Thu 18:26 - SS1: Paddon fastest so far
In a time of 3m47.5s. "I quite enjoyed this. There are heaps of people and an amazing atmosphere. We made a bit of smoke and had fun."
Thu 18:24 - SS1: Kubica slides through
This stage is run close to the former Barcelona Grand Prix circuit, but our ex F1 driver wasn't feeling at home. "It wasn't easy doing this on gravel tyres. I see tarmac and I think grip - but there wasn't a lot here!"
Thu 18:21 - SS1: Protasov clears
His time of 3m51.2s is quickest so far
Thu 18:19 - SS1: Khalid the showman
It's not easy to follow Ken Block, but Al Qassimi gives it a good go in his Citroen DS3. "We spent a lot of sideways. This was definitely not about times - this was for the show." Good man. He completes 5sec slower than Ken.
Thu 18:14 - SS1: Block completes
And his benchmark time is 3m52.0s. "The tyres were colder and slicker than I thought and it went way wider than I expected! The rest of the stage was good, I hope the damage isn't too bad. It's good to be back!"
Thu 18:11 - SS1: And Block's into the barrier!
A wild first corner for the American, who slams the left rear into a barrier. He seems to have got away with it.
Thu 18:08 - SS1: Stage is Live!
Ken Block began the stage at 1808hrs
Thu 17:53 - SS1 stage notes:
Barcelona, 3.20km: This asphalt test on the lower section of Montjuïc hill is the first stage in Barcelona since the rally entered the WRC. Concrete walls line the roads and drivers complete two laps, including ‘doughnuts’ in front of the Palau Nacional building.
Thu 17:44 - Weather update
It’s been a lovely sunny day in Salou, with blue skies and a high of 26˚C. It’s 23˚C now. Sunset tonight is 1903hrs
Thu 17:42 - Stage 1 start order
s based on championship standings reversed - which puts the WRCs returning Hoonigan Ken Block through first. Here’s the full World Rally Car start order: 1. Block, 2. Al Qassimi, 3. Protasov, 4. Kubica, 5. Paddon, 6. Sordo, 7. Prokop, 8. Evans, 9. Ostberg, 10. Meeke, 11. Neuville, 12. Hirvonen, 13. Mikkelsen, 14. Latvala, 15. Ogier
Thu 17:41 - Thursday’s itinerary
Crews left Salou from 1pm for the start of the opening stage, held on tarmac in the streets of Barcelona. The 3.2km sprint gets underway at 1808hrs (local). After covering a total distance of 222 kilometres, the cars will come back to parc ferme from 2008hrs
Thu 17:41 - Coming up
is the opening stage of this unique mixed-surface rally.
Thu 16:45 - We’re all set
at the wrc.com desk of text, inside rally HQ at the Port Aventura theme park in host town Salou.
Thu 16:45 - Hola from Salou
and welcome to our live text coverage of RallyRACC - Rally de España, round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship
Wed 17:28 - Servicepark Livestream
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Wed 09:41 - RallyRACC - Rally de Espana
SS1 Barcelona from 6pm (CEST) live @ www.wrcplus.com