SS4: Dyfnant 1, 19.36km
Dyfnant is driven to its full length this time round. Wide and flowing forest roads characterise the opening half, with some great corners to entice drivers. There is the odd rougher part but generally it is extremely smooth. The second half is narrower with a series of tight turns in the final 5km. Organisers have added a 2km section after the midpoint which has not been driven in this direction since 1995.
SS5: Aberhirnant 1, 10.26km
The toyota Yaris driver failed to win any of the four muddy and slippery gravel road special stages, but consistent performances kept him 6.0sec clear of Thierry Neuville as competitors returned to the sanctuary of the Llandudno service park.
Less than 10sec covered the top six, but Meeke retained his advantage despite a spin in Dyfnant when he missed a braking point and overshot a hairpin in a slippery section which trapped several others.
Joint fastest time for Jari-Matti Latvala in Aberhirnant promoted the Finn to third, despite sliding into a ditch in Dyfnant and surviving a big moment in the following test.