Kris Meeke is pipped to best time in Cagliari
Kris Meeke warmed up for Rally Italia with the second fastest time during shakedown ahead of last night's ceremonial start and opening spectator stage in the harbour area of the Sardinian capital Cagliari.
The Ulsterman was fastest for most of the session in his Abu Dhabi-team Citroen DS3 until he was edged out in the final moments by the Hyundai of Dani Sordo who was two-10ths of a second faster.
Meeke's team-mate Mads Ostberg was third ahead of the Volkswagens of Jari-Matti Latvala and World champion Sebastien Ogier with Hyundai's Thierry Neuville rounding out the top six, just two seconds covering all of them.
But Meeke pointed out the rally is not going to be a flat-out sprint.
"The roads are very rough, very rocky and some of the stages are real marathons, over 40 kilometres.
"And with the heat it could be the survival of the fittest."
Meanwhile, Jonny Kane was back on track last night for the final qualifying session for Saturday's Le Mans 24-hour race.
Kane and his Strakka team-mates Danny Watts and Nick Leventis were sixth fastest LMP2 car in their Dome Nissan during the compulsory driver qualifying on Wednesday but were predicting increased pace during the cooler conditions last night.