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Latvala cuts into Ogier's lead during second leg of Rally Spain

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Latvala cuts into Ogier's lead during second leg of Rally Spain
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Oct 25, 2014, 5:41 PM

Sebastien Ogier still holds the top spot as we head into the final day.

Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Hayden Paddon and John Kennard, Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen, M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC
Sébastien Chardonnet and Thibault de la Haye, Citröen DS3 R5
Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino, Ford Fiesta R5

Sebastian Ogier is closing in on another victory, but his VW teammate Jari-Matti Latvala isn't making it easy for him. He has cut Ogier's lead from 36 seconds, down to 27.3 with one day remaining. Mikko Hirvonen has moved his Ford into third place, but is over a minute back of the VW duo.

Despite losing part of his lead, Ogier still impressed by running the final 20km with a delaminating tyre. Offs by Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Ostberg dropped them out of the a podium spot and paved the way for Hirvonen.

It was a rough day for Robert Kubica, who only had front-wheel drive and eventually tore a wheel off as he struggled to control the car. American Ken Block has moved up to 12th after a rough start to his weekend.

Latvala and Ogier won each stage today, sans the final one (SS13), which was won by their teammate Mikkelsen. 

Current Running Order

1. Sebastien Ogier - Volkswagen
2. Jari-Matti Latvala - Volkswagen
3. Mikko Hirvonen - Ford 
4. Mads Ostberg - Citroen
5. Dani Sordo - Hyundai 
6. Thierry Neuville - Hyundai
7. Andreas Mikkelsen - Volkswagen
8. Martin Prokop - Ford
9. Haydon Paddon - Hyundai
10. Yuriy Protasov - Ford

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Series WRC
Event Rally de Espana
Teams Citroën World Rally Team
Author Nick DeGroot