Hagfors: France`s Sebastien Ogier held the lead at the end of Thursday`s action in the Rally of Sweden, the second leg of this year`s World Rally Championship.
Volkswagen driver Ogier, the defending world champion and winner in Sweden last year, leads two fellow Volkswagen drivers in Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway and Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland.
Mikkelsen trails by a margin of 5.8 seconds, with Latvala 12.2 seconds off the pace after a day which featured six stages covering a total of over 60 kilometres on icy roads and saw drivers cross the border into Norway.
Ogier and Mikkelsen have won six of the seven special stages between them since the start of the event on Wednesday evening, with Estonia`s Ott Tanak winning special stage five.
"I didn`t expect to finish the day in first place after being first on the road this morning," admitted Ogier.
Friday will feature nine more special stages with almost 120 kilometres timed.