Hirvonen takes early lead in Italy
Mikko Hirvonen holds the Rally Italy lead after the very short Cagliari superspecial on Thursday evening.
The barrier-lined asphalt stage, less than a mile in length, will have little in common with the rough gravel of the main event, which commences on Friday morning.
Meeke ended the stage with smoke coming from his Citroen and fluid leaking, having damaged the car on a violent landing from a jump. It will be repaired ready for the start of SS2 on Friday.
Robert Kubica had a less spectacular incident when he ran slightly wide out of a hairpin, gently rearranging the temporary barriers as he regained the course, leaving him outside the top 10.