Loeb takes over in Greece
Frenchman takes the lead on second day
Last Updated: 25/05/12 9:21pm
Sebastien Loeb: Thrived in difficult conditions in Greece
Sebastien Loeb took the lead after a demanding day two of the Rally of Greece.
The world champion, who has not won in Greece for four years, trailed Jari-Matti Latvala by 2.8 seconds after Thursday's first stage but showed his class on the rock-strewn terrain in and around the gulf of Corinth.
The itinerary consisted of eight stages over a gruelling 12-hour period with service during the day restricted to two 15-minute remote stops in the town of Itea.
"We are leading so that's the most important thing. There was a lot of dust in this stage and I made two mistakes near the end, but generally it was a good day," said Loeb, who took the lead on stage four.
Latvala, who has made an impressive return from a broken collarbone which forced him to miss the previous round in Argentina, reduced Loeb's lead to just 6.5 seconds.
"It has been a reasonably good day; I started gaining back my driving in the afternoon," said Latvala.
"I will try to catch him tomorrow but it's like in Finland, where the differences are in seconds!"
Latvala's team mate Petter Solberg also shaved time off Loeb's lead on Thiva and heads into the overnight break 17.7 seconds off the lead in third place.