen still leads the S2000 class despite a charge from Jari Ketomaa, whose title chances seem slim with Xevi Pons a comfortable third.
Armindo Araujo is looking even more secure in the Production contest with title rival Patrik Flodin having now retired. Ott Tanak continues to lead the class on the event.
Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen 2h32m24.0s
2. Petter Solberg Citroen + 4.8s
3. Mikko Hirvonen Ford + 1m28.0s
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford + 1m36.6s
5. Dani Sordo Citroen + 1m52.0s
6. Henning Solberg Ford + 5m01.4s
7. Matthew Wilson Ford + 6m49.5s
8. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen + 8m30.9s
9. Mads Ostberg Subaru + 11m02.3s
10. Andreas Mikkelsen Skoda + 11m04.4s