Fri 12:12 - Next stage: SS5
The repeat of Svullrya kicks off at 1316hrs. We'll take a live text break until then!
Fri 12:07 - Up next: Regroup
Crews are arriving at the midpoint regroup at Kirkenaer. After a 30-minute halt, they will fit new tyres ahead of the repeat loop
Fri 12:05 - Sweden WRC2
after SS4: 1.Ahlin 33m.21.5s, 2.Evans +0.5s, 3.Tidemand +4.1s, 4.Grondal +16.5s, 5.Lappi +20.1s
Fri 12:03 - SS4: Veiby
27sec off Ogier's pace. "Taking things step-by-step. A hard landing over the big jump in there and I need to go and take a look."
Fri 11:59 - SS4: WRC 2 Ahlin
Second quickest to Evans, and he holds the WRC 2 lead by just half a second. "Much more understeer in this stage without the rear anti-roll bar."
Fri 11:58 - SS4: WRC 2 Grondal
"A stall at a hairpin and problem with the changes I made to the pace notes."
Fri 11:57 - SS4: WRC 2 Brynildsen
Shaking his head and it sounds like his notorious bad luck is continuing. "I think we have a broken driveshaft or rear diff. It's too long back to service. I really hoped this would be the weekend..."
Fri 11:54 - SS4: WRC 2 Lappi
"I'm enjoying the driving but the time is not good. Elfyn is driving very well I must say. I'm not sure there's much more I can do - especially on the first passes."
Fri 11:53 - Ogier update
He changed his car's front-left toe link on the road section after SS4. He said it was totally bent.
Fri 11:48 - Sweden after SS4
1.Ogier 31m13.2s, 2.Mikkelsen 24.2s, 3.Meeke 28.7s, 4.Sordo 30.3s, 5.Ostberg 36.3s Ogier off. Neuville transmission problem
Fri 11:47 - SS4: WRC 2 Tempestini
He loses time with a spin.
Fri 11:46 - SS4: WRC 2 Ptaszek
40sec slower than Evans. "Not too much risk but I still want to stay in touch with the leaders."
Fri 11:45 - SS4: WRC 2 Evans
His car carrying a lot of snow at the finish control. "A small moment in a bank. I'm trying pretty hard. It happens, no problem."
Fri 11:43 - SS4: Al Rajhi
"The car turned off in one corner but otherwise a good feeling."
Fri 11:40 - SS4: H. Solberg
"This is my favourite stage - but the downshift problem is still there. In some places I have to use the manual shift."
Fri 11:39 - SS4: Breen
"Proper winter in there. The slush is a surprise. I'm learning with every kilometre. The car still feels alien but the morning has been good. After a difficult couple of years it feels like I'm back on track."
Fri 11:37 - SS4: Camilli
"It's coming. I like the conditions but it's not easy. The time is better than the previous stage."
Fri 11:34 - SS4: Bertelli
"I had a big moment after the water - I was completely opposite lock."
Fri 11:33 - SS4: Paddon
Another driver to find it tough on icy roads made rough by the cars ahead. "Unfortunately I think we're a sitting duck with the road conditions. I know we're not driving a second per kilometre slower. We just have to bide our time and wait for the repeat pass - the more level conditions were better for us last year."
Fri 11:29 - SS4: Meeke
Second quickest, 6.5sec slower than Ogier, and Meeke is up to third. "Not too bad. But on on this ice base, Seb [Ogier] has an advantage. In my position I have to take a different line to find clean ice."
Fri 11:27 - SS4: Latvala
More time loss for Jari-Matti who completes 1m47sec off Ogier's pace. "I drive as well as I can. It's more diffident to drive on snow than gravel with a broken driveshaft. There is nothing I can do."
Fri 11:23 - SS4: Tanak
Fourth fastest so far. "The beginning of the stage was good, but we lost a lot of grip towards the end. The water splashes were deeper than they were on the recce, but they were okay."
Fri 11:20 - SS4: Ostberg
6.9sec slower than Ogier and it sounds like he had a lucky escape at the water splash. "I could see the lines in the road of the cars in front. I understood something was going to happen. That saved us."
Fri 11:18 - SS4: Neuville
1m23sec slower than Ogier. His car's hazard warning lights are flashing as he completes. "We have a transmission problem. I don't know what. One-wheel-drive I think."
Fri 11:16 - SS4: Mikkelsen
24sec slower than Ogier and he too has damaged the left-front corner of his Polo. "We went off after the deep water, maybe 7km before the finish. We didn't see it on the recce and then, wow!"
Fri 11:14 - SS4: Ogier
He completes in 12m47.9 but there is damage to his car's front left. Most of the wing is missing. He's straight out to have a look. "There was a big, big water splash in the stage, it was not in my notes. The organisers said it was a bump. I couldn't turn after it and went into the trees. I must go and work on the car."
Fri 11:10 - SS4: Splits watch
Neuville is 25.6s down on Ogier at the 12.4km point.
Fri 11:05 - Stage info: SS4
Svullrya, 24.23km. Svullrya is the only stage entirely in Norway and has never been used before. It is fast and flowing from the start with plenty of inviting corners to challenge drivers. It contains a mix of wide flowing roads and narrower forest tracks, the latter covered with thick ice.
Fri 11:02 - Up next: SS4
And it's live already. Sebastien Ogier started at 1058hrs
Fri 11:01 - Sweden WRC2
after SS3: 1.Ahlin 19m.44.5s, 2.Tidemand +1.7s, 3.Evans +7.0s, 4.Grondal +8.4s, 5.Lappi +18.0s Ahlin the stage winner
Fri 10:58 - SS3: Ahlin
A terrific stage win for the Swede, who is 7.2sec up on Tidemand and Grondal. "Really shocked, because we don't have a rear anti-roll bar. Maybe I won't run one more often!"
Fri 10:56 - SS3: WRC 2 Grondal
Joint quickest so far with Tidemand. "Pretty good. We weren't expecting this snow but the time is good so I'm happy."
Fri 10:55 - SS3: WRC 2 Brynildsen
"Not too bad. A bit of under-steering and some misfiring on the first stage but I enjoyed it. It's a proper rally now."
Fri 10:53 - SS3: WRC 2 Tidemand
5.5sec quicker than Evans. "Yes, it was good. A bit slippery so hard to say if it was good nor not. The feeling was okay. I really enjoyed it"
Fri 10:51 - SS3: WRC 2 Lappi
1.7sec slower than Evans and, with a bigger start gap to Foulon, pleased not to have any hold-ups. "Now its good. A lot better."
Fri 10:43 - SS3: WRC 2 Ptaszek
"Totally different grip than the first stage. We were cautious in here. Not too many risks."
Fri 10:41 - SS3: WRC 2 Evans
"It was okay but quite difficult to read the grip. It's hard to get confidence but it was okay. I have a sneaky feeling these Scandinavians will be able to read the road a bit better."
Fri 10:40 - SS3: Al Rajhi
A scary moment landing after a crest, but Yazeed says he is taking time to adjust to the WRC spec Fiesta. "Every stage I can push a bit more."
Fri 10:38 - SS3: H. Solberg
Still a problem with his car's downshift. "I can't be happy about that. A lot of people out on stage. I try to wave but I can't."
Fri 10:36 - Sweden after SS3
1.Ogier 18m25.3s, 2.Mikkelsen +6.9s, 3.Neuville +18.2s, =4.Meeke +22.2s, =4.Sordo +22.2s Latvala in 2WD
Fri 10:35 - SS3: Breen
"Really nice. Really enjoyable stage. I'm enjoying every minute of it. Just trying to improve stage by stage."
Fri 10:33 - SS3: Camilli
"Difficult. I feel a bit shocked. It felt good but the time is not."
Fri 10:31 - SS3: Bertelli
"It was okay. Little snow banks."
Fri 10:30 - SS3: Al Qassimi
"My notes are not perfect for these conditions. I am making some corrections."
Fri 10:27 - SS3: Paddon
5.6sec slower than Meeke. "It felt better than the first one. I'm getting more used to the car. It's hard to have the confidence when it's all new. We had a water temperature alarm for much of the stage, which was a distraction."
Fri 10:25 - SS3: Meeke
17.8sec off Ogier's pace. "Quite a hard ice base. And that makes road position key. I thought my rhythm was okay, but obviously not."
Fri 10:24 - SS3: Latvala
A broken front-left driveshaft has left his Polo in two-wheel-drive only. He completes 1m52sec slower than Ogier. "Not easy. Even in the fast stuff I feel the diff is slipping all the time. I do what I can. It happened after a jump before a corner. I have no idea why. A mechanical problem I think. Just one of those things."
Fri 10:19 - SS3: Tanak
Fourth quickest so far. "Very nice conditions. In some places I managed to touch the snow banks. The grip was better than the previous stage. The car feels good."
Fri 10:18 - SS3: Sordo
His earlier overheating problem is cured, but it's a mixed bag for Dani on this stage. "I don't think we did very well here. A little bit confusing in some corners. The stage conditions are good though - I enjoyed a lot."
Fri 10:16 - SS3: Ostberg
Slowest through so far. "The stage is nice but I struggled to find a good rhythm. Everything feels a bit new and I cannot push at the moment."
Fri 10:13 - SS3: Neuville
13.5sec off Ogier's pace. "Not happy with that run. The car is moving around a lot."
Fri 10:12 - SS3: Mikkelsen
6.6sec slower than Ogier and his Volkswagen is sporting a cracked windscreen. "That happened on the previous stage, nothing to worry about. This stage was alright. I'm happy enough with it. A beautiful stage and a lot of Norwegian flags about."
Fri 10:10 - SS3: Ogier
He completes in 9m32.3s. "Good. Really perfect conditions. Very enjoyable to drive. There is snow falling and there is a light covering on the road. No big mistakes. I tried my best."
Fri 10:08 - SS3: Weather uppdate
Snow is falling in Karlstad!
Fri 10:08 - SS3: Tyres
In a change to the tyre regulations, crews have been given two fresh studded tyres after SS2. With the two spares they are carrying on board, that gives them the chance for a complete set of fresh tyres for Röjden
Fri 09:57 - Latvala update
Front-left driveshaft is broken. Tracking system shows him moving towards the start of SS3. He's about 7km away.
Fri 09:52 - Stage info: SS3
Röjden 1, 18.47km. A classic stage used many times in national rallies. It starts in Sweden and crosses into Norway for 12km before returning to Sweden again. The stage offers a mix of fast and slower roads, with an exceptionally tricky jump in the middle.
Fri 09:51 - Up next: SS3
The first pass of Röjden will get underway at 0958hrs. That's five minutes later than scheduled.
Fri 09:47 - Sweden WRC2
after SS2: 1.Evans 9m:23.4s, 2.Tidemand +0.2s, 3.Ahlin +5.7s, 4.Grondal +6.9s, 5.Lappi +9.3s Lappi & T’mand slowed by car ahead
Fri 09:40 - SS2: Brynildsen
"Good fun. Full ice. The organisers have done a good job with the stage but we caught Foulon so they might want to look at the seedings."
Fri 09:38 - SS2: Foulon
He completes without any specific problem - just getting used to his car.
Fri 09:38 - SS2: Tidemand
Another to catch and pass Foulon."The start was good but we caught the car ahead and after that we lost our rhythm."
Fri 09:37 - SS2: Lappi
Completes before the man we were expecting next - Alain Foulon. "I catch the Mitsubishi. I don't know how much time we lost. It is what it is."
Fri 09:35 - Sweden after SS2
1.Ogier 8:53.0s, 2.Mikkelsen +0.3s, 3.Meeke +4.4s, 4.Sordo +4.7s, 5.Neuville +4.7s. Latvala driveshaft.
Fri 09:33 - SS2: Ptaszek
A good opener for the Pole. "Conditions are better than we thought." Alongside him his Robert Kubica's former co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak
Fri 09:31 - SS2: WRC2 Evans
"The [road] conditions are really hard. A surprise to many people I think. Pretty tricky to find the grip, but the feeling is good. The car is working well."
Fri 09:30 - SS2: Al Rajhi
"I need more experience because the car has a lot of speed. It's scaring me and I need to respect that."
Fri 09:28 - SS2: H. Solberg
"I had a problem with the downshift. I did my best!"
Fri 09:26 - SS2: Breen
Ninth-fastest. "So, so fast. It was slushy on my test so it's hard to get my head around the different conditions."
Fri 09:24 - SS2: Camilli
"Not really good confidence here without the snow banks. It's not easy to find the limit on braking. No problem though."
Fri 09:23 - SS2: Bertelli
A hair-raising finish on the long left-hander to the stop control, but the Italian sounds relaxed. "It's okay like this. So long as it stays frosty, it's better than we expected."
Fri 09:21 - SS2: Al Qassimi
"It's my first time to drive in these unpredictable conditions. I tried hard to find the grip."
Fri 09:18 - SS2: Paddon
His first stage in the new generation i20. "Not so bad. Stage conditions were better than we'd anticipated. It will take time to adjust to the new car. No problems, just a bit too careful."
Fri 09:16 - SS2: Meeke
"Credit to the organisers, they've worked hard on this stage. I was quite steady at the beginning. It's all about picking your braking point. A good start. Not so bad." Third fastest.
Fri 09:15 - SS2: Latvala
A terrible start for the Finn. He completes 23sec down on Ogier and the splits show most of that was lost near the end. What happened? "We have a problem. The driveshaft broke 2km before the end. I don't know what spares we have in the car."
Fri 09:13 - SS2: Tanak
"Very hard and slippery in places. I did my best. The ice on the next stage should suit us."
Fri 09:13 - Torsby recce
UPDATE from the clerk of the course - the stage (SS2) IS running competitively. Apologies for any confusion.
Fri 09:10 - SS2: Sordo
"Not so bad. Difficult to know how far you can push. We have a warning on the dash showing high water temperature." That sounds worrying..
Fri 09:08 - SS2: Ostberg
12.9sec off Ogier's pace. "Not a good stage for me. unfortunately I suffered a bit, not a good feeling. I have to get used to driving the car in these conditions."
Fri 09:06 - SS2: Neuville
4.7sec off Ogier's pace. "It was okay. The car wasn't turning too well in the left-hand corners, but it was okay. The stage was okay at the beginning, but a bit rougher at the end."
Fri 09:04 - SS2: Mikkelsen
Three-tenths slower than Ogier. "The base is hard, it felt like the tyres were going off a bit at the end. A decent start."
Fri 09:03 - SS2: Ogier
First to complete and seemingly at full speed. "The road is pretty hard. It was okay. With no test or shakedown in these conditions it's good to try hard." His time 8m53.0s
Fri 08:59 - Torsby recce
UPDATE Organisers have confirmed that the opening pass through Torsby (SS2) will be UNTIMED and used only as a high-speed recce for the second pass this afternoon
Fri 08:55 - Stage info: SS2
Torsby 1, 16.48km. Rally Sweden's opener contains new start and finish sections but is otherwise the same as 2015. Although the roads are narrow, they are fast and tricky and among those to have fallen foul of Torsby are Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Ott Tänak. The final 3km run alongside an airfield, and just before the final section is a rallycross-style arena with plenty of fast bends and a jump.
Fri 08:53 - WRC Live
Don't miss our WRC Live radio service from Rally Sweden. Presenters Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan are broadcasting now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.
Fri 08:53 - Time check
All times quoted are local. Rally Sweden is run to Central European Time (CET). (GMT/UTC +1 hour)
Fri 08:52 - Weather: part 2
On the start line of SS2 there is good visibility, blue skies and some fine snow falling. The stage surface is frozen hard. The start line itself is completely ice-covered. The temperature is -2.6˚C.
Fri 08:52 - Weather: part 1
Here in Karlstad it's -2.6˚C with light cloud cover. We had to chip some ice off our windscreen and we passed some frozen lakes on the drive in, but there's no snow about.
Fri 08:51 - Tyre choices
Not much in the way of choice here, it's spikes all the way! The unique Rally Sweden tyres are 195mm wide, much narrower than their gravel and asphalt counterparts, 125mm deep and sit on a 15 inch diameter rim. Each tyre contains 384 metal studs set into the tread blocks, so that the tips protrude by 6.5 millimetres. A maximum 24 of these tyres may be used per World Rally Car.
Fri 08:51 - Start intervals
World Rally Car crews will tackle the stages at two-minute intervals
Fri 08:51 - Start order
Crews will start in championship classification order. Here’s how the World Rally Car drivers will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Mikkelsen, 3. Neuville, 4. Østberg, 5. Sordo, 6. Tanak, 7. Latvala, 8. Meeke, 9. Paddon, 10. Al Qassimi, 11. Bertelli, 12. Camilli, 13. Breen, 14. H. Solberg, 15. Al Rajhi
Fri 08:50 - Friday's itinerary
Drivers will rally across two countries today, with a total of five stages straddling Sweden and Norway. First up is Torsby in Sweden, Northwest of Karlstad, then Röjden and Svullrya further north in Norway. NO midpoint service today.
Fri 08:50 - Coming up today
The first day of competition. After a few weather-related worries and the cancellation of Thursday's Super Special we're off to the stages today
Fri 08:50 - We're LIVE
Reporting from Rally HQ in Karlstad's swanky CCC conference centre, a short distance from the service park
Fri 08:50 - Good morning
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