Day two: 110.42 miles; 6 stages

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Weather: Sunny rain later 14-30 cel­sius ■ Lat­vala closes the gap to leader Neuville to just 2.9s by the time the cars make it through the morn­ing loop, but the Bel­gian’s con­fi­dent for the af­ter­noon and de­liv­ers on that con­fi­dence. He’s quick­est on two of the three re­peated tests to build his big­gest lead of the rally 16.1s. ■ Ogier re­mains poised on the pro­vi­sional podium’s bot­tom step. The French­man has, once again, swept the roads clean at the front of the field, but his best hopes of vic­tory here lie in the hands of the two driv­ers ahead of him. The num­ber one Polo en­coun­ters some rear sus­pen­sion is­sues in the day’s last two stages, forc­ing an overnight damper change at the back of the num­ber one car. ■ The Nor­we­gian as­sault on third place is halted in the af­ter­noon when both Mikkelsen and Ost­berg re­tire. Ost­berg’s fastest time on the first run through Monte Lerno closes the gap to his coun­try­man to just 0.2s, but hit­ting a rock and break­ing the drive­shaft on SS13 put him out. Mikkelsen hit an­other rock one stage later, break­ing the front-right sus­pen­sion. ■ Sordo hap­pily moved up to fourth place, driv­ing sen­si­bly but still miss­ing the feel­ing to give him com­plete con­fi­dence. A late-in-the-day throt­tle prob­lem doesn’t help ei­ther. ■ Hen­ning Sol­berg rounds out the top six, with Camilli just 6.1s be­hind on Satur­day night. ■ Ab­bring suf­fers a bro­ken gear­box in the af­ter­noon and loses more time.

DRIVER/ CO-DRIVER

Thierry Neuville (BEL)/ Ni­co­las Gil­soul (BEL) Jari-matti Lat­vala (FIN)/ Mi­ikka Ant­tila (FIN) Se­bastien Ogier (Fra)/julien In­gras­sia (FRA) Dani Sordo (ESP)/MARC Marti (ESP) Ott Tanak (Est)/raigo Molder (EST) Eric Camilli (FRA)/ Ben­jamin Veil­las (FRA) Hen­ning Sol­berg (NOR)/ILKA Mi­nor-pe­trasko (AUT) Teemu Suninen (Fin)/mikko Markkula (FIN) Jan Kopecky (Cze)/pavel Dresler (CZE) Karl Kru­uda (EST)/ Martin Jarveoja (EST) Martin Prokop (CZE)/JAN To­manek (CZE) An­dreas Mikkelsen (Nor)/an­ders Jager Syn­nevaag (NOR) Kevin Ab­bring (Ned)/se­bas­tian Mar­shall (GBR) Roberto Tononi (ITA)/ Paolo Co­mini (ITA) Yazeed Al-ra­jhi (Ksa)/michael Orr (GBR) Va­leriy Gor­ban (Ukr)/volodymyr Korsya (UKR) Mads Ost­berg (NOR)/OLA Floene (NOR) Lorenzo Bertelli (Ita)/si­mone Scat­tolin (ITA) Hay­den Pad­don (NZL)/JOHN Ken­nard (NZL) Fed­erico Della Casa (Sui)/domenico Pozzi (ITA) Mait Maarend (Est)/mihkel Kapp (EST)

Camilli had his best drive to date

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