Hyundai's Thierry Neuville was quickest this morning in the shakedown for RallyRACC - Rally de Espana, the penultimate round in WRC 2014.

Neuville posted the marker on his second and final pass through the 2.94 km mixed surface Salou stage, completing it in 2 minutes 9.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds up on Volkswagen man Sebastien Ogier.

"The car is perfect. The tyres are fine and we're happy with the time," said Neuville.

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"So far, so good," added Ogier. "No problem with the tyres."

Dani Sordo came in third in his Hyundai i20 WRC, 0.3 seconds further back, while former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica and Yuriy Protasov rounded out the top five, both in M-Sport-run Fiesta RS WRC cars.

Further back, Andreas Mikkelsen and Jari-Matti Latvala were sixth and seventh, with Ken Block, Hayden Paddon and Mikko Hirvonen in positions 8 through to 10.

The event now gets underway this evening with SS1, the 3.20 km Barcelona super special, scheduled to start at 18.08 hours local time [17.08 hours UK time]. Rally de Espana then starts 'proper' on Friday, with two loops of three stages on the bill. SS2, the 7 km Gandesa 1 test, is due to begin tomorrow at 08.33 hours local time [07.33 hours UK time].

RallyRACC-Rally de Espana - Shakedown results (Top 10):

1. Thierry Neuville Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC 2m 09.2s M
2. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2m 09.4s M
3. Dani Sordo Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC 2m 09.7s M
4. Robert Kubica RK M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 09.8s M
5. Yuriy Protasov M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 10.0s
6. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC 2m 10.1s M
7. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2m 10.3s M
8. Ken Block M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 10.4s
9. Hayden Paddon Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC 2m 11.6s M
10. Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 11.8s M

Other(s):

11. Khalid Al Qassimi Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC 2m 12.4s M
12. Mads Ostberg Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC 2m 12.6s M
13. Elfyn Evans M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2m 13.5s M Kris Meeke Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC 2m 45.5s M

all times unofficial