Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle narrowly trail world champion Sebastian Ogier after day two of the Monte Carlo rally.
Citroen driver Meeke is 9.5 seconds behind Ogier in his VW.
Meeke had a six-second lead after the opening stage today but lost eight seconds and the overall lead on stage five.
On stage six Ogier extended that lead to five seconds, however the Irish driver hit back on stage seven to post the fastest time and regain the lead by a mere 0.8 of a second.
On the final stage of the day, run over 17 kilometres, Meeke lost over 10 seconds to hand the lead back to the world champion.
“I had no answer to Ogier on that final stage of the day, I will give him that one” said Meeke.
"But I’m really happy. It's nice to be racing at the sharp end."
"I have got to get my own rhythm and we had that this morning. But its nice to get through and there is a long way to go.
"Spectators though are throwing snow and blocks of ice onto the stages so we also have to be careful"
There are five more stages to be run tomorrow with the final three stages taking place on Sunday