The eight stages contested on Friday in Italy were anything but dull.
Volkswagen's Ogier won the qualifying on the first day, and followed up by taking the first two sprint stages last night. The Frenchman ended the second day still on top.
Leg one continues on Friday with 10 stages.
With five stages in the books, it's currently a VW 1-2 in Argentina.
The World Rally Championship started Rally Australia on a new stage in Coffs Harbour with Mikkelsen over Meeke and Latvala.
Emotional start in Estoril, perfect opening at rally pace in Lisbon
New stages, new conditions and new challenges were the order of the day, but Kubica took them all in his stride.
Hyundai Shell World Rally Team has started its seventh FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) event with a trouble-free opening day in Poland.
Thierry Neuville and Juho Hänninen have completed an encouraging day of rallying on the first full day of Rally Sweden
Robert Kubica: “We’re not taking any risks and when I don’t feel confident I’m backing off quite a lot."
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle chose their tyres well and produced a flawless performance to end day one in second position in the overall standings, 38.8s behind the leader.
Hayden Paddo: “Tomorrow, Sunday, we hope for more good stage times and for a smother run through the stages."
The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is putting its full effort into readying both Hyundai i20 WRC cars for tomorrow’s final day of Rally Sweden.
Hyundai Shell World Rally Team have completed Friday with all three Hyundai i20 WRCs after a character building day.
Following a consultation with the team physician, Kosciuszko has been taken to hospital for further checks
Hyundai Shell World Rally Team drivers Thierry Neuville and Chris Atkinson have endured a tough start to Rally Mexico but show afternoon improvement to finish Friday in the top ten