Saturday morning's World Rally Championship loop on Rally Mexico had the three different drivers winning stages, with overnight leader Sebastien Ogier continuing to hold a secure lead.
A revised starting order for the new day put Hyundai's Thierry Neuville at the front of the field, sweeping the stages after retiring on Friday with an electrical failure.
Restarting under Rally 2 rules, the Belgian's focus could only be on getting up the order to retrieve as many manufacturer points as possible.
But on the opening run through Guanajuatito his road position put him 25 seconds off the pace of Ogier's stage-winning Toyota.
At this point the Belgian slowed for what were understood to be technical issues.
The delay forced him to drop back from the first starting position and line up in fourth on the road at the start of the day's second timed test at Alfaro.
Whatever the problem was, it was cured sufficiently for Neuville to immediately claim the stage victory, heading team-mate Ott Tanak by 2.9 seconds.
Another scintillating Neuville performance on the third stage of the day at Derramadero was however stymied by a quick trip down an escape road - albeit costing less time than might have been lost by running first on the road.
Hyundai's net gains were Toyota's loss, with Kalle Rovanpera and Elfyn Evans both nudged further up the running order to accommodate Neuville's miraculous recovery.
This had left only M-Sport youngster Gus Greensmith's Ford Fiesta to clear a path in front of them and neither of the Yaris drivers were able to attack in the manner that they had hoped.
Timo Suninen's M-Sport Fiesta remains in second place but has dropped more than 10 seconds off the leader.
The Finn now finds the third-place Hyundai of defending champion Ott Tanak, winner of the third stage, only 6.6 seconds in arrears.
Evans and Rovanpera rounded out the top five at the end of the morning loop, while Pontus Tidemand guided his Toksport WRT Skoda into sixth overall to head the WRC2 contingent.
Results after Saturday morning loop
|1||RC1||Sebastien Ogier, J.Ingrassia||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota||2h03m08.8s||-||0|
|2||RC1||Teemu Suninen, J.Lehtinen||M-Sport Ford WRT||Ford||2h03m37.1s||28.3s||0|
|3||RC1||Ott Tanak, M.Jarveoja||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||2h03m43.7s||34.9s||0|
|4||RC1||Elfyn Evans, S.Martin||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota||2h03m53.1s||44.3s||0|
|5||RC1||Kalle Rovanpera, J.Halttunen||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||Toyota||2h04m31.2s||1m22.4s||0|
|6||WRC2||Pontus Tidemand, P.Barth||Toksport WRT||Skoda||2h10m19.9s||7m11.1s||0|
|7||WRC2||Nikolay Gryazin, Y.Fedorov||Hyundai Motorsport N||Hyundai||2h11m16.8s||8m08.0s||0|
|8||WRC3||Marco Bulacia Wilkinson, G.Bernacchini||Marco Bulacia Wilkinson||Citroen||2h13m04.7s||9m55.9s||0|
|9||WRC2||Ole-Christian Veiby, J.Andersson||Hyundai Motorsport N||Hyundai||2h15m30.8s||12m22.0s||0|
|10||RC1||Gus Greensmith, E.Edmondson||M-Sport Ford WRT||Ford||2h16m05.0s||12m56.2s||0|
|11||WRC3||Emilio Fernandez, R.Garcia||Toksport WRT||Skoda||2h16m28.2s||13m19.4s||0|
|12||WRC3||Ricardo Trivino, M.Marti||Ricardo Trivino Bujalil||Skoda||2h18m05.7s||14m56.9s||0|
|13||WRC3||Kajetan Kajetanowicz, M.Szczepaniak||Kajetan Kajetanowicz||Skoda||2h21m51.7s||18m42.9s||0|
|14||RC2||Ricardo Cordero Jr., M.H.Valdez||Ricardo Cordero||Citroen||2h21m52.7s||18m43.9s||0|
|15||RC2||John Coyne, S.Joyce||John Coyne||Ford||2h31m28.9s||28m20.1s||0|
|16||WRC3||Gianluca Linari, N.Arena||Gianluca Linari||Ford||2h40m33.5s||37m24.7s||0|
|17||RC1||Thierry Neuville, N.Gilsoul||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||Hyundai||2h45m58.7s||42m49.9s||0|
|18||RC5||Gerardo Rejon Basanez, M.Pimentel||Gerardo Rejon Basanez||Renault||2h52m06.6s||48m57.8s||0|
|19||NAT4||Serge Brachet, F.Suberville||Serge Brachet||Mitsubishi||2h58m53.0s||55m44.2s||0|
|20||NAT2||Enrique Meza Reynoso, C.J.Coronel||Enrique Jose Meza Reynoso||Ford||3h01m26.2s||58m17.4s||0|
|21||RC5||Gustavo Uriostegui, D.Hernandez||Gustavo A. Uriostegui||Renault||3h03m47.4s||1h00m38.6s||0|
|22||RC2||Barry McKenna, J.Fulton||Barry McKenna||Skoda||3h10m42.1s||1h07m33.3s||0|
|23||WRC3||Benito Guerra, D.Cue||Benito Guerra||Skoda||3h31m02.3s||1h27m53.5s||0|
|24||NAT2||Alejandro Sanchez, A.D.Villegas||Alejandro Mauro Sanchez||Ford||3h43m37.5s||1h40m28.7s||0|