Defending champion Sebastien Ogier kept his composure to consolidate his lead of the World Rally Championship’s Tour of Corsica on Saturday.
After winning the first four stages, the 32-year-old Frenchman posted the fastest time in two of the four speed tests to stretch his advantage to 46.5 seconds going into the final day.
Ogier, who can claim a fourth world title with a win on home soil if other results go his way, edged out Belgium’s Thierry Neuville and Volkswagen teammate Andreas Mikkelsen.
The Norwegian, who is 59 points behind Ogier in the overall standings, must finish eighth or better or win the Power Stage if he is to keep his World Rally Championship dreams alive.
Meanwhile Kris Meeke endured a frustrating day. The British driver, who clinched the fifth stage, was forced to retire after hitting a tree on stage 6.