Three-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier showcased his credentials to seize the lead at the Rally of Sweden despite encountering trouble on Friday's opening day of action.
The Frenchman claimed each of the first three stages in the morning session but hiccuped along stage seven's course through the Norwegian region of Svullrya, aquaplaning off course before nursing his car to the finish.
But Volkswagen Motorsport's Ogier held onto his lead whilst his nearest rivals saw their campaigns fall away.
Norway's own Andreas Mikkelsen also struggled to get to grips with the Svurllrya tracks costing him 20 seconds after sliding off road while a broken driveshaft left Jari-Matti Latvala two-wheeling before stopping on the final stage of the day.
Kris Meeke took up the challenge but the Citroen hopeful hit a stone buried into the road and was also forced to retire from the race.
Meanwhile, Hyundai's i20 debutant Hayden Paddon steered clear of trouble to sneak into second ahead of Mads Ostberg's Ford Fiesta RS.