Thu 16:31 - SS1: Hirvonen awake
He's 7.7sec slower than Latvala. "Okay, that was a bit of a wake up call but overall pretty good. Jari-Matti has pulled away a bit but we are there in the fight."
Thu 16:30 - SS1: Ostberg uncomfortable
"That was a difficult stage, I'm struggling to find the good grip. There's a lot of variation, you can see that because the road is different colours in places."
Thu 16:27 - SS1: Mikkelsen slower
He's 13sec slower than Latvala but sounds satisfied enough. "I'm quite happy with my run, no moments, it's a good start."
Thu 16:25 - SS1: Latvala quickest so far
An awesome time for Ogier's Volkswagen team-mate who goes 3.1sec quicker. He likes the rain, too. "It was definitely helping. The first two corners were a bit slippy but after that I had very good grip. In some places I probably could have pushed harder but you never know how much to risk."
Thu 16:22 - SS1: Ogier through
In a benchmark time of 11m20.4s. "For sure I didn't take the full risk. I could have been faster but in the rain, and in the standing water I was not flat-out."
Thu 16:12 - SS1: Ogier underway
Our World Champion, and last year's Finland winner, has begun the stage in his Volkswagen
Thu 16:11 - SS1 weather
Lankamaa is 48km from Jyvaskyla, and although it has rained there in the last hour it has stopped now. Skies looking threatening though, so more downpours are likely
Thu 16:07 - SS1 details
Finland doesn’t mess around, and the event gets underway with a proper challenge. At 23.44km Lankamaa is the longest test of the rally and features a dizzying mix of conditions: wide and narrow roads, crests, jumps and dips, all tackled flat-out
Thu 16:00 - Weather forecast
Looks a bit more encouraging for the spectators, with dry and sunny conditions returning for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Thu 15:56 - Weather update
For the last few weeks it has been beautifully hot and sunny in Jyvaskyla, with only the occasional thunderstorm to top up the lakes. Today was fine and dry for shakedown, but the clouds gathered after lunch and it is now chucking it down with rain
Thu 15:55 - Start order
For Friday AND Saturday is based on championship standings, which puts leader Ogier first on the road. Here’s the full World Rally Car start order: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Ostberg, 5. Hirvonen, 6. Neuville, 7. Meeke, 8. Evans, 9. Prokop, 10. H. Solberg, 11. Hanninen, 12. Kubica, 13. Paddon, 14. Breen, 15. Nikara, 16. Solowow
Thu 15:55 - Cars have left service
and are en route to the start of SS1 Lankamaa, which kicks off at 1608hrs local time
Thu 15:55 - So four stages tonight
and still three days of action go until the winner crosses the finish ramp on Sunday at 1500hrs
Thu 15:54 - There’s also Jouhtikyla
once a popular test venue for WRC teams, plus the day-closing Harju street stage which runs through the heart of Jyvaskyla and is making a return after a 16 year absence
Thu 15:54 - Coming up
Thursday’s opening leg taking crews northeast of host city Jyvaskyla for two passes of the Lankamaa stage, which runs close to Finnish rallying legend Juha Kankkunen’s home and is the longest of the rally at 23.44 kilometres
Thu 15:54 - Hello from Jyvaskyla
and welcome to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland - round eight of the FIA World Rally Championship and the fastest of the lot