Miikka Anttila insists that running first on the road was the only option for VW's Jari-Matti Latvala after the opening stages of Wales Rally GB.

The Finn was fourth quickest through qualifying at Llandegla on Thursday afternoon and chose to run at the head of the field for the opening nine stages when drivers then selected their place in the running order for the three stages on Thursday night and the six on Friday.

Latvala came through the opening three tests in third place, with co-driver Anttila insisting that running first on the road was the best option available after the qualifying result.

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"Conditions were pretty challenging and the darkness made it more difficult," he told Crash.net following Thursday's three stages. "It was really slippy in places and it wasn't easy to see, even with the lights.

"In terms of the running order, when we had to make our choice, we could have run in first or fifth and we felt that fifth would be too far back. Second or third would have been the best place to start but we couldn't select that, so first was the best option.

"When we go into the stages on Friday, we should be okay. We have done those stages before in the past and look forward to being first on the road."

Latvala came through the opening stage of Friday morning having lost twelve seconds to team-mate Sebastien Ogier, who is running second on the stages in the sister Polo.