Today has been a great day for the team with Kris setting the fastest times on six of the nine stages and ending the day with a 40.2s lead over team mate Nicolas Vouilloz. The day started well for us with Kris setting the second fastest time on SS2 Feteiras and taking the lead from overnight leader Freddy Loix who had a puncture on the stage, dropping him to 19th position.
SS3 Sete Cidades saw Kris set his first fastest time and increase his lead over Juho Hänninen to 2.8s. Juho unfortunately managed to hit a wall at the end of the stage damaging the right-hand rear of his Skoda. The impact was sufficient to drop him down to 38th position by the end of the next stage SS4. SS4 Pinhal da Paz again saw Kris set another fastest time, but it could have been a different story. Towards the end of the stage Kris hit a rock which was not in his pace notes and damaged the right-hand rear wheel. Unaware of the damage Kris pressed on only for the wheel to fail completely as the car slowed for the stage end time control. (Check out the video of the incident on www.peugeot.co.uk/rally) Instead of four wheels on our wagon, it became three, as Kris and Paul watched in amazement as the wheel bounced its way through the time control.