The Welshman was running in a strong fourth place...
New stages, new conditions and new challenges were the order of the day, but Kubica took them all in his stride.
Based in the rally-rich heart of Värmland, Rally Sweden offers a unique challenge.
Bryan Bouffier: "Of course Ogier is very quick so we need to keep an eye on him, but I think that we can be very pleased with the job we have done this morning."
In one of the most dramatic openers to an FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season, Evans and co-driver Daniel Barritt got their Monte debut off to a sensational start.
Sebastien Ogier elects to start second after setting fastest qualifying time. His Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala will start first on the road.