Good and bad news ... M-Sport World Rally Team's new Ford Fiesta contiunues to show promise in Poland with Ott Tänak holding third place overnight.
Not so good news for team mate Elfyn Evans as the Welshman was forced to retire with a water pump failure on the liaison to SS11 and will re-start the final day under Rally 2 regulations.
Ott Tänak said: "It feels so good to be in the fight. Everyone wants to win and everyone is pushing as hard as possible so the fact that we are so close to the lead is really good and really positive for the rest of the season. I've had good results in the past, but never anything like this. We've been able to show pace throughout the whole rally so far and I think it's definitely my best performance to date. I'm enjoying every single stage and just loving being behind the wheel. But we need to stay focused. The rally is not over yet and Jari-Matti [Latvala] will be pushing tomorrow."
Elfyn Evans said: "They say bad luck happens in threes so hopefully that's the end of it now! Our rally came to an end pretty early on today with a water pump failure before SS11. It's just one of those things – another tried and tested part carried over from the previous car – and we just have to move on and put it behind us. I feel as though our pace was more or less in the ball park. There is still some work to be done for sure and the stall on the start line [on SS10] didn't help, but I felt as though we could have achieved the speed we were looking for this weekend. Unfortunately we haven't had chance to prove that."