MONACO (AP) -- World rally champion Sebastien Ogier of France holds a commanding lead after day two of the season-opening Monte Carlo rally, while nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb's hopes of upstaging his countryman ended when his Citroen hit a rock on Friday's last stage.
Ogier leads Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala by 1 minute, 45.4 seconds and is 2:34.8 clear of Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen, boosting Volkswagen's hopes of a podium 1-2-3.
Having relinquished the overall lead after the seventh stage, Loeb's chances fell apart when his Citroen hit a rock and sustained heavy damage to the left rear tire. The 40-year-old Loeb, who has won Monte Carlo seven times, finished the day six minutes behind Ogier in 10th place.
The rally continues with four special stages on Saturday and three on Sunday.