Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen and co-driver Anders Jaeger-Synnevaag race through a corner during the Rally of Australia, near Coffs Harbour, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Jeremy Rogers/Rally Australia via AP)
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Defending champion Andreas Mikkelsen was the early leader of the season-ending Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour on Friday after winning five of the opening eight stages.The Norwegian (Hyundai i20 WRC) held a 20.1 seconds advantage over Citroen's Kris Meeke with Hyundai team leader Thierry Neuville in third, 23.1sec down.Belgium's Neuville holds a 14-point advantage over M-Sport's Estonian driver Ott Tanak, with a maximum 30 points available in the final leg of the season.Tanak was in sixth place, 33 seconds down on Mikkelsen with Ogier in eighth.
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