Sat 19:41 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for our end of leg reports and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stage footage, highlights shows and onboards. Bye for now!
Sat 19:40 - We will return
On Sunday from 0828hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the 6.83km Lempää.
Sat 19:38 - Join us on Sunday
For the fourth and final leg. Coming up: four stages, 33.96 kilometres, the Power Stage and - perhaps - the first British driver to win Rally Finland.
Sat 19:36 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.
Sat 19:27 - Finland WRC2 after SS20
1.Lappi 2h26m24.4s, 2.Suninen +46.9s, 3.Tidemand +58.0s, 4.Evans +2m08.4s, 5.Kruuda +3m30.2s
Sat 19:25 - SS20: WRC2 Aasen
Reports a broken drive shaft earlier this afternoon. He's driven with rear-wheel drive only since.
Sat 19:22 - SS20: WRC2 Evans
"A pretty good day but we had a lot of dust in Ouninpohja, Karl [Kruuda] made his little mistake, then there were a few issues, throttle pedal sticking and what have you. But I think we've shown some good pace, we need to keep it up tomorrow."
Sat 19:18 - SS20: WRC2 Tidemand
Can he catch Suninen on Sunday? "I will try - flat out from the beginning."
Sat 19:17 - SS20: WRC2 Suninen
He ends the day second in class, 11sec ahead of Tidemand. "Hopefully that will be enough of a gap. We will have to go flat out. We have no room for error."
Sat 19:15 - SS20: WRC2 Lappi
The runaway WRC2 leader through cleanly. "No dramas. Everything is going according to the plan. A good day, all under control. We pushed in Ouninpohja and it paid off."
Sat 19:13 - Finland after SS20
1. Meeke 2h22m00.8s, 2.Latvala +41.0s, 3.Breen +1m43.0s, 4.Tänak +1m54.5s, 5.Neuville +2m00.9
Sat 19:12 - SS20: Ligato
"My pace is getting better and better. We have gone from 3sec/km adrift to about 1sec/km here."
Sat 19:10 - SS20: Al Qassimi
The Abu Dhabi team patron reflects on his team's provisional double-podium. "Fantastic. I absolutely believe in Kris and Craig. They are at the level and for sure they are the future for the sport."
Sat 19:05 - SS20: Gorban
"No big problems for us so a good day. Just one more to go."
Sat 19:05 - SS20: Abbring
His car less than 100 per cent, but Abbring brings it safely through in 11th place. "Not as close to the leaders as yesterday - we just couldn't find the rhythm today - but we are looking forward to tomorrow's stages. The more stages the better."
Sat 19:02 - SS20: Breen
Two tenths FASTER than Tanak and his podium advantage stands at 11.5sec. "It's there for the taking. It's been unreal - I'm not letting go of this. I don't want to sound big-headed but I'm not doing anything special, I'm just enjoying myself. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be heading for a podium here."
Sat 18:58 - SS20: Meeke
He rounds off the day with a 41sec lead. "Pas mal," he says. "Today has been exceptional. Yesterday was one of my best days in rally car and today has surpassed it. I don't know where we go from here. We have a job to do tomorrow. With 41 seconds I can play it really safe and try and bring it home."
Sat 18:55 - SS20: Ogier
Quickest so far here but way down the standings after his earlier ditch trip. "The plan tomorrow is three points in the Power Stage. That's the only target we have left in the rally."
Sat 18:51 - SS20: Tanak
Another great run from Ott puts him within striking distance of Breen's podium spot tomorrow. "For sure we will give it our best shot. Without the problems it would have been an easier job, but here we are..."
Sat 18:49 - SS20: Neuville
A strong time to round the day off with and he will start tomorrow in fifth. "We are doing the maximum. We have a nice fight today - huge fun."
Sat 18:45 - SS20: Ostberg
1.1sec quicker than Paddon and he trails the Kiwi's sixth place by 2.4sec overnight. "A positive day. We have driven well - my best ever in Finland I think."
Sat 18:42 - SS20: Latvala
Second place tonight for Jari-Matti. "Kris Meeke has been doing an amazing job. Of course I tried, but I have not been able to match his speed. It surprised me, it looks like Citroen have made some improvements too."
Sat 18:39 - SS20: Paddon
He matches Mikkelsen's pace on this stage. "A frustrating day. Well, not so bad, but not what we wanted. We need to sit down with the team and do our homework, see where we are losing out."
Sat 18:36 - SS20: Mikkelsen
"The stage was largely dry. A difficult day for us. We will try our best from here on but there's not much chance to catch up."
Sat 18:35 - SS20: Weather
Some ultra localised rain showers in the area. Stage end is dry but damp patches early on.
Sat 18:33 - Finland WRC2 after SS19
1.Lappi 2h24m19.2s, 2.Suninen +46.8s, 3.Tidemand +1m00.2s, 4.Evans +2m09.4s, 5.Kruuda +3m29.1s
Sat 18:31 - Next stage: 1832hrs
Saturday's final stage is a repeat of the 4.23km Saalahti.
Sat 18:14 - SS19: WRC2 Evans
"We had a surreal start to the stage - rain falling and a dusty road!"
Sat 18:05 - SS19: Suninen/Tidemand
Suninen is quickest so far and adds another four seconds to the gap to Tidemand behind. Suninen's advantage now 13.4sec.
Sat 18:01 - SS19: WRC2 Lappi
The class leader through cleanly and sounding cool as a cucumber. "It's going very well, all according to the plan. I'm very satisfied."
Sat 18:00 - Finland after SS19
1. Meeke 2h19m59.3s, 2.Latvala +41.2s, 3.Breen +1m43.5s, 4.Tänak +1m54.8s, 5.Neuville +2m02.0
Sat 17:52 - SS19: Abbring
Slowest of the WRC runners to complete, his car carrying a mechanical problem. "Okay, we drove as fast as we could. It's a pity. We're losing a bit of power in a straight line."
Sat 17:48 - SS19: Breen
Fifth-fastest here. He gives 2.8sec to Tanak but holds third place overall. Breen's advantage now 11.3sec. "A big moment in the last left-hander!"
Sat 17:44 - SS19: Meeke
Through cleanly and his rally lead stands at 41.2sec. "Really happy with the afternoon so far."
Sat 17:40 - SS19: Ogier
Quicker than Tanak by two-tenths. "It was a lot of fun. Nothing to fight for anymore but here I had a good rhythm."
Sat 17:38 - SS19: Tanak
Quickest so far and eyeing Breen's third place. "I went absolutely maximum. Let's see what happens. I have a good feeling now."
Sat 17:36 - SS19: Neuville
His fifth place under serious pressure from Paddon. The Kiwi takes another seven-tenths here and is now just one-tenth behind. "I got out of the line twice so I lost 1.5sec here I would say," explains Thierry. "Otherwise a good stage. I took some jumps flat that I didn't earlier and the car moved about a lot on landing."
Sat 17:33 - SS19: Ostberg
Three-tenths slower than Paddon here and Mads trails his sixth place by a slender 3.5sec. "I'm really trying to do something about the gap!"
Sat 17:29 - SS19: Latvala
3.4sec up on Paddon. "I really had good fun here. The tyres are a bit worn now and moving about but it was okay."
Sat 17:27 - SS19: Paddon
5.4sec quicker than Mikkelsen and still baffled why other drivers are going faster. "We're not really sure what's going on. I made one small mistake here and lost maybe a second. Other than that I can't see where we can improve."
Sat 17:23 - SS19: Mikkelsen
He's though and gives a frustrated laugh. "I am really flat out. I can't do much more. It's frustrating because I feel I'm driving well but the times are rubbish."
Sat 16:53 - Next stage: 1714hrs
That's Mikkelsen's start time for the repeated Pihlajakoski (SS19). We'll resume our live texting then.
Sat 16:52 - Finland WRC2 after SS18
1.Lappi 2h17m37.2s, 2.Suninen +47.0s, 3.Tidemand +56.4s, 4.Evans +2m08.6s, 5.Kruuda +3m22.9s
Sat 16:45 - SS18: WRC2 Tidemand
He completes with branches sticking from his car and a dented door. "Too late braking for a junction we went off into a field but it was okay - really fun. We are trying!" Despite this, he completes just 1.1sec slower than his team-mate Lappi.
Sat 16:43 - SS18: WRC2 Suninen
2.5sec quicker than Lappi. "Flat out!"
Sat 16:43 - SS18: WRC2 Lappi
"Just try to keep my rhythm - especially in the last few kilometres where the grip changes. All went well and no problems so far. I will continue like this."
Sat 16:37 - Finland after SS18
1. Meeke 2h13m29.3s, 2.Latvala +42.3s, 3.Breen +1m42.5s, 4.Tänak +1m56.6s, 5.Neuville +1m59.0
Sat 16:32 - SS18: Abbring
His car has a hydraulic problem. "We have no paddle-shift any more and it's misfiring if I use the mechanical lever. There's no speed any more but we can carry on like this."
Sat 16:29 - SS18: Breen
11sec off the pace here and Tanak is just 14.1sec behind him in the overall standings. Breen feeling the absence of a high-speed run earlier to check his notes. "I didn't drive this one at proper speed the first time because of the yellow flag. We got caught out here. I tried to commit, but what can you do?"
Sat 16:24 - SS18: Meeke
Fastest so far, one-tenth quicker than Latvala. "I'm in a good rhythm, a good head space, I'm enjoying."
Sat 16:23 - SS18: Ogier
2.6sec off the pace in here and he reports on the impact of an earlier rain shower. "The road is generally dry - only the last few kilometres are a bit damp."
Sat 16:19 - SS18: Tanak
Second quickest so far and Tanak springs up from seventh to fourth place. "Now we have also the wrong tyre choice. Conditions are drier than I expected. I keep pushing."
Sat 16:17 - SS18: Neuville
One-tenth quicker than his team-mate Paddon and Neuville maintains an eight-tenth advantage in the overall standings. "I went pretty hard in here. There's not much left. My setting are okay."
Sat 16:13 - SS18: Ostberg
8.2sec adrift of Latvala's stage time. "A good stage. I pushed a lot. Not perfect in every corner - especially as it is a bit slippery."
Sat 16:11 - SS18: Latvala
Fastest by 7.9sec. "I gave this a really good push. I had a good feeling, but in one place I thought I could go faster and we landed right on the side of a ditch - we had found the limit."
Sat 16:08 - SS18: Paddon
Six seconds quicker than Mikkelsen but frustrated not to be closer to the pace of the podium drivers. "I don't know where the speed is at the moment. I can't explain the time loss that's happening."
Sat 16:04 - SS18: Mikkelsen
"I tried. I drive at the maximum. Not much more I can do. If I go faster then I crash."
Sat 15:53 - Finland WRC2 after SS17
1.Lappi 2h06m41.1s, 2.Suninen +49.5s, 3.Tidemand +55.3s, 4.Evans +2m09.4s, 5.Solberg +3m08.8s. Kruuda off
Sat 15:51 - SS17: WRC2 Kruuda
The Estonian loses almost two minutes to the class leaders. He spun early in the stage and got stuck in a ditch. He was fourth in WRC2 and slips to sixth.
Sat 15:43 - Next stage: 1551hrs
Crews making their way to the start of Päijälä and SS18
Sat 15:39 - Finland after SS17
1. Meeke 2h02m52.8s, 2.Latvala +42.2s, 3.Breen +1m31.5s, 4.Neuville +1m51.1s, 5.Paddon +1m51.8
Sat 15:33 - SS17: Abbring
"Really enjoyable. A fantastic enjoyable stage."
Sat 15:29 - SS17: Breen
Fifth-fatest. "A little bit too cautious in places but it's great to be up here around the fight for the podium."
Sat 15:28 - SS17: Meeke
He's quickest again, 5.8sec up on Latvala, the only man under 15 minutes and his rally lead is up to 42.2sec. "This morning I didn't think I could go faster - but this time I knew where I was going! I'm delighted. I couldn't have done any more."
Sat 15:24 - SS17: Ogier
Six-tenths slower than Latvala. "I enjoyed it - a lot of fun."
Sat 15:22 - SS17: Tanak
Second fastest here and he moves ahead of Mikkelsen into seventh position. There are less than three seconds between him and third place. "I'm not getting too excited - I've already given these guys more than a minute. I'm not sure about my tyre choice - a mix of hard and soft tyres. We will see how the loop goes."
Sat 15:19 - SS17: Neuville:
9.9sec off the pace but sounding more positive than this morning. "I drove very well. I'm happy with my stage, only a couple of corners where I could have gone faster. I like the car now - there's more grip on these roads." He holds fourth place but has a tight group of four drivers less than 10sec behind.
Sat 15:15 - SS17: Ostberg
Second fastest, 5.7sec slower than Latvala, and he's narrowed the gap on Paddon in the overall standings to 2.9sec. "Very good rhythm. I'm pushing hard now. I was pushing hard this morning too.
Sat 15:13 - SS17: Latvala
Nine seconds quicker than Mikkelsen. "Nice. I was enjoying it but I felt a bit nervous at the start. When I got to the big road I really started to relax into it. It brought back memories, like when Juha Kankkunen drove a Ford Escort here in 2008."
Sat 15:08 - SS17: Paddon
Seven-tenths slower than Mikkelsen after a set-up change in service. "We've gone stiffer for the afternoon. We're really struggling for grip in places."
Sat 15:05 - SS17: Mikkelsen
He's through and 22sec faster than he was on the earlier pass. "A lot of loose at the beginning, but it got better on the wide road. A very good stage, I'm happy with my drive, I couldn't do any more."
Sat 14:54 - Tyre info
Update on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) chosen for the afternoon loop. All Michelin drivers have taken five soft compound tyres - exactly the same as this morning.
Sat 14:53 - Weather update
Still dry and bright here in Jyvaskyla but there are threatening-looking clouds building overhead.
Sat 14:49 - SS17: LIVE
Mikkelsen started at 1448hrs. Three minute-gaps for this stage
Sat 12:54 - Next stage: 1448hrs
That's Mikkelsen's scheduled start time for the repeat of Ouninpohja. We're got the whole four stage loop to run again this afternoon. We'll take a text break until then.
Sat 12:52 - Up next: Service
Rally results sorted, crews are arriving in Jyvaskyla for today's 30-minute midpoint service.
Sat 12:50 - Finland WRC2 after SS16
1.Lappi 1h51m11.1s, 2.Suninen +42.6s, 3.Tidemand +48.7s, 4.Kruuda +1m23.2s, 5.Evans +2m04.7s
Sat 12:48 - SS16: WRC2 update
Lappi comfortably ahead by 42.6sec followed by Suninen and Tidemand who are split by just 6.1sec. Kruuda is fourth with Evans back up to fifth ahead of Solberg.
Sat 12:41 - Finland after SS16
1. Meeke 1h47m56.3s, 2.Latvala +36.4s, 3.Breen +1m22.7s, 4.Neuville +1m35.4s, 5.Paddon +1m36.3
Sat 12:41 - Finland after SS15
1. Meeke 1h45m52.5s, 2.Latvala +37.1s, 3.Breen +1m22.7s, 4.Paddon +1m35.9s, 5.Neuville +1m36.2
Sat 12:40 - Finland after SS14
1. Meeke 1h39m16.9s, 2.Latvala +34.7s, 3.Breen +1m18.8s, 4.Paddon +1m29.0s, 5.Tänak +1m29.5. Breen up to 3rd
Sat 12:33 - Breen's time corrected
Stewards award a time of 10m53.4s for SS14. That puts him THIRD overall. We'll bring you some updated stage-by-stage top fives shortly...
Sat 12:24 - SS16: Breen
Exactly the same stage time as his team-mate Meeke. "Really happy with the morning. We just have to wait now and see what time the organisers give us [for SS14].
Sat 12:21 - SS16: Meeke
One second off the pace and his lead stands at 36.4sec. "A new stage and a few tricky corners. Now we have the manage our position, and that's perhaps the most difficult part of the job, We've done it before, though."
Sat 12:19 - Bertelli update
Lorenzo's co-driver Simone Scattolin was knocked unconscious for almost a minute in the crash. Scans in hospital are all clear. Bertelli expects Scattolin will be released from hospital in a few hours.
Sat 12:17 - SS16: Ogier
Joint fastest so far with Ostberg. "A very short stage, not a lot of difference between the times here."
Sat 12:14 - SS16: Tanak
Six-tenths slower than Ostberg here but sounding utterly deflated after his earlier puncture. "Nothing to say. No feeling anymore."
Sat 12:11 - SS16: Neuville
Two-tenths slower than Ostberg. "I did the maximum I could with the car I have now. I can't do more. We cannot improve this in service. It's been like this since shakedown."
Sat 12:08 - SS16: Ostberg
Three-tenths up on Latvala. "Not bad. A good stage, I'm happy with that. In these short stages you just pick your grip level before the start and go for it."
Sat 12:05 - SS16: Latvala
1.1sec up on Paddon. "A nice little stage. A few challenging places."
Sat 12:02 - SS16: Paddon
"It was okay. There's not so much loose gravel here - it's almost like tarmac in places. I'm really looking forward to the battle this afternoon. About five of us in the fight I think."
Sat 11:59 - SS16: Mikkelsen
"A bit better when it comes to the cleaning here."
Sat 11:41 - Stage info: SS16
Saalahti, 4.23km. Short but sweet. It was 1991 when this stage was last used in virtually the same format. Two left junctions near the start could cause problems and there are plenty of bends near the finish. On such a short stage it is impossible to gain much time, but easy to lose seconds at the junctions.
Sat 11:40 - Next stage: 1155hrs
That's Mikkelsen's start time for SS16 Saalahti
Sat 11:39 - SS15: WRC2 update
Evans the WRC2 pace-setter here. Lappi second fastest (+2.0s) with Kruuda third (+4.1s)
Sat 11:28 - SS15: Ligato
"Trying to build the confidence again after our problems yesterday."
Sat 11:27 - SS15: Gorban
His MINI back to full strength today thanks to a fresh gearbox, diff, propshaft and four driveshafts in service last night.
Sat 11:21 - SS15: Abbring
24.8sec off the pace. A frustrating morning for the Dutchman who has been delayed twice by the incidents on the previous stages. "We couldn't check the notes properly. It makes it harder for us to get into the rhythm."
Sat 11:11 - SS15: Breen
Fourth quickest on stage, 3.9sec slower than Meeke. "I know I've said this before but it all seems very natural. Okay, too cautious in a few places, but we're in the ballpark and we have to be happy with that." Breen's overall position remains unclear until his rogue time on SS14 is corrected.
Sat 11:07 - SS15: Meeke
No let up in the Northern Irishman's pace. He's quickest again and extends his rally lead over Latvala to 37.1sec. "The rhythm is really nice. I love this stage and the car is working super well. Everything seems to be working well. I won't forget this morning for a long time. We still have a job to do."
Sat 11:04 - SS15: Ogier
Fastest so far by 1.9sec from Latvala. "We managed to bleed the brakes before the start. This was my first clean stage of the day."
Sat 11:02 - SS15: Tanak
On the cusp of taking third here - instead he loses 16.4sec with a rear-left puncture. "It just happened - like getting a puncture on a tarmac road section."
Sat 10:59 - SS15: Neuville
"An okay stage but I'm missing something and I don't know what. We don't have enough lateral grip in the corners. We're sliding too much."
Sat 10:55 - SS15: Ostberg
6.3sec slower than Latvala. "Not far from the podium places now but it was not so good in here and that's a surprise. I felt I was brave - but it's not enough."
Sat 10:53 - SS15: Latvala
Quickest so far, 4.5sec up on Paddon. "Third on the road and it's still slippy in places. I'm trying to maintain the speed and not think about the cleaning effect too much. If you do, it can affect your driving."
Sat 10:50 - SS15: Paddon
2.9sec quicker than Mikkelsen. "It's really damage limitation for the morning loop and this was the worst of the lot for loose gravel. I can't put my car in Andreas' lines because my car runs a lot wider in the corners. If I wanted to follow his lines I'd be driving like my grandma."
Sat 10:46 - SS15: Start intervals
We're up to three-minute gaps here.
Sat 10:45 - SS15: Mikkelsen
"So slippery but we tried to do our best. It's not easy. We have to push hard to stay in touch. Good enough."
Sat 10:25 - Stage info: SS15
Pihlajakoski, 14.51km. After the challenges posed by Ouninpohja and Päijälä, drivers will be happy with this less challenging test. It’s still fast though, the opening 9.6km on wide roads with plenty of small crests. It narrows after that, but it is still wider than last year as a result of drivers making cuts.
Sat 10:24 - Next stage: 1037hrs
That's the SS15 start time for Andreas Mikkelsen who is now first on the road. Ogier is now running seventh in the start order, just ahead of Meeke.
Sat 10:19 - Bertelli update
Message from Lorenzo via Twitter: "We crashed into a ditch and now we're going to the hospital for some medical checks to Simone."
Sat 10:15 - SS14: WRC2 update
Suninen the quickest of the four WRC2 drivers through so far. Lappi second (+4.8s) with Kruuda third (+5sec) and Tidemand fourth (+7sec)
Sat 09:56 - SS14: Stage live
Underway again now Camilli's crash has been dealt with. Abbring was first of the re-starters at 0948hrs.
Sat 09:53 - SS14: Camilli update
Confirmation from M-Sport that both Eric and co-driver Benjamin Veillas are 'shaken but okay' after their crash.
Sat 09:48 - SS14: Breen
"It looks like Eric has had quite a big accident near the start. They're both out of the car walking about." According to the timing system, Breen completes with the loss of 2m16.1s. He will be awarded a different notional time soon.
Sat 09:46 - SS14: Meeke
The rally leader is last to tackle the stage at competitive speed. He completes four-tenths slower than stage winner Tanak. "After the result in Ouninpohja we didn't have to do anything crazy in here," says Meeke. "It's a very, very fast stage and slippery too. It was perfect, and we got a couple of seconds on Jari-Matti too."
Sat 09:41 - SS14: Ogier
Slotting seventh on the road, he completes 14.4sec off the pace. "A brake problem and we couldn't really fix it," he explains. "It's definitely not my weekend. I had a very long pedal in this stage. I hope to fix it properly before the next stage."
Sat 09:36 - SS14: Stage stopped
Following Camilli's crash
Sat 09:36 - SS14: Neuville
"A good stage but the car lacks stability. I'm on the maximum."
Sat 09:34 - SS14: Ostberg
Third quickest. 8.2sec off Latvala's pace.
Sat 09:33 - SS14: Camilli
WRC+ live tracking shows his car stopped at the 2.1km point.
Sat 09:31 - SS14: Latvala
6.1sec quicker than Paddon. "It was alright. A fairly good run. A couple of places I backed off too much. There is no point to take big risks. The cleaning effect is so much and Kris is in such a great position."
Sat 09:30 - SS14: Paddon
19.2sec up on Mikkelsen. "Pretty slippery. Especially when we struggle to follow the Volkswagen's lines. It feels like being first on the road. We have to be patient but in my driving I feel much more comfortable."
Sat 09:28 - SS14: Mikkelsen
First to complete in 11m10.8s. "It was tricky. We went off after seven or eight hundred metres. The car feels okay but we lost all rhythm." The car looks okay.
Sat 09:24 - Ogier update
WRC TV crew reports that Ogier stopped to change a broken brake pipe then struggled to bleed the system properly.
Sat 09:17 - SS14: Ogier
Will start the stage late. He's working on his car's brakes on the road section. A consequence of that is that Mikkelsen is now first on the road. He started at 0914hrs.
Sat 09:10 - Stage info: SS14
Päijälä, 23.50km. Mikko Hirvonen refers to this stage as ‘the little brother of Ouninpohja’. It’s an awesome test with crests, jumps and technical sections on wide and blisteringly fast roads. The final 4km are slightly slower, but the rest of the stage is full rollercoaster. Finland at its best.
Sat 09:09 - Next stage: SS14
Ogier is due to start Päijälä at 0912hrs.
Sat 09:03 - Finland after SS13
Meeke 1h28m28.5s, 2.Latvala +31.5s, 3.Mikkelsen +1m12.4s, 4.Breen +1m13.8s, 5.Neuville +1m17.4s
Sat 08:58 - SS13: Bertelli update
His car left the road and crashed into a ditch. Bertelli is okay. Co-driver Simone Scattolin is receiving medical checks at the scene.
Sat 08:54 - SS13: Update
Stage yellow flagged. Drivers will tackle it as a non-competitive road section.
Sat 08:47 - SS13: Stage stopped
Following Bertelli's crash. Ligato is held on the start line.
Sat 08:46 - SS13: Breen
Fourth fastest puts him fourth in the overall standings - just 1.4sec behind Mikkelsen in third.
Sat 08:43 - SS13: Camilli
"Incredible. A little bit scary."
Sat 08:42 - SS13: Meeke
A massive 13sec quicker than Latvala! "It was good," Meeke grins. "It wasn't steady. It just clicked. I got my line right, the Citroen is working well but, honestly, I don't know where I can improve on this in the second pass. I was always wary of this stage so I got up an hour early today to watch the video."
Sat 08:39 - SS13: Tanak
Cleanly through, 2.1sec off Latvala's pace.
Sat 08:38 - SS13: Neuville
19.7sec off Latvala's pace. "No feeling. I struggled like hell. Not able to push. No confidence."
Sat 08:37 - SS13: Bertelli
WRC+ live tracking show his car stopped at the 9.4km point.
Sat 08:34 - SS13: Ostberg
7.8sec slower than Latvala - that's second quickest so far. "It's always a scary start to the day but a fantastic stage. I'm really happy to be able to drive a stage like this."
Sat 08:33 - SS13: Latvala
Quickest so far, 8.1sec up on Paddon. "A fantastic stage but still a couple of surprises. A couple of places I found massive rocks on the line."
Sat 08:31 - SS13: Paddon
5.5sec quicker than Mikkelsen. "The balance of the car is better this morning. I could have driven the stage better but in the loose gravel you can't go that fast. I'm sure on the repeat run when we've corrected our notes it will be a hairy ride."
Sat 08:28 - SS13: Mikkelsen
2.9sec quicker than Ogier. "I did a good stage but there is still so much cleaning - the guys behind should be faster."
Sat 08:27 - SS13: Ogier
He's through in 15m36.2sec. "I took it really easy. Like a recce. We are able to provide a cleaner line for [my team-mate] Andreas Mikkelsen behind."
Sat 08:14 - Stage info: SS13
Ouninpohja, 33.00km. The legendary Ouninpohja is regarded as the sport’s biggest test of bravery and commitment. This year brings the additional challenge of being driven in the opposite direction for the first time since 1994. It’s a rollercoaster from start to finish, with more than 75 jumps, and hardly a straight worthy of the name as it flows from corner to corner at crazy speeds. It is narrow up to the famous Kakaristo hairpin after which wider roads prompt eye-watering pace.
Sat 08:14 - Up next: SS13
Ouninpohja is up and running with a one-minute delay. Ogier started at 0809hrs.
Sat 08:11 - WRC Live
Our live radio coverage is up and running and today stage end reporter Colin Clark is joined by co-drivers Trevor Agnew and Stuart Loudon. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.
Sat 08:11 - Tyre info
Update on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) chosen for the morning loop. All Michelin drivers have taken five soft compound tyres - exactly the same as yesterday.
Sat 08:10 - Time zones
Remember, all times quoted here are local. Finland is currently rolling in Eastern European Summer Time. In other words, UTC/GMT +3 hours.
Sat 08:10 - Start intervals
World Rally Cars will go at two-minute intervals. Everyone else at one-minute intervals.
Sat 08:10 - AWOL
Yazeed Aj Rajhi the only World Rally Car driving non-starter. His Fiesta unable to be fixed after Friday's roll.
Sat 08:09 - Saturday's start order
Championship order again today, so Sébastien Ogier is first on the road. Here's how the WRC drivers will line-up. 1. Ogier, 2. Mikkelsen, 3. Paddon, 4. Latvala, 5. Østberg, 6. Neuville, 7. Tänak, 8. Meeke, 9. Camilli, 10. Breen.
Sat 08:09 - Weather
Another warm and dry start in Jyväskylä. The current temperature of 15˚C is expected to hit a steamy 24˚C later. There is a little light cloud around and this is expected to thicken later today. Some forecasts are predicting rain this afternoon.
Sat 08:09 - Saturday's itinerary
Runs south-west of host town Jyväskylä towards Jämsä for a mix of new and traditional roads. Ouninpohja, Finland's signature stage, is up first along with the new Päijälä and Saalahti tests in a loop of four stages that is repeated in the afternoon after a midpoint service.
Sat 08:08 - Coming up today
The third and penultimate day of high speed competition in the Finnish forests
Sat 08:08 - Good morning
And welcome back to our live text coverage from Neste Rally Finland, round eight of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Fri 21:36 - Until then
Keep an eye on the wrc.com news section for our end of leg reports and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stage footage, highlights shows and onboards. Bye for now!
Fri 21:35 - We will return
On Saturday from 0808hrs (local) when the rally resumes with its biggest hitter - the 33km roller-coaster Ouninpohja.
Fri 21:35 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.
Fri 21:35 - Finland WRC2 after SS12
1.Lappi 1h15m24.0s, 2.Suninen +42.5s, 3.Tidemand +43.8s, 4.Kruuda +1m19.6s, 5.Solberg +2m05.1s
Fri 21:30 - Finland after SS12
Meeke 1h13m22.2s, 2.Latvala +18.1s, 3.Neuville +44.3s, 4.Mikkelsen +45.4s, 5.Breen +53.8s
Fri 21:26 - SS12: Meeke
Cleanly through and his overnight rally lead over Latvala stands at 18.1sec. "A really good day. Okay, Ott and Jari-Matti had their problems, but we managed the gap well in the afternoon. You're never comfortable in Finland with Jari-Matti behind you. Tomorrow will be a huge challenge. We'll just keep trying."
Fri 21:22 - SS12: Latvala
1.2sec slower than Mikkelsen here and it's second overnight for last year's winner. "It's been quite okay but the puncture earlier cost us some time. That was a bit disappointing. Still, there's a long way to go. Let's see what happens."
Fri 21:20 - SS12: Mikkelsen
A new fastest time, nine-tenths up on Neuville. "That's good news. A good ending to the day. I'm looking forward to tomorrow." It's fourth position overnight for Mikkelsen, just 1.1sec off third.
Fri 21:17 - SS12: Neuville
Another new fastest time - four-tenths quicker than Tanak - and Neuville lies third overnight. "I pushed quite hard here - maybe too hard. We struggled with the settings this morning, we just couldn't get the grip we wanted. It got better in the afternoon. We'll need to try something new to be on the pace tomorrow morning."
Fri 21:15 - SS12: Tanak
Quickest stage time so far for Ott who holds eighth overnight. "In some days a good day but in others disappointing. We have the speed though - and that's motivating. I'm looking forward to getting back tomorrow."
Fri 21:12 - SS12: Breen
Back to the World Rally Car drivers now. Breen sitting an impressive fifth overnight in the Citroen's DS 3. "An incredible day. I would say our best one in a World Rally Car and one of the best of my career. An incredible feeling. I've loved every second."
Fri 21:09 - SS12: WRC2 Lappi
A perfect day for the Finn who takes a 42.5sec WRC2 lead into Saturday's competition. "So much support from the crowd here. This is the only place in the world like this. It has been an amazing atmosphere all day."
Fri 21:07 - SS12: WRC2 Evans
With broken power steering the Welshman gives away another 11.4sec to his WRC2 rivals here. "Pretty frustrating. Second wasn't where we wanted to be, but it was better that this. These things happen."
Fri 21:05 - SS12: WRC2 Tidemand
The Swede ends Friday third in WRC2 - 1.3sec behind Suninen. "I'm really happy to be here in this place, we've made good progress today. Now I'm looking forward to getting some sleep."
Fri 21:02 - SS12: WRC2 Suninen
The shuffled start order puts the WRC2 second place man through next. "Full throttle in here. We have to drive fast. Let's see if we can keep second - the gap [to Tidemand behind] is very tight."
Fri 20:59 - SS12: Al Qassimi
22nd tonight after a clean run today. "It's been difficult with the ruts this afternoon. I'm really looking forward to getting back tomorrow for Ouninpohja."
Fri 20:57 - SS12: Gorban
Hazard lights flashing, Gorban threads his two-wheel drive MINI around the stage. He completes 18.9sec off the pace. "A lot of problems today - twice we broke the driveshaft, so front-wheel drive only," says co-driver Volodymyr. "Next time maybe we start with a R2 car."
Fri 20:54 - SS12: Abbring
11th overnight for Abbring, Hyundai's substitute driver for the injured Dani Sordo. "We've driven with three dampers for the last couple of stage. Here the car was moving around on the spring but it was great fun. A great day."
Fri 20:51 - SS12: Bertelli
The end of a day ruined by a transmission problem in the morning loop. "A long day. We're looking forward to tomorrow."
Fri 20:49 - SS12 Paddon.
A clean run here keeps him sixth and in the thick of the close battle for third. "A difficult day and we can't be happy with sixth but not every day can be good. We'll reset tonight and come out again tomorrow."
Fri 20:47 - SS12: Ostberg
Exactly one second slower than Ogier here and 7th overnight. "It's been good fun today. Some good sections of stages. Some not so good, but it's still okay. We still have a good connection with the podium."
Fri 20:45 - SS12: Camilli
1.9sec slower than Ogier here and it looks like ninth overnight. "A really good stage for us, and overall we are still in touch with the other drivers. I haven't felt great today, I've almost lost my voice, but the driving has got better and better."
Fri 20:42 - SS12: Ogier
Lucky to get away with clipping a hay bale but Ogier is first to complete in 1m46.0s. "It was a soft chicane, it's okay."
Fri 20:38 - SS12: Underway
A small delay. Ogier started at 2037hrs
Fri 20:31 - SS12: Start order
A few tweaks to suit the live TV (and WRC+) schedule. Here's how the drivers will line up: Ogier, Camilli, Ostberg, Paddon, Bertelli, Abbring, Gorban, Al Qassimi, Suninen, Tidemand, Evans, Lappi, Breen, Tanak, Neuville, Mikkelsen, Latvala, Meeke
Fri 20:07 - Stage info: SS12
Harju 1, 2.31km. Friday rounds off with a second visit to the short Harju test near the centre of host town Jyväskylä. It returned to the itinerary in 2014 following a 16-year lay-off, and is used in virtually the same format as last year. It’s a mix of asphalt roads and gravel tracks, and drivers must take care at a fast and tricky downhill descent into a tight turn between trees.
Fri 20:05 - Next stage: 2030hrs
Friday's 11th and final stage takes drivers back to the Super Special in Jyvaskyla central.
Fri 20:04 - Finland WRC2 after SS11
1.Lappi 1h13m34.7s, 2.Suninen +42.7s, 3.Tidemand +43.2s, 4.Kruuda +1m18.9s, 5.Solberg +2m03.3s
Fri 20:03 - Finland after SS11
Meeke 1h11m35.0s, 2.Latvala +19.5s, 3.Neuville +46.0s, 4.Mikkelsen +48.0s, 5.Breen +53.5s
Fri 19:56 - SS11: WRC2 Lappi
Another stage win and Lappi ends the day with a commanding class lead of 42.7sec. "It's been a really, really good day. The car is working well. We were lucky to get away with a puncture on the previous stage."
Fri 19:53 - SS11: WRC2 Suninen
holds on to second in WRC2. Tidemand ends the day third, five-tenths behind!
Fri 19:50 - SS11: WRC2 Evans
He completes with what appears to be broken power steering. "I have a problem. My hands are hurting," is all he says before leaving. In the last two stages he has plunged more than two minutes down the WRC2 standings
Fri 19:45 - SS11: Al Qassimi
"A beautiful day. It's been a while since I've been in the car, so to come back here has been really enjoyable."
Fri 19:41 - SS11: Abbring
"We were flying all the way through. After the impacts earlier the front-right suspension is broken so we have to look after the car."
Fri 19:40 - SS11: Bertelli
An awkward day for the Italian who struggled through most of the morning loop with a transmission problem. "We are under 1sec per kilometre off the pace here. It's okay. A long way to go."
Fri 19:36 - SS11: Breen
The Irishman is fourth-fastest on stage and holds fifth position in the standings. "I just need to keep it calm and tidy. Okay, one stage to go, but I am so, so happy with the day, it has exceeded all my expectations. I'm really happy with our performance."
Fri 19:34 - SS11: Camilli
A clean run through and Camilli is safe in ninth position.
Fri 19:33 - SS11: Meeke
Quickest on stage by nine-tenths and Meeke's rally lead over Latvala is 19.5sec. Pretty much a perfect afternoon, then. "We've just tried to manage the car and keep the commitment up. At the moment we can manage the gap but there will be a huge challenge tomorrow. For now it feels nice. "
Fri 19:30 - SS11: Tanak
It's turned out to be a difficult day for the early pace-setter. "Quite tough to take. We have a good base but too many problems. I will try to fix them in the future. A suspension problem and then a puncture. At this level everything needs to be perfect."
Fri 19:28 - SS11: Neuville
Third place now "In the afternoon it has gone really well but I was a bit too fast in here. It was enough to beat Mikkelsen but not Latvala."
Fri 19:26 - SS11: Ostberg
"I've done some good stages today and I have to be happy with that." In the battle for sixth he's trailing Paddon by just 4.8sec.
Fri 19:24 - SS11: Latvala
Quickest so far, two-tenths up on Ogier, and reconsidering his event strategy. "Things have changed since Seb had his problem. I have to consider this and the manufacturers' championship. I'm not sure how hard I can chase now - I haven't spoken yet to [team boss] Jost."
Fri 19:22 - SS11: Paddon
2.5sec slower than Ogier and feeling philosophical. "It's been a disappointing day, but if you take the top two out of the equation we're not too far off. Not every day can be great. It just hasn't happened for us today."
Fri 19:20 - SS11: Mikkelsen
6.1sec slower than Ogier with a tale of a lucky escape. "I went wide and spent 20 metres in a ditch before we got back on the road."
Fri 19:18 - SS11: Ogier
"It was always going to happen one day, when you have to take maximum risks all the time. I made a mistake, a stupid one, and unfortunately the spectators couldn't pull us out. Unfortunately they weren't the spectators with 'Sisu'."
Fri 19:08 - Next stage: SS11
Today's penultimate test, the Horkka repeat, starts at 1908hrs
Fri 19:07 - Finland WRC2 after SS10
1.Lappi 1h06m27.8s, 2.Tidemand +38.9s, 3.Suninen +39.5s, 4.Kruuda +1m06.8s, 5.Evans +1m18.3s. Evans loses ground.
Fri 19:06 - SS10: WRC2 Evans
He loses 53.2sec in stage and that drops him from second to fifth in class. We'll bring you an update when we get it.
Fri 19:00 - Finland after SS10
Meeke 1h04m40.7s, 2.Latvala +18.6s, 3.Mikkelsen +40.8s, 4.Neuville +41.4s, 5.Breen +50.1s. Ogier off costs 16min
Fri 18:49 - SS10: Abbring
"Incredibly rough and I don't know how fast I should go to keep the car alive. We should be really, really pleased with what we have done today. We have learned a lot and are looking forward to tomorrow."
Fri 18:47 - SS10: Ogier's ditch
As Paddon said, here's something don't see very often. Thanks to Julian Porter for the picture.
Fri 18:43 - SS10: Breen
Reports a couple of big impacts, one of which has knocked the steering out of alignment. "My sloppiest stage of the event so far," he says.
Fri 18:42 - SS10: Ogier
He's completes with the loss of more than 16 minutes. The car looks in good shape. "I got stuck in a hairpin - quite a stupid mistake. There were not many spectators - so they didn't manage to get us out [very quickly]. That's why we lost so much time".
Fri 18:39 - SS10: Ogier update
Out of the ditch and moving again.
Fri 18:38 - SS10: Meeke
1.6sec slower than Latvala. "Not so bad, but I lost some time driving around Seb."
Fri 18:38 - SS10: Tanak
He completes with a front-right puncture and he's lost 25.9sec to the leaders. That's a crushing blow after such a great recovery today. "I drove on it for six or seven kilometres," he says before driving off.
Fri 18:35 - SS10: Neuville
Second quickest, 4.1sec off Latvala's pace. "A very good stage for me but I slowed down too much passing Sebastien. There were a lot of spectators telling me to slow down. I'm sure that was the same for Jari-Matti."
Fri 18:33 - SS10: Ostberg
"My windscreen washer was going all the way through. Very distracting. I will rip it off before the next stage."
Fri 18:32 - SS10: Latvala
Fastest through so far. "A bit of an attack here and I made a few mistakes. I saw Seb. It looks like he's cut a junction too much and gone into the ditch. There are four or five people there trying to help but they'll need more people to get the car out."
Fri 18:29 - SS10: Paddon
Surprised to see Ogier off the road. "That's not a sight you see very often. It's at one of the few places without many spectators around. There are a few there trying to get the car out."
Fri 18:28 - SS10: Mikkelsen
First to complete. "I saw Seb, his car is stuck in a ditch on the inside of a hairpin. The car has spun around. For me, some mistakes and I had to slow down for the marshals but okay."
Fri 18:23 - SS10: Ogier
His car is stopped at a right-hand hairpin
Fri 18:22 - SS10: Ogier
WRC+ tracking system shows him stopped at the 11.2km mark.
Fri 17:36 - Next stage: 1815hrs
That's Ogier's start time for SS10, the repeat of Surkee. Three more stages (including Surkee) to run tonight. We'll take a text break until then.
Fri 17:34 - Finland WRC2 after SS9
1.Lappi 58m21.7s, 2.Evans +25.1s, 3.Tidemand +36.5s, 4.Suninen +37.2s, 5.Kruuda +1m00.1s
Fri 17:31 - SS9: WRC2 Pedder
Damaged front wheel after a rock strike.
Fri 17:27 - SS9: WRC2 Gilbert
"We keep pushing."
Fri 17:27 - SS9: WRC2 Lappi
A massive 4sec quicker than Tidemand and Lappi's class lead over Evans is 25.1sec. What's the secret? "No secret, just clean driving. The clock seems to like like it."
Fri 17:25 - SS9: WRC2 Tidemand
Quickest WRC2 driver through so far. "Now we are driving like we should be. We have made some set-up changes and the car feels really good."
Fri 17:24 - SS9: WRC2 Suninen
"There's not much more I can do to catch Evans' pace. Not to many mistakes I can correct."
Fri 17:23 - SS9: WRC2 Evans
A clean run through but Evans thought he would be quicker."
Fri 17:22 - Finland after SS9
Meeke 56m51.8s, 2.Latvala +20.2s, 3.Ogier +32.4s, 4.Mikkelsen +38.1s, 5.Neuville +38.9s Tanak quickest
Fri 17:19 - SS9: Gorban
The MINI's hazard warning lights are on again. "I think it's the same problem as before - a propshaft or a driveshaft. We have just front-wheel-drive again," explains co-driver Volodymyr Korsia.
Fri 17:14 - SS9: Abbring
"The front-right wheel is not running straight but we are rally drivers - we don't complain about things like that."
Fri 17:12 - SS9: Bertelli
"Not a bad run considering we didn't have a full speed run here in the morning. "I'm quite sure that we can do some good times tomorrow."
Fri 17:08 - SS9: Breen
"A relatively clean stage. I just don't have the confidence yet in the really, really rough stuff. I'm still happy enough."
Fri 17:06 - SS9: Meeke
Managing his lead over Latvala, Meeke seems content to give away eight-tenths to him here. "He's beaten us on a few stages and we've given away 2.4sec but we got 3sec back on the previous stage alone." Meeke's rally lead stands at 20.2sec.
Fri 17:03 - SS9: Tanak
Another incredible stage-winning time for Ott who is 3.7sec quicker than Latvala. "A clean stage. It's unfortunate we had the problem earlier but I am really happy with the way the car and the tyres are working now. We'll fight all we can and see where we can get to."
Fri 17:01 - SS9: Neuville
"We had a lot of dust in the car from the first kilometre. My glasses were a bit foggy."
Fri 16:58 - SS9: Ostberg
7.1sec slower than Latvala. "I'm not happy with that. It felt like a good stage but I need to take more risks. I don't want to continue like this."
Fri 16:57 - SS9: Latvala
Fastest so far. "I wasn't sure how the time would be because I often stayed in sixth gear here rather than shifting down to fifth. Let's see how Meeke does."
Fri 16:55 - SS9: Paddon
2.9sec slower than Mikkelsen but Paddon has a big smile on his face. "We're not the fastest but that's the most fun I've had in the car this year. The grip was good and it was nice and smooth - just like home."
Fri 16:53 - SS9: Mikkelsen
2.1sec quicker than Ogier. and one of three drivers jostling for 4th position. "Happy with the pace so far this afternoon."
Fri 16:49 - SS9: Ogier
"Less rough for sure. Less of a struggle to keep the line. Not really possible for me to go faster."
Fri 16:15 - Next stage: 1638hrs
That's Ogier's start time for the repeat of Jukojärvi. We'll take a text break until then.
Fri 16:08 - Finland WRC2 after SS8
1.Lappi 48m14.1s, 2.Evans +20.1s, 3.Suninen +30.2s, 4.Tidemand +32.5s, 5.Kruuda +49.6s
Fri 16:06 - SS8: WRC2 Katsuta
A puncture early in the stage. There's very little of the tyre left at the end. Tuohino is right behind him. "I had to slow down many times. Next time he should look in his mirror," says Tuohino.
Fri 15:54 - SS8: WRC2 Gilbert
Thinks he has an engine problem.
Fri 15:53 - SS8: WRC2 Lappi
"It's pretty rough. I think I have a front-left puncture after I hit some rocks in the line." The tyre looks fine. He completes six-tenths slower than Evans who is quickest WRC2 driver through so far.
Fri 15:50 - Ligato update
Rolled. He has moved the car to a side road next to the stage and is working on the front of the car.
Fri 15:44 - Finland after SS8
Meeke 47m00.1s, 2.Latvala +21.0s, 3.Ogier +28.9s, 4.Neuville +36.4s, 5.Mikkelsen +36.7s
Fri 15:42 - SS8: Abbring
His car's front bumper is hanging low after a heavy compression. "The car is okay to drive," he says.
Fri 15:36 - SS8: Breen
Six seconds off the pace and he drops behind Mikkelsen in the tight three-way battle for fourth position. "Incredibly rough. A couple of surprises let's say. I was a bit cautious in places. We're still in the fight though and I have to be happy with that."
Fri 15:31 - SS8: Meeke
A new fastest time, eight-tenths up on Tanak. "The ruts in the corners made it very difficult to exit cleanly. A few big surprises in there."
Fri 15:30 - SS8: Ligato
WRC+ live tracking shows him stopped at the 1km point.
Fri 15:29 - SS8: Tanak
Looks like another fastest time for Ott, 2.2sec up on Latvala. "A good run but there are big ruts in places. The tyres are coping well."
Fri 15:27 - SS8: Neuville
"For the rough section near the end my car was set too low."
Fri 15:24 - SS8: Ostberg
"The car was crashing through a lot, quite a few moments in there."
Fri 15:23 - SS8: Latvala
"Towards the end it was getting better but I was surprised by the number of big rocks around. Some of the braking points have cut up badly."
Fri 15:20 - SS8: Paddon
"Good to have some grip for a change. The car is working better but I need to make some adjustments to my driving in the ruts."
Fri 15:18 - SS8: Mikkelsen
"A better rhythm on the second pass when you know where you are going. A really good stage, I was more neat and tidy than in the one before."
Fri 15:17 - SS8: Ogier
4.2sec quicker than his morning run. "Better, but still difficult. When you start after a national rally for sure the lines are not so good. We tried as hard as we could."
Fri 15:13 - SS8: Live
The repeat of Mökkiperä well underway. Ogier started at 1508hrs. He completed this morning's pass in 6m48.7s.
Fri 15:02 - Finland WRC2 after SS7
1.Lappi 41m20.9s, 2.Evans +20.7s, 3.Suninen +27.3s, 4.Tidemand +30.9s, 5.Kruuda +45.4s
Fri 14:58 - Al Rajhi update
Front end damage means it's game over for today. He's returning to the service park.
Fri 14:53 - SS7: WRC2 update
Lappi and Evans tie the fastest time. Tidemand is third quickest.
Fri 14:51 - Finland after SS7
Meeke 40m21.9s, 2.Latvala +18.0s, 3.Ogier +22.6s, 4.Breen +31.5s, 5.Neuville +32.1s
Fri 14:47 - SS7: Al Rajhi
He completes but the car has frontal damage. Yazeed and co-driver Michael Orr are okay and in surprisingly good spirits. "Too much speed and we were out of the line by a metre or so. We slid for a long time on the roof. Nothing we could do," explains Yazeed.
Fri 14:45 - SS7: Al Rajhi
He's rolled on the final corner! Spectators are quickly on the scene to get the car back on its wheels.
Fri 14:42 - SS7: Gorban
His MINI has been restored to full health.
Fri 14:39 - SS7: Abbring
Seventh fastest of the 13 cars through. "A new stage for everybody. A clean run but the car feels down on power. Maybe it's just the warm weather."
Fri 14:38 - SS7: Bertelli
His Fiesta back full health after a trip to service. "Everything is fully fixed now and we are back to our job. We have to finish the day and tomorrow I hope to set better times."
Fri 14:35 - SS7: Ligato
"A little bit better. We must continue to push more and learn."
Fri 14:35 - SS7: Breen
Second quickest. "Unbelievable. I'm on cloud nine. I need to prove this is where I belong - and now I have the chance. It all feels natural." He beats his team-mate Meeke by 1.7sec. "Not for the first time, I hope."
Fri 14:31 - SS7: Camilli
Fifth quickest. "Very good. The car feels good and I'm trusting my notes."
Fri 14:29 - SS7: Meeke
Fourth quickest. "Quite happy. A new stage and I was a bit cautious in places."
Fri 14:27 - SS7: Tanak
Quickest so far, 2.2sec up on Latvala. "The car is fixed. I can go straight now. Back on pace as normal."
Fri 14:26 - SS7: Neuville
3.5sec off Latvala's pace. "Still not happy. We tried to find more grip but now the car is too soft. The fight is still on for second or third pace."
Fri 14:24 - SS7: Ostberg
"A very nice stage. There are some deep cuts in there. If you push just a bit extra you can gain time."
Fri 14:22 - SS7: Latvala
Quickest so far. "A good run. A completely new stage so a few hesitations but it's always like that."
Fri 14:22 - SS7: Mikkelsen
Surprised to be 4.3sec slower than Ogier.
Fri 14:20 - SS7: Paddon
"A better set-up for the afternoon stages. Now we have the cleaning stuff out of the way."
Fri 14:16 - Stage info: SS7
Äänekoski-Valtra, 7.39km. Something new for the current crop of drivers as this test was last used in 1980, but in a different format. It is narrow from the start as it runs between fields and houses. Not a particularly challenging test except for a sharp right bend over a crest after 1.6km which tightens, and an equally tricky tightening left between the trees at 3km.
Fri 14:16 - SS7: Ogier
"I went wide and a bit more - almost into a ditch. I have to go completely flat-out if I am to stay even in the fight for the podium."
Fri 14:09 - Tyre info
Update on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) chosen for the afternoon loop. All Michelin drivers have taken five soft compound tyres - exactly the same as this morning.
Fri 12:41 - Next stage: 1410hrs
That's Ogier's start time for SS7 - the first stage of the afternoon loop. We'll take a live text break until then.
Fri 12:39 - Up next: Service
Crews arriving in Jyvaskyla for the 30-minute midpoint service.
Fri 12:38 - SS6: Junior WRC update
Veiby leads by 7.9sec from Nordgren. Tempestini is third, 5.5sec further back.
Fri 12:21 - Finland WRC2 after SS6
1.Lappi 37m49.6s, 2.Evans +20.7s, 3.Suninen +26.1s, 4.Tidemand +30.2s, 5.Kruuda +43.8s
Fri 12:19 - SS6: WRC2 Lappi
Fastest WRC2 driver through so far and Lappi's class lead over Evans is up to 20.7sec. "I'm really enjoying myself. The car is absolutely perfect - I don't think it has ever been better."
Fri 12:16 - SS6: WRC2 Tidemand
Two-tenths slower than Evans. "That's more like it. I'm trying different driving styles and attacking here seems to have worked."
Fri 12:15 - SS6: WRC2 Suninen
"Evans is driving fast here. Hopefully I can do better times on the afternoon loop."
Fri 12:14 - SS6: WRC2 Evans
"This one wasn't the best. Low rear end grip and the car was sliding around a lot. Esapekka is going well here."
Fri 12:12 - SS6: Al Rajhi
"We don't want to push too much. Step by step we're getting better and better."
Fri 12:11 - SS6: Al Qassimi
A distracted morning following Gorban's fragile MINI through the loop. "Every time I saw dust I thought it was a [Gorban's] car stopped in the road ahead."
Fri 12:09 - SS6: Gorban
He nurses his damaged MINI though the morning loop and is off back to service for a new propshaft.
Fri 12:08 - Finland after SS6:
Meeke 36m54.4s, 2.Latvala +18.8s, 3.Ogier +23.3s, 4.Mikkelsen +29.2s, 5.Neuville +29.4s
Fri 12:06 - SS6: Abbring
"Really enjoyable. We changed a lot of notes here and we are getting to know the roads and the new car. All good."
Fri 12:04 - SS6: Bertelli
"Still cautious because [the transmission] is working now, but if we lose four-wheel drive again in a corner it would not be so good."
Fri 12:01 - SS6: Ligato
"Enjoying, but it's really difficult. We think we are going well in the stages and then we see the time and it's not so good."
Fri 12:00 - SS6: Breen
11.4sec off the pace here and he slips to sixth overall. "I was too heavy into a junction and I knew we wouldn't make it round so I went straight on and turned the car around. My co-driver had no idea where I was going."
Fri 11:57 - SS6: Camilli
"Getting better. We had a spin but nothing special."
Fri 11:56 - SS6: Meeke
Eight-tenths slower than Latvala on stage and the rally leader is not underestimating his rival. "Okay, to be 18 or 19 sec ahead now is good but a lot can happen. Just look at what happened to Jari-Matti earlier."
Fri 11:54 - SS6: Tanak
He drops 21sec to the leaders on stage and he's 35sec behind in the overall standings. "Very strange. Something broke and I can't fix it. All I could do was straighten the tracking before this stage."
Fri 11:51 - SS6: Neuville
"I push but I can do nothing. No chance. I'm lacking traction and lateral grip. I can't do more."
Fri 11:50 - SS6: Ostberg
"Definitely a nice stage, I like it, but I made a few mistakes. I need to go faster but when I push too hard I lose time."
Fri 11:48 - SS6: Latvala
Quickest so far in 7m01.0s - that's an new fastest average speed of 128kph. "The car doesn't look so nice but it goes well. The stages have been good since the puncture."
Fri 11:46 - SS6: Paddon
7sec slower than Ogier. "When it's loose like this we really struggle to get the grip with this car. We'll look at the data in service. At least it won't be hard to improve on this pace in the afternoon - that's a positive."
Fri 11:43 - SS6: Mikkelsen
4.9sec slower than Ogier. "That's surprising. Maybe I was too cautious near the beginning."
Fri 11:41 - SS6: Ogier
"I'm happy with the stage. Once again I'm on the limit. Nothing more I can do."
Fri 11:40 - Tanak update
Broken front suspension. He's going to try and nurse the car through this stage to the midpoint service.
Fri 11:39 - Stage info: SS6
Horkka, 15.01km. Horkka has been shortened by 500 metres at the start since last year. Apart from a narrow 2.5km section early on, which will need to be treated with care, it is fast and wide with several big jumps, including the one where Evgeny Novikov almost flipped backwards in the air several years ago. Drivers can’t relax as every corner is capable of catching them out.
Fri 11:38 - SS6: Live
Ogier started on schedule at 1132hrs
Fri 11:37 - Finland WRC2 after SS5
1.Lappi 30m37.2s, 2.Evans +15.6s, 3.Suninen +18.6s, 4.Tidemand +24.9s, 5.Kruuda +33.9s
Fri 11:18 - Finland after SS5
Meeke 29m52.6s, 2.Latvala +19.6s, 3.Ogier +22.0s, 4.Breen +22.6s, 5.Mikkelsen +23.0s. Tanak spins
Fri 11:14 - SS5: Abbring
"Hard to get the right rhythm. That's just part of the learning process here. We'll be better on the repeat."
Fri 11:12 - SS5: Bertelli
His two-wheel-drive Fiesta seeming back to four-wheel-drive. "We have fixed it. It was a sensor. It was working properly in here but we still take it carefully until we get a proper look in service."
Fri 11:07 - SS5: Breen
Third fastest so far and up to 4th overall. "I could have been quicker but I came in too heavy to a junction near the end and went out wide."
Fri 11:04 - SS5: Camilli
"Not easy to push here but we try. The car is working well but I have work to do on my notes."
Fri 11:03 - SS5: Meeke
Another fastest time and another handshake in the DS 3 between Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle. "A good run. We were quite committed. Now we must try and keep the rhythm."
Fri 11:01 - SS5: Tanak
He loses more than 30 sec to the leaders. "We have a problem. On a straight I lost the back. We spun and now something is broken in the front," he explains.
Fri 11:00 - SS5: Neuville
Feels his car is missing rear end grip and feeling.
Fri 10:58 - SS5: Tanak update
Splits show something wrong at the second split - he's 20sec slower than Latvala.
Fri 10:56 - SS5: Ostberg
"Quite good. I will continue to push harder and harder until I get a big warning..."
Fri 10:56 - SS5: Latvala
Quickest so far, 3.9sec up on Ogier. The Finn keen to catch up after his puncture on the previous stage.
Fri 10:53 - SS5: Paddon
"Back to a normal driving style now. The pace notes are too fast though, I'm sliding around and losing a lot of time. Enjoying it a bit more now."
Fri 10:51 - SS5: Mikkelsen
2.6sec slower than Ogier. "It felt quite good. Not perfect but I'm happy with that. The road is drying out now."
Fri 10:49 - SS5: Ogier
"Okay. I do my race as always." He's not in the mood to chat.
Fri 10:06 - Stage info: SS5
Surkee, 14.95km. Two worlds meet in Surkee. Narrow roads with tight places and stones contrast with wide sections where drivers can push at crazy speeds. The opening 5km use narrow forest roads with tall grass lining the roadside, but then the stage widens and the brake pedal isn’t needed too often. It ends with a final narrower stretch of almost 4km.
Fri 10:04 - Up next: SS5
Drivers heading to the start control of Surkee. Ogier due to start at 1039hrs.
Fri 10:03 - Finland WRC2 after SS4
1.Lappi 22m33.7s, 2.Suninen +9.3s, 3.Evans +9.7s, 4.Tidemand +14.0s, 5.Kruuda +23.0s
Fri 10:01 - SS4: WRC2 Arai
Former Production Car champ Toshi's son Hiroki is making his WRC debut here. "Absolutely fantastic stage - I really enjoyed it!"
Fri 09:58 - SS4: WRC2 Solberg
"I thought I had a puncture in there - I hit a big rock. A bad stage - damn!"
Fri 09:56 - SS4: WRC2 Pedder
"Thanks to the spectators for getting us out of the ditch on the first stage. Now we need to get the confidence up again."
Fri 09:53 - SS4: WRC2 Kruuda
"The best Jukojärvi I've ever had but hats off to Lappi - he's doing an incredible job."
Fri 09:51 - SS4: WRC2 Gilbert
"I'm not completely happy. Not completely confident. I slide a lot."
Fri 09:50 - SS4: WRC2 Lappi
Quickest again, his class lead over Suninen now 9.3sec. "I tried to push here - on the first two I was safe. Not so easy to make a difference here."
Fri 09:48 - SS4: WRC3 Tidemand
"I don't yet have the confidence to go flat-out. For sure the others do."
Fri 09:47 - SS4: WRC2 Suninen
"A great fight with Evans, but he has done these stages before in this type of car - this is my first time. I expect to be faster on the repeat."
Fri 09:46 - SS4: WRC2 Evans
"I hope to take some time back here, it was a better run than the previous one. More efficient. The pop-off valve is sorted now - thanks to the team for that."
Fri 09:45 - Finland after SS4
Meeke 21m57.8s, 2.Tänak +0.7s, 3.Mikkelsen +14.2s, 4.Ogier +15.8s, 5.Latvala +17.3s. Tanak quickest
Fri 09:43 - SS4: Al Qassimi
"A bit worried because I had [Gorban's] MINI ahead of me with its hazard lights on."
Fri 09:38 - SS4: Abbring
"I lost most of my time on the braking. Coming down from 200kph you expect will take more time. It's okay actually."
Fri 09:37 - SS4: Bertelli
Slowest through so far because of his transmission problem. "What it's like this you just want it to end quickly. We'll look to tomorrow for better times."
Fri 09:32 - SS4: Breen
Fourth quickest of the 10 cars through. "I overshot a junction near the end - I lost two or three seconds there. It feels really comfortable in this car."
Fri 09:29 - SS4: Meeke
Seven-tenths slower than Tanak on stage - and Meeke's rally lead over the Estonian is the same margin. "It felt really good. I have a bit of margin here - let's say I'm feeling comfortable." And how about the risks you and Tanak are taking? "I'll be here tomorrow..."
Fri 09:27 - SS4: Tanak
Fastest so far, eight seconds quicker than Mikkelsen at an average speed of 127.46kph. Those hard tyres apparently working well here. "I pushed like hell. For sure I can't do more. I knew I had to go hard here. It was fun in every corner."
Fri 09:24 - SS4: Neuville
Three-tenths slower than his team-mate Paddon. "Better. But when I see the time I'm not pleased. I drove well but the time is not fast enough."
Fri 09:22 - SS4: Ostberg
"I have more confidence now - I need to keep this approach."
Fri 09:21 - SS4: Latvala
Eight seconds off the pace and he has a broken left-rear wheel with very little little rubber on it. "We ran wide in one of the right-handers and I hit a bank. First we got a slow puncture then the tyre delaminated. It's not a complete disaster. We managed to do a good job considering."
Fri 09:19 - SS4: Paddon
2.1sec off Mikkelsen's pace. Has he found his groove? "We can't afford to be this slow for long. I struggled the rhythm. I'm trying to think of it as a New Zealand stage and drive it like I'm at home. We'll keep chipping away."
Fri 09:16 - SS4: Mikkelsen
4sec quicker than Ogier. "A very good run. I'm trying to catch up. A lot of effort into [watching] the videos really pays off."
Fri 09:14 - SS4: Ogier
First to complete and feeling the road cleaning effect. "I don't even want to see the split times. For sure I'm going to lose a lot. What can I do?"
Fri 08:54 - Stage info: SS4
Jukojärvi, 21.24km. An opening 7.6km section, which contains a monster jump at 4.9km and was driven for the first time last year, leads into familiar roads. Once it joins the usual route, the rhythm changes several times and there are stones lurking by the roadside which demand precision. The final 13km are blisteringly fast, especially the section from 17.50km - 19.50km which Mikko Hirvonen says requires just one dab of the brakes!
Fri 08:54 - Up next: SS4
Leading crews lining up at the start of Jukojärvi. Ogier's start time: 0902hrs
Fri 08:36 - Finland WRC2 after SS3
1.Lappi 12m17.0s, 2.Suninen +5.5s, 3.Evans +7.7s, 4.Tidemand +8.5s, 5.Solberg +11.3s
Fri 08:32 - SS3: WRC 2 Pedder
"A big spin on the first stage cost us two minutes. We have problems at the rear of the car."
Fri 08:28 - SS3: WRC 2 Kruuda
"Fairly okay. I lost time with pace notes that were too slow. I expect to get better on the next stage."
Fri 08:27 - SS3: WRC 2 Gilbert
"More grip here than the previous one."
Fri 08:26 - SS3: WRC 2 Lappi
Quickest so far in WRC 2 and sounding extremely relaxed. "Quite okay. A new stage so steady and safe."
Fri 08:24 - SS3: WRC2 Suninen
"Quite okay. We lost a lot of time and we have to think about the reason." There seems to be some confusion at the stage end about times. Our system shows Suninen quicker than Evans.
Fri 08:22 - SS3: WRC2 Evans
"Struggled a bit in here with new notes. A bit wide in one place but okay."
Fri 08:21 - SS3: Al Rajhi
"An okay stage. We pushed a little more but not over the limit."
Fri 08:19 - SS3: Al Qassimi
"Difficult. It's damp and loose and the grip was unpredictable."
Fri 08:17 - SS3: Gorban
"Broken prop shaft. Front-wheel drive only until we get to service."
Fri 08:17 - Finland after SS3
Meeke 11m57.2s, 2.Tänak +1.4s, 3.Latvala +2.0s, 4.Ogier +4.5s, 5.Mikkelsen +6.9s
Fri 08:15 - SS3: Abbring
"Not so bad. I struggled with the grip early on, but the feeling came after a couple of kilometres."
Fri 08:14 - SS3: Bertelli
The Italian drops 22sec to the leaders with his two-wheel drive Fiesta. "We just continue like this until service."
Fri 08:11 - SS3: Ligato
"A lot to learn in this opening loop before we can push harder in the repeat."
Fri 08:09 - SS3: Breen
Fifth-quickest. "A lot cleaner and better. A joy to drive. Let's try and carry this speed into the next couple of stages."
Fri 08:07 - SS3: Camilli
Eight-tenths slower than his team-mate Ostberg and less chatty than he was after SS2. "Good. We are happy."
Fri 08:06 - SS3: Meeke
Two-tenths slower than stage leader Latvala. "It's always interesting to explore a new stage. Two-tenths [off the pace] - I'm happy with that."
Fri 08:04 - SS3: Tanak
Second fastest so far but still unable to get the most from his tyres. "So damp and loose this morning I'm struggling a lot to get these hard tyres working. I have three hards and one soft compound on the car."
Fri 08:01 - SS3: Neuville
Fourth quickest of the six cars through. "Not good. I don't know. A lot of loose gravel, I didn't find a good line. We can go faster."
Fri 07:59 - SS3: Ostberg
3.4sec off the pace. "Quite okay. My pace notes are a bit too slow in places but I managed to adapt. Better towards the end. My driving and the car feel good."
Fri 07:58 - SS3: Latvala
Quickest so far. "It was good. A good rhythm but a bit too aggressive in places, too sideways."
Fri 07:57 - SS3: Paddon
4sec off the pace and sounding a bit Saturday Night Fever. "Ugly driving. I've gone back to my natural driving style after being too cautious on the opener. I need to tidy it up. I've got to get my groove on."
Fri 07:54 - SS3: Mikkelsen
4.6sec slower than Ogier. Local TV report he "almost rolled". His car looks okay. What happened? "Not really good. A couple of mistakes and that cost us some time. Not the best rhythm. Okay, we will continue and try to stay in touch. I'm happy with my morning - apart from this one." (!)
Fri 07:51 - SS3: Ogier
"Compared to the first stage it's very slippery in here. I try my best."
Fri 07:50 - Stage info: SS3
Halinen, 7.07km. A tricky stage on narrow roads barely wider than a car that has never been used before. Grass verges encourage cutting, but stones are hidden in almost every bend. The first section contains many crests and corners but with few actual jumps. That changes at 5km where a long straight ends with a big jump which could see cars fly long.
Fri 07:49 - Up next: SS3
The stages come thick and fast today. We'll follow the lead pack as they head to the next test. Ogier started at 0746hrs
Fri 07:48 - Finland after SS2
Meeke 8m31.2s, 2.Tänak +1.0s, 3.Mikkelsen +1.3s, 4.Latvala +2.2s, 5.Ogier +3.5s
Fri 07:46 - SS2: Abbring
"Amazing. To be on the pace straight away is not the way to go. We will increase the speed as we understand more."
Fri 07:45 - SS2: Bertelli
More than a minute off the pace. His car looks okay. What happened? "We have only front-wheel drive and now in the stage the gearbox sounds bad. This is crazy. We call the engineer."
Fri 07:43 - SS2: Ligato
"I am learning with this car all the time. There is a lot to learn and I will take my time."
Fri 07:40 - SS2: Breen
"Slippery, very slippery. Variable grip."
Fri 07:39 - SS2: Camilli
A few choice words from Eric - and it sounds like he's in shock. "It's a different game here with the speed and the jumps - you need to be awake. We didn't take the risks, so everything was okay. Maybe we push a little bit more in the next one."
Fri 07:37 - SS2: Meeke
Quickest so far, beating Latvala by 2sec, and when the time goes on the board he shakes his co-driver's hand. "I wasn't sure how good the time would be. I wasn't that happy - in a few places I braked too early, a bit too cautious in places. A nice start but a long, long way to go."
Fri 07:34 - SS2: Tanak
Nine-tenths off Latvala's leading time so far. "The hard tyre was difficult the beginning, the conditions were too damp. A few big moments near the start."
Fri 07:32 - SS2: Neuville
3.9sec slower than Latvala - but quicker than him at the midpoint. He's shaking his head. "I was not committed enough in the second part. Good at the beginning but not at the end."
Fri 07:30 - SS2: Ostberg
6.1sec off the pace. "Quite a good start. A good rhythm. In some sections I could fight harder. I need to identify the corners where I can do better."
Fri 07:29 - SS2: Latvala
Quickest so far, 1.2sec up on Mikkelsen. "A good start but very slippery near the start. The concrete posts mean we can can't cut so much and that can take you near the ditches on the exits."
Fri 07:27 - SS2: Paddon
5.3sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "The grip levels are a bit low and I;m just trying to be clean and today. I can see from the lines in the road that the guys ahead are taking big risks. There in the ditches - all over the place. If that keep that up I'd be surprised if they finish the rally."
Fri 07:24 - SS2: Mikkelsen
He completes in 6m46.6 - that's 2.1sec quicker than Ogier. "A good stage, a good rhythm. I know this one from previous years, but not last year. The feeling is great, I have to continue like this."
Fri 07:22 - SS2: Ogier
"A little damp, so the conditions are not so bad for me but still the grip is pretty low. Not such a bad stage for us."
Fri 07:19 - SS2: Splits watch
Mikkelsen 2.2sec quicker than Ogier at the 6.2km point.
Fri 07:18 - Stage info: SS2
Mökkiperä, 13.84km. Mökkiperä is one of the rally’s most technical tests and a tough wake-up call. It has plenty of jumps but is slower than many others. The opening section comprises flat roads, long straights and 90 degree corners. But after 6km it switches character, with one fast corner following another, most of them with tricky crests to increase the challenge.
Fri 07:17 - SS2: Live
Ogier started on schedule at 0713hrs.
Fri 07:16 - WRC Live
Our live radio coverage is up and running. Becs Williams and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Stuart Loudon are on air now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.
Fri 07:16 - WRC TV crew update
SS2 cameras set up and pointing in the right direction. Crews report cloudy skies over Mökkiperä - almost like it might rain. The gravel road is surprisingly damp with dew.
Fri 07:12 - Friday's start order
Championship order today, so Sébastien Ogier is first on the road. Here's how the WRC drivers will line-up. 1. Ogier, 2. Mikkelsen, 3. Paddon, 4. Latvala, 5. Østberg, 6. Neuville, 7. Tänak, 8. Meeke, 9. Camilli, 10. Breen.
Fri 07:09 - Weather
A warm and dry start and it looks like that will be the case for the rest of the day. There is some light cloud around but no rain expected today. The current temperature of 15˚C is expected to hit a sticky 23˚C later. No breeze to speak of in service. Muggy.
Fri 07:08 - Friday's itinerary
Runs north, south and west of host town Jyväskylä and includes four forest stages that are run twice – including the classic Jukojärvi – and two new short and sharp ‘jab’ stages, Halinen and Äänekoski-Valtra. Crews return to Jyväskylä for a 30-minute service midway through the leg and the day closes with a second go at Thursday night's Harju Super Special.
Fri 07:08 - We're back
Reporting live from Jyväskylä heavy metal central to bring you the news from the stages. Coming up today: the first full day of flat-out competition in the forests.
Fri 07:07 - Good morning
And welcome back to our live text coverage from Neste Rally Finland, round eight of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Thu 21:38 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Jyväskylä. Bye for now.
Thu 21:37 - We will return
On Friday from 0713hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the 13.84km Mökkiperä stage.
Thu 21:35 - Stage complete
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.
Thu 21:34 - Finland WRC2 after SS1
1.Lappi 1m49.6s, 2.Evans +0.2s, 3.Suninen +1.1s, 4.Tidemand +1.2s, 5.Gilbert +1.3s
Thu 21:32 - WRC 2 Update
All cleanly through and it's Lappi who leads the category overnight. Evans is two-tenths adrift in second with Suninen third.
Thu 21:11 - WRC 2 update
The rest of the WRC 2 competitors are making their way through SS1. Evans still quickest of the eight cars to complete. His closest rivals are yet to come.
Thu 20:58 - Finland after SS1
=1.Mikkelsen 1m45.9s, =1.Tanak +0.0s, 3.Ogier +0.1s, 4.Neuville +1.2s, 5.Meeke +1.9s
Thu 20:54 - SS1: Ogier
The champ is through, one tenth slower than Tanak/Mikkelsen who tie the rally lead tonight. "I hope for a good fight for the victory but it will be tough with the loose gravel," he says. "Tomorrow morning I will start my big push and see what we can do."
Thu 20:51 - SS1: Neuville
Third quickest so far, 1.2sec off the lead pace. "Pretty happy with that."
Thu 20:50 - SS1: Latvala
The home hero is after a hat-trick of Finland wins this week - but he's 2.1sec off the pace here. "I had a bad start. I'm not happy with my driving. I'm struggling with the gears, braking too early. Tomorrow the rally starts."
Thu 20:48 - SS1: Meeke
Making his WRC return after victory in Portugal. He's third quickest here so far, 1.9sec off Tanak/Mikkelsen and dismissive of VW boss Jost Capito's prediction that he will win this weekend. "Volkswagen have won almost every rally in the last three years. I don't know what planet he's on."
Thu 20:44 - SS1: Tanak
Will this be the rally where Tanak collects the win he lost in Poland? It's a great start - exactly the same time through SS1 as his nemesis Mikkelsen. Spooky. "We were not working enough in Poland. I try to a make perfect weekend here."
Thu 20:41 - SS1: Paddon
Fourth quickest, 3sec off Mikkelsen's pace. How was that? "The slowest stage we're going to do this weekend I think. I went wide on the first corner and sat out wide for a few moments."
Thu 20:39 - SS1: Ostberg
Six-tenths up on his M-Sport team-mate Camilli but a chunky 3.2sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "I'm not getting a podium from that," he says. "The rally starts tomorrow I think. I tried here but that was not a good time."
Thu 20:36 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Massively quick but massively wide. The Norwegian 2.8sec quicker than Breen but lucky to escape a very wide exit from a left-hander that left his Polo R completely off the road. "A good stage - I'm happy with that," he grins.
Thu 20:34 - SS1: Camilli
"We want to learn this event. These Super Specials are not my favourites - I can't take the risks."
Thu 20:33 - SS1: Abbring
The Dutchman here in place of the injured Dani Sordo. "Not easy to find the rhythm."
Thu 20:31 - SS1: Breen
Quickest so far in 1m48.7s and his DS 3 looks terrific after a heavy shunt in pre-event testing. "First and foremost a huge thanks to the mechanics for putting the car right. It's fantastic - you'd never know anything was wrong. I've got my PlayStation back."
Thu 20:29 - SS1: Bertelli
Quickest time so far for the Italian: 1m49.5s. "A bit too cautious. It was very slippery - more than I expected."
Thu 20:27 - SS1: Al Rajhi
Fresh from contesting the Moscow - Beijing Silk Way Rally, Al Rajhi returns the WRC here. He was lucky to take the start at all after rolling his Fiesta during this morning's shakedown. "The team did a great job to get it back together. Tomorrow the real rally starts."
Thu 20:23 - SS1: Ligato
Marcos back in a DS 3 World Rally Car for the first time since his home round in Argentina. "It's our first time here in a World Rally Car. We want to find the right speed and we want to finish." He's no stranger to this event though - he first tackled it in 2001 in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI.
Thu 20:20 - SS1: Al Qassimi
The Abu Dhabi team patron is through. This is his first WRC stage since Portugal. "A nice atmosphere here, but the stage is very slippery. All part of the fun."
Thu 20:17 - SS1: Gorban
The first of the top line World Rally Car drivers to complete. He slots second quickest so far, 2.2sec off the pace of Evans in the R5 Fiesta.
Thu 20:16 - SS1: WRC 2 Evans
The first of the WRC 2 drivers through and Evans has a turbo boost problem. "Not a great start. The pop-off valve is opening. I hope we can get it sorted before tomorrow's stages."
Thu 20:13 - SS1: Junior WRC update
Veiby, Tempestini and Nordgren lock out 1-2-3 in the Junior class. That's a great start from Finland's Future Star winner Nordgren. You can read more about him in the JWRC news section.
Thu 20:02 - SS1: DDFT update
Sousa, Price and Ciamin hold 1-2-3 in DDFT after SS1.
Thu 19:31 - WRC Live
This weekend's live radio coverage is up and running. Colin Clark and Stuart Loudon are on air now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.
Thu 19:11 - Tyre info
Update on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) chosen for SS1: All Michelin drivers have taken five soft compound tyres.
Thu 19:11 - Thursday's start order
The 76 crews will tackle SS1 in a special order headed by national class competitors. The DDFT entries will be next followed by the Junior WRC and half of the WRC 2 entries. Valeriy Gorban heads the bulk of the WRC entries from 2011hrs, with championship leader Sébastien Ogier on stage at 2049hrs.
Thu 19:06 - Weather
It's a hot and dry and evening here in Jyväskylä. There is some light cloud around but no rain expected tonight. The temperature is a sticky 23˚C. The latest forecast is for more dry weather on Friday and Saturday and perhaps some rain on Sunday.
Thu 18:15 - Watch SS1 LIVE
WRC+ users can watch tonight's stage live. Steaming starts at 2000hrs. Still time to sort a subscription if you haven't already. We'll be back in time for the start. Ciao for now.
Thu 18:15 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. Currently, Finland is running in Eastern European Summer Time. In other words, UTC/GMT +3 hours.
Thu 18:14 - Coming up on Thursday
A Super Special starter before three packed days of competition. The 2.3km mixed-surface Harju stage gets underway at 1900hrs with the works team World Rally Cars on track an hour later.
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