Wales rally GB: Champion Sebastien Ogier leads after day one

Sebastien Ogier
Sebastien Ogier in action in the hills of mid-Wales on Friday

World champion Sebastien Ogier leads after eight stages at the end of the opening day of the Wales Rally GB.

The Frenchman is 37.3 seconds in front of Estonian Ott Tanak.

Ogier won five of the eight stages with Tanak claiming two. Belgian driver Thierry Neuville, battling for second place in the championship, was the other stage winner.

"Very pleased to be in the lead with this gap and we had to fight hard to get it," Ogier, told BBC Wales Sport.

"Tomorrow is a special day with 100k to go. So with the same set of tyres we have to do a long mileage, but we are in a good position and we hope to continue in this way."

British hope Kris Meeke ended the day in fifth place, slipping back from third on the final stage at Dyfnant.

The Northern Irishman is aiming to be the first British driver since Richard Burns in 2000 to win the event.

Wales' Osian Pryce ended the day in 18th place, and is competing in the supporting WRC2 class alongside Welsh co-driver Dale Furniss.