Irishman Craig Breen has opened up a healthy lead after end of day one of Circuit of Ireland rally and is on course for another victory. He had a strong day at the office and outpaced his rivals all day long. Elfyn Evans had a bad day after he was forced to retire with an overheating engine thus ending his winning hopes.
Kajetan Kajetanowicz had a good day behind the wheel of his Fiesta R5 winning a stage and had a good pace to keep the leader in sight. Still he lies second trailing by 25.2 sec. Alastair Fisher ends Leg 1 in third overall and had a good run, he is only 2.5 sec behind Kajetanowicz. British driver Martin McCormack finishes in fourth position 58.1 sec behind the leader but he is the leading BRC driver in the field. ERC runner Jaromír Tarabus and local man Josh Moffett was in fifth and sixth respectively. Fredrik Åhlin's tarmac debut was a good one. He started with a steady pace gradually moving up to fourth, but after hitting a road side kerb on the last stage he was in seventh overall. David Bogie, Sam Moffett and Jonathan Greer rounded off the top ten.
Wojciech Chuchała leads the ERC2 class in his Subaru Poland Rally Team. German driver Marijan Griebel is the leading Junior ERC class in his Opel Adam R2.