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Sordo outshines Loeb to lead Rally Australia

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  • Dani Sordo holds a narrow advantage after second day of the Rally Australia
  • Sordo ahead of Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb and Finn Mikko Hirvonen
  • Just 0.1 seconds separates leading three drivers going into Sunday's final day
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(CNN) -- Spain's Dani Sordo outshone Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb to move into pole position in the Rally Australia by the narrowest of margins.

Sordo's Citroen holds the narrowest of leads going into the final day of the Rally Australia.

Sordo's Citroen holds the narrowest of leads going into the final day of the Rally Australia.

Sordo recorded a time of one hour 52 minutes 28.1 seconds to take top spot, with championship leader Mikko Hirvonen and second-placed Loeb lying joint second just 0.1 seconds behind.

"It's been the perfect day for Citroen," Sordo told "Tomorrow is still a long day but the positions for me and Sebastien are very good.

"Mikko will clean the road a bit and I will try to push hard and also try to clean a little bit more for Sebastien,"Sordo added.

Loeb added: "If it's not too dusty in the morning I think we have the best road position. But I know Mikko can be very fast -- even first on the road -- we saw that on the first day. We will try for sure, but it's a long day tomorrow and that's one of the reasons we decided on our tactics.

Hirvonen's Ford team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala started the day at the top of the standings but slipped back to fourth after Saturday's racing.

Hirvonen leads the overall championship by two points from Loeb, with Sordo off the pace in third. Sebastien Ogier, who charged to second on Friday, is now fifth going into Sunday's action.

There were no reported repeats of the protester incidents which caused two stages to be abandoned for safety reasons on Friday.

The protesters, who threw rocks during the abandoned sixth stage, had failed in a court bid to have the event cancelled on environmental and ecological grounds.

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