Jari-Matti Latvala narrowly ahead of Sebastien Ogier in Portugal Rally
Last Updated: 23/05/15 6:34pm
Jari-Matti Latvala clung on to his lead after day two of the Rally of Portugal but he will have to hold off a hard-charging Sebastien Ogier on Sunday.
Ogier won three successive stages late on Saturday after failing to make many inroads in the morning session, eventually cutting his deficit to 9.5 seconds on his Volkswagen team-mate.
Latvala was also left to rue a poor tyre decision on the lengthy final stage as Ogier took a further five seconds off his lead, with the Frenchman also having an extra soft tyre to use on the final day as well.
Britain's Kris Meeke goes into Sunday's finale in third place, 20 seconds behind Latvala, but he lost ground in the afternoon stages after looking like taking the lead at one point in the morning.
Meeke, driving for Citroen, lost second place to 2014 champion Ogier on the final stage and he is only just over a second ahead of fourth-placed Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway.
Estonia's Ott Tanak is the best placed Ford runner in fifth, 71 seconds off the leader, with Dani Sordo nearly two minutes back in sixth.
Sunday sees the final three stages, the first and last of which are run over the same Fafe circuit, but the title could be won and lost on the 32km-long Vieira do Minho stage.
Leading positions after Day 2:
1 J-M Latvala (Fin) Volkswagen 2:56:19.9
2 S Ogier (Fra) Volkswagen +9.5secs
3 K Meeke (Gbr) Citroen +20.0
4 A Mikkelsen (Nor) Volkswagen +21.1
5 O Tanak (Est) Ford +1:11.1
6 D Sordo (Esp) Hyundai +1:55.400
7 H Paddon (Nzl) Hyundai +2:01.0
8 M Ostberg (Nor) Citroen +2:05.0
9 R Kubica (Pol) Ford +3:06.9
10 M Prokop (Cze) Ford +5:49.7