Britain's Kris Meeke has increased his lead on Rally Argentina, winning both stages on Friday afternoon, while nearest rival Jari-Matti Latvala reported gearbox issues in SS5.
Meeke began the repeat loop with a 15.3s cushion, but the quickest time again in the long 51.99km Agua de Oro-Asochinga test, saw him almost double it to 28.7s.
He then proceeded to notch up another stage win in the 19.71 km Villa Bustos-Tanti 2 test and with Latvala only sixth, gained further ground.
The Citroen man will now take a 53.1 advantage into the leg 1 closing short 6.04 km Super Especial Fernet Branca.
“It wasn't the intention [to win SS4] - I just wanted to be clean,” Meeke told the official WRC site. “The car is good and strong.
“The road was hellish rough but I was in a good rhythm and the car just danced through. I'm driving my own rally.”
Asked about taking that first win, Meeke replied: “Anywhere in the top five here would be good.”
“I just need to get my confidence back,” added the Ulsterman, who has had a tricky start to the 2015 WRC season, with three crashes in as many events.
Meanwhile, Latvala - after closing to within 15.3s of Meeke this morning when the Ulsterman had a puncture in SS3 - was unable to cut the gap in SS4 and then gearbox issues in SS5 left him 24.4s off the pace.
“We have a problem with the gearbox,” confirmed the Volkswagen driver. “It is not the selection, it is the drive from the front diff.”
Behind, Mads Ostberg closed back up on second in Villa Bustos-Tanti 2 and now lies 18.6s back, leaving Latvala very much in a DS 3 sandwich.
Dani Sordo holds fourth and with the power steering on his Hyundai i20 WRC fixed, the Spaniard was fourth in SS4 and fifth in SS5 to jump back up the leaderboard, although M-Sport's Elfyn Evans is only 1.4s back in P5.
Ford privateer Martin Prokop is a lonely sixth, losing time in the final 'proper' test of the day after breaking an anti-roll bar in SS4.
Despite losing over 4 minutes in SS2 after stopping to change a puncture, Hyundai team leader Thierry Neuville finds himself seventh, such has been the attrition of the event.
Championship leader Sebastien Ogier was the first major retiree on Friday, stopping 5-6 km from the end of SS2 due to technical problem.
Andreas Mikkelsen and Hayden Paddon then joined him on the sidelines this afternoon, neither making it to the start of SS4, while Ott Tanak did start Agua de Oro-Asochinga 2, but went out just 2km in when he hit a rock in a water splash and lost the front-left wheel.
Of the rest, Khalid Al Qassimi is eighth ahead WRC2 class leader, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari and his closest rival, Yuriy Protasov in ninth and tenth, split by 1m 36.3s.
Protasov had been ahead, but picked up 3m 10s of penalties after he was late into the mid-day service - a result of his problems at the end of SS3, he completed it with no right-rear wheel and hub and had to make a temporary fix before he could limp back to Carlos Paz.
The leg now concludes, as mentioned with the Super Especial Fernet Branca, scheduled to start at 17.08 hours local time [21.08 hours UK time]. Full itinerary for event available - HERE
2015 Rally Argentina: Overall standings after Stage 5 (Top 10):
1. Kris Meeke
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC 1h 39m 43.4s
2. Jari-Matti Latvala
Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +0m 53.1s
3. Mads Ostberg
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +1m 11.7s
4. Dani Sordo
Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +1m 57.6s
5. Elfyn Evans
M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 59.0s
6. Martin Prokop
Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3m 24.3s
7. Thierry Neuville
Hyundai Motorsport i20 WRC +5m 07.7s
8. Khalid Al Qassimi
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS 3 WRC +5m 35.1s
9. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari
Ford Fiesta RRC +6m 34.6s
10. Yuriy Protasov
Ford Fiesta RRC +8m 10.9s
11. Diego Dominguez
Ford Fiesta R5 +9m 16.6s
12. Stephane Lefebvre
Citroen DS3 R5 +9m 36.0s
13. Gustavo Saba
Skoda Fabia S2000 +10m 15.7s
14. Federico Villagra
Ford Fiesta MR +11m 29.0s
WRC2 standings after Stage 5 (Top 3):
1. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari
Ford Fiesta RRC 1h 46m 18.0s
2. Yuriy Protasov
Ford Fiesta RRC +1m 36.3s
3. Diego Dominguez
Ford Fiesta R5 +2m 42.0s
SS2. Sebastien Ogier
Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC Technical
SS2. Lorenzo Bertelli
Ford Fiesta RS WRC Stopped
SS3/4. Andreas Mikkelsen
Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC Technical
SS3/4. Hayden Paddon
Hyundai Motorsport N i20 WRC Technical
SS4. Ott Tanak
M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Lost a wheel
M denotes Manufacturer entry
*denotes expected to re-start on Saturday under Rally 2
all times unofficial