Ireland's Craig Breen and Paul Nagle lie in fourth place after a frustrating Day 2 in their Hyundai i20 in the Arctic Rally Finland, the second round of the World Rally Championship.
In second place after the opening day, just 16.2 seconds behind the overall leader, Estonian Ott Tanak (Hyundai i20), Breen slipped two places end the opening eight stages.
He is now 53.4 seconds off his teammate Tanak, who remains in the lead.
Breen had a tough start, losing time in the opening stage and falling back closer to the Toyota Yaris of Kelle Rovanpera, with the Finn passing Breen on stage four.
"I made a lot of small mistakes and was in the snow banks" said Breen. "It was very slippery, I was expecting for more grip. I tried my best but it wasn't good enough."
On the day's remaining four stages, Breen began to drop away from Tanak and Rovenpera and was also passed on stage 6 by the Belgian Thiery Neuville in the second of the Hyundai works cars.
Breen would have also been aware that Elfyn Evans of Wales was closing in his Toyota Yaris.
At one point, the Welsh driver was just five seconds behind Breen but a late mistake by Evans gave the Waterford driver a little breathing space.
Breen has had no running in the car since last October and that may well be playing on his mind and hence his frustration at days end.
It's so frustrating for me. We needed to bring our top game here and I'm not really bringing it today.
"I tried to use what I know, but it's not easy for sure."
With two stages to go Tanak has as 24.1 second lead from Rovenpera, who has in turn only has 1.8 seconds between him and the hard charging Neuville.
Breen, 53.4 seconds behind Tanak, should finish foutth on Sunday as with only two stages remaining, he is 27.5 seconds adrift of Neuville.