Northern Ireland's Kris Meeke crashed out of second place in the Rally of Corsica on the final stage of Saturday's action.
The Citroen C3 driver from Dungannon missed a pacenote and went off the road 5.6km into the stage.
Meeke had finished third in the previous round of the WRC last month.
Five-time world champion Sebastien Ogier goes into the final day with a 44-second lead over Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville.
Claudy's Callum Devine sits third in the Junior WRC, which would mark his first podium in only his second rally in the category.