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# Driver/Car Eligibility Group Class Control Reason
1 FRAS. OGIER
Volkswagen Polo WRC
M RC1 SF8 Accident
2 FINJ. LATVALA
Volkswagen Polo WRC
M RC1 SF15 Accident
3 GBRK. MEEKE
Citroën DS3 WRC
M RC1 SF16 Accident
10 POLR. KUBICA
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
T RC1 TC15 Mechanical
20 FRAB. BOUFFIER
Hyundai i20 WRC
T RC1 SF18
33 PRTB. SOUSA
Ford Fiesta RRC
WRC2 RC2 SF11 Mechanical
34 FRAS. CHARDONNET
Citroën DS3 R5
WRC2 RC2 SF10 Mechanical
56 SVKM. KOCI
Citroën DS3 R3T
WRC3 RC3 TC14 D
61 CHEF. DELLA CASA
Citroën DS3 R3T
WRC3 RC3 SF16 Mechanical
67 AREM. AL MUTAWAA
Citroën DS3 R3T
WRC3 RC3 SF16 Mechanical
68 FRAE. CAMILLI
Citroën DS3 R3T
WRC3 RC3 SF10 Mechanical
103 ESPY. LEMES MACIAS
Ford Fiesta R2
DDFT RC4 TC16 Mechanical
111 RUSL. URLICHICH
Ford Fiesta R2
DDFT RC4 SF15 Mechanical
127 DEUS. SCHWINN
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Gr.N
RC2 TC18A
130 RUSD. BIRYUKOV
Skoda Fabia S2000
RC2 TC14 D Mechanical
133 DEUJ. WECKER
Opel Astra GTC cdti Gr.N
RC2 TC14 D
141 DNKK. MADSEN
Peugeot 208 R2
RC4 SF15 Mechanical
145 DEUF. KREIM
Opel Adam R2
RC4 TC14 D
149 BELP. CRACCO
Ford Fiesta R2
RC4 SF15 Mechanical
150 DEUN. LESCHHORN
Peugeot 208 R2
RC4 SF15 Mechanical
157 DEUT. WIEGAND
Citroën DS3 R1
RC5 SF16
158 DEUE. WALLENWEIN
Citroën DS3 R1
RC5 SF16

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Sun 14:54 - That's all for now
The stages are complete and the curtain comes down on a thrilling ADAC Rallye Deutschland. The WRC live text service will resume at Rally Australia (11 - 14 September). Until then, keep up to date with the latest news at wrc.com or via the official WRC app.

Sun 14:48 - Final WRC2 results
1. Tidemand (Ford Fiesta R5): 3:18:55.6, 2. Tanak (Ford Fiesta R5): +1.8s, 3. Kremer (Skoda Fabia S2000): +1m05.2s, 4. Maurin (Ford Fiesta R5): +2m41.0s, 5. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +6m35.6s

Sun 14:43 - ADAC Rallye Deutschand final results
1. Neuville (Hyundai): 3:07:20.2, 2. Sordo (Hyundai): +40.7s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +58.0s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +1m03.6s, 5. Hirvonen (M-Sport Ford): +1m10.5s

Sun 13:11 - Tidemand snatches WRC2 win!
He overhauls Tanak on the final stage to take the class win by 1.8sec. "We were lucky there - we nearly lost it on the last corner! From the very first stage we've been battling. I think this the greatest win in a rally for me!"

Sun 13:04 - Power Stage result
Evans is quickest to take 3 points. Neuville is second (+0.9s) for 2 points and Hirvonen is third (+2s) to grab the final bonus point

Sun 12:55 - SS18: Neuville
"It's a nice feeling, we have done an unbelievable job! I can only say thank you to our team for the unbelievable job they did after our roll at shakedown. We kept the pressure on and it paid off!"

Sun 12:52 - Neuville does it!
He's out of the car, on the roof and the champagne is spraying!

Sun 12:50 - Expectation at the finish
Neuville's father is already in tears!

Sun 12:49 - SS18: Sordo second!
It's a remarkable result for last year's winner - and the first part of a Hyundai 1 - 2. "I'm very happy for the team, the people are working so hard. Normally I want to win, but Thierry has driven very, very well."

Sun 12:46 - SS18: Mikkelsen bags third
It's another podium for the Norwegian, who is the only Polo R driver to complete the rally. "I missed this rally this year, so we drove our own event, step by step, no big mistakes."

Sun 12:44 - SS18: Great result for Evans!
He's quickest so far, his time of 11m45.7s capping a superb weekend. Fourth place matches his best WRC finish so far. "An absolutely fantastic weekend. The best I've managed in a long, long time. The team have given me a great car, and lots of support. A big confidence builder ahead of the next rallies."

Sun 12:39 - SS18: Hirvonen fourth?
Not likely at the moment - he's slower than Evans at the mid stage split. More likely fifth then. "Yeah, I think so. I tried to push, I was on the limit but he's going very well. It was good fun."

Sun 12:37 - SS18: Sixth for Ostnerg
"I got through and got points but it's been hard for us. Not a perfect rally - we were too unstable. If we were more consistent it could have been better. We have work to do."

Sun 12:35 - SS18: Prokop through
And it looks like 7th place for the Ford privateer. "Of course I'm happy that I'm in the points, but Friday was terrible. Okay, I didn't hit my own target but it got better and better. We have to test now before the next tarmac events."

Sun 12:31 - SS18: Protasov clears
His time is 12m28.2 - that's 4.8sec slower than Kuipers who is fastest so far. "A very bad morning but I'm happy to finish my first rally in a World Rally Car," said Protasov.

Sun 12:17 - Weather update:
The sun is out, it's 13 degrees Celsius and from what we're seeing on WRC+ the surface of SS18 is mostly dry

Sun 12:10 - SS18: And Bouffier's crashed!
We're watching the live TV coverage and have just seen Bouffier's Hyundai sip off the road and into the vines on a left-hand corner VERY near the start. Crew are fine but it doesn't look like they’ll get that car back on the stage.

Sun 12:10 - SS18: Power Stage LIVE!

Sun 12:09 - WRC2 top 5 after SS17
1. Tanak (Ford Fiesta R5): 3:06:43.8, 2. Tidemand (Ford Fiesta R5): +6.0s, 3. Kremer (Skoda Fabia S2000): +49.5s, 4. Maurin (Ford Fiesta R5): +2m15.4s, 5. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +6m03.6s

Sun 11:56 - WRC top 5 after SS17
1. Neuville (Hyundai): 2:55:33.6, 2. Sordo (Hyundai): +37.0s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +54.6s, 4. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +1m04.5s, 5. Hirvonen (M-Sport Ford): +1m09.4s

Sun 11:37 - SS17: Maurin gutted
He's shouting with rage when he arrives at the stop control. He's lost 2m39s and looks set to drop to fifth in WRC2. "I had a front puncture. After that it was very difficult to turn into the corners."

Sun 11:35 - SS17: Tanak leads WRC2
"We are doing our own race. We can't do any more."

Sun 11:34 - SS17: Maurin moving again
But Tanak will take the lead in WRC2

Sun 11:33 - SS17: Maurin stops!
The WRC2 leader is stopped at the 11.7km point

Sun 11:32 - SS17: Neuville and Sordo clear
No sweat for Sordo: "We'll try and hold this position." Neuville said: "It was tricky at the beginning, but I looked after my tyres and I think I've got a decent time." He ends up 4.8sec slower that Hirvonen's stage winning pace, but with a healthy rally lead of 37sec.

Sun 11:28 - SS17: Mikkelsen brake problem?
He didn't hang around long at the stage end. "I have to go, brakes,"

Sun 11:26 - SS17: Hirvonen chasing fourth
He's fastest so far, and narrows the gap to his team-mate Evans from 9.6s to 4.9s. "I'm not going to give up too easily against Evans. Let's see what we can do."

Sun 11:23 - SS17: Evans denies battle
He began the stage trailing Mikkelsen by 8.5sec. "Another good stage for us but we're concentrating on doing out own thing. It was never our plan to fight."

Sun 11:21 - SS17: Prokop sliding around
"Okay, it was much better than in the morning when there was mud all over. This time it was worse in the shaded sections in the forest. It's as bad as ice in there."

Sun 11:17 - SS17: Protasov clear
And sounding increasingly confident in the Fiesta RS on his World Rally Car debut. He's on course to finish 11th.

Sun 11:10 - SS17: Bouffier's assessment
The Frenchman is first to complete. His time is 11m59.9s. "Still a tricky stage but much better that this morning. The muddy parts are almost completely dry. Maybe only 10 or 15 percent is muddy now."

Sun 10:58 - Welcome back
SS17 is underway.

Sun 09:28 - Next competitive stage: 1055hrs
That's Bouffier's start time for Dhrontal - the first of the repeat loop. We'll be back at the text desk then. In the meantime we're off for a lie down in a darkened room

Sun 09:26 - Hyundai dream!
Hyundai team driver Chris Atkinson arrived in Germany yesterday from his home in Australia. "I woke up today at 9am and saw we were first and second. I thought I was dreaming."

Sun 09:18 - Weather update
The fog has cleared and the sun has broken through the cloud. Temperature is up to 10 degrees Celsius

Sun 09:15 - Up next: Service
Crews arriving now at the Trier Messepark for the Sunday's 30-minute midpoint service

Sun 08:54 - Meeke update
More details of the crash that cost him the lead: He hit a wall on the second corner of SS16 and took the rear left wheel off his Citroen

Sun 08:49 - Belgian WRC history
Neuville could become the first Belgian to win a WRC rally since Francois Duval in Australia 2005.

Sun 08:45 - SS16: Neuville clears
And the Belgian is sounding calm and collected. After his crash at shakedown did he imagine he could be leading with two stages to go? "To be honest no. But we have does a good job so far in some very tricky conditions. There are hundreds of thousands of places where you can go off. I'm quite calm. There is still a second pass to go. We have to keep it on the road."

Sun 08:41 - Latvala update
A touch of snakes and ladders about this one. He went off on SS15 close to the 14km point - but his car slipped down the hillside and stopped on a road below - at the 8.7km point

Sun 08:39 - SS16: Mikkelsen vs Evans
It's a clean stage for the Norwegian who now finds himself third, just 8.4sec ahead of a hard charging Evans

Sun 08:36 - SS16: A Hyundai 1-2?
That's what we're looking at now!

Sun 08:35 - SS16: Meeke has crashed
His car is stopped less than 2km from the start line

Sun 08:34 - SS16: Meeke stopped!
And he's lost the lead!

Sun 08:26 - SS16: Gear issues for Protasov
He's unable to select neutral in his Ford Fiesta RS. He completes the stage okay and is off to service now.

Sun 08:22 - SS16 Underway
Grafschaft is another mix of open roads between fields and narrow access roads in the vineyards. The 19.27km test is mostly fast even if narrow. Many grass verges in this stage have been cut back which will encourage drivers to cut corners - dragging dirt onto the road. Some of the cuts hide sharp kerbs, which could puncture tyres.

Sun 08:21 - WRC top 5 after SS15
1. Meeke (Citroen): 2:31:43.7, 2. Neuville (Hyundai): +8.4s, 3. Sordo (Hyundai): +34.7s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +54.2s, 5. Evans (M-Sport Ford): +1m05.9s

Sun 08:17 - Meeke vs Neuville
Both are chasing their first WRC rally win. Neuville trails by 8.4sec with the added pressure of chasing a maiden win for Hyundai!

Sun 08:16 - Citroen lead
They haven't lost this rally since it joined the WRC - now Meeke could extend that domination.

Sun 08:14 - Germany bites back!
Three stages to go and we're looking at a very different result at ADAC Rallye Deutschland to the one we were expecting last night

Sun 08:12 - Latvala: okay
Confirmation from Volkswagen that Jari-Matti and his co-driver Miikka Anttila are okay. Their car went off the stage into the vines

Sun 08:10 - SS15: Meeke leads!
And closer than ever to a first rally win in the WRC. "I'm sorry for Jari-Matti, I hope he's okay. It was so slippery in there - almost like Monte Carlo. I make a big mistake early on - and from the marks on the road lots of other people did too. Okay, we have a ten second lead now but there's a long, long way to go."

Sun 08:06 - SS15: Neuville in lead battle!
"I got a message [about Latvala] towards the end. I nearly went off just before the end myself so I'm relieved to get to the finish."

Sun 08:03 - SS15: Latvala off!
Disaster for our overnight leader who has crashed 8.2km into the stage

Sun 08:03 - SS15: Spin for Mikkelsen
No damage evident when he completes

Sun 08:02 - SS15: Hirvonen loses to Evans
He's 9.2sec slower than his young team-mate on the stage and loses sixth place to him. "He did a really, really good stage, he’s on a good pace," he acknowledges.

Sun 07:59 - SS15: Evans flies!
"A cleaner stage for us okay, no drama and not a bad start. [Co-driver] Dan is not feeling very well, so I hope he holds up okay." Evans is fastest so far in 11m50.8s

Sun 07:57 - SS15: Ostberg completes
"Not a bad start but Elfyn Evans is going really well. It was much more slippery than I expected."

Sun 07:56 - SS15: Scare for Prokop
"A big off near the start - luckily we stayed on the road. There was absolutely no grip near the start." He's on the Michelin soft tyres "They're not soft enough..."

Sun 07:54 - SS15: Kubica update
He's missed his start time and is still trying to fix what sounds like a gear selector problem. He was warming his tyres in the pre-start area when it got stuck in third

Sun 07:52 - SS15: Issues for Protasov
He's been off in the stage and his Fiesta RS is sporting some bodywork damage - and missing a roof scoop - when it arrives at the stop control. His time is 1m38.6s slower than Bouffier's

Sun 07:44 - SS15: Bouffier completes
"A big thanks to the team who did a fantastic job - my car is like brand new." His time is 12m21.3sec. Bryan reports a few fog patches in stage but no problems

Sun 07:38 - Kubica problem
He hasn't started SS15 yet, but we're hearing his Fiesta RS is stuck in 3rd gear on the road section. He is due to start the stage at 0738hrs

Sun 07:37 - SS15 details
An 18.03km mix of vineyard roads and open sections, Dhrontal is generally narrow but fast. It starts with a technical section in the vines with lots of tight junctions then opens out, the road becoming wider as it heads through open countryside. Run in the opposite direction last year.

Sun 07:28 - But its game over for Ogier
Volkswagen boss Jost Capito reckoned his team might have been able to resuscitate the battered Polo, but for safety reason he decided against it

Sun 07:25 - Bouffier returns
The Frenchman clouted a concrete hinkelstein on Saturday, but his i20 looked brand new when it left service this morning. After Neuville’s shakedown smash it was another late night for the Hyundai team.

Sun 07:22 - Start order
Sunday’s is based on reversed rally classification for the World Rally Car entries, headed by any crews re-joining under Rally 2 rules, which puts Hyundai’s Bryan Bouffier first on the road. Here’s the full World Rally Car start order: 1. Bouffier, 2. Moffett, 3. Melicharek, 4. Protasov, 5. Kuipers, 6. Kubica, 7. Prokop, 8. Ostberg, 9. Evans, 10. Hirvonen, 11. Mikkelsen, 12. Sordo, 13. Neuville, 14. Meeke, 15. Latvala

Sun 07:22 - Weather?
It’s cloudy and foggy in Trier at the moment, with a chilly early morning temperature of 7 degrees Celsius. On stage SS15 Dhrontal WRC TV camera crews report that the fog is clearing. Overnight dew has left the roads damp

Sun 07:22 - Cars?
leaving service in Trier en route to the start of SS15 Dhrontal, 42km away, which kicks off at 0728hrs local time

Sun 07:20 - Today’s stages
Just two medium-length stages today, Dhrontal (18km) and Grafshaft (19km), run as a loop this morning then repeated after a 30-minute service

Sun 07:20 - Coming up today
Sunday is the third and final leg of the rally, and is based north-east of host city Trier in and around the Mosel vineyards

Sun 07:20 - Hello again from Trier
welcome to our live text coverage of ADAC Rallye Deutschland - round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship

Sat 19:00 - Sunday's action
The first competitive stage, Dhrontal, gets underway at 0728hrs local time. We'll be here at the live text desk to bring you all the news. Until then, keep an eye on the news section of wrc.com or the WRC app. Auf Wiedersehen for now!

Sat 18:54 - That's Saturday's stages complete
Just four more to go on Sunday before we have a winner of ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

Sat 18:48 - WRC2 top 5 after day 2 [SS14]
1. Maurin (Ford Fiesta R5): 2:28:13.8, 2. Tanak (Ford Fiesta R5): +1m11.7s, 3. Kremer (Skoda Fabia S2000): +1m22.2s, 4. Tidemand (Ford Fiesta R5): +1m29.8s, 5. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +5m36.1s

Sat 18:40 - WRC top 5 after day 2 [SS14]
1. Latvala (VW): 2:19:00.7, 2. Meeke (Citroen): +56.6s, 3. Neuville (Hyundai): +1m00.9s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m26.8s, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m37.0s

Sat 18:26 - SS14: Tidemand loses WRC2 lead
Stopping to change a puncture costs him 1m55.2s and drops him to fourth. "I don't know where it happened," he says, "somewhere near the middle of the stage. But okay, it happens, we just keep going."

Sat 18:22 - Latvala on his title chances
"Look, you never want anything bad to happen to your team-mate, but I need this victory to happen to open up the championship fight. He had some bad luck yesterday and then again today. I know this can happen - it did to me last year. A good fight would be exciting for the rest of the season. First however I have to finish. I must keep my head cool."

Sat 18:13 - Latvala's championship bid
A no-score here for Ogier gives Latvala a big chance to make up ground in the drivers' championship. If Latvala wins tomorrow and scoops three points on the Power Stage, Ogier will be just 16 points ahead, with four rallies to go.

Sat 18:05 - SS14: Latvala clears day two
And another unbeatable stage time stretches his rally lead over Meeke to 56.6sec. “With this margin we can afford to take it a bit easy tomorrow,” he said. “There is the Power Stage of course and with a big margin I have a good feeling. I can preserve my tyres but actually the stages are shorter so tyre wear should not be too bad. A lot will depend on the weather.”

Sat 18:00 - SS14: Meeke holds second
His time of 25m50.4 keeps him second and 4.3sec ahead of Neuville. "Thierry was very fast all day and I'm happy with my time here. The Citroen works fantastically well in Baumholder - I hope I get the chance to come here again when I have more experience with the car." Can he keep Neuville behind tomorrow? "I haven't driven tomorrow's stages and I want to learn them at my own rhythm. If Thierry beats me tomorrow It's not a big drama."

Sat 17:53 - SS14: Tidemand stops!
He went into the stage leading the WRC2 category, but stopped at the 24..2km mark. He's going again now but he will have lost the position.

Sat 17:51 - SS14: Neuville quickest so far
In a time of 24m53.8s. Is it good enough to catch Meeke? "Let's see, but I couldn't go a lot quicker without taking big risks"

Sat 17:49 - SS14: Evans' push for sixth?
it's been nip and tuck all day with his M-Sport team-mate Hirvonen, but Evans loses 2.1sec here and with the overall gap at just 4.9sec he denies he's interested in fighting. "I didn't have a great time there. My first event on asphalt and it's all positive. Let's not get too distracted with a battle and just concentrate on our own form."

Sat 17:43 - SS14: Ostberg
"The road is drying out very quickly and it's difficult to predict which bits are wet or dry. It doesn't cover a huge area, but there's a lot of variety."

Sat 17:40 - SS14: Prokop positive
"Yeah, I enjoyed the stage. The grip was better than I expected so in some corners I could have been quicker. It was varied though, some wet, some dry, but not what we were expecting." His time is 25m30.4s

Sat 17:34 - SS14: Bouffier update
Confirmation from Hyundai that he has gone off. Bryan and co-driver Xavier Panseri both okay.

Sat 17:32 - SS14: Bouffier stopped!
His Hyundai is stopped at the 28.7km mark

Sat 17:29 - SS14: Kubica suprised
"The road was not so wet to be honest. It was drier than I expected. It's drying up very quickly - perhaps 80 per cent dry now." His time is 25m18.3s

Sat 17:26 - SS13: Latvala quickest
His stage time is three-tenths quicker than his closest rival Sordo. Latvala's rally lead is now up to 54sec

Sat 17:23 - SS13: Meeke vs Neuville
The fight for second swings back in Meeke's favour as he completes 0.5sec quicker than Neuville. Meeke will begin SS14 with a 0.9sec advantage. Will that be enough? Meeke said: "To be honest Thierry is a bit more experienced here than I am. I'll drive at my own pace. If it's good enough, it's good enough."

Sat 17:14 - SS13: Sordo quickest so far
A time of 2m05.6s and no repeat of the aquaplaning he suffered on the previous test

Sat 17:11 - SS13: Neuville clears
How confident is he of snatching second? "The confidence is there but in these tricky conditioning I have to keep it on the road."

Sat 17:07 - SS13: Ostberg too cool
He completes in 2m08.8s but struggled to get any heat in his tyres

Sat 17:03 - SS14: Panzerplatte Lang underway
Kubica started Saturday's final stage at 1659hrs

Sat 17:01 - SS13: Prokop considering changes
"We have to think a lot about the set-up for the next stage. Sometime we have good traction sometimes nothing." His time is 2m10.5s

Sat 16:53 - Weather update:
Rain has stopped falling on SS13 and SS14. Road still very wet.

Sat 16:50 - SS13: Kubica completes
His time is 2m10.0s. "It was okay, quite difficult on the corners though - the stones mean you have to be very precise."

Sat 16:27 - Up next: SS13
The repeat of the 3.03km mini Panzerplatte starts at 1644hrs

Sat 16:26 - Weather update
It's pouring down with rain at the Baumholder military area. Full wet for stages 13 and 14.

Sat 16:24 - WRC top 5 after SS12
1. Latvala (VW): 1:52:08.2, 2. Meeke (Citroen): +53.6s, 3. Neuville (Hyundai): +54.0s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m14.1s, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m19.6s

Sat 16:23 - SS12: Al-Attiyah recovers
But he completes with the loss of more than 4 minutes. "We went off on the ninth corner and got stuck in a ditch. The marshals wouldn't let the spectators help up for a long time. We got out in the end."

Sat 16:18 - SS12: Al-Attiyah off
The Qatari - fifth in WRC2 - has gone off at the 7km point. We're hearing that spectators have lifted his car back onto the stage. Tracking system showing the car stationary

Sat 16:13 - SS12: Latvala clear
In the soaking conditions he's ten seconds slower than Kubica, but he maintains a healthy rally lead of 53.6sec

Sat 16:10 - SS12: Meeke under pressure
The fight for second intensifies as Neuville takes another bite out of Meeke's advantage. Meeke says he drove cautiously in the soaking conditions. He gets through cleanly but he is now only fourt-tenths ahead

Sat 16:06 - SS12: Sordo spins
He loses 22sec to stage leader Kubica. "We aquaplaned in a sixth gear braking area and we went off. The car is fine but it was a big moment. We try to do well, but in the aquaplaning it's very difficult." He holds fourth position, but Mikkelsen is now just 5.5sec behind

Sat 16:03 - No restart for Ogier
Confirmation from Volkswagen that Seb's Polo is too badly damaged to repair tonight.

Sat 16:01 - SS12: Hirvonen vs Evans
Evans has his team-mate's sixth position in his sights. The Welshman is exactly 1sec quicker on the stage and narrows the gap to 1.8sec.

Sat 15:56 - SS12: Ostberg
"So much rain, the wipers are not fast enough. I had some aquaplaning so I took the decision to take it carefully. I don't want to eat my picnic in the stage."

Sat 15:52 - SS12: Bouffier
"A big shower at the start of the stage and there was lots of standing water. Anyway, the tyre choice was okay, we had the soft ones."

Sat 15:50 - SS12: Prokop
"Very heavy rain, sometimes difficult even to see the road. We took it carefully." His time is 17.7sec slower than Kubica who is fastest so far

Sat 15:49 - SS12: Deteriorating
Kuipers is through with words of warning for the crews coming after: "So, so slippery. Lots of mud in there. Deep [corner] cuts and lost of muck on the road already. It's going to get worse."

Sat 15:48 - SS12 weather update:
Courtesy of Ford Fiesta RS driver Sam Moffett: "It's absolutely lashing it down"

Sat 15:45 - SS12: Protasov clears
"It's a completely different competition [in the rain]. The car is okay but we lost some time in there."

Sat 15:41 - SS12: Kubica's verdict
The Pole is the first to sample the abridged Peterberg stage. "It's wet. A bit of mud. We took it nice and steady." His time is 5m15.8

Sat 15:30 - WRC2 top 5 after SS11
1. Tidemand (Ford Fiesta R5): 1:53:41.0, 2. Maurin (Ford Fiesta R5): +4.3s, 3. Kremer (Skoda Fabia S2000): +59.1s, 4. Tanak (Ford Fiesta R5): +1m13.3s, 5. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1m18.7s

Sat 15:29 - WRC top 5 after SS11
1. Latvala (VW): 1:46:42.4, 2. Meeke (Citroen): +50.4s, 3. Neuville (Hyundai): +55.5s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m01.4s, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m13.9s

Sat 15:24 - SS12: Rain reported
WRC TV crews at the 7.4km point are getting a soaking. This could make things interesting. Stage goes live at 1531hrs

Sat 15:23 - SS11: Sousa stopped
The WRC 2 driver is parked at the 15km point.

Sat 15:21 - SS11: Latvala flies!
It's another stage win for the rally leader, who is the only driver to break the 10min barrier. His time of 9m59.1sec boosts his lead advantage over Meeke to 50.4sec.

Sat 15:17 - SS11: Tyre drama for Meeke
He completes with a misshapen front tyre. "I have no idea what happened. On left-handers I could feel something strange so I had to come down a few gears. We'll have a look now." His time is 4.6sec slower than Neuville's, which narrows the gap between them in the overall standings to just 5.1sec.

Sat 15:13 - SS11: Sordo
The Spaniard bangs in a decent time of 10m05.4 but he's beaten by his team-mate Neuville, and falls 4.3 further behind in the overall standings. "It was a good stage, my confidence was good, but it wasn't enough to catch him."

Sat 15:06 - SS11: Neuville
Quickest so far in a time of 10m00.8s. The Belgian is running soft tyres and stiffened the set-up of his Hyundai before the stage. "That was definitely the right thing to do."

Sat 15:03 - SS11: Hirvonen up to sixth
a time of 10m04.4s is good enough to move him ahead of Evans. His tyre choice? "I'm running all softs but it worked really well."

Sat 15:01 - SS11: Evans mixes his tyres
The Welshman opts for a cross mix of hard and soft compound tyres in a bid to fend off the chasing Hirvonen behind.

Sat 14:58 - SS11: Ostberg clear
And he's more satisfied than he was after the earlier pass. "It was a better stage for me. Quite a lot easier than this morning and I enjoyed it. I think the driving is good but I'm not sure the time will be." He's fastest so far in 10m07.2s.

Sat 14:55 - SS11: Bouffier
"It's dry apart from a few corners. I'm able to push a bit more, it was quite fun in this one."

Sat 14:54 - Tyre selections
All the Manufacturer team cars left service on Michelin's soft compound tyres. Bouffier (Hyundai) and Evans (M-Sport) are carrying two hard compound spares.

Sat 14:49 - Weather update:
There are rain showers about, but they are short and localised. SS11 looks to have missed them all.

Sat 14:45 - SS11: Kubica completes
"The water has dried up and we are on soft tyres! There's no mud, just a bit of gravel. We were sliding a lot." Kubica's benchmark time is 10m15.5s.

Sat 14:39 - SS11: Underway
Robert Kubica began the repeated test at 1431hrs. Stage is reported to be largely dry but with some damp patches in shaded areas.

Sat 14:36 - SS12 update:
Peterberg will run this afternoon in a shortened format. The first pass this morning - as SS8 - was cancelled after Ogier’s Polo destroyed an Armco barrier near the start. On the repeat - as SS12 - crews will start from a new point after the damaged barrier, bringing the stage length down from 11.08km to 9.38km

Sat 11:48 - Next competive stage
Is the repeat of Stein & Wein [S11] at 1431hrs. We'll be back at the live text desk then. In the meantime, keep an eye on the news section of wrc.com (or the app) for the latest from ADAC Rallye Deutchland.

Sat 11:44 - Up next: Service
Crews are en route to a 30-minute regroup, and then onto the Trier Messepark for the 30-minute midday service

Sat 11:42 - WRC2 top 5 after SS10
1. Maurin (Ford Fiesta R5): 1:43:10.6, 2. Tidemand (Ford Fiesta R5): +0.4s, 3. Kremer (Skoda Fabia S2000): +52.6s, 4. Tanak (Ford Fiesta R5): +1m04.8s, 5. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1m22.3s

Sat 11:41 - WRC top 5 after SS10
1. Latvala (VW): 1:36:43.3, 2. Meeke (Citroen): +45.8s, 3. Neuville (Hyundai): +53.8s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +55.1s, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m06.1s

Sat 11:23 - SS10: All change in WRC2!
*deep breath* Sousa dropped more than 3min changing a puncture. Al-Attiyah punctured too, but continued on the rim and lost 1min. Chardonnet and McCormack both stopped. Tidemand had a decent stage but Maurin was quicker, took the stage win, and moved into the lead

Sat 11:12 - SS10: Latvala untouchable
The Finn rounds off the World Rally Car entries with an astonishing fastest time on well worn soft tyres. He is 0.7sec quicker than Neuville. "I have to be happy with that! The tyre was overheating but I'm generally happy. The rally is going really well but we have to keep concentrated. I have to keep the focus."

Sat 11:08 - SS10: Meeke impresses
His time of 24m45.4s slots him between Sordo and Neuville in the stage results. It's a great result considering he's the only one of the three on the soft tyre. "The rear was sliding a lot. My engineer gave me a lot of valuable advice and I took that on board."

Sat 11:05 - SS10: Sordo clear
It's a great time, 5.9sec slower than Neuville's, but its not enough to keep his team-mate behind. Neuville moves ahead and knocks Sordo down to fourth.

Sat 10:59 - SS10: Mikkelsen loses position
He's unable to keep the charging Neuville behind and drops to fifth

Sat 10:56 - SS10: Neuville flies
Quickest so far in 24m40.9s and the hard tyre gamble seems to have paid off. "I think we were right," he acknowledges. "I could have gone faster but we wanted to check our notes for next time. Not perfect, but okay.:

Sat 10:53 - SS10: Hirvonen
"It was quite tricky and a lot drier than we were expecting. I was struggling with tyres and brakes. It was a difficult stage."

Sat 10:51 - SS10: Evans
"It didn't feel so great in there. In places I was too cautious, in others it was too slippery. I struggled to get into the right rhythm."

Sat 10:48 - SS10: Percentages from Bouffier
The Frenchman reckons only 5 percent of the stage is damp. He's the only Hyundai driver to be on the soft compound tyre - and he doesn't reckon it was the right choice.

Sat 10:46 - SS10: Prokop happier
"I’m happy with my driving. The car is fantastic and the tyre choice was right. This is the first stage of the rally I’m pleased with."

Sat 10:43 - SS10: Sousa stops
The Portuguese WRC2 driver stopped 2.8km from the start line. He had been second in WRC2. He's going again now. Puncture?

Sat 10:38 - Weather update
Skies are grey over SS10 but it doesn't look like we'll get any rain for the World Rally Car crews

Sat 10:37 - SS10: Kubica
"It was very difficult on these [soft] tyres. I tried to ease the pace to protect them but I'm not sure it helped." His Fiesta has a damaged front wheel. "It happened 15km before the finish - we slid into a stone."

Sat 10:30 - SS10: Underway
Just the briefest of liaison sections between the end of SS9 and the start of SS10 - the 'lang' version of Panzerplatte. Robert Kubica started at 1008hrs.

Sat 10:28 - SS9: Latvala clears
And takes the stage win with a time of 2m01.9s. Like Meeke, he doesn't sound too concerned about the upcoming challenge of 42kms of largely dry stage on a soft tyre.

Sat 10:24 - SS9: Meeke satisfied
"I'm comfortable. Okay, the Hyundais have the hard tyre for the long one, and I'm on the soft, but I'm confident in what I've got. In the muddy sections I wouldn't want to be on the hard compound."

Sat 10:19 - SS9: Neuville vs Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen holds fourth with a fastest time so far of 2m02.4s. Neuville now trails by 0.6sec in the overall standings.

Sat 10:15 - SS9: Hirvonen and Ostberg
Joint fastest so far in 2m03.9s

Sat 10:13 - Tyre gamble
Hyundai's Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville are the only WRC manufacturer team drivers to have chosen the hard compound Michelin tyre. Everybody else is on the soft - and keeping their fingers crossed for rain on SS10

Sat 10:10 - SS9: Bouffier
"Soft tyres here, and I reckon it's going to be complicated to manage them on the long stage."

Sat 10:07 - SS9: Prokop
Fastest so far in 2m04.9s. He's on the soft tyres and sounding more positive. "The grip was okay."

Sat 10:00 - SS9: Kubica clears
The Pole is first to complete the short test. His time is 2m05.8s. "That was okay, but it's difficult now with the weather. We had rain close by but this road is 90 per cent dry." Sounds like Kubica is still on the soft compound tyres, but he's being cagey. "I'm on the black ones," he says. Nice.

Sat 09:45 - SS9 Details
New for 2014, the 3.03km Arena Panzerplatte is a spectator-friendly, bite-sized version of the 42km ‘Panzerplatte Lang’ that follows. Based in the same Baumholder military area as its bigger brother, the action is focused on rough concrete, asphalt and cobbled roads edged with huge concrete blocks called Hinkelstein that are designed to keep tanks on the right track

Sat 09:33 - Ogier: "We're okay"
Reassuring Tweet from Seb: "Big crash for us in Stage 8 but Julien and me are ok. Just doing right now the precaution safety check but everything fine."

Sat 09:07 - SS8: Ogier crash update
Ogier's Polo crashed through an armco barrier near the start. The barrier separates the road from a motorway, prompting organisers to cancel the stage on safety grounds. Seb and co-driver Julien Ingrassia are going to hospital for precautionary checks.

Sat 09:00 - Advance to Panzerplatte
Crews are en route to the military vehicle proving ground at Baumholder, home of the Hinkelstein. Arena Panzerplatte, the first of two stages run there, starts at 0951hrs

Sat 08:56 - SS8: Cancelled
Rally organisers have abandoned plans to restart the stage. Crews are making their way to the start of SS9 by an alternative route.

Sat 08:47 - SS8: Restart expected soon
Ogier's car is blocking a narrow section of the road. The stage will resume once the car is moved clear

Sat 08:45 - SS8: Crew okay
News in from Volkswagen than Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia are okay

Sat 08:42 - SS8: Stage stopped
Following Ogier's incident

Sat 08:41 - SS8: Ogier off!
Report in from a WRC TV crew. His Polo is stopped 1.1km from the start line

Sat 08:37 - SS8 Details
The 11.08km Peterberg is another stage from 2013, but it’s run this time with a new 3.56km section at the start. It’s a mix of super quick roads through open countryside and narrower, technical sections through woodland. The shaded forest sections tend to stay damp and muddy long after any rain has cleared.

Sat 08:29 - WRC top 5 after SS7
1. Latvala (VW): 1:10:01.2, 2. Meeke (Citroen): +40.2s, 3. Sordo (Hyundai): +48.3s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +52.0s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +52.2s

Sat 08:25 - SS7: Latvala
He's 2.6sec slower than Kubica, but our rally leader is best of the rest and extends his advantage over Meeke to 40.2sec. "A good stage for us I think - especially as last year I crashed here. The grip was very changeable, slippy then almost dry, and it was difficult to concentrate, but I’m happy."

Sat 08:22 - SS7: Meeke clear
He's 2.5sec quicker than Sordo on stage and stretches the gap overall to 8.1sec. "I think the road is getting worse with every car. It's not drying, and there's no rain, which would help to wash the mud away. Instead there's a sort of slime on the road, it's like ice and the road is so narrow there's nowhere else to go."

Sat 08:17 - SS7: Sordo
"Very dirty and I don't have such a great feeling with the car when it's like this. I didn't do much testing in these conditions - so my confidence in the set-up isn't great."

Sat 08:15 - SS7: Mikkelsen under pressure
He's fourth for now, but the rapid Neuville is just 0.2sec behind. "A clean stage for us. I took it carefully, trying to keep the car in the lines, but I'm happy enough with this stage."

Sat 08:14 - SS7: Neuville flying
He's 1.7sec off Kubica's time, but in the deteriorating road conditions it's a great performance. "I saw a lot of lines where drivers went off! I tried to push but most importantly I had to keep it on the road."

Sat 08:10 - SS7: Great start for Evans
He's third quickest so far in some extremely challenging conditions: "A lot of mud and pretty much all the corners are messy and greasy now. There's no significant dry line."

Sat 08:08 - SS7: Ostberg reserved
He's not keen to talk at the stage end. "A very tricky start." Is everything okay? "Yes." And he's off. His time is 15.2sec off Kubica's.

Sat 08:04 - SS7: Prokop
He had a shocker yesterday, when he couldn't get to grips with the stages. He doesn't sound much more confident today. "Okay, slippery, and we stay on the road. Nothing special." His time is 17.4sec adrift of Kubica's.

Sat 07:58 - SS7: Protasov
"Not too bad, but the yellow [FIA safety warning] light was on for the whole stage and I drove carefully. Sometimes the road was slippery and sometimes okay."

Sat 07:56 - SS7: Kubica
Reports lots of mud on the road already. He's quickest so far though, in a benchmark time of 10m21.8s. He's a full 3sec quicker than Ogier, who missed that junction.

Sat 07:52 - SS7: Ogier mistake
Not a great start for the Frenchman who misses a junction and has to reverse. Is running first - and having a cleaner road - an advantage? "Yes, some places will be messy for the guys behind, but it's drying quickly, so in other places the road will be better for them." After his crash on Friday Ogier restarted today in 35th place.

Sat 07:47 - Tyre choices
All the manufacturer WRC teams have fitted Michelin's soft compound tyre for the opening two stages. Each car is carrying one spare.

Sat 07:45 - SS7 Details
Stein

Sat 07:37 - Here’s the full World Rally Car start order
1. Ogier, 2. Kubica, 3. Melicharek, 4. Protasov, 5. Moffett, 6. Kuipers, 7. Prokop, 8. Bouffier, 9. Ostberg, 10. Evans, 11. Hirvonen, 12. Neuville, 13. Mikkelsen, 14. Sordo, 15. Meeke 16. Latvala

Sat 07:36 - Saturday's start order
is based on rally classification reversed, headed by any competitors returning under Rally2 rules - so Ogier is first on the road again.

Sat 07:35 - Weather
It looked likely yesterday, but the rain finally arrived overnight. Some light rain in Trier has left the roads here damp. The rain stopped on SS7 - the closest test to Trier - only two hours ago. It is still raining 30 kilometres further away on SS8 Peterberg

Sat 07:32 - Cars have left service
and are en route to the start of SS7, Stein & Wein, which kicks off at 0738hrs local time

Sat 07:32 - Saturday’s stages
Are very different in character to those of day one. In place of vines and views of the Mosel River, we have forest sections, narrow country roads and the broken asphalt of the Panzerplatte stage in the Baumholder tank testing ground

Sat 07:32 - Coming up
It’s day two of the competition, and a route that takes crews east of host city Trier for two passes of a loop of four stages

Sat 07:31 - Good morning from Trier
Welcome back to our live text coverage of ADAC Rallye Deutschland

Fri 19:24 - That's Friday's stages complete
The cars are in service, being prepped ahead of Saturday's competition. Day two kicks off at 0630hrs, with the first competitive stage - Stein & Wein - at 0738hrs. We'll continue our live text service then. Goodnight from Trier!

Fri 19:18 - WRC2 top 5 after SS6
1. Sousa (Ford Fiesta RRC): 1:03:49.3, 2. Tidemand (Ford Fiesta R5): +4.2s, 3. Maurin (Fiesta R5): +18.9s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +38.9s, 5. Tanak (Ford Fiesta R5): +41.1s

Fri 19:07 - SS6: Ogier back in service
And his car looks almost perfect. See for yourself on the wrc.com live video stream

Fri 18:53 - WRC top 5 after SS6
1. Latvala (VW): 59m:36.8s, 2. Meeke (Citroen): +37.0s, 3. Sordo (Hyundai): +42.6s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +45.6s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +53.1s

Fri 18:52 - So all change
In the WRC standings on Friday's final stage: Ogier takes a 10 minute penalty, Latvala snatches the lead, Sordo moves ahead of Mikkelsen into third. Top 5 recap on its way:

Fri 18:45 - SS6: Protasov learning
Day one complete for the Ukrainian who is making his World Rally Car debut here in a Fiesta RS. “It’s a fantastic car but I don’t yet understand how to drive it best. Every stage it’s getting better, but I’m happy to have got to the end of the first day.”

Fri 18:42 - SS6: Sordo clears
He was on the limit, as a kinked front wheel shows, but he's up to third overall, 3sec ahead of Mikkelsen. "I'm very happy. I pushed really hard in here. I did my best and I enjoyed it a lot. We will try to fight for a podium now."

Fri 18:37 - SS6: Sordo on a charge
Split times looking good for the Spaniard who is making a play for Mikkelsen's third position

Fri 18:35 - SS6: Kubica clear
"It hasn't been easy. I made a mistake here again, like I did on the earlier pass, but I know why it happened. It's down to me. I've learned a lot today."

Fri 18:33 - SS6: Prokop completes
But he's 29sec slower than the quickest man through so far - Jari-Matti Latvala. "One of the worst days of my season," he says.

Fri 18:31 - SS6: Heat drama for Neuville
He hardly stops at the finish control because there's lots of heat coming from the centre tunnel of his Hyundai. "After two kilometres there was lots of smoke in the car," he explains. After a quick check he's off back to service.

Fri 18:26 - SS6: Meeke
"I got a message from the team that Seb had stopped at 7.2km and I knew exactly the corner he went off at. I'll keep driving my own pace. There's no chance to catch Jari-Matti on pace alone. There's still a long way to go."

Fri 18:24 - Ogier update
He has found his way to the main road leading from the vineyard. Looks like he's heading straight back to the service area. He'll collect a ten minute penalty for missing the final stage of the day

Fri 18:22 - SS6: Ostberg
"I starting with cold tyres and brakes and didn't get such a good feeling. I think I overheated the brakes, which gave them no bite, and that destroyed the tyres."

Fri 18:20 - SS6: Mikkelsen completes
"A good day for us, we've been careful but kept a good pace. It's a surprise to be this close to the leaders. Lots to build on for tomorrow and Sunday."

Fri 18:18 - SS6: Latvala leads!
"We got a message in the car that Ogier was off - and then out - but I have no idea what happened. I saw some lines in the road on a long right-hander, but I don't know if he went off there. But after I didn't now how much to push. [Co-driver] Miikka told me 'you don't need to push to the maximum any more'".

Fri 18:12 - SS6: Ogier and Ingrassia are okay
Confirmation from Volkswagen that the crew have not been injured

Fri 18:09 - SS6: Lost in the vines?
Ogier may have slipped from one vineyard road onto another below. Tracking shows his Polo stopped again.

Fri 18:07 - SS6: Ogier off!
WRC tracking shows our rally leader went off at the 7km point. He's moving again, but we're hearing he is on the wrong road

Fri 17:54 - SS6: New start time
Confirmed as 1800hrs for Sebastien Ogier

Fri 17:46 - SS6: Delay update
Sources suggest the stage will start by 1800hrs. Crews still queued at the start line.

Fri 17:27 - SS6: Start delayed
1723hrs has come and gone. We'll give you the new start time for Sebastien Ogier soon

Fri 17:11 - Return to the Riesling
We’re back into the Mosel vineyards for Stage 6 and the repeat of Moselland which kicks off at 1723hrs.

Fri 17:03 - WRC2 top 5 after SS5
1. Sousa (Ford Fiesta RRC): 50m13.5s, 2. Tidemand (Ford Fiesta R5): +7.9s, 3. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +16.3s, 4. Maurin (Fiesta R5): +18.9s, 5. Tanak (Ford Fiesta R5): +31.3s

Fri 16:44 - WRC top 5 after SS5
1. Ogier (VW): 46m:45.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): +5.5s, 3. Meeke (Citroen): +36.9s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +45.2s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +46.7s

Fri 16:42 - SS5: Sordo drops to fifth
It's a decent time (9m53.4s) but the Spaniard is left ruing a mid stage wobble that allowed Mikkelsen to move ahead. "I made a small mistake in the middle and lost confidence for a while - had understeer in some corners - but it's okay."

Fri 16:33 - SS5: Kubica clears
And enjoyed the race-track like closing section of Waxweiller. "The last part is very nice, more fluid, wider and you can do some [racing] lines."

Fri 16:31 - SS5: Prokop lost
The Czech driver is 24.3sec slower than Latvala, the slowest WRC driver so far, and at a loss to explain why. "Something is wrong but I have no idea what."

Fri 16:29 - SS5: Evans
Seventh quickest and sounding increasingly confident at the wheel of his Fiesta. "The feeling is getting better and better all the time and we're getting closer to where we want to be. The road conditions have changed a lot since our gravel crew went through - but that's the same for everybody."

Fri 16:23 - SS5: Ostberg vs Hirvonen
Mikko edges ahead in the battle for sixth. Both drivers trying to minimise time loss on the muddy section near the start. Ostberg now trails by 2.1sec.

Fri 16:19 - SS5: But Latvala is faster
The Finn goes quicker by 0.1s but was worried the dirty conditions would slow him. "I though that I didn't have a chance when there was mud on the road. But when we get to the cleaner sections I could treat it like a race track. I used the whole width of the road in the last 3 or 4kms - that's where we could catch up."

Fri 16:15 - SS5: Ogier in control
He completes in 9m41.3s sounding calm and relaxed. “I’m quite happy. I finally feel much better in the car and I have fun to drive - that’s when the times are usually coming. I hope it will continue like that.”

Fri 16:08 - Weather update
A light rain shower reported on SS5. It's stopped now. Enough to make a difference? We'll find out soon.

Fri 15:50 - Up next: SS5:
The repeat of Waxweiler, way up in the Eiffel hills, gets underway at 1600hrs

Fri 15:47 - WRC2 top 5 after SS4
1. Sousa (Ford Fiesta RRC): 39m50.7s, 2. Tidemand (Ford Fiesta R5): +7.4s, 3. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +10.9s, 4. Maurin (Fiesta R5): +19.9s, 5. Kremer (Skoda Fabia S2000): +21.7s

Fri 15:43 - SS4: Tight at the top in WRC2
Al-Attiyah is fastest on stage, Sousa keeps the lead overall, but by only 7.4sec from Tidemand. After four stages the top six in WRC2 are covered by just 22.9sec!

Fri 15:36 - SS4: More grief for Chardonnet
He lost the lead in WRC2 earlier. Now it sounds like his Citroen has problem with its throttle response.

Fri 15:25 - WRC top 5 after SS4
1. Ogier (VW): 37m:04.1s, 2. Latvala (VW): +5.7s, 3. Meeke (Citroen): +29.1s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +34.7s, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +37.2s

Fri 15:22 - SS4: Protasov
The WRC2 regular is sounding more settled in his World Rally Car. He struggled to adjust his pace notes to the speed of the car on the opening loop but reckons he's got them about right now.

Fri 15:19 - SS4: Slow start for Kubica
"Unfortunately we nearly stalled the engine on the start line. We had a new clutch fitted in service and I didn't test it before the stage." He sets a great time though, just 0.3sec slower than Hirvonen.

Fri 15:14 - SS4: Prokop back in his groove
He found his car undriveable this morning. Turns out that was because he destroyed his Fiesta's brakes on the opening stage. "We changed them in service and now I'm getting back. The car is okay."

Fri 15:11 - SS4: Neuville
Completes in a decent time of 7m24.8s. His earlier handbrake problem is no longer a problem. The team tell us it's more to do with the way the system works on the Hyundai - and how it frees the transmission - not a mechanical fault.

Fri 15:08 - SS4: Meeke
The Brit is closest to the lead Volkswagens so far - 1.3sec slower than Latvala. "A lot cleaner than earlier, lots of gravel but there's a line through it. Not far away from Jari-Matti but I couldn't match Seb's time in there - he pulled something extra out of the bag."

Fri 15:03 - SS4: Ostberg lacking?
He's 9.2sec slower than Ogier, but sounding unconcerned. "I'm not going fast enough, that's for sure, but no problems."

Fri 15:01 - SS4: Mikkelsen
Safely through, slower than Ogier by 5.8sec. "Better this afternoon. No problems. A clean run."

Fri 14:59 - SS4: Latvala loses ground
The Finn completes 3.8sec slower than his team-mate. "I took the cuts and the gravel places far too carefully," he says. "I had no split times either. So just too cautious, that's all."

Fri 14:57 - SS4: Ogier through
in a benchmark time of 7m17.0s. "Better than before. I'm much happier with the set-up. Perhaps I was too cautious in some places but okay."

Fri 14:54 - Weather worries?
It's still dry out there, but there are a lot of large grey clouds around. We could be in for a shower.

Fri 14:52 - Welcome back
Stage 4 is underway and Sebastien Ogier is tearing through

Fri 12:58 - Up next: SS4
The crews will repeat the morning loop this afternoon - starting with a second pass through Sauertal from 1447hrs. Our live text service will return then. Tschüss!

Fri 12:37 - Kubica update
Looks like the wobbly front wheel was nothing more serious than a buckled wheel. M-Sport engineers are preparing to change Kubica's clutch which was damaged when he tried to get the car out of the vines.

Fri 12:33 - Service in: Mikkelsen
"It's going surprisingly well. A good safe pace without risks and after a long time away from asphalt. Apart from the puncture I'm happy enough."

Fri 12:31 - Service in: Ostberg
"The [VW] guys in front are a long way ahead but for me that's not the aim. Instead I will continue on my own pace. I'm here to improve and to learn more about driving this car on tarmac."

Fri 12:30 - Service in: Ogier
"Quite a good start for us. I'm not completely happy with the car - it's not reacting exactly as I like - but the pace is good. We are quite a lot ahead of the other teams, but it's still a close fight with Jari-Matti."

Fri 12:26 - Up next: Service
Crews are en route to the Trier Messepark and the 30-minute midday service

Fri 12:25 - WRC2 top 5 after SS3
1. Sousa (Ford Fiesta RRC): 32m04.4s, 2. Tidemand (Ford Fiesta R5): +2.1s, 3. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +11.3s, 4. Tanak (Fiesta R5): +16.8s, 5. Maurin (Fiesta R5): +19.0s

Fri 12:20 - SS3: Chardonnet loses WRC 2 lead
Bernardo Sousa is the new category leader after Chardonnet's Citroen loses power steering. "It failed before the start, so I drove the whole thing with no assistance. It's impossible to drive like this." The incident costs Chardonnet 2m30s and drops him to 8th in class.

Fri 12:13 - WRC top 5 after SS3
1. Ogier (VW): 29m:47.1s, 2. Latvala (VW): +1.9s, 3. Meeke (Citroen): +24.0s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +28.6s, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +31.4s

Fri 12:03 - SS3: Sordo up to fourth
And far more content after a clean run through the vineyard roads where mud - and his starting position - were not such a handicap. He jumps from sixth to fourth, 4.6sec behind Meeke in the standings.

Fri 12:00 - SS3: Kubica completes
His Fiesta has a wobbly front wheel but he completes and should make the midday service. "We went off on tightening corner, my mistake, I lost the line. We had two wheels on the road and two wheels off, just not enough grip to get out ourselves." He loses 4m13sec to leader Latvala.

Fri 11:55 - SS3: Meeke up to third
The Briton is closest to the pace of Ogier and Latvala, and jumps from fifth to third overall, 24sec off the lead.

Fri 11:52 - SS3: Prokop bewildered
The Czech still can't get to grips with his Fiesta on the German stages. "The car is horrible, I don't like it and I can’t drive it at all. It's strange. Not good."

Fri 11:50 - SS3: Time loss for Kubica
He's still moving through the stage, but split times show he's dropped almost 4minutes in the opening 4.4km.

Fri 11:48 - SS3: Neuville
Had a few issues 'getting lost' in his pace notes but it's a decent time for the Belgian who is 11.8sec slower than stage leader Latvala.

Fri 11:46 - SS3: Kubica slips off
Reports from TV crews suggest he drove off the road 0.6km from the start line. Spectators pushed him back on and he is underway. There's talk of wheel damage. More soon...

Fri 11:44 - SS3: Mikko happy-ish
No problems to report for the Finn, but he has no answer to the pace of the Volkwagens ahead. 'It's like we're in a different championship' he says.

Fri 11:42 - SS3: Ostberg relief
He's crashed on this stage twice before so is delighted to complete it cleanly. No dramas for the Norwegian whose time is 14.2sec slower than Latvala's

Fri 11:39 - SS3: Mikkelsen lucky escape
The Norwegian clouted the left-hand wheel early in the stage. The rim was badly damaged but the tyre stayed inflated until 4km before the finish. He loses around 14 seconds.

Fri 11:37 - SS3: Latvala quickest
So far, anyway. He's 0.3sec faster than Ogier but sounds a little uncomfortable. "Yes, it's a good time, but it seems more slippery this year that last time. I don't know why but in some places it's very difficult to to judge exactly how much grip is there."

Fri 11:35 - SS3: Ogier completes
His time is 12m48.4s and Seb sounds super chilled. "A nice stage. At the moment it's a close battle between Jari-Matti and me but there's a long way to go..."

Fri 11:21 - To the grapes!
We’re off into the Mosel vineyards for Stage 3 and Moselland which kicks off at 1119hrs. Running in the opposite direction to 2013, it mixes picturesque scenery with one of the most specialised challenges of the season. The road twists and winds its way through 60 junctions in the 21.02kms. Good brakes - especially the handbrake - are essential.

Fri 11:02 - WRC2 top 5 after SS2
1. Chardonnet (Citroen DS3 R5): 18m17.8s, 2. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1.3s, 3. Sousa (Ford Fiesta RRC): +5.8s, 4. Tanak (Fiesta R5): +5.9s, 5. Tidemand (Fiesta R5): +7.8s

Fri 10:49 - SS2: WRC2
Sousa goes quickest but it's Chardonnet who still leads the category. "Too much caution," said Chardonet, who was slower that Sousa by 1.5sec. "We had an SMS before the stage to warn of the mud. We were very careful. The good thing is I know I can push harder and go faster than the others."

Fri 10:41 - WRC top 5 after SS2
1. Ogier (VW): 16m:58.8s, 2. Latvala (VW): +2.1s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +17.3s, 4. Ostberg (Citroen): +17.7s, 5. Meeke (Citroen): +18.7s

Fri 10:38 - SS2: Sordo furious
He's eighth-fastest and angry about being seeded behind privateers in the running order. "It's incredible, the corners are so muddy and slippery. I cannot start in these f***ing conditions! Here we are fighting to do something good but we cannot do it behind these cars."

Fri 10:33 - SS2: Melicharek & Protasov
Both clear. No problems but neither driver found the muddy conditions very comfortable.

Fri 10:28 - SS2: Kubica caution
"The further down the start order you are the worse the road conditions are. Where it was muddy its very easy to make a mistake. We were careful. All okay."

Fri 10:26 - SS2: Bouffier
"Okay I tried to do my best but the slippery conditions took me by surprise and I had to back off in some places."

Fri 10:25 - SS2: Prokop confused
"I just can't get into the right driving rhythm here. Whether it's the road, or the conditions I don't know. It's strange but I don't feel it like I need to."

Fri 10:22 - SS2: Neuville
Fourth quickest so far, and he's fixed his earlier handbrake problem. "It was probably caused by the roll yesterday, but I have found a way to make it work. We should be okay for the next stage."

Fri 10:19 - SS2: Meeke
"Did the leaders complain about their places in the road order here? Thought not! There's full mud for so much of this stage. That's where we lost the time. When it was clear we were matching their pace." He completes 9.8sec slower than Ogier.

Fri 10:17 - SS2: Hirvonen amazed
He's 10sec slower than both Ogier and Latvala and when he sees the times at the stop line he's almost speechless. "Look at those two! Bloody hell, it's unbelievable!"

Fri 10:15 - SS2: Ostberg
He's 13.7sec slower than Ogier - and it seems that road conditions are getting worse as every car pulls more mud onto the road when cutting corners. "Lots of mud on the stage. It was quite slippery. We struggled a bit.

Fri 10:12 - SS2: Mikkesen
Another clean run from the Norwegian, who also reports muddy conditions and, like Latvala, too much understeer. He's 11.6sec slower than Ogier.

Fri 10:11 - SS2: Latvala
The Finn completes 1.7sec slower than Ogier and with his Polo spattered with mud. "The road is getting quite dirty - especially near the beginning. That's where I lost the time to Seb. I'm not 100 per cent confident with car - some understeer."

Fri 10:09 - SS2: Ogier clears
And he's happy with his time of 9m39.9s. "Perhaps I tried a bit too hard in the first one. On this one I make less mistakes. A a few tricky cuts, where there was mud in the road, but a good stage."

Fri 09:56 - SS2 details
Up next, from 0956hrs, is Waxweiler - 16.4km long and brand new for this year. Based in the Eiffel hills north of Trier, the road is smooth and fast, and darts in and out of woodland. The stage is either climbing or desending with lots of hairpins on those climbs and desends.

Fri 09:52 - WRC2 top 5 after SS1
1. Chardonnet (Citroen DS3 R5): 7m46.7s, 2. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): 1.0s, 3. Kremer (Skoda Fabia S2000): 4.6s, 4. Tanak (Fiesta R5): 5.9s, 5. Tidemand (Fiesta R5): 7.1s

Fri 09:31 - SS1: Chardonnet
The Citroen DS3 R5 driver is the early pace setter in WRC2: "The stage was quite okay, but dirtier than I expected in the cuts. I tried hard and the car feels good."

Fri 09:29 - WRC top 5 after SS1
1. Ogier (VW): 7m:18.9s, 2. Latvala (VW): +0.4s, 3. Ostberg (Citroen): +4.0s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +5.3, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +5.7s

Fri 09:22 - SS1: Sordo flies!
Asphalt ace Sordo won this event in a Citroen last year. His return in a Hyundai starts well and his time of 5.3sec is good enough for fourth quickest. The Spaniard reckons the car feels perfect.

Fri 09:19 - SS1: Protasov debut
The WRC2 driver completes his first stage in a World Rally Car. "It's good for us, we are happy, but it will take time to adjust to the speed and braking." He's 27.2sec slower than Ogier.

Fri 09:16 - SS1: Slippy for Melicharek
The Slovakian driver not a fan of the cool weather which, he says, is reducing grip and making things a bit too lively in the Fiesta RS.

Fri 09:13 - SS1: Kubica clear
Went wide on one corner, but no serious problems to report. Sets the eighth-quickest time so far.

Fri 09:12 - SS1: Bouffier
A steady start for the Frenchman who is making his WRC debut for a manufacturer team here with Hyundai. "First stage completed and I didn't crash it - we have to be happy with this!" He's 10.4sec off Ogier's time.

Fri 09:10 - SS1: Prokop unsettled
"Something is wrong. I have a bad feeling with the brakes - the balance between the front and rear is not right." His time is 10.6sec slower than Ogier's.

Fri 09:07 - SS1: Evans critical
6.4sec from Ogier's time seems like a decent start for the Welshman - but he wants more. "It was alright, but I didnlt feel I had a very clear run. A bit scrappy in places. Could be better."

Fri 09:05 - SS1: Neuville clear
He thanks his mechanics for working through the night to repair his car but reports an intermittent handbrake problem.

Fri 09:04 - SS1: Meeke spins
His car is sporting some rear panel damage and a squeezed exhaust tail pipe. "It happened near the midpoint on a tight right-hander. There was some gravel on the road side, we got the back wheel on it and spun 360 degrees. Not the start I wanted but the car feels fine."

Fri 09:01 - SS1: Hirvonen
The Finn reporting an overshoot onto grass at a junction. Caused by an extra slippery braking area, according to the Finn.

Fri 08:59 - SS1: Ostberg
4 sec off Ogier's time, but he's sounding positive: "It's the first time I've enjoyed a tarmac stage. The car is fantastic. I'm not using the potential but I'm enjoying it."

Fri 08:57 - SS1: Mikkelsen
No worries for the Norwegian. A cautious start. He completes 5.7sec slower than Ogier.

Fri 08:56 - SS1: Near miss for Latvala
He was quicker than Ogier on the opening splits, but ended up slower. "I did a little mistake, I marked a bank inside a corner but I cut it too much and put the car onto two wheels." His time is 0.4sec slower than Ogier's benchmark of 7m18.9s

Fri 08:53 - SS1: Ragged start for Ogier
"It's not the best start from me - a few mistakes. I was expecting better grip. Not a big time loss but, for sure, not perfect. We'll try to make it better."

Fri 08:47 - SS1: Ogier in stage
Our defending world champion is underway!

Fri 08:47 - Neuville goes global
Okay, it's probably not the way he wanted to do this, but the footage of Thierry's i20 rolling though the vines has made the TV news from the UK to New Zealand

Fri 08:43 - And a bit tired too
The Hyundai mechanics worked a 19 hour overnight shift to get Neuville's car ready

Fri 08:35 - Busy night for Hyundai
But Thierry Neuville’s i20 WRC left service looking as good as new after its multiple roll at shakedown yesterday. Clever chaps those mechanics.

Fri 08:34 - Start order
For Friday is based on championship standings, which puts leader Ogier first on the road. Here’s the full World Rally Car start order: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Ostberg, 5. Hirvonen, 6. Meeke, 7. Neuville, 8. Evans, 9. Prokop, 10. Bouffier, 11. Kubica, 12. Melicharek, 13. Protasov, 14. Sordo, 15. Kuipers 16. Moffett

Fri 08:34 - SS1 details
Sauertal is 14.14km long and familiar to many drivers as it was run in more or less the same form last year - just a 40m section near the finish is different. The road starts narrow and bumpy but fast. Sauertal runs close to the Mosel River, but this is not a vineyard test - instead it mostly runs through open, fast roads between fields and passes through a couple of villages.

Fri 08:33 - Weather
TV crews on SS1 and SS2 report the same: grey sky, sun peeping from clouds and no sign of rain. The asphalt road surface is dry, but the grass verges are wet with dew

Fri 08:33 - Cars have left service
and are en route to the start of SS1 Sauertal, which kicks off at 0843hrs local time - a few minutes later than planned after a late itinerary tweak by organisers

Fri 08:32 - Today we have
a mix of narrow, bumpy roads in open countryside (Sauertal), a new hilly challenge through the Eiffel Mountains (Waxweiler) and tight and twisty vineyard roads; made slippery by grape mulch (Moselland)

Fri 08:32 - Coming up
Friday’s opening leg takes crews north of host city Trier for two passes of a loop of three stages

Fri 08:31 - Hello from Trier
and welcome to our live text coverage of ADAC Rallye Deutschland - round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship and the first all-asphalt rally of the season

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