Defending champion Sebastien Loeb moaned that it was "tough", Championship leader Mikko Hirvonen expressed regret at being "too careful" and Zimbabwean Conrad Rautenbach suffering a bout of homesickness asked for "sun and dust"!
Many of the well-weathered journalists in the media centre also complained about the Welsh climate.
This was especially true of the hacks who had spent the previous leg of the championship lording it on the Spanish beaches of the Costa Daurada.
All of which begs the question: What were they expecting?
Loeb and Hirvonen know that one slip could end their title dreams, but neither can afford to take their foot off the pedal
There's a reason why fewer tourists visit Builth Wells and Llanidloes than Spain on winter sun breaks, and it's not the price of accommodation.
The drivers may moan about the weather when a camera is thrust in their face seconds after lifting the hand-break at the end of a stage.
But it's those wet, windy, misty conditions that make the rally such a unique event.
With just a point separating title challengers Loeb and Hirvonen the organisers would have been praying that both men survived the first day unscathed.
And boy did they do that: First and second on the road with a measly 5.3 second advantage for Loeb as he aims for a sixth successive world championship.
Petter Solberg and his Welsh co-driver Phil Mills are looking for a record fifth Rally GB, and at 40 seconds adrift they're still in touch.
Mikko Hirvonen is one point ahead in the standings
British contender Matthew Wilson can still hope for a top spot as he lies in seventh over three minutes and 20 seconds back.
But from here on in it won't be the hopes of the also-rans or the uncertain future of the rally that will grab the headlines.
Both Loeb and Hirvonen know that one slip could end their title dreams, but neither can afford to take their foot off the pedal.
Whoever finishes in front of the other will be crowned world champion.
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