HUDDERSFIELD entrants in the gruelling Paris Dakar Rally got off to a good start in the first leg.
Paul and Mark Round came 46th out of 142 entrants in their class in the leg from Auvergne to Narbonne in southern France.
Paul, 46, of Lower Cumberworth, and his son Mark, 26, of Emley, who built their own vehicle for the race, were happy with their position.
Speaking from France, Paul told the Examiner today: "We went on the 1.5km special at a stadium near Clermont-Ferrand for a display for local people - then it was a 540 km run down to Narbonne.
"It was absolutely wonderful.
"The weather was typically English so it is what we are used to.
"The French and Spanish drivers are not used to sleet and snow."
The duo were not expecting to come as high as they did as they are planning a steady pace in Europe so they do not break anything before they get to Africa.
In the past, they have been placed even higher, at 8th, on the same stage.
The rally proper starts today with a 25km stage on the way from Narbonne to Castellon in Spain.
In leading position at Narbonne was Kenjiro Shinozuka, of Japan, in a Nissan.
Second place went to Giniel De Villiers, of South Africa, in a Nissan and third was Miki Biasion, of Italy, in a Mitsubishi.