Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon is off to a steady start at Rally Great Britain, sitting in seventh and only 45.4 seconds behind leader Sebastien Ogier.
Paddon is locked in a tight race in Wales with all top eight WRC drivers owning overall times within one minute of Ogier after the first two days and 261km of rallying.
Paddon and co-driver Seb Marshall started today's nine stages with a second fastest time through SS10 and followed it up with the third quickest time through SS17.
However, a wrong tyre choice in the morning for the muddy conditions as well as a stall on the last stage hampered their efforts. Still, Paddon says there will be plenty to race for tonight.
"We have had another clean day with no real problems. The car has felt good on most of the stages, although we were missing some traction at times. Overall, I have been happy with the balance and have felt comfortable and in control," says Paddon
"It has been closely fought throughout the day so we have been searching for very small improvements. We will continue to find some gains on Sunday morning with five stages still to run and important points up for grabs."
The final leg of Rally GB is made up of five stages covering 55.64km in north Wales.