Andreas Mikkelsen holds a slender 1.4-second lead over Sebastien Ogier after the opening day at Rally RACC Catalunya in Spain on his World Rally Championship debut for Hyundai.

Having held a tight advantage over Mads Ostberg after the first loop on the opening day, the Norwegian driver held station at the top of the classification after a dusty and stuck-on heater wrecked Ostberg’s SS6 Terra Alta 2 to drop him from second to fifth place.

As a result, WRC championship leader Ogier was promoted to second place and with victory on the final stage of the opening day has closed up to less than two seconds behind his former Volkswagen team-mate.

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Kris Meeke has jumped to third for Citroen after a solid day with wins on SS2 and SS4 (both Bot stages) and is three seconds off of leader Mikkelsen. Ott Tanak was the final driver to overtake Ostberg on the timesheet to take fourth place, with Dani Sordo in sixth two seconds ahead of WRC title contender Thierry Neuville who is struggling in seventh place.

Juho Hanninen leads the Toyota Gazoo Racing challenge in eighth place as Stephane Lefebvre and Esapekka Lappi completed the top ten contenders.