Sebastien Ogier started Rally Germany in ominous form as he led the two Thursday evening stages that kicked the event off.
World Rally Championship leader Ogier was quickest on both Blankenheim and Sauertal, giving him a 5.7-second overnight gap to Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala in a one-two formation for the home team.
M-Sport Ford's Thierry Neuville again established himself as VW's main rival, but is already 12.7sec off the lead. The Belgian is just ahead of Citroen duo Dani Sordo and Mikko Hirvonen.
Mads Ostberg completes the top six, while M-Sport has already lost one car due to a stage-one crash for Evgeny Novikov.
Robert Kubica has already taken charge in WRC2, leading by 14.9sec over Elfyn Evans, with Sepp Wiegand another 8.3sec adrift.
Leading positions after SS2:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Sebastien Ogier VW 19m33.2s
2. Jari-Matti Latvala VW +5.7s
3. Thierry Neuville M-Sport Ford +12.7s
4. Dani Sordo Citroen +20.5s
5. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen +25.7s
6. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Ford +30.6s
7. Nasser Al-Attiyah M-Sport Ford +41.4s
8. Martin Prokop Czech Ford +45.6s
9. Robert Kubica PH Citroen +59.8s*
10. Elfyn Evans M-Sport Ford +1m14.7s*