Stohl in contrast made good progress moving up the leader-board from 34th position last night to 16th going into service E, sandwiched between all the PWRC runners.
The action now continues Sunday, which is the shortest leg of the rally - but which also includes some of the most spectacular stages of the event.
Based around the west coast town of Raglan, the itinerary comprises two identical loops of three stages, including the famous Whaanga Coast which hugs the Tasman Sea coastline.
The event ends with a third and final pass over the short Mystery Creek super special stage. After leaving Hamilton at 07.40 hours, drivers tackle 95.94km of competition before the finish at 15.15 hours [all times local].