Tom Cave is the overnight leader of the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally after the opening two stages on Friday evening ahead of David Bogie and Fredrik Ahlin.

Cave leads after times of 5:48.4 and 5:44.4 gave him two second quickest stage times to put the 2016 runner up in the lead by 2.8 seconds over Scotchmen Bogie.

Second placed overall Bogie won the opening run through the Craik stage with a time of 5:47.8 and M-Sport new boy Keith Cronin showed he is already getting used to his new surroundings by taking the fastest time through the second stage with a time of 5:43.7 which has helped him to fourth overall overnight.

Fredrik Ahlin is third going into the second day of action after two third fastest stage times and is 3.1 seconds behind Cave while Matt Edwards is a solid fifth behind Cronin in the Swift Group Ford Fiesta R5.

Rounding out the top six is Rhys Yates 45.8 seconds adrift of the leader, with Osian Pryce in seventh, Desi Henry in eighth, last minute BRC returnee Euan Thorburn in ninth and Jamie Anderson completing the top 10.

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In the BRC Junior class Oscar Solberg is the early pace setter in his Ford Fiesta R2T with a time of 13:12.1 after the two night stages with William Creighton in second, 2.4 seconds behind and Dean Raftery in third.

 Josh Cornwell leads in the Cadet BRC class ahead of Alex Waterman and Fergus Barlow while in the dual in BRC4, Gee Atherton is ahead of David White and the sole entrant in BRC2, Spencer Wilkinson, is still going strong going into day two.

The remaining seven stages of the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally take place on Saturday with 46 more stage miles set to determinate the winner of the opening round of the 2017 Prestone MSA British Rally Championship.