As the World Rally Championship leader reeled off another clean sweep of stage wins to edge himself closer to clinching the title, the big news of Saturday afternoon was Kris Meeke's exit.
On his debut for Citroen's full works team in place of Dani Sordo, the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion had been holding fourth place between Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala.
But that impressive run came to an end on the second run of the long Nambucca stage, where Meeke rolled into retirement, to Citroen's frustration.
Citroen team principal Yves Matton said: "I can tell you nothing, because we have not been able to reach them. We don't know anything, nobody has seen the car."
The Northern Irish driver was making his debut with the official Citroen team, replacing Dani Sordo for the Coffs Harbour-based event.
"At service this afternoon I told Kris to keep the pace, to stay not too far from Thierry [Neuville] and we would see tomorrow whether we try to catch him or not," said Matton.
"For sure, I am not happy. He did not do what I asked him. This is just the opposite what I ask him.
"Yes, he did a good job before this, like he did in Finland until 10 kilometres before the end [when he crashed]."
The possibility of Meeke catching Neuville or being caught by Latvala was the main interest of the front group, with Ogier, Mikko Hirvonen, Neuville and Latvala now spread out in the top three positions.
Just 2.5 seconds splits Norwegian pair Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Ostberg in fifth and sixth, though, after an excursion on the Valla stage cost Ostberg ground.
Neuville and Ostberg's M-Sport Ford team-mate Evgeny Novikov was already falling away from this group even before a puncture that cost him several minutes.