Sebastien Ogier leads the Rally Gunajuato Mexico after winning both runs of the 2.30km super special stage at Leon's race circuit to lead Thierry Neuville by 1.7 seconds.
Driving his Volkswagen Polo R, Ogier won the first run by 1.2 seconds over Spaniard Dani Sordo and the second by 0.6 seconds over Andreas Mikkelsen.
Neuville sits in second after winning the1.09km street stage which opened the third round of the FIA World Rally Championship, beating Italian Lorenzo Bertelli and Ogier by 0.1 and 0.3 seconds respectively, before running third in both runs of the super special stage.
Ogier was happy to take the lead but admitted it was not too big a lead that he could get carried away.
"It's not a big lead but it's better than nothing," said Ogier.
"Everything counts and we have done our job tonight, now we're looking forward to the real start of the rally tomorrow."
Ogier must open the roads tomorrow on slippery gravel.
Chasing him in the overall lead is Neuville (+1.7), Jari-Matti Latvalaa (+3.3), Mikkelsen (+3.8) and Sordo (+4.1) who rounds out the top five.