After two stages of the Tour de Course on Friday, Ford Rallye Sport's Markko Martin held a 0,1 sec lead over Citroën's Carlos Sainz and was 0,3 sec ahead of Frenchman Sébastien Loeb.

After two stages of the Tour de Course, Ford Rallye Sport's Markko Martin held a 0,1 sec lead over Citroën's Carlos Sainz and was 0,3 sec ahead of Frenchman Sébastien Loeb.


Loeb may have won the 15,48km Vico 1 stage, but he was still in third place overall, while Martin - second on the stage - moved into a narrow overall lead over SS1 winner Carlos Sainz.


Defending champion Marcus Gronholm was third quickest on the stage and is just 1,4sec off the leader's pace. Martin's team-mate Francois Duval arrived at the end of the SS2, with rear brakes briefly ablaze, fifth fastest on the stage and fifth overall.


Subaru's Petter Solberg took sixth best time on the stage despite a gearshift problem and was seventh overall - behind championship leader Richard Burns (4,5 sec off the lead).


Citroën's Colin McRae was 8,8 sec off the pace and eighth in the stage, while Peugeot asphalt specialist Gilles Panizzi complained of a gearbox problem and was 14.6sec down in ninth place.


Tommi Makinen was struggling and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom reported that the Finn was unhappy with the set-up on his Subaru Impreza. The crew hoped to make minor adjustments on the way to SS3.