Rallye Monte-Carlo

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Fri 00:28 - SS2: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
No big surprise that the Norwegian is the class of the WRC 2 field. He completes 4.8sec quicker than his Skoda team-mate Kopecky. But it wasn't easy. "It was chaos. We started with cold tyres and I passed a Porsche in stage when it went off. It's my first time ever in this car on slicks. I tried to get used to them on the road section but it's different! Safely though. No risks. It will be a long rally."

Fri 00:24 - SS2: Delecour
First stage complete in his RGT class Abarth 124. "A good start. It's a new car and the most important thing is to get to the finish."

Fri 00:22 - SS2: Tidemand
Reports a small spin. He sounds cheerful enough.

Fri 00:21 - SS2: Hanninen
A terrific stage for the Finn who goes third fastest in the second of the new Toyotas. "So it was okay, a reasonable start," he says. "Not an easy start - we had to wait for half an hour [on the start line] and everything was cold. I know the car is good - it's up to the driver now."

Fri 00:18 - SS2: Abbring
"My first rally with new co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe. So it will take time to settle in."

Fri 00:16 - SS2: Evans
A good start for the Welshman - sixth-fastest in his DMACK-shod Fiesta. "Overall pretty happy with the first stage in the new car."

Fri 00:15 - SS2: WRC 2 Bergkvist
Three minutes off the pace. Transmission problems and a spin.

Fri 00:13 - SS2: WRC 2 Bouffier
The former rally winner is second quickest, 18.2sec slower than Kopecky. "Happy to be here. More gravel than I was expecting but less ice too."

Fri 00:11 - SS2: WRC 2 Giordano
The Frenchman completes 2min 45sec off the pace. He switches off the headlights. "Engine," he sighs. "I think it broke 5km before the finish. That's the fifth time. I'm so bored. I think the rally is finished for me."

Fri 00:06 - SS2: WRC 2 Bonato
"I have a pop-off valve problem, which is normal. And the tyres feel strange. A long way to go. I must be patient."

Fri 00:05 - SS2: WRC 2 Gilbert
55sec slower than WRC 2 pace-setter Kopecky. "Bad. A big problem with my brakes. It was impossible to brake hard."

Fri 00:02 - SS2: WRC 2 Kremer
Another of the R5 Skoda drivers. "The end was really slippery and difficult. A lot of mud and water in the cuts. We are on the maximum for the grip."

Thu 23:59 - SS2: WRC 2 Kopecky
"Much better than on recce, but still some icy patches where I need to build my confidence. I'd be happy to have the similar pace to [Skoda team-mate] Andreas Mikkelsen on a couple of stages."

Thu 23:58 - SS2: Running order
The re-routing after SS1 has affected the published road order. Nine WRC 2 drivers will be next to complete the stage - followed by Evans, Abbring and Hanninen.

Thu 23:55 - SS2: Lefebvre update
Still stopped in stage.

Thu 23:54 - SS2: Breen
19.2sec off the lead pace in Citroen's 2016-spec DS 3. "I'm in a race of my own here but I'm happy with that stage to be honest. In a few places my pace notes weren't great but I'm pleased to get through okay."

Thu 23:51 - SS2: Meeke
Third quickest so far on his first stage in the Citroen C3. He's 15.3sec off the lead pace. "Quite tricky, a lot of stuff on the road. We knew about the ice, but it was hard to see - very patchy. A steady start."

Thu 23:47 - SS2: Tanak
Third fastest so far. "Very tricky. The car felt fine but I'm really struggling to get a rhythm. It is very challenging but we are through. That's the main thing."

Thu 23:46 - SS2: Latvala
28.4sec slower than Neuville. "Quite a demanding stage. Some damp, some dry places, some ice. I was very, very careful. I lost more time in the ice but I wanted to make sure we made no mistakes. I am surprised by the time difference. If you are confident on the ice you can make the difference."

Thu 23:44 - SS2: Lefebvre stopped
WRC+ live tracking shows his Citroen C3 stopped at 5.1km

Thu 23:43 - SS1: Organiser's statement
Rallye Monte-Carlo has issued the following statement following this evening's cancellation of SS1: ‘‘SS 1 has been cancelled due to the crash of Paddon and Kennard. The crew is unharmed. A spectator passed out. The emergency services have been called to rescue him. SS2 is maintained as expected.’’ Further information to follow…

Thu 23:43 - SS2: Sordo
26.6sec off the pace of his team-mate Neuville. "The car feels good but the time is not great," he explains. "I don't know. The time felt really good. Better than I expected. The car is good, it felt really fast in the corners."

Thu 23:39 - SS2: Neuville
Another scorching run from the Belgian. He completes 7.8sec quicker than Ogier and holds the overnight lead by 8.5sec. "It was okay. Maybe too soft - the car was moving about too much. I didn't like it but I tried to do my best."

Thu 23:36 - SS2: Ogier
He completes in 15m08.9s and that's his evening's work done. "Happy to be here after two tricky night stages. It's hard to start in the dark. The main aim was to get through safely. Quite a bit of loose gravel in here, it was slippery but not a bad stage. Maybe too careful in places. It was fun."

Thu 23:32 - SS2: Latvala
Not at great start for Jari-Matti. 9.6sec off Neuville's pace at the 6.3km split.

Thu 23:30 - SS2: Splits watch
Neuville 3.6sec quicker than Ogier at the 14.2km split.

Thu 23:26 - SS2: Splits watch
Rally leader Neuville 2.4sec quicker than Ogier to the 6.3km split

Thu 23:25 - SS2: Stage conditions
Update from the road opening zero car driver - 1988 Monte Carlo winner Bruno Saby. "Not completely easy. Stage is largely clean asphalt, but there is ice at 20km." Air temperature at the finish is -4˚C

Thu 23:19 - SS2: LIVE
Ogier's start time: 2318hrs.

Thu 23:14 - SS2: Further delay
More news when we get it.

Thu 22:59 - Stage info: SS2
Bayons - Bréziers 1, 25.49km. This stage was widely used until 1999 but in the opposite direction. It climbs uphill initially through a series of narrow hairpins to the summit of the 1148 metres Col des Sagnes. It descends through two villages on a fast and wide road before a flatter, but more technical, section leading to the finish. It’s fast throughout and identifying the correct braking points is crucial.

Thu 22:24 - SS2: Slight delay
Rally organisers confirm a 10-minute delay to the start of SS2. Ogier's new time: 2307hrs. First eight cars - at least - will run at 3-minute intervals. A decision on the intervals between the cars following will be made later.

Thu 22:18 - SS1 Update
SS1 Cancelled

Thu 21:14 - Schedule update
Crews are being directed to Bayons - the start of Stage 2. The stage is due to start at 2257hrs.

Thu 20:51 - Paddon update
Confirmation in from Hyundai that Hayden and his co-driver John Kennard are out of the car and okay.

Thu 20:44 - SS1: Stage cancelled
The stage has been red flagged. More updates to come.

Thu 20:34 - SS1: Stage stopped
Paddon's car is blocking the road

Thu 20:30 - SS1: Paddon rolls!
The Kiwi slides wide on a left-hander at the 19.9km point. His Hyundai rides up a bank and flips onto its side, coming to rest across the road.

Thu 20:30 - SS1: Neuville
Seven tenths quicker than Ogier! "A good start. I was discovering the car, to be honest. I did well but I can do better. My car set-up was very soft, it was moving around."

Thu 20:29 - SS1: Ogier completes
His time: 12m10.9s. First stop line comments from Ogier in the Fiesta World Rally Car: "Definitely I took it on the safe side. Hard to find the limit in these conditions. For sure I could go faster, but... first stage of the year. A bit safe on the tyre choice and the driving."

Thu 20:26 - SS1: Splits watch
Sordo closest so far to Ogier's early pace. The Spaniard is 1.8sec slower to the 4.9km split. Latvala, in the first of the new Toyota's is 2.4sec off Ogier's pace.

Thu 20:21 - SS1: Splits watch
The first split of the season is in. Ogier is 2.1sec UP on Neuville at the 4.9km point.

Thu 20:20 - SS1: Conditions update
Dry at the start with a few patches of black ice. Ice note crews report some damp sections near the finish. Temperature currently -1˚C at the finish.

Thu 20:14 - SS1: LIVE
Ogier underway! Ride with him LIVE on WRC Plus

Thu 20:01 - Stage info: SS1
Entrevaux - Ubraye, 21.25km. The main feature of the 2017 season-opener is the climb of the 1100 metres Col de Laval, which drivers crest shortly after the midpoint. After a narrow start on roads lined by a rock face, it opens out after the village of Le Champ and a short descent at 6.3km carries the risk of ice. The climb and descent of the col are on rolling roads but it narrows and becomes twistier near the finish.

Thu 20:01 - Up first: SS1
Crews are lining up at the control. Ogier's start time: 2014hrs. Stage notes coming up...

Thu 19:52 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and type of tyres chosen for this evening's loop. Ogier: 4 Super Soft + 1 Soft. Tanak/Breen/Neuville/Paddon: 5 Super Soft. Meeke: 3 Super Soft + 3 Soft. Lefebvre/Hanninen: 6 Super Soft. Latvala: 4 Soft + 2 Super Soft. Sordo: 5 Soft.

Thu 19:51 - WRC Live
Becs Williams is hosting this weekend's radio coverage assisted by stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan. The team are on air now. You'll find a link in the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.

Thu 19:36 - Start intervals
Priority 1 drivers of World Rally Cars will start at two-minute intervals. For everybody else, the gap is one minute.

Thu 19:36 - Thursday's start order
Crews will tackle tonight's stages in 2016 championship order, led by last year's winner Ogier. Here's how the WRC runners will line up: 1. Ogier, 2. Neuville, 3. Paddon, 4. Sordo, 5. Latvala, 6. Tanak, 7. Meeke, 8. Breen, 9. Lefebvre, 10. Evans, 11. Hanninen.

Thu 19:36 - Weather
It's a clear, crisp and bitterly cold night. There is snow around on roadside verges but the roads are generally dry and clear. Today's temperature in Gap peaked at 6˚C but plunged to below zero once the sun went down. It will get down to -8˚C tonight.

Thu 19:35 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. And for Gap, Monaco and everything in between that's Central European Time or UTC +1hour.

Thu 19:34 - Thursday's stages
From Monaco, crews face a 286-kilometre journey back to service and overnight parc fermé in Gap. On the way they will take in two night stages: the 21km Entrevaux-Val de Chalvagne-Ubray from 2014hrs and the 25km Bayons-Breziers 1 from 2257hrs. We'll bring you stage notes shortly.

Thu 19:33 - Monte is LIVE!
The competition proper got underway this evening from 1811hrs when defending champ Sébastien Ogier drove his Ford Fiesta over the start ramp in Monaco.

Thu 19:33 - Coming up
After months of build-up and expectation, the WRC's new era is finally here. New World Rally Cars, new teams and a nail-biting eleventh-hour driver/team shake-up make this one of the most keenly-anticipated seasons EVER

Thu 19:33 - We're live
Reporting from the the WRC TV production office overlooking the service park to bring you all the news from tonight's two stages

Thu 19:33 - Welcome to the 2017 WRC
Good evening from Gap, France, and welcome to our live text coverage of Rallye Monte-Carlo, the opening round of the 2017 World Rally Championship

Thu 17:52 - Watch SS1 LIVE
WRC+ users can watch tonight's stage live. Steaming starts at 2000hrs local [UTC +1]. So there's still time to sort a subscription if you haven't already. We'll be back later to bring you all the news from the stage. Bye for now.

Thu 13:55 - WRC eSports 2017
All info @ esportswrc.com

Tue 17:25 - Round 1 of the FIA World Rally Championship 2017
Rallye Monte-Carlo ceremonial start: Thursday 19th January 1811hrs local (UTC 1)

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Entry List

Car No Driver/Co-driver Team/Car Eligibility Group Class FIA Priority
1 FRAS. OGIER
FRAJ. INGRASSIA
M-Sport World Rally Team
FORD Fiesta Wrc
M RC1 P1
2 ESTO. TANAK
ESTM. JARVEOJA
M-Sport World Rally Team
FORD Fiesta Wrc
M RC1 P1
3 GBRE. EVANS
GBRD. BARRITT
M-Sport World Rally Team
FORD Fiesta Wrc
M RC1 P1
4 NZLH. PADDON
NZLJ. KENNARD
Hyundai Motorsport
HYUNDAI I20 Coupe WRC
M RC1 P1
5 BELT. NEUVILLE
BELN. GILSOUL
Hyundai Motorsport
HYUNDAI I20 Coupe WRC
M RC1 P1
6 ESPD. SORDO
ESPM. MARTI
Hyundai Motorsport
HYUNDAI I20 Coupe WRC
M RC1 P1
7 GBRK. MEEKE
IRLP. NAGLE
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi Wrt
CITROEN C3 WRC
M RC1 P1
8 FRAS. LEFEBVRE
FRAG. MOREAU
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi Wrt
CITROEN C3 WRC
M RC1 P1
10 FINJ. LATVALA
FINM. ANTTILA
Toyota Gazoo Racing Wrc
TOYOTA Yaris WRC
M RC1 P1
11 FINJ. HANNINEN
FINK. LINDSTROM
Toyota Gazoo Racing Wrc
TOYOTA Yaris WRC
M RC1 P1
14 IRLC. BREEN
GBRS. MARTIN
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi Wrt
CITROEN DS3
RC1 P1
20 GRCJ. SERDERIDIS
BELF. MICLOTTE
Serderidis Jourdan
CITROEN DS3
WRC TROPHY RC1 P1
21 FRAF. DELECOUR
FRAD. SAVIGNONI
Delecour François
ABARTH 124
RGT RGT RGT
23 FRAR. DUMAS
FRAG. DE TURCKHEIM
Dumas Romain
PORSCHE
RGT RGT RGT
25 ITAF. ANDOLFI
ITAM. FENOLI
Andolfi Fabio
ABARTH 124
RGT RGT RGT
27 ITAG. NOBERASCO
ITAD. MICHI
Noberasco Gabriele
ABARTH 124
RGT RGT RGT
31 NORA. MIKKELSEN
NORA. JAEGER SYNNEVAAG
Skoda Motorsport
SKODA Fabia
WRC2 RC2 P2
32 CZEJ. KOPECKY
CZEP. DRESLER
Skoda Motorsport
SKODA Fabia
WRC2 RC2 P2
33 ITAM. RENDINA
ITAE. INGLESI
Motorsport Italia SRL
SKODA Fabia
WRC2 RC2 P2
34 DEUA. KREMER
DEUP. WINKLHOFER
Brr Baumschlager Rally & Rally Team
SKODA Fabia
WRC2 RC2 P2
35 FRAQ. GILBERT
BELR. JAMOUL
Gilbert Quentin
FORD Fiesta
WRC2 RC2 P2
36 FRAY. BONATO
FRAB. BOULLOUD
Bonato Yoann
CITROEN DS3
WRC2 RC2 P2
38 SWEE. BERGKVIST
SWEJ. SJOBERG
Bergkvist Emil
CITROEN DS3
WRC2 RC2 P2
39 FRAE. CAMILLI
FRAB. VEILLAS
M-Sport World Rally Team
FORD Fiesta
WRC2 RC2 P2
40 FRAB. BOUFFIER
FRAD. GIRAUDET
Gemini Clinic Rally Team
FORD Fiesta
WRC2 RC2 P2
41 ITAG. BASSO
ITAS. SCATTOLIN
BRC
FORD Fiesta
WRC2 RC2 P2
42 ITAA. CRUGNOLA
ITAM. FERRARA
Crugnola Andrea
FORD Fiesta
WRC2 RC2 P2
43 FRAQ. GIORDANO
FRAT. ROUX
Giordano Quentin
PEUGEOT 208
WRC2 RC2 P2
61 CHEC. ALTHAUS
CHEJ. BAYARD
Renault Sport Racing Team
RENAULT Clio RS
WRC3 RC3 P3
63 FRAC. MARTIN
FRAM. DUVAL
Renault Sport Racing Team
RENAULT Clio RS
WRC3 RC3 P3
65 ESPS. PERNIA
ESPR. PENATE
Renault Sport Racing Team 2
RENAULT Clio RS
WRC3 RC3 P3
67 ITAL. PANZANI
ITAF. GRILLI
Renault Sport Racing Team 2
RENAULT Clio RS
WRC3 RC3 P3
69 ITAE. BRAZZOLI
ITAM. BARONE
Brazzoli Enrico
PEUGEOT 208
WRC3 RC4 P3
71 FRAR. ASTIER
FRAF. VAUCLARE
Astier Raphael
PEUGEOT 208
WRC3 RC4 P3
75 NLDK. ABBRING
BELM. WYDAEGHE
Hyundai Motorsport N
HYUNDAI I20
RC2
76 SWEP. TIDEMAND
SWEJ. ANDERSSON
Skoda Motorsport II
SKODA Fabia
RC2
77 ROUS. TEMPESTINI
ITAG. BERNACCHINI
Tempestini Simone
CITROEN DS3
RC2
78 CHEO. BURRI
CHES. REY
Burri Olivier
FORD Fiesta
RC2
79 FRAM. MARGAILLAN
FRAM. MARGAILLAN
Margaillan Matthieu
SKODA Fabia
RC2
80 CZEO. BISAHA
CZEJ. HOVORKA
Bisaha Ondrej
FORD Fiesta
RC2
81 IRLE. BOLAND
IRLM. MORRISSEY
Boland Eamonn
FORD Fiesta
RC2
82 FRAC. CARRET
FRAO. MATHIAS
Carret Claude
FORD Fiesta
RC2
83 ESPJ. LOPEZ
ESPB. ROZADA
Lopez Jose Maria
PEUGEOT 208
RC2
84 CHEL. VUKASOVIC
CHES. GROUX
Vukasovic Laurent
FORD Fiesta
RC2
85 FRAR. FRAU
FRAD. MEFFRE
Frau Richard
FORD Fiesta
RC2
86 FRAP. BAFFOUN
FRAB. LARUE
Baffoun Philippe
SKODA Fabia
RC2
87 FRAF. SOUFFEZ
FRAJ. SELLIN
Souffez Frédéric
FORD Fiesta
RC4
88 NLDH. VOSSEN
NLDS. VAN BARSCHOT
Vossen Henk
FORD Fiesta
RC2
89 FRAJ. CRETIEN
FRAL. JACQUEMOUD
Cretien Jérémy
SKODA Fabia
RC2
90 LTUD. JOCIUS
LTUD. ZVICEVICIUS
Deividas Jocius
MITSUBISHI Evo X
RC2
91 FRAL. VIALLE
FRAM. GHIRARDELLO
Vialle Lilian
RENAULT Clio RS
RC3
92 FRAA. MASSE
LIBM. HADDAD
Masse Antoine
CITROEN DS3
RC3
93 ITAP. SOMEDA
ITAL. BELTRAME
Someda Pietro Domenico
PEUGEOT 208
RC4
94 GRCD. DRIVAKOS
GRCA. BANTE
Drivakos Dimitrios
HONDA Civic
RC3
95 FRAT. BOISDRON
FRAF. PRETESEILLE
Boisdron Thierry
RENAULT Clio RS
RC3
96 FRAJ. VILLARD
FRAD. ROUHAUD
Villard Julien
PEUGEOT 208
RC3
97 NLDM. BECX
NLDE. KUIJPERS
Becx Michiel
CITROEN DS3
RC3
98 MCOM. DESSI
MCOV. DESSI
Dessi Marc
PEUGEOT 208
RC3
99 FRAP. TANCI
FRAS. MALET
Tanci Pierre
PEUGEOT 208
RC3
100 FRAD. OBERTI
FRAT. ESCARTEFIGUE
Oberti Damien
CITROEN DS3
RC3
101 FRAT. POIZOT
FRAE. ARNAUD
Poizot Thibaut
RENAULT Clio
RC3
102 FRAP. RAGEAU
FRAA. RAGEAU
Rageau Philippe
RENAULT Clio RS
RC3
103 ITAE. DIONISIO
ITAA. BOTZAM
Dionisio Ermanno
FIAT Punto
RC3
104 ITAC. COVI
ITAP. OMETTO
Covi Carlo
PEUGEOT 208
RC4
105 FRAR. DOLCE
FRAJ. AYASSE
Dolce Renaud
PEUGEOT 208
RC4
106 FRAS. METIFFIOT
FRAP. METIFFIOT
Metiffiot Stéphane
PEUGEOT 208
RC4
107 FRAR. HAUT-LABOURDETTE
FRAB. MANZO
Haut-Labourdette Romain
PEUGEOT 208
RC4
108 FRAN. RENCHET
FRAC. AMOROS
Renchet Nicolas
PEUGEOT 208
RC4
109 FRAF. LABROUSSE
FRAJ. LABROUSSE
Labrousse Fabien
PEUGEOT 208
RC4
110 ITAC. MARENCO
ITAA. RAVANO
Marenco Claudio
PEUGEOT
RC4
111 FRAH. CHAREYRE
FRAA. LEBRETTON
Chareyre Hugues
CITROEN C2
RC4
112 ITAC. MARSIC
ITAD. FESTA
Marsic Cristian
PEUGEOT 208
RC4
113 CANI. CRERAR
CANP. LEVESQUE
Crerar Ian
PEUGEOT 208
RC4
114 FRAF. FORTUNATO
FRAL. NETO
Fortunato Frédéric
CITROEN C2
RC4
115 FRAE. MARTINI
FRAG. PENGIAL
Martini Eric
RENAULT Twingo
RC5
116 FRAC. BERARD
FRAC. BERNABO
Berard Christophe
RENAULT Twingo
RC5

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