Sebastien Ogier established an early Rally Argentina lead by winning Thursday’s Parque Tematico superspecial.
The field all completed two head-to-head laps of the course, with Volkswagen’s World Rally Championship leader beating Citroen’s Mads Ostberg by three seconds as the duo put themselves first and second overall after their run.
VW has three cars in the top five, as Andreas Mikkelsen and Jari-Matti Latvala were third and fifth quickest, split by M-Sport’s Mikko Hirvonen.
Thierry Neuville was the fastest of the Hyundais in sixth, just ahead of his shakedown-pace-setting team-mate Dani Sordo.
WRC2 runners Jari Ketomaa and Nicolas Fuchs ended the stage in the overall top 10, with Robert Kubica and Elfyn Evans back in 12th and 13th overnight.
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Leading positions after SS1:Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Sebastien Ogier VW 4m51.7s 2. Mads Ostberg Citroen +3.0s 3. Andreas Mikkelsen VW +3.5s 4. Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport Ford +4.1s 5. Jari-Matti Latvala VW +4.2s 6. Thierry Neuville Hyundai +5.4s 7. Dani Sordo Hyundai +7.2s 8. Kris Meeke Citroen +9.3s 9. Jari Ketomaa Autotek Ford +9.5s 10. Nicolas Fuchs M-Sport Ford +10.1s