6 Sep 2009

Surprise leader heading into final day of Rally of Australia

6:22 am on 6 September 2009

Spain's Dani Sordo has the narrowest of leads over world champion Sebastien Loeb and championship leader Mikko Hirvonen heading into the final day of the Rally of Australia.

Sordo finished the second day leading by just one-tenth of a second from Loeb and Hirvonen, who engaged in their own game of cat and mouse.

Loeb who led the rally by 11 seconds after the 22nd stage deliberately slowed down to let Hirvonen overtake him on the 23rd stage, which decided the running order for the final day.

The move was a tactical by one Loeb so that Hirvonen would clear the road in leading off.

Hirvonen, who leads Loeb by three points in the championship, was lucky to survive the second day unscathed after twice hitting a roadside mailbox.