Kiwi driver Hayden Paddon leads the way after the first full day of action.
The sixth round of the FIA World Rally Championship got underway in the southern city of Cagliari last night with a super special stage which was won by Martin Prokop, the first time the Czech driver has led a World Rally Championship event.
Today was a grueling day of competition spanning 15 hours and covering 133.50 competitive kilometres. Paddon stretched his lead out to 23 seconds at its highest point before the VW drivers cut it down to 8.8 by the end of the day.
Jari-Matti Latvala lost second position in the penultimate stage when he ran wide, sustaining a puncture. This allowed his teammate Sebastien Ogier to overtake him. Paolo Andreucci is 10th and topping the FIA WRC 2 Championship category.
As predicted, this rally has taken casualties and Kris Meeke was the first to hit problems in the opening stage. The DS3 WRC driver rolled, ruling him out of the rest of the day. Andreas Mikkelsen was also forced out with fuel pressure problems and Robert Kubica missed a braking point in the second stage, leaving him off the road and out of the event.