Oslo:Mikko Hirvonen was the leader after Friday's first day of the inaugural WRC (World Rally Championship) Rally Norway. The Finn holds a 15.5-second advantage over Ford team-mate Marcus Gronholm after the day's eight special stages. Three-time defending world champion Sebastien Loeb of France held third place in his Citroen, 17.3 seconds behind. Hirvonen led the way with a combined time of one hour 24 minutes and 39.0 seconds over the day's eight stages. Ford Focus team-mate Marcus Gronholm was 15.5 seconds behind him in second place. This was not the greatest of news for Loeb, who leads his perennial rival by just two points after the Finn's victory in last week's Swedish Rally. Former world champion Petter Solberg's Subaru was handily placed in fourth. But the Ford Focus of his elder brother Henning Solberg was down in seventh place.