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Fri 19:47 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for all the latest WRC news and day reports. Or head to WRC+ for loads of extra stuff including live stage reviews, highlights programmes and our exclusive onboard library. Bye for now.

Fri 19:46 - Join us on Saturday
When the action resumes at 0911hrs. Coming up, nine more stages including two passes through the rally's signature test - the 41km Panzerplatte.

Fri 19:44 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text coverage from Germany tonight

Fri 19:43 - Germany JWRC after SS8
1.Ciamin 1h19m00.1s, 2.Folb +22.8s, 3.Tannert +1m28.6s (Solans stopped in SS7)

Fri 19:24 - Germany WRC2 after SS8
1.Kopecky 1h10m59.2s, 2.Tidemand +5.8s, 3.Camilli +19.6s, 4.Suninen +28.8s, 5.Loubet +1m02.3s

Fri 19:21 - SS8: WRC 2 Kopecky
The WRC 2 leader loses 8 sec to Tidemand here. His overnight advantage stands at 5.8sec. "Yeah, I had one slick at the rear and basically no traction because the whole stage is mud. I had to take it very carefully - it would be stupid to spin now. A good day apart from the slow puncture but we are in the lead so we are happy."

Fri 19:18 - SS8: WRC 3 Camilli
"Not a bad day for us. We came back after a difficult morning without the clutch and the wrong set-up. I'm very happy to be third tonight."

Fri 19:17 - SS8: WRC 2 Suninen
"So much mud in here but a nice challenge. From this I can learn a lot. I try to improve my results tomorrow."

Fri 19:16 - SS8: WRC 2 Tidemand
"Not so easy to find the lines in these conditions but I enjoyed it. I'm satisfied with the day. The car is good and the strategy is working out well. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Fri 19:14 - Germany after SS8
1.Tänak 1h07m23.0s, 2.Mikkelsen +5.7s, 3.Neuville +28.2s, 4.Ogier +30.6s, 5.Evans +52.1s. Ogier spins to 4th

Fri 19:12 - SS8: Raoux
He spun near the start.

Fri 19:10 - SS8: Mikkelsen
"Really, really happy. We are pushing to the maximum. The conditions are getting worse so the only drivers we can compare to are the ones around us [in the start order]. We're 10 sec quicker that Kris so that shows how hard we are pushing."

Fri 19:05 - SS8: Meeke
"Very tricky. Every junction is full of mud. Not so enjoyable."

Fri 19:01 - SS8: Hanninen
"This was the worst one."

Fri 19:00 - SS8: Paddon
"A bit of a mudbath. A very tricky afternoon. Tomorrow there will be a lot less rain so we can try and get some confidence back."

Fri 18:58 - SS8: Breen
"An absolute disaster. I lost the rear, spun and had to go into the field. It cost five or six seconds."

Fri 18:57 - SS8: Evans
"A very difficult day. Too much mud, not enjoyable."

Fri 18:54 - SS8: Latvala
"I tried to be clever and avoid any big mistakes. I was also a long time on the grass in one left-hand corner. The trickiest stage of the day."

Fri 18:52 - SS8: Tanak
"Conditions are really tricky - in one place we got stuck in the mud - it took so long to get back on the road with the slick tyres. A good day though."

Fri 18:50 - SS8: Ogier
21sec SLOWER than Neuville on stage and Seb drops behind him in the standings. Ogier's Fiesta is covered in mud. "We had a spin and lost 20sec. A shame but that's how it is. It's going to be be tight. I knew I would struggle today - I haven't found the set-up I wanted in the car. Tomorrow is another day."

Fri 18:48 - SS8: Neuville
He's been off and there is a big branch stuck in the rear spoiler. "It happened on a very dirty corner, it was worse than aquaplaning. Nothing I could do. Happy to be here - still a long way to go."

Fri 18:41 - SS8: Live!
Neuville in stage

Fri 18:18 - Next stage: 1840hrs
That's Neuville's start time for the third and final run through the Wadern-Weiskirchen Super Special. We'll take a live text break until then.

Fri 18:16 - SS7: Tannert update
Tannert fans relax. All is cool with the German and his car. He slowed when the virtual yellow flag safety system was activated. His time will be adjusted.

Fri 18:14 - SS7: WRC 2 Rossel
Stopped in stage. Stage will be paused briefly to allow organisers to move the car.

Fri 18:11 - Lappi update
Confirmation from Toyota that Lappi hit something and his car has front-left damage. Out for the day.

Fri 18:08 - SS7: Tannert update
Moving again.

Fri 18:07 - SS7: Solans update
Broken suspension. Ciamin passes the scene and reports that the crew are okay.

Fri 18:04 - SS7: Tannert trouble!
The German becomes the second Junior driver to stop in stage.

Fri 18:03 - SS7: Solans shocker!
Junior championship leader Nil Solans is stopped in the stage. He had been third in the category here.

Fri 18:00 - SS7: WRC 2 Bergkvist
"Terrible. We have problems with the differential."

Fri 17:56 - Germany WRC2 after SS7
1.Kopecky 1h04m38.3s, 2.Tidemand +14.8s, 3.Camilli +28.4s, 4.Suninen +35.8s, 5.Loubet +1m00.9s

Fri 17:52 - SS7: WRC 2 Tempestini
"We can push more but it is my first time on this tyre, so maybe next time I will be faster."

Fri 17:47 - SS7: WRC 2 Loubet
Reports a spin in the middle of the stage.

Fri 17:47 - SS7: WRC 2 Kopecky
The category leader gives away 6.7sec of his advantage to Tidemand. "I prefer it when the Tarmac is dry. This was tricky, a lot of mud everywhere and a spin. I got a slow puncture on the previous stage."

Fri 17:46 - SS7: WRC 2 Camilli
"It's going well this afternoon. I really enjoy it. Pushing to the maximum."

Fri 17:45 - SS7: WRC 2 Suninen
9.3sec slower than Tidemand. "Difficult to drive in these conditions, you never know what you might find in every corner."

Fri 17:43 - SS7: WRC 2 Tidemand
"Better grip than expected on these rain tyres. The rally is going to plan."

Fri 17:43 - Germany after SS7
1.Tänak 1h01m27.3s, 2.Mikkelsen +4.5s, 3.Ogier +9.9s, 4.Neuville +28.6s, 5.Evans +47.4s

Fri 17:39 - SS7: Mikkelsen
Fourth fastest on stage and Andreas slips to second place, 4.5sec behind Tanak. "I think we did a very good stage. The tyre was a little bit too much for the grip, but a clean stage. I'm very happy to be in this position at this point in the rally. Tomorrow we will be in a better place in the start order."

Fri 17:36 - SS7: Meeke
"More tricky that the one before, a lot of mud here, tricky on the new tyres. I had to slow to pass Lappi. The car was stuck in a ditch, off under braking. He was out of the car."

Fri 17:29 - SS7: Hanninen
"This was a bit better than the first one, less standing water. It's nice that the grip is better that you think. Not so horrible, I would say."

Fri 17:28 - SS7: Paddon
30 seconds slower than Tanak. "No one to blame but myself. Wet, slippery muddy Tarmac? No thank you. This rally and the Monte are two rallies I know I have to improve on."

Fri 17:26 - SS7: Lappi
WRC+ live tracking shows his Yaris stopped at 8.7km.

Fri 17:25 - SS7: Breen
"A little bit better. Still tricky without 100 per cent confidence."

Fri 17:23 - SS7: Evans
18.9sec off the lead pace. "I just have no grip, especially here. Struggling in every braking zone. There's not a lot we can do."

Fri 17:22 - SS7: Latvala
9.1sec off Tanak's pace. "Difficult conditions. I was losing too much time to Seb and Thierry where I wasn't bold enough."

Fri 17:20 - SS7: Tanak
Quickest so far. "Very tricky. On a tyre I have never used before it took time to get the feeling. It feels good. Maybe I should have pushed more, but after the previous stage I wanted to have a clean run."

Fri 17:17 - SS7: Ogier
One-tenth slower than Neuville. "It's okay but tricky. Together with Thierry, we don't have the optimum tyre choice. Our soft compound is not working."

Fri 17:15 - SS7: Neuville
He completes in 11m18.6s. "I was on the maximum I have to say. So much wheelspin and locking under braking, many times we nearly went off. I'm missing a lot of traction."

Fri 17:04 - Weather update
Light rain falling on Grafschaft. Stage is wet, but there is not as much standing / running water as there was on the previous stage.

Fri 17:01 - Stage info: SS7
Grafschaft 2, 18.35km. This is a typical vineyard test, with a high wall on one side of the road, a drop into the grapes on the other and plenty of unseen junctions. However, there is a 3km section early on which crosses open fields. The many junctions mean plenty of dirt will be dragged onto the roads by cars making cuts. Last used in 2015.

Fri 17:00 - SS7: Standby
We cross straight over to Grafschaft for the second repeat stage. Neuville's start time: 1702hrs.

Fri 16:57 - Germany after SS6
1.Mikkelsen 50m11.0s, 2.Tanak +0.9s, 3.Ogier +7.5s, 4.Neuville +26.3s, 5.Evans +29.4s

Fri 16:55 - SS6: Kremer
"My first time on the full rain tyres. Good grip. The best option I think."

Fri 16:53 - SS6: Mikkelsen
Second fastest on his full wet-shod Citroen. "They were the right choice for me. This stage was a mudbath near the end. For me I had no choice, I had to go for these. I'm happy not to lose more time from this position on the road."

Fri 16:51 - SS6: Meeke
Kris, on the full wet option, goes fourth fastest so far, 11.1sec slower than stage leader Tanak. "The road was a lot cleaner than I expected. The rain has washed it. I was expecting more mud, which might have benefited us. We don't often run these tyres, even on tests, so they look a bit of getting used to."

Fri 16:49 - SS6: Lappi
Third quickest so far. "About 70 per cent of the stage was okay, but when you have standing water and soft tyres it's not the best combination. Still, I managed to survive."

Fri 16:47 - SS6: Hanninen
"Better than I expected. In places the grip was reasonable."

Fri 16:46 - SS6: Paddon
37sec off the pace and struggling for confidence. His car has a diagonal cross of wet and soft tyres. "Hard to know if this was the correct choice. I'm not driving too committed. It's difficult to judge the tyres on the way I'm driving the car."

Fri 16:43 - SS6: Breen
He's through with two softs and two full wets. "I felt the wet tyre go off really quick. I struggled to commit in there."

Fri 16:40 - SS6: Evans
"A mix of tyres on the car. Some places it worked well, in others no grip at all."

Fri 16:40 - SS6: Latvala
13.7sec slower than Tanak. "The first part was quite okay. Towards the end on the big road I started aquaplaning and I lost the confidence." Jari-Matti's Toyota is running sweetly again after its trip to service.

Fri 16:37 - SS6: Tanak
Fastest through on three full wet tyres and one soft. "Actually not so good, there was a tight hairpin, I pulled the handbrake but I couldn't see out and I went straight into the vines. I was very lucky to get back. I still feel sorry I didn't take full wet tyres like the team suggested."

Fri 16:35 - SS6: Ogier
6.9sec quicker than Neuville. "Not so easy. I don't know, let's see how the guys behind go, but it might work with the rain tyres here - we were aquaplaning in places. The important thing is that Thierry and I are on the same."

Fri 16:33 - SS6: Neuville
"I was full softs. I don't know what the best option would be. Many times I was sideways a lot and I had a spin near the end. I tried my best but it's not very nice in these conditions."

Fri 16:26 - SS6: Tanak
WRC TV crew reports a big moment for Tanak at 2.5km. He slid very wide but didn't go off.

Fri 16:22 - Tyre choices
Confirmation from Michelin on tyre numbers and compounds (hard / soft / full wets) its drivers have for the afternoon loop. Hold tight. Meeke: 6FW. Mikkelsen: 4 FW+2S. Breen: 2FW+4S. Lappi/Hanninen/Latvala/Ogier/Neuville: 5S. Paddon: 4S+2FW. Tanak: 3FW+3S

Fri 16:20 - Weather update
Absolutely chucking it down with rain. Torrential conditions on stage. Unsurprisingly teams have reached for the full wet tyres. This is the first time they will have been used.

Fri 16:19 - SS6: Welcome back
Neuville and Ogier in stage

Fri 14:44 - Next stage: 1617hrs
That's Neuville's start time for SS6, the repeat of Mittelmosel. We'll take a text break until then

Fri 14:44 - Germany WRC2 after SS5
1.Kopecky 38m29.6s, 2.Tidemand +5.9s, 3.Suninen +22.6s, 4.Bonato +23.3s, 5.Camilli +32.3s

Fri 14:41 - SS5: WRC 2 Kopecky
The Czech driver goes fastest here to extend his category lead to 5.9sec. "Basically we expected a bit more water this morning but we won two stages we are in the lead, so it is good."

Fri 14:32 - Mikkelsen
The rally leader returns to service, and is still delighted by his remarkable time though Grafschaft SS4. "Just when we finished the stage I told [my co-driver] Anders, 'ah, this was not so good.' So it's good to know we can go faster. I really put a lot of effort into that stage. I was surprised by the amount of gravel on the road but that hasn't stopped us taking risks. Up to now it has paid off. The car is amazing on dry tarmac, I really enjoy it. The performance is there - no question about that."

Fri 14:12 - Latvala update
His misfiring Toyota has completed the 21km liaison section to the service park at Bostalsee.

Fri 14:02 - Germany after SS5
1.Mikkelsen 36m36.3s, 2.Tanak +4.1s, 3.Ogier +5.6s, 4.Evans +14.8s, 5.Neuville +17.5s. Latvala misfire

Fri 14:00 - SS5: Update 3
All World Rally Car crews are though and fourth-fastest time for Mikkelsen keeps him in the rally lead.

Fri 13:49 - SS5: Update 2
Seven cars through. Neuville still quickest. Ogier and Tanak still his nearest rivals.

Fri 13:30 - SS5: Latvala
Disaster. Jari-Matti loses almost 1m30s. His car's engine is making a funny noise and appears to have no power at the start. He has a small off in the stage later on. This will cost Latvala fifth place and send him out of the top 10.

Fri 13:26 - SS5: Update 1
Neuville quickest of the three cars through so far. Ogier +0.3s, Tanak +2.8s.

Fri 13:21 - SS5: Neuville
First to complete in 5m15.9s.

Fri 13:20 - Sordo update
From WRC TV crew at the scene. Dani crashed 600 meters into SS4. He locked the wheels under braking, missed a corner and drove off the road. The car plunged about 40 meters downhill through bushes and small trees. It did not roll over. Crew fine. Car looks in pretty good shape.

Fri 13:16 - SS5: LIVE
Neuville in stage. No driver quotes from this one, but we will bring you results and any breaking news.

Fri 13:02 - Germany after SS4
1.Mikkelsen 31m16.9s, 2.Tanak +4.8s, 3.Ogier +8.8s, 4.Evans +13.2s, 5.Latvala +13.7s. Sordo stops. Paddon puncture

Fri 12:59 - Next stage: 1315hrs
That's Neuville's start time for the second pass of the Wadern-Weiskirchen stage.

Fri 12:59 - SS4: Juniors
Championship leader Solans leads the Junior standings after four stages. But it's close. His closest rival Ciamin is just five-tenths adrift. Ciamin had been leading until a missed junction here.

Fri 12:51 - Germany WRC2 after SS4
1.Kopecky 32m54.7s, 2.Tidemand +4.1s, 3.Bonato +12.3s, 4.Suninen +19.9s, 5.Camilli +23.0s

Fri 12:48 - SS4 WRC 2 Bonato
Quickest so far in WRC 2. "I'm happy. Two good special stages. Better than Poland. I like driving through the vineyards but I prefer drinking them." Bonato has a 10sec penalty for an engine-related service delay this morning.

Fri 12:44 - SS4: WRC 2 Griebel
"That was okay. Running much better on two hard tyres crossed."

Fri 12:43 - SS4: WRC 2 Greensmith
"Just driving through, we still have the same steering problem we had last night at the Super Special."

Fri 12:41 - SS4: WRC 2 Guerra
"In one junction I went straight on and stopped. I had to reverse - I lost maybe 15sec."

Fri 12:37 - SS4: WRC 2 Armstrong
"Struggling a bit. The set up is too soft and I'm struggling on the soft tyres too."

Fri 12:36 - SS4: WRC 2 Kopecky
Quickest so far in WRC 2 and holding the category lead. "It was fully dry, and the soft tyre wasn't the best way but we did our best."

Fri 12:35 - SS4: WRC 2 Camilli
"I had no clutch on the start line. Any mistake would be the end for us. Also I have the wrong springs. We are still here, I will push like hell when everything is okay."

Fri 12:34 - SS4: WRC 2 Suninen
4.8sec slower than Tidemand and typically critical of his own performance. "Not so good. I need to improve. I did some mistakes."

Fri 12:31 - SS4: WRC 2 Tidemand
"It's okay, but a bit careful, braking too early in places. Not that bad."

Fri 12:29 - Germany after SS4
1.Mikkelsen 31m16.9s, 2.Tanak 4.8s, 3.Ogier 8.8s, 4.Evans 13.2s, 5.Latvala 13.7s. Sordo stops. Paddon puncture

Fri 12:26 - SS4: Kremer
"We must stop in the stage. Something is loose with the rear suspension. We must go and have a look."

Fri 12:24 - SS4: Mikkelsen
An incredible time - quickest so far and 7.4sec up on Lappi - and he takes the rally lead. "This was not really a perfect drive, two small mistakes so I'm not really happy with that run. I haven't done well on this stage before so studied the onboards and finally I mastered it! The car is amazing."

Fri 12:21 - SS4: Meeke
"Not too bad. For the first time this morning I had equal tyres [softs all round] and I felt more confident."

Fri 12:20 - SS4: Lappi
Quickest so far. "The tyre choice was better for this stage. I'm really satisfied with this time."

Fri 12:17 - SS4: Hanninen
"Much better than the stage before because I didn't go into the vineyards this time. The car feels really good. It's giving me more of what I can use."

Fri 12:15 - SS4: Paddon
He drops 50sec with a front-right puncture. The rubber is flailing from the rim. "No idea why - we hit nothing. I noticed it 10km before the end."

Fri 12:05 - SS4: Restarted
The stage was paused briefly after Breen. It has restarted now.

Fri 12:04 - SS4: Breen
"Terrible. I touched a wall and thought I had a puncture. I missed a braking point, went off and did a full 360 in a field. I need to keep it calm."

Fri 12:02 - SS4: Sordo update
Confirmation from Hyundai that Sordo and co-driver Marc Marti are okay. The team is going to recover the car.

Fri 12:01 - SS4: Evans
The first driver to start after Sordo, but Evans cannot say what happened. "I saw some marks. Maybe that's where he was." And Evans' own stage? "Struggling for confidence in the braking."

Fri 11:56 - SS4: Latvala
Damage to the front-left tyre. "I touched it a little on the kerb or something. The beginning of the stage was trickier than I thought. Other than that everything is okay."

Fri 11:54 - SS4: Tanak
Second quickest. "This morning has been pretty challenging. You have to drive with your eyes open."

Fri 11:53 - SS4: Ogier
4.9sec quicker than Neuville. "Conditions are not so easy but we have to push. I'm not perfectly happy with the car. I do my best with what I have. Somehow I cannot get the set-up to my liking. I'll handle it. It's just for today."

Fri 11:51 - SS4: Neuville
He's through in 11m04.2s and missing the aero benefit of his front splitter. "I have a lot of understeer in the fast sections. In the slow corners it is okay."

Fri 11:48 - SS4: Sordo
WRC live tracking shows him stopped just 600m into the stage.

Fri 11:41 - SS3: WRC 2 Camilli
Big problems for the Frenchman. "We try to survive. We have a problem with the clutch, there's nothing there now. I hope we can complete the loop."

Fri 11:38 - SS3: WRC 2 Suninen
2.9sec slower than Tidemand. "In the end I was very careful, it was muddy."

Fri 11:37 - SS3: WRC 2 Tidemand
"No problems but drier than expected."

Fri 11:35 - Stage info: SS4
Grafschaft 1, 18.35km. This is a typical vineyard test, with a high wall on one side of the road, a drop into the grapes on the other and plenty of unseen junctions. However, there is a 3km section early on which crosses open fields. The many junctions mean plenty of dirt will be dragged onto the roads by cars making cuts. Last used in 2015.

Fri 11:34 - SS4: Standby
We cross now to the next stage - Grafschaft. Neuville is due to start at 1137hrs. Stage notes coming up.

Fri 11:32 - Germany after SS3
1.Tänak 20m22.4s, 2.Mikkelsen +4.2s, 3.Ogier +5.2s, 4.Sordo +6.0s, 5.Latvala +7.9s

Fri 11:32 - SS3: Kremer
"Fantastic. Not easy but a lot of experience. So slippery, a little bit wet, a little bit dry, but really nice."

Fri 11:29 - SS3: Mikkelsen
Third quickest here puts him second overall. "We are pushing hard and taking risks but we have to. There is so much gravel on the roads here and I'm trying to limit the lime loss. I like this stage. The car is really, really nice."

Fri 11:27 - SS3: Meeke
Slowest through so far. "I felt a bit uncomfortable with the tyre choices. Humid in parts, wet under the trees. Difficult to find a rhythm."

Fri 11:26 - SS3: Lappi
16sec off the pace here and Lappi looks deflated. "Wrong tyres and a surprise in one braking point where we went into the vines. The engine stalled and we lost a lot of time."

Fri 11:24 - SS3: Hanninen
His car sporting damage to the roof vent, left-hand front splitter and rear spoiler. "Quite soon after the start under braking I went wide into the vines and hit a wooden post. I have to go and check..."

Fri 11:21 - SS3: Paddon
He completes with damage to his front-right wing. "Might have been just a hay bale, nothing major. There is no right choice for tyres here. In parts softs would be better, in others hards."

Fri 11:20 - SS3: Breen
"I played a gamble on two hards and two softs. It rained since the gravel crew went through, so I didnlt know what to expect. Each corner was like flipping a coin. All softs would have been better I think."

Fri 11:17 - SS3: Evans
Second quickest. "It was okay, a bit of a moment in one place but otherwise okay. Not a lot of grip in the dry. Early on I worked on getting heat in the tyres."

Fri 11:15 - SS3: Sordo
"Difficult to control the car in the slippery sections."

Fri 11:14 - SS3: Latvala
7.1sec slower than Tanak. His car missing much of its front-right wing after striking a metal pole on the previous stage. "That's nothing too serious. It was surprisingly dry and I was struggling on the soft tyres, the car felt soft under braking."

Fri 11:11 - SS3: Tanak
Quickest so far. "Very tricky because we expected wet and it was mostly dry. Difficult."

Fri 11:10 - SS3: Ogier
8.6sec quicker than Neuville. "More dry than expected. My tyre choice was not fantastic but it's not too aggressive. I'm not unhappy with my choices."

Fri 11:09 - SS3: Neuville
He's through with frontal damage and the bumper is hanging off. "I went off 1km from the start. The road was dry then suddenly wet under braking and I went into the vines and lost the front (splitter) lip. Now I have no down force at all. It makes it very tricky."

Fri 11:06 - SS3: Splits watch
More time loss for Neuville - he's 10.3sec slower than Ogier at the 17km split.

Fri 11:02 - SS3: Splits watch
Neuville seems to have stemmed the time loss. Ogier is 6.2sec quicker than him at the 11.6km point.

Fri 11:00 - SS3: Neuville
WRC TV crew reports front end damage to Neuville's Hyundai

Fri 10:59 - SS3: Splits watch
Ogier 5.8sec quicker than Neuville to the 5.4km split.

Fri 10:53 - SS3: LIVE
Spectator issues sorted, Neuville's start time was 1052hrs, that's a six-minute delay.

Fri 10:50 - Weather update
In a word, changeable. Rain has stopped over SS3 but the opening 6km remain very wet.

Fri 10:48 - SS3: Delay
Neuville at the start line but there is a delay to the stage. More news when we get it.

Fri 10:15 - Stage info: SS3
Mittelmosel 1, 22.00km. The initial section is all about the vineyards above the Mosel river. It is littered with hairpins, both downhill and uphill, and tricky junctions among the grapes. After exiting the vines, there is a 1.3km blast along a main road to the village of Rivenich, which drivers leave across open fields. The stage becomes more open before ending with another string of hairpins.

Fri 10:14 - Next stage: 1046hrs
Flick to WRC+ to track the crews as they head to the start of Mittelmosel. Stage notes coming up.

Fri 10:12 - Germany WRC2 after SS2
1.Kopecky 7m38.5s, 2.Camilli +6.6s, 3.Tidemand +7.8s, 4.Tempestini +12.8s, 5.Gilbert +15.1s

Fri 10:09 - SS2: WRC 2 Kopecky
Thursday's surprise overnight leader is quickest in WRC 2 and settles 12th overall. "Last night was a surprise but in this little R5 car I really enjoyed it," he says. "I kept it smooth with no slides and it went well! Last year I was close to winning the Super Special in Spain, but I didn't think we'd do that against the new cars."

Fri 10:05 - SS2: WRC 2 Camilli
"A good stage. I want to say a huge thanks to the team for getting my car fixed for today."

Fri 10:04 - SS2: WRC 2 Suninen
"A complete disaster. At the start we were just told to go straightaway. The time is not right. We are not starting on the right time."

Fri 10:02 - Germany after SS2
1.Sordo 7m20.6s, 2.Tanak +1.5s, 3.Neuville +1.9s, 4.Mikkelsen +2.3s, 5.Latvala +2.3s

Fri 10:00 - SS2: WRC 2 Tidemand
"It was okay. Had to find a good exist out of the junctions but no drama. No big risks."

Fri 09:58 - SS2: Serderidis
"Very nice. Much better than I expected."

Fri 09:57 - SS2: Raoux
"For the first stage on Tarmac in this car it's not so bad."

Fri 09:55 - SS2: Kremer
Getting to grips with his new Fiesta. "Really not so easy to drive in some sections. Over the day we will improve."

Fri 09:54 - SS2: Mikkelsen
Fourth quickest but not happy with his gamble on soft-compound tyres all round. "A lot of movement on the tyres, I don't think they were correct for this stage. The time is not so bad, but we were pushing hard."

Fri 09:52 - SS2: Meeke
Returning with Rally2 today after his Thursday retirement. "A really stupid mistake last night. But okay all I can do now is go again. I'll try to get to the the end of every stage as quickly as possible today. Paul's wife is in hospital waiting for a baby."

Fri 09:48 - SS2: Lappi
"I'm pretty pleased to be honest. No risks, just checking how much dirt there is on the road. Everything is fine."

Fri 09:46 - Tyre choices
Confirmation from Michelin on tyre numbers and compounds (hard / soft) its drivers have for the morning loop: Meeke/Breen/Lappi/Latvala/Hanninen/Ogier/Tanak: 4S 2H. Paddon/Mikkelsen: 5S. Sordo/Neuville: 3S 3H

Fri 09:46 - SS2: Hanninen
"Okay. We lost a bit of time but the car feels really, really cool."

Fri 09:44 - SS2: Paddon
Slowest through so far, "I'm on the full soft tyres. I'm waiting for the rain and didn't want to ruin them in the dry."

Fri 09:42 - SS2: Breen
"Pretty decent. Trying not to make any mistakes. Neat and tidy, One small mistake but otherwise okay. We have two hard and two soft tyres. Making a choice here is like flipping a coin - we just don't know what the weather will do."

Fri 09:41 - SS2: Evans
Slowest through so far, 5.3sec off Sordo's leading pace. "A bit of understeer in the junctions. The road is getting dirtier for sure but Sordo's time is good so I can't blame it on that."

Fri 09:38 - SS2: Sordo
Quickest so far. Light front wing damage. "Quite good. The balance in the car was good. I tried to do my best. It will be difficult today, the weather looks complicated."

Fri 09:37 - SS2: Latvala
His Toyota sporting front wing damage. "We went slightly wide into a steel rod on the side, it's broken the front right wing a bit. Everything else okay."

Fri 09:34 - SS2: Tanak
"Difficult to judge the brakes in a few junctions."

Fri 09:33 - SS2: Ogier
3.3sec slower than Neuville. "Not so good. We had a spin, not the best start of the rally, we lose maybe five seconds going into a field and back on."

Fri 09:31 - SS2: Neuville
First to complete in 5m13.9s. How was that? "Okay. Three hard tyres and one soft on the car. A different package to what Seb has. I think this was a good choice."

Fri 09:28 - SS2: Ogier
WRC TV crew reports Seb off into a field and back on again at 1km.

Fri 09:27 - One of three
Drivers will tackle this stage three times today, as SS2, SS5 and SS8.

Fri 09:24 - SS2: LIVE!
Neuville is in stage.

Fri 09:17 - Weather update
Light rain falling at the start of SS2

Fri 09:16 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams in the studio and Emyr Penlan and George Donaldson reporting from the stage ends. You'll find a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.

Fri 09:16 - Start intervals
World Rally Car drivers will tackle today's stages at two-minute intervals, the rest of the field at one-minute intervals.

Fri 09:15 - Friday running order
Championship order today, which typically means Sébastien Ogier first. Not today though. Thierry Neuville heads the field of 13 latest spec World Rally Cars. Here's how they will line up: 1.Neuville, 2.Ogier, 3.Tänak, 4.Latvala, 5.Sordo, 6.Evans, 7.Breen, 8.Paddon, 9.Hänninen, 10.Lappi, 11.Meeke, 12.Mikkelsen, 13.Kremer.

Fri 09:09 - Time reminder
All times quoted here are local. And in Germany that's (UTC +2hrs)

Fri 09:08 - Weather
A cloudy start, but so far the forecast heavy rain hasn't materialised. There has been some rain but very little. SS2 looks largely dry in the open areas but is likely to be wet under the trees. Rain showers are forecast for later today. The current temperature is 19˚C.

Fri 09:07 - Stage info: SS2
Wadern-Weiskirchen SSS 1, 9.27km. New for 2017, Wadern-Weiskirchen weaves through open fields, with plenty of opportunities for corner cutting. The roads are narrow and it is littered with junctions, but the sections linking them are very quick. It’s a lapping stage and crews tackle the same roads twice before peeling off the ‘circuit’ to the finish. If it’s wet, the junctions will be very muddy.

Fri 09:02 - First stage: 0823hrs
That's when Friday's opening stage, the 9km Wadern-Weiskirchen Super Special, gets underway. Crews are heading there now from the early morning 15 min service halt in Bostalsee. Stage notes coming up.

Fri 09:01 - Friday's itinerary
Features the hairpin-strewn vineyards above the Mosel river. A double pass of the familiar Mittelmosel and Grafschaft stages are sandwiched by three runs of a new circuit test at Wadern-Weiskirchen. The seven stages cover 108.51km.

Fri 09:01 - Coming up today
After Thursday's Super Special, things are about to get serious at ADAC Rallye Deutschland with a full day of competitive action

Fri 09:01 - Good morning
Welcome back to our live text coverage of ADAC Rallye Deutschland, bringing all the stage action to wrc.com and the WRC App

Thu 20:28 - We will return
On Friday to bring you coverage of the rally's first full day. Coming up: seven stages and 108km of flat out competition. We'll be here ready for the first stage at 0923hrs. Bye for now.

Thu 20:25 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text coverage from Germany tonight

Thu 20:24 - Germany WRC2 after SS1
1.Kopecky 2m05.9s, 2.Bonato +5.2s, 3.Tidemand +5.3s, 4.Camilli +6.0s, 5.Ten Brinki +7.6s

Thu 20:20 - Meeke update
Citroen say he will return tomorrow with Rally2. Tonight's retirement will cost him a 10min penalty.

Thu 20:17 - Germany after SS1
1.Kopecky 2m05.9s, 2.Tanak +0.3s, 3.Breen +1.3s, 4.Mikkelsen +1.9s, 5.Ogier +1.9s. Meeke retires

Thu 20:13 - SS1: WRC 2 Kopecky
A giant-killing run from the Czech driver who sets a new outright fastest time in his R5-spec Skoda Fabia!

Thu 20:11 - SS1: WRC T
Trophy competitors Raoux and Serderidis complete cleanly. Up next, the WRC 2 field resumes. No driver quotes from here on, but we will bring you the stage and overall results.

Thu 20:04 - SS1: Neuville
Eighth-fastest, 2.4sec slower than current stage winner Tanak. "I had no good feeling in the stage after what I saw with Meeke. I took it quite steady. It's my first time starting a rally leading the championship. I thought we did quite well."

Thu 20:02 - SS1: Ogier
The world champ completes fourth fastest so far. "The real fight starts tomorrow but tonight we've seen that it can be tricky. You can't win the rally tonight but you can lose it."

Thu 20:00 - SS1: Tanak
Quickest so far. "If I have a good feeling in the car I will enjoy it and I'm sure the times will come. I expect some very difficult conditions this weekend. Let's see."

Thu 19:59 - SS1: Latvala
Third fastest. "What happened to Kris was really unfortunate. This sort of city stage is good, but why did they use the concrete barriers and not plastic? That's not the way to do it. For me not such a bad stage."

Thu 19:57 - SS1: Sordo
Dani's 150th WRC rally gets off to a hairy start when he slides wide and clouts his left rear wheel into a concrete barrier. He completes with about a third of the rim missing. "I know what I can touch," he jokes.

Thu 19:54 - SS1: Evans
Third quickest in the DMACK-shod Fiesta, 1.1sec off Breen's time. "We went as hard as we could. We have a new hard tyre here, which is unknown territory. Lets see what we can do with it."

Thu 19:51 - SS1: Breen
Quickest so far, six-tenths up on Mikkelsen to complete a Citroen 1-2. "I'm gutted for Paul and Kris. It's so easy to make a mistake in here. I touched a barrier on the first corner. It's going to be a long weekend. We'll go a hard as we can."

Thu 19:49 - SS1: Paddon
Second quickest. "The hairpins are very tight. I touched a bale on the inside but no worries. It's tricky in these wider cars."

Thu 19:48 - SS1: Hanninen
Same time as Lappi - joint second quickest so far. "Let's see where our times are tomorrow."

Thu 19:45 - SS1: Lappi
Joint second quickest so far. Can he repeat his Finland winning performance here? "Now way. No chance. I need more experience on Tarmac and of this car. I'm just not confident enough to push. I need to try to be clever."

Thu 19:41 - SS1: LIVE
Again. A bit of furious hand clapping in the Toyota and Lappi is underway!

Thu 19:37 - SS1: Lappi
Esapekka will be next in stage. He's putting on his helmet, so we should be underway again shortly.

Thu 19:35 - SS1: Meeke update
Kris and co-driver Paul are still at the scene, watching as the stricken C3 is lifted onto the truck.

Thu 19:29 - SS1: Meeke out
That's it. He's parked the C3. Stage stopped and the ADAC tow truck is on its way in. Disaster.

Thu 19:28 - SS1: Meeke update
The right-hand front steering seems to be broken. He can't get the C3 around the tight stage. He has stopped.

Thu 19:26 - SS1: Meeke
In trouble here. Negotiating a corner he clips the end of a concrete barrier with his front wheel. The impact was at fairly slow speed, but the wheel was open and it's a big clunk.

Thu 19:26 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Back in the Citroen squad after missing the previous round in Finland. It's a clean start, quickest so far. "I hope we can have a good result. The car feels really nice on Tarmac, really enjoyable. I hope for nicer weather than the rain that is forecast."

Thu 19:21 - SS1: Kremer
Kremer is our first world rally car runner, but he's not quickest. He completes third fastest so far, 3.7sec off Tidemand's leading pace. "It feels really great to be back in a WRC car but I have to say my feeling for the car is not so easy. Tomorrow we will start the race."

Thu 19:19 - SS1: WRC 2 Tidemand
A super quick run from the championship leader, 3.1sec up on Suninen. He could clinch the title this weekend. Is that on his mind? "I don't think about it. I just try to stay concentrated. The conditions can be difficult. I'm happy to be here."

Thu 19:15 - SS1: WRC 2 Suninen
Back in the R5 spec Fiesta after his recent impressive appearances in the World Rally Car. "A lot of challenges here - quite different from Finland!" He completes nine-tenths quicker than Griebel.

Thu 19:12 - SS1: WRC 2 Griebel
He completes in a benchmark time of 2m15.2. "I'm really happy to be able to open this stage. So many people here. I think my soft tyres were done after one and a half laps."

Thu 19:10 - SS1: We're off!
Griebel's Skoda blasts away from the line.

Thu 18:54 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams in the studio and Emyr Penlan and George Donaldson reporting from the stage ends. You'll find a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.

Thu 18:52 - SS1 running order
Local WRC 2 driver Marijan Griebel will be first on stage at 1908hrs, followed by category front-runners Teemu Suninen and Pontus Tidemand. Germany's Armin Kremer is next - and first of the 2017-spec World Rally Car drivers that follow. Here's how the WRC drivers will line up: 1.Kremer, 2.Mikkelsen, 3.Meeke, 4.Lappi, 5.Hänninen, 6.Paddon, 7.Breen, 8.Evans, 9.Sordo, 10.Latvala, 11.Tanak, 12.Ogier, 13.Neuville.

Thu 18:51 - Weather
Warm, cloudy and humid in Saarbrücken right now. Rain showers are forecast later tonight. The current temperature is 21˚C.

Thu 18:51 - Time reminder
All times quoted here are local. And in Germany that's (UTC +2hrs)

Thu 18:50 - Watch SS1 LIVE
WRC users can watch tonight's Saarbrücken stage live via our streaming service. The coverage starts at 1900hrs. Head to plus.wrc.com to find out more.

Thu 18:50 - Tell me more
Okay. The action begins in the heart of Saarbrücken, capital and largest city of the state of Saarland. Immediately after the opening ceremony, crews will tackle a 2.05km street circuit. Two loops of roads which cross the River Saar via the Wilhelm-Heinrich Bridge and use the slip road system above the city motorway should provide a spectacular start to the rally.

Thu 18:50 - Coming up
Thursday is Super Special day at ADAC Rallye Deutschland and tonight we have a brand new curtain raiser to get the event underway

Thu 18:49 - We're live
At rally central, next to the Bostalsee reservoir in Germany's northern Saarland region. Our mission? To tap out the stage news LIVE to wrc.com and the WRC App

Thu 18:49 - Guten abend texters
And welcome to our coverage of WRC round 10 - ADAC Rallye Deutschland

Wed 10:03 - ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2017
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Stagewinners

Stage Name Winner Team Time
SS1 Super Special Stage Saarbrücken (2.05 km) CZEJ. KOPECKY
CZEP. DRESLER
Škoda Motorsport 2:05.9
SS2 Super Special Stage Wadern-Weiskirchen 1 (9.27 km) ESPD. SORDO
ESPM. MARTI
Hyundai Motorsport 5:12.2
SS3 Mittelmosel 1 (22.00 km) ESTO. TÄNAK
ESTM. JÄRVEOJA
M-Sport World Rally Team 13:00.3
SS4 Grafschaft 1 (18.35 km) NORA. MIKKELSEN
NORA. JAEGER
Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT 10:50.3
SS5 Super Special Stage Wadern-Weiskirchen 2 (9.27 km) BELT. NEUVILLE
BELN. GILSOUL
Hyundai Motorsport 5:15.9
SS6 Mittelmosel 2 (22.00 km) ESTO. TÄNAK
ESTM. JÄRVEOJA
M-Sport World Rally Team 13:31.5
SS7 Grafschaft 2 (18.35 km) ESTO. TÄNAK
ESTM. JÄRVEOJA
M-Sport World Rally Team 11:15.4
SS8 Super Special Stage Wadern-Weiskirchen 3 (9.27 km) FINJ. LATVALA
FINM. ANTTILA
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT 5:54.9
SS9 Super Special Stage Arena Panzerplatte 1 (2.87 km)
SS10 Panzerplatte 1 (41.97 km)
SS11 Freisen 1 (14.78 km)
SS12 Römerstraße 1 (12.28 km)
SS13 Super Special Stage Arena Panzerplatte 2 (2.87 km)
SS14 Super Special Stage Arena Panzerplatte 3 (2.87 km)
SS15 Panzerplatte 2 (41.97 km)
SS16 Freisen 2 (14.78 km)
SS17 Römerstraße 2 (12.28 km)
SS18 Losheim am See 1 (13.02 km)
SS19 St. Wendeler Land 1 (12.95 km)
SS20 Losheim am See 2 (13.02 km)
SS21 St. Wendeler Land 2 (12.95 km)

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