Guy Wilks leads the Rally of Scotland after the two after-dark runs through the Carron Valley stage that opened the penultimate round of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Peugeot UK driver Wilks has not won since his maiden IRC success on this round two years ago, when he picked up the victory while driving for Skoda UK following the disqualification of his Peugeot UK predecessor Kris Meeke for a technical infringement.
Wilks has had an extremely tough 2011 season so far and is keen to end his campaign on a high in Scotland - and he got off to a promising start with a pair of fastest times this evening.
Reigning series champion Juho Hanninen, back in the series after missing the last two rounds, is second for Skoda, 4.4 seconds down on Wilks. But the star of the evening was P-G Andersson, who completed the stages just 0.2sec behind Hanninen to put Proton in third overall.
Wilks' Kronos Peugot stablemate Thierry Neuville belied his lack of gravel experience with an encouraging early fourth place, ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen (Skoda UK) and championship leader Jan Kopecky in the second factory Skoda.