Neste Oil Rally Finland


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Sat 08:42 - SS11: Bertelli
His car is mud-spattered at the finish. Have you been off? "Yes, we had some moments. But when you relax too much you have moments too. So we kept the pace up and it's okay."

Sat 08:39 - SS11: Hanninen
"I changed the car set-up a bit yesterday and I'm still getting used to it. I lost a couple of seconds with a mistake in a junction. A reasonable start."

Sat 08:37 - SS11: Al Qassimi
"Very difficult to judge my speed in here."

Sat 08:36 - SS11: Prokop
Martin is 17.9sec slower than Latvala - he went off the road but got back on without hitting anything.

Sat 08:34 - SS11: Sordo
He completes 10sec off the pace. WRC TV crews report a lurid moment over a jump, but Dani confesses to a different moment. "Yes, I was a little bit fast in a hairpin," he smiles, "but the feeling is good and I had hoped for a better time than this."

Sat 08:32 - SS11: Tanak
His car also returned to full health, the Estonian is third quickest so far, 3.1sec off Latvala's pace. "The car is running perfectly, but I'm not there yet with the feeling. I can improve."

Sat 08:29 - SS11: Evans
After a miserable Friday the Welshman is back in a car that is tracking straight. "Not a bad start for us. A good solid start and we can work from here."

Sat 08:28 - SS11: Meeke
Another good start - second quickest, 1sec off Latvala's pace. "I'm really happy and it confirms my suspicion that something wasn't right yesterday. We won't know what the problem was until the team have a look inside, but the complete transmission was changed last night and the car feels perfect."

Sat 08:25 - SS11: Neuville
"A good clean run. I tried to avoid any mistakes because we are in a good position. I'm working on the set-up a bit."

Sat 08:24 - SS11: Latvala
It's a fabulous start to the day for Jari-Matti who goes 3.4sec quicker than Ogier and extends his lead to 6sec. "I like this stage this way around. I attacked in some places but I wasn't sure it was enough. I pushed hard."

Sat 08:21 - SS11: Ostberg
"Quite a big moment in the first proper corner. After that I sorted my driving a bit, adjusted the brake balance, and the rhythm was okay."

Sat 08:20 - SS11: Ogier
He beats Kubica by 5.1sec but rally leader Latvala is quicker on the splits. "I didn't have the best stage," says Ogier, "I went a bit wrong on the set-up, it's a bit soft. I could have done better."

Sat 08:18 - SS11: Kubica
First through in 6m53.8s. "Very good conditions. A bit slippery in places but all good."

Sat 08:11 - Tyre choices
All of the WRC class Michelin runners have five soft compound tyres for this morning's loop of stages.

Sat 08:05 - Stage notes: SS11
Mökkiperä 1, 13.84km. Mökkiperä is one of the rally’s most technical tests and a tough wake-up call. It has plenty of jumps but is slower than others. The opening section comprises flat roads, long straights and 90 degree corners. But after 6km it switches character, with one fast corner following another, most of them with tricky crests to increase the challenge.

Sat 08:04 - Up first: SS11
The first pass of Mökkiperä gets underway at 0808hrs.

Sat 08:02 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't forget our WRC Live radio commentary and Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section

Sat 08:01 - Start intervals
All crews will start today's stages at 2min intervals

Sat 08:01 - Start order
Crews will tackle Saturday's stages in championship order, headed by Rally2 restarters. With Mikkelsen and Paddon retired, only Kubica is ahead of Ogier. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Kubica, 2. Ogier, 3. Ostberg, 4. Latvala, 5. Neuville, 6. Meeke, 7. Evans, 8. Tanak, 9. Sordo, 10. Prokop, 11. Al Qassimi, 12. Hanninen, 13. Bertelli

Sat 07:59 - Set your watches
Here are today's crucial times (all GMT+3): 0715hrs (first car leaves service), 0808hrs (SS11), 0926hrs (SS12), 1103hrs (SS13), 1156hrs (SS14), 1314hrs (first car into midpoint service), 1437hrs (SS15), 1555hrs (SS16), 1732hrs (SS17) 1825hrs (SS18), 1940hrs (first car into final service)

Sat 07:57 - Weather
Again the pavements in Jyväskylä are dry for now, but the skies are cloudy and some rain is expected. The current temperature is 12ºC should hit 19ºC later.

Sat 07:56 - Coming up today
We're back in the forests for day three of the rally. Coming up are four classic Finnish stages: Mökkiperä (13.84km), Jukojärvi (21.14km), Surkee (14.95km) and Horkka (15.59km). All four will be run in the morning, then repeated in the afternoon after a thirty-minute service.

Sat 07:55 - Hyvää huomenta!
Good morning again from Jyväskylä, and welcome back to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland

Fri 20:13 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll end our live text service for tonight. Join us on Saturday for another full day of competition in the Finnish forests. The action resumes with the 13km Mökkiperä at 0808hrs local (GMT+3). Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Jyväskylä. Bye for now!

Fri 20:10 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS10
Protasov up to fourth [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 1h19m37.7s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m08.0s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +1m41.9s, 4. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +2m54.7s, 5. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +2m59.8s.

Fri 19:52 - SS10: WRC 2 Lappi
He ends the day with a huge 1min 8sec lead in WRC 2. A perfect day? "Absolutely. Problem-free with enjoyable stages. It doesn't get any better. But the rally is not even half way though, so still a long way to go."

Fri 19:49 - WRC top 5 after SS10
Latvala leads after day two [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h16m19.2s, 2. Ogier (VW): +2.6s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +24.0s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +34.1s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +1m49.6s

Fri 19:45 - SS10: Bertelli
The last of the WRC runners. "Already we have got further than we got last year! Now I want to finish to get the experience. It hasn't been the perfect day but I'm satisfied."

Fri 19:43 - SS10: Hanninen
"It's nice to be here in a WRC car again after a long, long break. I took it a bit easy today, and now there is something wrong with the engine, so I hope they can fix it before tomorrow."

Fri 19:39 - SS10: Al Qassimi
"I'm not really happy with my performance. I hoped I would get more confidence on the repeat loop, but passing so many crashed cars it didn't happen. Hopefully it will come tomorrow."

Fri 19:35 - SS10: Prokop
Looks like eighth overnight for Prokop, who struggled for confidence for much of the day. "The day got better as it went on," he says.

Fri 19:33 - SS10: Sordo
1.3sec slower than Ogier is a decent time to round off the day with and Sordo ends Friday in sixth place, 2.7sec behind Neuville. "The times have not been so good but we are in a decent position. I hope for a better day tomorrow."

Fri 19:30 - SS10: Tanak
The second damaged M-Sport car reaches the line. Unsurprisingly, Ott is not a fan of today's endurance format. "It's been a tricky day. It's a bit stupid not to have a service in such a long day."

Fri 19:27 - SS10: Evans
His car snakes its way through the stage, with its left-rear wheel waggling. "The day started well, but that mistake early in Ouninpohja meant we just had to get through to avoid super-rally."

Fri 19:24 - SS10: Meeke
"For sure not the perfect day, and in Finland you have to be 100 per cent to get close. I did everything I could to get close."

Fri 19:22 - SS10: Neuville
A lacklustre sort of day for Thierry, but he has a positive assessment. "It was not bad. Okay, we struggled in the morning, but I didn't feel comfortable in the slippery conditions. It felt better in the afternoon. Now we are ahead of Dani and we have a good fight ahead."

Fri 19:17 - SS10: Latvala
0.5sec slower on stage than Ogier and Jari-Matti ends Friday with a rally lead of 2.6sec. "I'm very happy. The afternoon went extremely well, especially Ouninpohja."

Fri 19:14 - SS10: Ostberg
1.6sec off Ogier's pace and Mads end the day in a very encouraging fourth place. "I was a slow starter but after that it's been a good day. We will keep the pressure on."

Fri 19:12 - SS10: Ogier
"A great day for me. I gave my best. The second loop was difficult for me, following the national rally guys, but we are close to the lead. Hopefully there will be some Rally2 guys ahead tomorrow."

Fri 19:10 - Mikkelsen update
Confirmed retired. His car is too damaged to be be repaired for Rally 2.

Fri 19:07 - SS10 start time
Ogier is due to start at 1908hrs. That's eight minutes later than advertised. No problems, just a consequence of the live TV schedule

Fri 19:01 - SS10: Live
WRC+ subscribers can watch this stage via our LIVE streaming service

Fri 18:44 - Up next: SS10
Friday's final stage, the repeat of Harju, gets underway at 1900hrs. We'll take a live text break until then.

Fri 18:43 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS9
[+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 1h17m49.4s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m09.7s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +1m44.1s, 4. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +2m40.3s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +2m55.6s

Fri 18:37 - SS9: WRC 2 Nikara
He dropped from third to fourth on the previous stage, and he's 42sec of Lappi's pace in here too. What happened? "In Ouninpohja the engine cut out and now we have a broken drive shaft, so the car is quite difficult to drive. The engine seems okay now."

Fri 18:31 - SS9: WRC 2 Gorban
He starts the stage late and completes with his hazard lights flashing. He's been busy since a heavy landing on the previous stage, "We can continue but we can't fix the broken steering arm. We also broke two drive-shafts, one front and one rear, and a damper."

Fri 18:20 - SS9: WRC 2 Lappi
His class lead over his Skoda team-mate is now more than one minute but Esapekka is not getting carried away. "A 1-2 is perfect for the team, but there's still a long way to go," he says. "Today was problem-free, which is good. The plan was always to push today and then defend tomorrow."

Fri 18:11 - WRC top 5 after SS9
10 sec penalty for Meeke [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h14m35.3s, 2. Ogier (VW): +3.1s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +23.1s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +33.0s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +1m48.6s

Fri 18:08 - SS9: Sordo
His car's exhaust system has come loose again.

Fri 18:05 - Penalty for Meeke
The timing system shows a 10 second penalty for arriving one minute late at the time control before SS9. That drops him 23.1sec off the lead and just 9.9sec ahead of his team-mate Mads Ostberg behind in fourth.

Fri 18:03 - SS9: Tanak
"The stages are far too rough for our car at the moment, but at least the day is nearly over."

Fri 18:00 - SS9: Evans
Just one more stage to go until he can get his broken car back to service. "Not the rally we wanted. I'm sorry for everybody who put in so much work in the team. We'll get it fixed tonight and do a proper job tomorrow."

Fri 17:56 - SS9: Meeke
3.5sec off Latvala's pace. "Considering our little issue it's not bad. This stage is our Achilles heel. I didn't want to take too many risks."

Fri 17:54 - SS9: Neuville
A more encouraging run, 4.1sec off Latvala's pace - and that's with a lucky escape, too. "The ruts are so deep I nearly rolled in the last corner - the car jumped onto two wheels!"

Fri 17:52 - SS9: Latvala
He's quickest so far, and pulls another second ahead of Ogier in the overall standings. Jari-Matti's rally lead is now now up to 3.1sec. "I got a really good feeling on Ouninpohja and that gave me more confidence here."

Fri 17:50 - SS9: Ostberg
4.3sec slower than Ogier. "A difficult day but I'm pleased with my speed. No plans to change anything for tomorrow."

Fri 17:47 - SS9: Ogier
We're back to Himos and Seb is the first to complete. "It's not easy. All of this loop I have been in the loose [gravel] of the national rally competitors. I'm happy though, I've done my best," he says.

Fri 17:29 - SS8: WRC 2 Brynildsen
He rolled on the first run through. This time he spins and the ECU comes loose. "It's just not my day," he says.

Fri 17:16 - WRC top 5 after SS8
Latvala takes the lead [ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h11m21.9s, 2. Ogier (VW): 2.1s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): 9.6s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): 27.7s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): 1m44.5s

Fri 17:05 - SS8: Sordo
Having slotted his exhaust pipe back together it's a better, and quieter, run for Dani. Sixth fastest on stage so far, but he loses position to his team-mate Neuville in the overall standings.

Fri 17:03 - SS8: Tanak
Two more stages to go for Tanak too. "The roads are rougher on the second passes." That's not good news with his broken damper.

Fri 17:02 - SS8: Evans
"Judging the right speed to drive is difficult, but for now it's holding out." Are you confident of getting through the next two stages and back to service? "No."

Fri 16:55 - SS8: Meeke
Third quickest on stage and right in the thick of the podium fight, 9.6sec off the lead. "The car seems to be okay, I have to be tentative, but it's alright."

Fri 16:53 - SS8: Neuville
"Quite happy with this one. On the second passes the car seems better."

Fri 16:52 - SS8: Latvala
He's a whopping 5.4sec quicker than Ogier and takes the rally lead. "I've never done this stage as fast as this before," he says. "I have a massive respect for this stage." The stage win looks like being Latvala's 400th at World Championship level. His average speed: 132,18 km/h

Fri 16:48 - SS8: Ostberg
1.5sec slower than Ogier. "Feeling very nice. Really have a good feeling with the car. Getting close to the limit but I need to drive faster - I'm too comfortable."

Fri 16:46 - SS8: Ogier
He completes in 15m42s. "A clean run, but I'm suffering on the lines in the road from the national rally cars."

Fri 16:36 - Up next: SS8
Sebastien Ogier began the repeat of Ouninpohja at 1629hrs

Fri 16:34 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS7
Tidemand back up to second. [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 58m10.5s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +53.4s, 3. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +57.7s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +1m17.3s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +2m11.7s

Fri 16:22 - WRC top 5 after SS7
Meeke quickest [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 55m41.8s, 2. Latvala (VW): +3.3s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +7.2s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +24.1s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m26.4s

Fri 16:14 - SS7: Hanninen
"No big problems. Sometimes rainy, sometimes not." Juho is now seventh overall, 18.6sec adrift of his former Hyundai team-mate Thierry Neuville.

Fri 16:07 - SS7: Sordo
His car is making a terrible noise when it arrives at the stage end. Dani is quickly out for a look underneath. "I think the exhaust is broken."

Fri 16:06 - SS7: Tanak
Still carrying his damper problem Tanak, like Evans, can do nothing but nurse his damaged Fiesta through the stages. "It's still all the same."

Fri 16:02 - SS7: Evans
He drops another 1m44.7sec to Ogier, but gets his damaged Fiesta to the stage end. "We have to try and get the car to the end of the day."

Fri 15:59 - SS7: Meeke
The Ulsterman is fastest so far - a full three seconds up on Latvala in a car that isn't quite right. "Sometimes when you have a little thing it focuses the mind," he says. "The front end is still wandering, it has a mind of its own, but I can cope with it - I can talk to it in a straight line and in the corners it follows the ruts. It's at 99 per cent and I can make up the other one per cent."

Fri 15:55 - SS7: Neuville
"Not the perfect stage, even if I correct them my pace notes are too slow. If that happens five times that's five seconds down. I don't want to do any mistakes - we are in a good place now."

Fri 15:53 - SS7: Latvala
He's 1.3sec quicker than Ogier - and now trails him by 3.3sec in the overall standings. "A good stage. I concentrated hard after this morning's pass."

Fri 15:51 - SS7: Ostberg
Eight-tenths slower than Ostberg. "An enjoyable stage. I little bit wetter in some places than I expected."

Fri 15:49 - SS7: Ogier
"A little bit of rain in places, but a bit of rain makes the grip better. I struggled a little at the beginning with some loose gravel in the line but the second part of the stage was okay." His time to beat: 10m41.2s

Fri 15:33 - Up next: SS7
The repeat of Päijälä kicks off at 1536hrs. WRC TV crews report rain falling at the 17.6km point.

Fri 15:26 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS6
[+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 47m06.9s, 2. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +37.3s, 3. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +43.9s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +1m03.0s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1m45.9s

Fri 15:20 - SS6: WRC 2 Brynildsen
His car was fitted with a new windscreen in the regroup. "We were allowed to because it's a safety issue," he explains. "We went fastest on the previous stage wearing goggles but I prefer a windscreen."

Fri 15:09 - Breen out
The WRC 2 driver retired at the midpoint regroup with an engine problem.

Fri 15:08 - Kubica out
The Pole left the midpoint regroup but retired before SS6.

Fri 15:06 - WRC top 5 after SS6
Paddon crashes out [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 45m00.6s, 2. Latvala (VW): +4.6s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +11.5s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +23.3s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m15.7s

Fri 15:04 - SS6: Bertelli
"This was okay. I went off again, and had a choice of hitting a tree or a road sign. I hit the sign."

Fri 15:01 - SS6: Hanninen
"The grip was much better than I expected and the car is a lot easier to drive. Okay, we need to be patient and build the pace."

Fri 14:58 - SS6: Al Qassimi
He completes 47.8sec off the Latvala's pace. "Second pass through but the confidence is not coming yet."

Fri 14:57 - SS6: Paddon update
Confirmation from the team that Hayden and his co-driver John Kennard are okay.

Fri 14:56 - SS6: Prokop
"The stage was okay, but I know I can push much, much harder. I don't like these stages though."

Fri 14:54 - SS6: Sordo
"I saw the Paddon crash. The car was in the middle of the road."

Fri 14:52 - SS6: Paddon off
Tanak completes with news: "He's gone off 1km before the finish."

Fri 14:51 - SS6: Paddon?
There's a three-minute gap between Evans' damaged Fiesta and the charging Paddon behind. But Paddon should have completed by now

Fri 14:48 - SS6: Evans
The Welshman 1m30.7sec slower than Latvala and still contending with a badly out-of-shape Fiesta. "I'm just trying to get through and not get a penalty for missing a stage. I've got more work to do now."

Fri 14:46 - SS6: Meeke
1.6sec off the pace and Kris's DS 3 is hanging together. "Not bad but the car is still not perfect. Okay, it's not as bad as I feared after Ouninpohja, but the front is still wandering. The ruts are helping, though."

Fri 14:43 - SS6: Neuville
"The conditions are a bit better, but still I could go faster. But it's difficult when you're not in the fight and, for me, after what happened yesterday."

Fri 14:41 - SS6: Latvala
Quickest so far, 0.7up on Ogier. He eclipses the speed record too - at an average of 133,26 km/h. "A very good run - my co-driver Miikka said it was like a PlayStation game!"

Fri 14:39 - SS6: Ostberg
0.2sec slower than Ogier. "A good run through. Much better than the first pass. I'm faster now because I'm more confident."

Fri 14:37 - SS6: Ogier
He completes in an average speed of 133,02 km/h - that's a new record this year. "A good run. I was wondering what the conditions would be like after the national rally cars [had been through] but overall the conditions are quite okay."

Fri 14:35 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS5
Nikara up to second. [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 40m15.7s, 2. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +28.4s, 3. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +35.7s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +56.8s, 5. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +1m08.3s

Fri 14:31 - Tyre choices
Here are the numbers and compounds (hard (H) or soft (S)) of the LTX Force tyres the Michelin runners have this afternoon. All but one of the Michelin drivers have taken five soft compound tyres. The exception is Elfyn Evans who has six.

Fri 13:37 - Up next: Regroup
After SS5, crews enter a regroup and then the tyre fitting zone. The next competitive stage, the repeat of Pihlajakoski, starts at 1428hrs. We'll take a break from our live texting until then.

Fri 13:36 - SS5: WRC 2 Ahlin
The Swede loses time with a spin after hitting a compression in the road.

Fri 13:32 - SS5: WRC 2 Brynildsen
Still going - but without a windscreen after his roll on Ouninpohja.

Fri 13:21 - SS5: WRC 2 Lappi
The Finn is firmly in control in WRC 2 but he's after more. "A perfect morning. Now we will make a few little changes to make the car even better for the afternoon."

Fri 13:18 - WRC top 5 after SS5
Mikkelsen crashes out [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 38m27.9s, 2. Latvala (VW): +5.3s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +10.6s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +23.1s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): +29.1s

Fri 13:12 - SS5: Kubica
Fourth fastest so far but, more importantly, he's still going. "On the road section we had the same problem. We'll try our best."

Fri 13:07 - SS5: Prokop
"Not the best morning, but we are getting better and better. Making a few changes to the car. "

Fri 13:06 - SS5: Sordo
Third quickest - that's his most competitive time of the day. "The rear end was moving all over the place in Ouninpohja but we made a set-up change before this one and it feels better."

Fri 13:03 - SS5: Tanak
He loses 8.3sec to Ogier with his broken damper. "It's quite okay to drive when the road is smooth, so this was was better."

Fri 13:01 - SS5: Paddon
How do you sum up your morning? "Happy with the first two stages, no so much with Ouninpohja. We made a few set-up changes before this one and it feels a little better." He's 3.8sec off Ogier's pace.

Fri 12:59 - SS5: Evans
His car is crabbing through. "There's not much I can do to fix it. I tried after the last stage but it's really no better."

Fri 12:58 - SS5: Meeke
"There's still something wrong with the front transmission, the car doesn't feel correct but it's not a drive-shaft. It's not as bad as I thought, but it's hard to commit - the front end feels very nervous."

Fri 12:56 - SS5: Neuville
"Andreas was by the road warning us to slow down. It looked like a big crash."

Fri 12:54 - SS5: Latvala
0.5sec slower than Ogier. "I took it easy when I passed the crash site. We saw them waving the 'OK' sign. That cost us some time but you have to be safe."

Fri 12:52 - SS5: Ostberg
A positive run on the previous stage. Did that good feeling continue here, Mads? "No. We slowed a lot where Mikkelsen went off. It looked a big crash. After that we struggled on the downhill section."

Fri 12:50 - SS5: Mikkelsen update
Car off the road. Crew okay.

Fri 12:47 - SS5: Ogier
"My stage was okay. It's a small one, but sometimes these are more difficult because you have to be on the pace straightaway." His time: 3m17.7s

Fri 12:46 - SS5: Mikkelsen
Tracking shows his car stopped 1km into the stage

Fri 12:41 - Weather update
The sun is shining over Himos but there are lots of clouds around. Light rain is falling at the end of Ouninpohja now. Temperature 17ºC.

Fri 12:36 - SS5: Stage notes
Himos 1, 5.62km. Himos is run on service roads for the ski resort there. After a new start on tight roads, it climbs steeply before descending via a wild gravel track that calls for courage. It’s soft and scattered with rocks ready to catch the unwary.

Fri 12:35 - Up next: SS5
The final stage of the morning loop, Himos, goes live at 1242hrs

Fri 12:33 - SS4: WRC 2 Lappi
In a class of his own. Fastest WRC 2 driver through SS4 so far by 23sec. His class lead now 35.9sec over his team-mate Pontus Tidemand.

Fri 12:30 - SS4: Brynildsen / Fuchs / Gorban
Brynildsen stops for seven minutes a short way into the stage. "We had a puncture into a slow right-hander and rolled. Then the car got stuck on a rock." Fuchs stops before the stage with broken steering. Gorban completes with a front-right puncture.

Fri 12:25 - SS4: WRC 2 Lefebvre
"Incredible. My first time on this stage and I really enjoyed it."

Fri 12:24 - SS4: WRC 2 Tidemand
He loses 23.9sec to his Skoda team-mate Lappi, and his car is looking rough - missing its front bumper and sporting damage on all corners. "We went wide into a ditch. After than we had a slow puncture. There is still a long way to go."

Fri 12:20 - WRC top 5 after SS4
Latvala up to second. Meeke, Kubica and Evans mechanical problems. [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 35m10.2s, 2. Latvala (VW): +4.8s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +5.7s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +18.7s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): +25.3s

Fri 12:16 - SS4: Bertelli
"My first time in Ouninpohja and we just have to get used to this stuff. This first pass was all about checking our pace notes."

Fri 12:14 - SS4: Kubica
His terrible morning continues. And after the faulty transmission sensor, puncture and lack of handbrake, this one is potentially the most serious. "We have an alternator problem. I don't know how much longer we can continue," he says.

Fri 12:10 - SS4: Al Qassimi
Lucky to escape a trip into a ditch. Car unscathed.

Fri 12:06 - SS4: Tanak
He's 1m12s slower than Ogier because of his broken front damper. "You can imagine it's not so easy over the jumps in here."

Fri 12:04 - SS4: Paddon
He arrives at the finish control shaking his head. "Disastrous. The rear of the car was all over the place. Every corner I could feel the time loss." He is 15.9sec off Ogier's pace.

Fri 12:02 - SS4: Evans
He completes with rear-right suspension damage and the wheel running out of alignment. "We went wide near the start and hit a rock," he explains. "It was fine for a while, but broke soon after." He completes 1m52.8s slower than Ogier.

Fri 11:58 - SS4: Meeke
He completes 5.3sec off the pace and is immediately out of the car to look underneath. He looks extremely cross. "There's something wrong. The drive-shaft has gone I think. It happened in the last seven or eight kilometers. I think we have only three-wheel-drive."

Fri 11:56 - SS4: Neuville
25.8sec off Ogier's pace. "This stage was better but I fight with the car and when you're not fully committed you can't do the times. I don't know why, but I have to accept it and try and move forward."

Fri 11:54 - SS4: Latvala
Just fourt-tenths slower than Ogier but Jari-Matti isn't sounding massively confident. "I've never been so good here - especially the opening 17km which I don't know too well. It was okay."

Fri 11:52 - SS4: Ostberg
3.8sec slower than Ogier and Mads completes with a huge smile on his face. "I'm enjoying my driving so much here - to fly the car over these jumps is just amazing."

Fri 11:50 - SS4: Mikkelsen
16.4sec off Ogier's pace. No dramas - Mikkelsen's just not feeling it yet.

Fri 11:49 - SS4: Ogier
The previous record for Ouninpohja in this format was 15m58.6, set by Peugeot 206 driver Harri Rovanpera in 2002. Ogier smashes that with a 15m53.9s. "We enjoy it a lot. Not a bad stage. Very difficult to find the limit all the way through."

Fri 11:31 - SS4: Stage notes
Ouninpohja 1, 34.39km. The legendary Ouninpohja, regarded as the sport’s biggest test of bravery and commitment, returns in its full length. It’s a rollercoaster from start to finish, with more than 75 jumps, and hardly a straight worthy of the name as it flows from corner to corner at crazy speeds. The roads are wide up to the famous Kakaristo hairpin after 25.60km after which it narrows. Sébastien Ogier holds the record at average of 130.75kph…..

Fri 11:30 - Seb's Polo landmark
Ogier's stage win on SS3 was his 250th in the Polo R WRC. In total, the v-dub has claimed 420 WRC stage wins!

Fri 11:25 - Up next: SS4
Crews en-route to the start control of Ouninpohja. Ogier will begin it at 1129hrs.

Fri 11:23 - SS3: WRC 2 Lappi
Another astonishing time for the Finn, who leads WRC 2 in his Skoda Fabia R5 and sits 14th overall - ahead of two World Rally Cars.

Fri 11:21 - WRC top 5 after SS3
Ogier fastest to take the lead [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 19m16.3s, 2. Meeke (DS 3): +0.4s, 3. Latvala (VW): +4.4s, 4. Tanak (Ford): +6.9s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): +9.4s

Fri 11:17 - SS3: Bertelli
"Quite a good stage. We went wide onto the grass in one corner, that lost us about 15sec, but we got away with it."

Fri 11:15 - SS3: Kubica
His earlier diff problem was traced to a faulty sensor. That's fixed, and he has four-wheel-drive again, but now he has no handbrake. "I also had a puncture - and in general my confidence is not there. I have to rediscover the rhythm."

Fri 11:12 - SS3: Al Qassimi
"These roads need a lot of commitment, you have to drive beyond the normal pace notes. I'm building my pace gradually."

Fri 11:10 - SS3: Prokop
"It's horrible. I was really scared of some jumps. I didn't feel confident with the speed in the corners." Slowest of the WRC runners so far.

Fri 11:07 - SS3: Sordo
Ninth-fastest through so far. "I didn't do this stage last year."

Fri 11:06 - SS3: Tanak
A decent time, 3.8sec slower than Ogier's but Tanak picks up a serious problem. "I cocked it up. I was too fast into one corner, went sideways into a rock and broke the front-left damper. That's pretty much it for us today."

Fri 11:03 - SS3: Paddon
4.8sec slower than Ogler. "I tried to push a bit more but the grip isn't where I wanted it to be and we're probably over driving a little."

Fri 11:01 - SS3: Evans
"I'm not quite as happy as I was after the first one - my driving wasn't quite as clean - but I'm happy enough."

Fri 10:59 - SS3: Meeke
Second quickest so far. 0.8sec slower than Ogier. "This one was quite slippery. A few places we were sliding around on the road, but what a beautiful place to go rallying."

Fri 10:58 - SS3: Neuville
Slowest so far again - 21sec adrift of Ogier. Sounds like his Shakedown crash is still on his mind. "Yesterday was a big moment and I'm trying to rediscover the feeling. I'm just not confident enough to push."

Fri 10:55 - SS3: Latvala
4.7sec off Ogier's pace. "A bit of a moment at the beginning. It was surprisingly slippery and I struggled to find the feeling. I lost a few valuable seconds. Not what I was hoping for."

Fri 10:53 - SS3: Ostberg
6.5sec off Ogier's pace. "I struggled a bit with my confidence in the fast stuff. In too many places I'm lifting off the throttle. I was swearing a lot in the stage. I'm a bit upset with myself."

Fri 10:52 - SS3: Mikkelsen
11.4sec slower than Ogier. "Not really perfect. There were a few too many places where I braked and I didn't need to. I need to get used to these conditions as soon as possible so I don't lose too much to Seb."

Fri 10:50 - SS3: Ogier
The Frenchman first to complete in 10m49.4s. "Not easy to read the road. The surface is very compact and it's hard to find the perfect rhythm. Some corners are more slippery than others. I could have taken more risks."

Fri 10:38 - SS3: Stage notes
Päijälä 1, 23.56km. Mikko Hirvonen refers to this stage as ‘the little brother of Ouninpohja’. It’s an awesome test with crests, jumps and technical sections on wide and blisteringly fast roads. The opening 4km are the most technical, but the second half is full rollercoaster. The only difference from last year is a new 180 metre section at the start. Finland at its best.

Fri 10:36 - Up next: SS3
The first run through Päijälä kicks off at 1036hrs

Fri 10:34 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS2
Skoda duo Lappi and Tidemand set the pace. [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 8m54.5s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1.7s, 3. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +3.4s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +6.5s, 5. Parn (Ford Fiesta R5): +7.9s

Fri 10:23 - SS2: WRC2 Brynildsen
"We were stopped on stage for more than 10 seconds. Everything stopped. We had to do a complete reset. Not the start to the rally we wanted."

Fri 10:17 - WRC top 5 after SS2
Meeke the stage winner. Diff problem for Kubica. [ times to leader]: 1. Meeke (DS 3): 8m26.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): 0.1s, 3. Ogier (VW): 0.4s, 4. Tanak (Ford): 3.5s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): 5.0s

Fri 10:09 - SS2: Latvala
So Jari-Matti takes the stage win at an average speed of 131.78 km/h - that's the highest average speed of the season so far.

Fri 10:05 - SS2: Prokop
The Czech driver loses a few seconds in a ditch near the start.

Fri 10:04 - SS2: Hanninen
14.6sec off the pace on his first proper stage in the Fiesta RS. "Hesitating too much because we are not used to the car. We try to keep this pace and increase it step-by-step."

Fri 10:02 - SS2: Kubica
18.1sec off the pace here, and it sounds like more time loss is inevitable. "We have a diff problem," he explains. "The car is in front-wheel drive only."

Fri 10:00 - SS2: Al Qassimi
He's 48.7sec off Latvala's pace and taking time to dial himself into the high-speed roads. "I just don't have the confidence."

Fri 09:59 - SS2: Sordo
Slowest of the WRC runners through so far. The Spaniard 22.4sec off the pace after missing a junction and losing around 10sec

Fri 09:58 - SS2: Tanak
1.1sec off Latvala's pace. The Estonian reports changeable grip

Fri 09:57 - SS2: Paddon
A great start for the Kiwi who completes 2.5sec off Latvala's pace.

Fri 09:49 - SS2: Evans
"It was alright, although I lost a little time when I was too sideways in a few places. Overall a clean run - I'm happy." Fourth quickest so far.

Fri 09:47 - SS2: Meeke
Second quickest, 0.9sec off Latvala's pace and Meeke is in the lead of Neste Oil Rally Finland. "A good start. It felt really comfortable. A really nice run. A couple of small errors which cost me some momentum but happy so far."

Fri 09:45 - SS2: Neuville
He completes 17.1sec off the pace. What's wrong? "My pace notes are a bit slow so I try and correct then. Also the guys ahead are cutting and there is some dirt and even some plastic in the road. I was a bit off line."

Fri 09:43 - SS2: Latvala
Quickest so far, 1.9sec up on Ogier. "A good stage, a small moment on the first crest, but one we could get away with."

Fri 09:41 - SS2: Ostberg
6.7sec off Ogier's pace. "A quite okay rhythm. A tricky start though, the road is wide and I struggled to place the car correctly. But we're through the first stage now. I'm looking forward to the next one."

Fri 09:40 - SS2: Mikkelsen
7.3sec slower than Ogier. "I was way too careful. I had different conditions on my test and the grip here was better than I expected."

Fri 09:37 - SS2: Ogier completes
"Okay, but the grip is really low. It's not so easy to find the rhythm, I could have taken more risk, but it was not bad." How is it running as first car? "There is not a cleaning situation here. There is no lose gravel, but the tyres still struggle to bite. We do the best we can."

Fri 09:29 - SS2: Stage notes
Pihlajakoski 1, 14.51km. A repeat of the stage used last year for the first time since the 1980s. It starts on a wide road with plenty of small crests that require precision, before becoming narrower from 9.60km to the finish. There’s only one big jump and it’s not the most challenging test, but the speed will wake up drivers.

Fri 09:26 - Tyre choices
Here are the numbers and compounds (hard (H) or soft (S)) of the LTX Force tyres the Michelin runners have this morning. Unsurprisingly, given the conditions, it's fairly straightforward: all Michelin drivers have five soft compound tyres

Fri 09:25 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't forget our WRC Live radio commentary and Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section

Fri 09:25 - Start intervals
All crews will start today's stages at 2min intervals

Fri 09:25 - Start order
Crews will tackle Friday and Saturday's stages in championship order. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Mikkelsen, 3. Ostberg, 4. Latvala, 5. Neuville, 6. Meeke, 7. Evans, 8. Paddon, 9. Tanak, 10. Sordo, 11. Prokop, 12. Al Qassimi, 13. Kubica, 14. Hanninen, 15. Bertelli

Fri 09:24 - Set your watches
Here are tonight's crucial times (all GMT+3): 0730hrs (first car leaves service), 0928hrs (SS2), 1036hrs (SS3), 1129hrs (SS4), 1242hrs (SS5) 1428hrs (SS6), 1536hrs (SS7), 1629hrs (SS8) 1742hrs (SS9), 1900hrs (SS10), 1930hrs (first car returns to Service Park)

Fri 09:24 - Weather
The pavements are dry in Jyväskylä but the skies are cloudy and we're expecting rain on and off today. The temperature is a fresh 12ºC right now but should hit 19ºC later. WRC TV camera crews report sunshine on SS2 but lots of puddles on the road

Fri 09:22 - Coming up today
After last night's short super special, Friday gets serious with almost half of the rally’s competitive distance. And all run without a midpoint service - so there's no room for error. Friday also sees the return of the 34km Ouninpohja stage, widely regarded as the ultimate test of bravery and commitment

Fri 09:21 - Hyvää huomenta!
Good morning from Jyväskylä, and welcome back to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland

Thu 21:43 - Stage complete
And that's where we'll end our live text service for tonight. Join us on Friday for what promises to be a thrilling day of competition with 160km of stages and NO service break. The action resumes with the 14.51km Pihlajakowski at 0928hrs local (GMT+3). Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Jyväskylä. Bye for now!

Thu 21:43 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS1
[+ times to leader]: =1. Lefebvre (DS3 RRC): 1m53.4s, =1. Brynildsen (Ford Fiesta RRC): +0s, 3. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1.3s, 4. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): +1.6s, 5. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +1.8s

Thu 21:23 - SS1: Weather update
Rain falling in Jyväskylä now. Eric Camille in stage with the wipers on his Fiesta going flat out. Looks like the remaining eight WRC 2 drivers are in for a wet ride.

Thu 21:07 - Driver Q&A
We'll show the end-of-day news conference on our Live Stream from 2115hrs. Find it in the 'Live' section on the home page.

Thu 20:57 - WRC top 5 after SS1
[+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 1m48.6s, 2. Meeke (DS 3): +0.6s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +0.8s, 4. Kubica (Ford): +1.1s, 5. Latvala (VW): +1.6s

Thu 20:54 - SS1: Ogier
And he's fastest. Six-tenths up on Meeke. "Happy to finish like this, it's easy to make a mistake here. Okay, a small advantage with the drying road. Tomorrow we have a really long day ahead. A tough challenge."

Thu 20:51 - SS1: Ogier on stage
But he's not the first world champion though tonight's test. That honour went to four time champ Tommi Makinen who drove an enormous green Valtra tractor through before the first rally car. It was the same tractor another former champ, Juha Kankkunen, broke the tractor world speed record with earlier this year. 80.88 miles per hour. On snow. We kid you not.

Thu 20:51 - SS1: Tanak
A hairy moment for The Estonian when his Fiesta collects a massive sandbag on an apex. I have no handbrake, I was locking all four wheels. I'm not happy at the moment." He is ninth fastest, 3.3sec off the pace.

Thu 20:48 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Pushing hard, and he's lucky to escape a very wide moment though the forest section when he gets both right-hand wheels off the tarmac. Second fastest so far. "Very slippery but it was a clean run, no worries. The fun starts tomorrow."

Thu 20:44 - SS1: Ostberg
Fourth fastest so far. "It was okay, nothing really special."

Thu 20:42 - SS1: Latvala
Third fastest so far, 1sec off Meeke's pace. "It was slippery, not an easy start. A little mistake, a little touch of the sandbags, but all okay."

Thu 20:39 - SS1: Neuville
His Hyundai looks brand new after his shunt earlier today on Shakedown. It seems to go well too - he's fourth quickest so far. "I'm happy to be here. Our team has done an incredible job to fix the car. Huge, huge thanks to them. I hope we can bring back a good result for them."

Thu 20:36 - SS1: Meeke
He sets a new fastest time, 0.5sec up on Kubica. "It's drying out all the time. A tricky stage, a bit of dirt pulled onto the road. Really looking forward to the stages this weekend. I hope I find a good feeling tomorrow."

Thu 20:33 - SS1: Paddon
Hayden's co-driver John Kennard is marking his 50th WRC rally and his 30th anniversary in the sport this week. Paddon says: "Super Specials aren't really my thing. It was really slippery there so we took no risks. It's important to have a clean start."

Thu 20:30 - SS1: Evans
Fourth quickest, 3.8sec off Kubica's benchmark. "It was a lot more slippery than expected and I missed a lot of apexes. Still, we're here in one piece and looking forward to getting out on the proper stages tomorrow."

Thu 20:27 - SS1: Sordo
The Spaniard snakes his Hyundai off the line to try and put some heat into the tyres. Third fastest so far. "Very, very slippery on the tarmac. Okay, we don't take too many risks today because there is a lot of this rally ahead."

Thu 20:25 - SS1: Prokop
A good start for Martin who completes 0.8sec slower than Kubica. But it wasn't a smooth ride. "It was slippery like hell and our handbrake isn't working properly. It was difficult to manage the tight corners. We have to work on it before tomorrow."

Thu 20:20 - SS1: Al Qassimi
The DS 3 driver fourth quickest so far in 2m0.5s. "Surprisingly slippery and a lot of wheel spin on the uphill gravel section too."

Thu 20:18 - SS1: Kubica
A great start for the Pole who completes in a new fastest time 3.9sec quicker than Hanninen. The new time to beat: 1m49.7s. "It was okay. Very slippery though, and for sure the track - sorry, the road - will get drier and faster for the cars behind."

Thu 20:14 - SS1: Bertelli
The Italian completes 0.3sec slower than Hanninen. "Very slippery and we made a small mistake in the last corner. We lost maybe a second."

Thu 20:11 - SS1: Hanninen
Former Hyundai team member Juho is the first World Rally Car driver on stage. He's in a Ford Fiesta RS this week. His time is quickest so far: 1m53.6s. Not bad considering he didn't have the benefit of a pre-event test. "Not the easiest start, but okay, no hits. We took it quite steadily."

Thu 20:01 - WRC+
SS1 is now streaming live on WRC+

Thu 19:59 - SS1: Quentin Gilbert
The Junior Championship leader bags fastest time in JWRC - 2m03.3s. Up next, the WRC runners...

Thu 19:54 - SS1: Junior WRC drivers
On stage now. Terry Folb the early class pace-setter in 2m03.9s

Thu 19:44 - SS1: Stage update
Changeable. A dry line is appearing in some of the asphalt sections but there are some ominous-looking clouds building overhead.

Thu 19:37 - SS1: Van Den Brand update
Hit a wall, broken steering. He's out of tonight's competition. All being well he will restart tomorrow.

Thu 19:33 - SS1: Huttunen spins
It's a rough start for the man recently crowned 'Future Rally Star of Finland" who spins his Citroen into a barrier. He's underway again. 'A little bit too fast and hit a wall. I think it's okay," he says at the finish.

Thu 19:27 - SS1: Drive DMACK Trophy
Drivers are now filtering through. Early problems though for Mats Van Den Brand, who is reported to have gone off in the forest section.

Thu 19:15 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't forget our WRC Live radio commentary and Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section

Thu 19:14 - SS1: Stage underway
And the wet asphalt is already proving tricky. Daniele Pellegrineschi's Citroen DS3 R3T has just done a neat pirouette backwards into a barrier. Daniele is back underway having escaped with just a broken rear light.

Thu 19:07 - SS1: Stage Notes
Harju 1, 2.27km. Neste Oil Rally Finland kicks off with the short Harju test near the centre of the host town of Jyväskylä. After returning to the itinerary in 2014 following a 16-year lay-off, it is used in virtually the same format. It’s a mix of asphalt roads and gravel tracks, and drivers must take care at a fast and tricky downhill descent into tight turns between trees.

Thu 19:06 - Start intervals
All WRC crews will start tonight's stage at 3min intervals

Thu 19:06 - Start order
Crews will tackle Friday and Saturday's stages in championship order. Tonight, however, the order is a bit special to suit the live TV (and WRC+) schedule. Mitsubishi Lancer driver Fabrizio De Sanctis was first to start at 1900hrs. The first of the World Rally Car drivers, Juho Hanninen, will be on stage at 1950hrs. The last, Sébastien Ogier, will start at 2032hrs, followed by the WRC 2 runners

Thu 19:03 - Set your watches
Here are tonight's crucial times (all GMT 3): 1842hrs (first car leaves service), 1900hrs (first car on stage SS1), 1930hrs (first car returns to Service Park)

Thu 18:53 - Weather
Summer in Jyväskylä has been a bit of a washout so far and there's no sign of a change on the horizon. Today we've seen bright spells but also some sharp bursts of torrential rain. More showers are likely. Right now the roads are wet but there's bright sunshine overhead (we're in Finland remember, so sunset is not until 2210hrs). The temperature is 14ºC.

Thu 18:52 - Coming up today
A short curtain raiser. Just one stage, Harjiu (2.27km) will run this evening before a packed schedule of competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thu 18:52 - We're set
At the WRC text desk, assembled this time in a cavernous hall in the Paviljonki exhibition complex - home to the rally Service Park

Thu 18:51 - Hyvää iltaa!
That's good evening from Jyväskylä, and welcome to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland

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