Running as high as third overall in the early stages of the three-day rally, the Satria Neo S2000, at the hands of Andersson, had also come within 1.2 seconds of claiming the fastest time over the 8.36km second special stage.
After special stage five, Andersson was in fourth place overall but an electrical glitch caused him to pick up a time penalty before continuing with the rest of the afternoon.
“The stages were quite nice but unfortunately, we have some issues with the car and that cost us some time,” said the Swedish driver who has almost a minute to make it to the top 10.
Proton teammate Alister McRae, meanwhile, had driven hard to claim a top 10 position, running as high as ninth, but was forced into early retirement when a rock damaged his Satria Neo S2000’s oil sump over the 17.68km Errochty fifth special stage.
Leading the rally was Skoda’s Andreas Mikkelsen with a massive lead of 50.7 seconds ahead of Bryan Bouffier in a Peugeot 207 S2000 while in third place is defending IRC champion Juho Hanninen in the second leading Skoda Fabia S2000.
Rally Scotland consists of 15 special stages run on gravel over a competitive distance of 196.96km in the forest roads of Stirling, Perth & Kinross and North Lanarkshire.