Kris Meeke will lead into the first fully-fledged stages of the Rally Scotland tomorrow morning after a commanding performance on the opening Scone Palace superspecials
The Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion was comfortably faster than his rivals on both runs through the damp 1.5 kilometre stage around the palace grounds, and his Peugeot UK 207 is already four seconds clear of closest challenger Guy Wilks' Skoda.
Adam Gould is third in the second Peugeot, albeit 11s down on Meeke, and just 0.7s ahead of Alister McRae's Proton. Mitsubishi driver Alastair Fisher is tied for fourth with McRae in the leading Group N car.
The rally commences in earnest shortly before 9am on Friday morning with the Craigvinean stage. Extremely wet weather has been forecast for leg one.
Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Kris Meeke Peugeot 2m18.4s 2. Guy Wilks Skoda + 4.0s 3. Adam Gould Peugeot + 11.7s 4. Alister McRae Proton + 12.4s = Alastair Fisher Mitsubishi + 12.4s 6. Daniel Siguroarson Mitsubishi + 12.7s 7. Jonathan Greer Mitsubishi + 13.6s 8. Keith Cronin Abarth + 15.9s 9. Martin Kangur Honda + 17.1s 10. Dave Weston Jr Subaru + 17.5s
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