The itinerary only offered two stages, but they were a tough challenge for the 10 Junior WRC crews. The opening 47.70km stage was the first competitive outing on Greek gravel for the majority of the field, while tackling the treacherous roads in the dark on the second test was new for all of them.
Suarez was third in the opening test, despite picking up a slow puncture 15km from the finish, before winning SS2 to claim an all important Junior WRC stage point.
Aasen was second in the opening test and fourth in the next to open a 1min 42.1sec margin over Pontus Tidemand in third.
Series leader Tidemand suffered a puncture in SS1, costing over two minutes when he had to stop and change it mid-stage. He did a great job to climb from eighth to third, benefiting from the retirements of Yeray Lemes, who was fastest through SS1, and Slovakia’s Martin Koci.
Eight of the 10 Fiesta R2 cars saw the finish, while Lemes and Koci will restart today under Rally 2 regulations.
The Junior WRC crews will complete the opening four stages of today’s second leg, missing the second loop of the main WRC programme, before tackling all Sunday's stages.