Sebastien Ogier continues to lead the Rally of France - but Dani Sordo is closing in again.
Although Citroen driver Ogier managed to pull out a 9.5-second advantage over the chasing Mini yesterday afternoon, Sordo was quicker on today's opener Graviere de Bischwiller, fastest of all on Vignoble de Cleebourg, then equalled Ogier on the Haguenau street stage.
The gap between them now stands at 4.5s with three stages to go.
"That's not bad, but we need to be faster if we want to win," said Sordo. "I'm pushing hard, I just have to keep up the pressure."
Ogier said he was relishing the fight and expected it to go down to the wire.
"I think it will be close because Dani is pushing hard," he said. "He had a good drive this morning. It's good fun."
Petter Solberg (Solberg Citroen) and Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford) remain third and fourth, with Ford yet to apply the team orders that will elevate title contender Mikko Hirvonen up a place from his current fifth.