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.
Best ever results for Neuville and Qatar.
Like most of their competitors, the M-Sport Ford Fiesta drivers had a rough day in Rally Italia Sardegna.
Nasser Al-Attiyah, forced to miss the seventh round of the FIA WRC due to commitments in Qatar, offered his Ford Fiesta RS to Elfyn Evans.
Khalid Al Qassimi will be the first out to clean the loose stones along the road.
Both Thierry Neuville and Elfyn Evans were forced to retire for the day.
In the Qatar World Rally Team squad, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul encountered somewhat better fortune as they continued to grow in both speed and confidence.
Mads Østberg and Thierry Neuville are leading the way for the team’s four-car squad.
Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia dominated the winter rally in Sweden from qualifying to three days of tricky conditions. They topped it off by taking the Power Stage win for a clean sweep.
Mads Østberg moved to fourth overall as he controlled his pace perfectly on day two.
Volkswagen versus Citroen for the final battle for the Swedish Rally victory will take place tomorrow between the two 'Sebs' who were teammates last year.
Strong comeback for Østberg after Rally Sweden drama.