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COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway won the first special stage and was second in the other Thursday to lead Rally Australia after the opening day.

Mikkelsen had an overall time of 2 minutes, 45.3 seconds after the two 1-mile special stages. Kris Meeke of Northern Ireland, who led qualifying earlier in the day, was second in 2:46.2 and Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland was third in 2:46.7.

Mikkelsen's Volkswagen Motorsport teammate Sebastien Ogier of France, who leads the World Rally Championship standings by 75 points and could clinch the 2013 title with a win this weekend, won the second stage and sits fourth overall in 2:46.8, 1.5 seconds behind Mikkelsen.

The 22-stage, 218-mile Rally Australia, the 10th of 13 stops in the world championship, ends Sunday.