World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier took a narrow 2.8-second lead on the opening day of the Rally Poland to continue his rich vein of form.
The reigning champion, who leads this year's overall standings by 33 points ahead of Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala, won two of the three stages on Thursday.
"This is good fun - really fast," Ogier said. "I'm happy with the start of the rally and I couldn't do any better. Tomorrow we will have to continue at this high rhythm and I'm looking forward to it."
An overall time of 17 minutes 49.2 seconds keeps the Frenchman ahead of Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen, who led after the second leg following some composed driving.
Britain's Kris Meeke is third, seven seconds adrift of Ogier, while Hyundai's Juho Hanninen is fourth after winning the 17.24-kilometre second stage.