SS1 - Heper 1 (13.24km): Hirvonen fastest through a muddy and snowy SS1; Latvala second; Duval third; Sordo fourth; Wilson fifth; Loeb and Petter Solberg joint sixth; Brynildsen heads the PWRC category; Hirvonen leads overall by 3.8 seconds.

Top ten stage times for SS1:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 9mins 57.9secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 03.8secs M
3. Francois Duval Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 07.0secs MT
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 11.1secs M
5. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 13.0secs MT
6. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 13.3secs M
= Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 13.3secs M
8. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 16.2secs M
9. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 20.3secs M
10. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 22.2secs M

Overall times after SS1:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 9mins 57.9secs M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 08 +00mins 03.8secs M
3. Francois Duval Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 07.0secs MT
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 11.1secs M
5. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 13.0secs MT
6. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 13.3secs M
= Petter Solberg Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 13.3secs M
8. P-G Andersson Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 16.2secs M
9. Chris Atkinson Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2008 +00mins 20.3secs M
10. Toni Gardemeister Suzuki WRT SX4 WRC +00mins 22.2secs M
11. Henning Solberg Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 26.5secs MT
12. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC 07 +00mins 38.8secs MT
13. Jari Ketomaa Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 41.4secs N4
14. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 45.2secs P
15. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 48.0secs P
16. Naren Kumar Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 54.3secs P
17. Toshi Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 54.7secs P
18. Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 +00mins 54.8secs P
19. Kazuhiro Kitamura Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 57.2secs N4
20. Mirco Baldacci Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 57.6secs P
= Katsuhiko Taguchi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 57.6secs P

Overall PWRC after SS1:

1. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 10mins 43.1secs P
2. Evgeny Novikov Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +00mins 02.8secs P
3. Naren Kumar Subaru Impreza WRX STi +00mins 09.1secs P

Notable retirements:

None.

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
P - denotes Production Car WRC entry.

all times unofficial