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Sebastien Loeb extends rally lead

MONACO -- Eight-time world champion Sebastien Loeb has extended his lead on the second day of the season-opening Monte Carlo rally on Thursday, with Daniel Sordo and Petter Solberg still vying for second place.

Loeb had powered his Citroen to the fastest time in three of Wednesday's four stages, and the Frenchman won five of six stages on the second day. Sordo won the other in his Mini.

Loeb leads Sordo by 1 minute, 37.2 seconds. The Spaniard is three seconds ahead of Solberg's Ford.

Mikko Hirvonen, who is Loeb's Citroen teammate, moved from sixth overnight to fourth place.