Reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier holds a small advantage after day one of the Rally Mexico in Guanajuato.
The Volkswagen driver leads by 1.7 seconds from Thierry Neuville in his Hyundai after three short stages, with Ogier's team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala in third, 3.3secs off the pace.
Neuville got the better of Ogier in the first stage but the Frenchman responded in the following two runs to post a combined time of four minutes 16.5 seconds.
Ogier, who is chasing a third successive victory to start the 2016 campaign, knows the hard work lies ahead.
Ogier told wrc.com: "It doesn't mean much but everything counts. We have done our job tonight, now I'm looking forward to the real start of the rally tomorrow."