Hyundai's Thierry Neuville leads the rough Rally Turkey after a hot and long Saturday.
His lead sits at just over 30 seconds ahead of the two champion Sebastiens.
“This afternoon went much better than the morning," Neuville said.
"We worked a lot on the set-up, and I was much happier with the car on the repeat loop, especially in the rougher sections.
"We found what we were looking for and, although it’s not quite 100%, we’re heading in a good direction. I am very pleased with the work of the team that has allowed us to fight at the front," he added.
Sebastien Ogier had a strong morning but hit trouble on the afternoon repeat of the long Yeşilbelde test.
“We had an electronic issue I believe, I don't know exactly what,” said Ogier.
“The consequence was that I was losing the shifting and also I was losing the hydraulic pressure, so only going in front-wheel-drive. It's a little disappointing but happy to be here tonight.”
Loeb, who led after the first day, completed Saturday in third after a topsy-turvy day.
He took two medium tyres for the long morning stage and subsequently lost a chunk of time.
The Frenchman recovered in the following stages to consolidate his position.
Reigning World Rally Champion, Ott Tanak, struggled on the first day and was hit with a poor road position for the Saturday stages.
However, that was the least of his worries.
About halfway through the morning's first stage his steering failed and he would go no further.
Sunday’s finale is the longest final day on a WRC round for more than four years.
Two passes through the rally’s longest and toughest stage will test the drivers right until the end.
Classification after Day Two
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