For the first time in 10 years, the FIA World Rally Championship trophy has two new names engraved on it.
"M-Sport and Qatar took Nicolas and I under their wing"
Sebastien Ogier elects to start second after setting fastest qualifying time. His Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala will start first on the road.
For Thierry Neuville, it is first time in the lead on tarmac.
In his Volkswagen Polo R, Sebastien Ogier only has one day left in Australia to notch another WRC victory.
The World Rally Championship started Rally Australia on a new stage in Coffs Harbour with Mikkelsen over Meeke and Latvala.
SS13 was the final stage of the day due to a fatal accident of non-World Rally Championship competitors which cancelled SS14.