Proton Motorsports team principal Chris Mellors is delighted with the pace P-G Andersson has shown through the morning Rally of Scotland stages.
Andersson is fourth after five stages, just four seconds adrift of a podium place. Unfortunately for the British-based team, Alister McRae has been forced to retire the sister Satria Neo S2000 from ninth place after the sump was damaged on Errochty.
"Obviously, we're disappointed for Alister," said Mellors. "It's early days to be talking about what happened, but it seems a stone has got in there somehow - that's a shame because Alister was doing a great job.
"The good news is from P-G, who has been very strong this morning. I think there's a bit more to come from him and the car on this event and, from where we're sitting now - so close to third place - that's very encouraging."
The fourth-placed Swede added: "It was a good morning. The middle stage was difficult, but the last one was really nice and fast and flowing."