Volkswagen driver Sebastien Ogier has taken a strong lead after the day one of Wales Rally GB. Despite transmission problems, Ogier managed to keep his rivals at bay.
Out of eight special stages of day one, Ogier won the five stages. He was up to the task despite the slippery and muddy conditions of a typical Welsh rally.
Ogier complained about driveshaft problems at the afternoon service but he didn't face any trouble in the afternoon loop.
DMack driver Ott Tanak in his Fiesta WRC was the only driver who came close to Ogier for the rally lead. The Estonian showed an impressive pace and also took two stage victories. But Tanak slipped away from the rally leader as he suffered a puncture on the last stage of the day.
Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville was in fifth place all day long, but a spectacular stage time from the Belgian driver on the last stage of the day saw him jump two places and finished third overall after the end of day one.
Hyundai driver, Neuville's teammate Hayden Paddon is right behind the bumper of Neuville's Hyundai i20 WRC. Citroen driver Kris Meeke was looking for a top three finish on day one, but Neuville's last stage blast saw him drop to fifth.
Hyundai driver Dani Sordo and M-Sport driver Mads Ostberg finished sixth and seventh respectively, two minutes adrift the rally leader after day one.
Volkswagen factory driver Jari-Matti Latvala was in third overall till the end of morning loop, but was hit by problems in the day's penultimate stage. He suffered a broken driveshaft and completed the day eighth overall.
Volkswagen's secondary team driver Andreas Mikkelsen too hit trouble earlier in the day with a broken driveshaft. Citroen driver Craig Breen rolled his DS3 WRC and was out of the rally. Whereas his fellow teammate Stephane Lefebvre managed to finish ninth overall.
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