Niall McShea/Michael Orr (Citroen Saxo) head the Irish contingent at the end of the first leg of Network Q Rally of Great Britain. Eamonn Boland/Anthony Nestor also made it safely through but Derek McGarrity/Dermot O'Gorman are out.
McShea will begin Saturday's second leg in 25th place. Today, he punctured and lost some 20 seconds on one of the stages. The Roger Clark Award winner from Fermanagh is competing in the Super 1600 category and he lies third behind Andrea Dallavilla and leader, Sebastian Loeb.
Boland and Anthony Nestor, in their Subaru WRC, had a trouble free day and while it took the Wexford driver a few stages to get into the groove, he picked up his pace and from his seeded position of 74, he ended the day in 31st place.
McGarrity's rally ended on the sixth stage. After finally sorting a differential problem, the Glengormley driver tried to regain lost ground. However, in very foggy conditions, he was caught out and his Subaru WRC crashed out of the rally.
The second leg consists of five stages including the longest stage of the final round of the World Championship, Resolfen - 46.45 kilometres - while the Cardiff Super Special stage will round off tomorrow's action.