Mikko (3rd) said:

“It’s been a good start and I’m happy with that. These stages are really tricky so I didn’t have a perfectly clean run, but so far it has been good. For sure we had a small advantage with the road position for the last two [SS2 and SS3] but it wasn’t as much as I had hoped.

“It’s really close so it looks like we will have a proper race on our hands. We’re only 3.3 seconds off the lead, but we don’t need to panic just yet. There’s a long way to go and plenty of time to do something about that.”