B t the eleventh decision the record Champion in the lead, which he expanded to a lead of 24.6 seconds over his compatriot and Citroën partner Sébastien Ogier by the day's finish at the Dead Sea. 'I am happy to have survived this day without any problems,' said Loeb. 'I hope that my lead is enough. In the end, I went to the limit in order to gain the greatest possible lead.'
Loeb had to be the first driver out again
Loeb was still skeptical about his chances as the first driver on the slopes. 'I am really not a fan of these rules, according to which I have to be the first car on the gravel roads again.' After all, Citroën has specially equipped the C4 with small brushes on the front spoiler, which are supposed to sweep the loose gravel off the runway.
The Finnish previous day's winner Jari-Matti Latvala, who was ahead in the Ford Focus up to the tenth decision and behind who shared the lead with Loeb in the eleventh stage, crossed the finish line in third, 27.7 seconds behind. Fourth was the Norwegian Citroën privateer Petter Solberg (43.2 seconds behind). Latvala's Ford team-mate Mikko Hirvonen, who won the season opener in Sweden, retired after an accident with a damaged suspension. Until then, the Finnish World Championship runner-up was in fifth place.
Motorsport switch Kimi Räikkönen reached the finish of the second stage in a gravel rally for the first time in a Citroën C4 and landed eighth. The Finnish Formula 1 world champion from 2007 was eliminated from the previous race in Mexico at the end of the first day after a multiple rollover.