Sebastien Loeb's untroubled progress toward yet another Rally Deutschland victory continued through leg two, as he stretched his lead to 35.7 seconds.
The World Rally Champion did not win any of this afternoon's four stages but his consistent speed still allowed him to ease further away from his double stage winning teammate Dani Sordo.
Citroen's podium sweep looks more comfortable now, with Junior team driver Sebastien Ogier pulling away from Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala in their battle for third. They will start day three 16.6sec apart.
Even worse for Ford, Mikko Hirvonen retired the second factory car from fifth when he lost drive on SS13. Stobart Ford driver Francois Duval inherited the place, only to roll into retirement on the following Panzerplatte stage. That has allowed Petter Solberg to move up to fifth. The Solberg Citroen driver was thrilled with his car's performance as he took two stage wins – including a dominant performance on Panzerplatte – this afternoon.
The retirements ahead mean Kimi Raikkonen (Citroen Junior) is now sixth and edging away from Stobart's Matthew Wilson.