In classic Rally GB conditions, the young Spaniard guided his Ford Fiesta R2 along the muddy forest tracks to take five stage wins after being locked into a ding-dong battle with title challenger Tom Kristensson. 

However, as the crews emerged from the darkness of the final Aberhirnant test, it was Solans who went 15.8sec quicker than his nearest rival and held a lead of 16.3sec heading into Saturday. Kristensson had opted for a steady approach in the slippery conditions.

“It’s my first time on this kind of surface so I surprised myself a little bit with my pace,” said Solans. “I am fully focused on what I need to do right now and taking more stage wins is really helping. It has been a really great fight with Tom so far.”

Sean Johnston sits in a distant third place, three minutes back from the dicing duo out in front, whilst Briton Tom is on course for a career-best result in fourth. Fabrizio Zaldivar also enjoyed a drama-free run throughout the day and holds onto fifth place. 

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