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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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Stage Name Distance (km) First Car
Day 1 - 28.07.2016
SS1 Harju 1 2.31 19:00 COMPLETED
Day 2 - 29.07.2016
SS2 Mökkiperä 1 13.84 07:13 COMPLETED
SS3 Halinen 7.07 07:46 COMPLETED
SS4 Jukojärvi 1 21.24 09:02 COMPLETED
SS5 Surkee 1 14.95 10:39 COMPLETED
SS6 Horkka 1 15.01 11:32 COMPLETED
SS7 Äänekoski-Valtra 7.39 14:10 COMPLETED
SS8 Mökkiperä 2 13.84 15:08 COMPLETED
SS9 Jukojärvi 2 21.24 16:38 COMPLETED
SS10 Surkee 2 14.95 18:15 RUNNING
SS11 Horkka 2 15.01 19:08 RUNNING
SS12 Harju 2 2.31 20:30 RUNNING
Day 3 - 30.07.2016
SS13 Ouninpohja 1 33.00 08:08 TO RUN
SS14 Päijälä 1 23.50 09:11 TO RUN
SS15 Pihlajakoski 1 14.51 10:34 TO RUN
SS16 Saalahti 1 4.23 11:52 TO RUN
SS17 Ouninpohja 2 33.00 14:48 TO RUN
SS18 Päijälä 2 23.50 15:51 TO RUN
SS19 Pihlajakoski 2 14.51 17:14 TO RUN
SS20 Saalahti 2 4.23 18:32 TO RUN
Day 4 - 31.07.2016
SS21 Lempää 1 6.83 08:28 TO RUN
SS22 Oittila 1 10.15 09:21 TO RUN
SS23 Lempää 2 6.83 11:15 TO RUN
SS24 Oittila 2 (Power Stage) 10.15 13:08 TO RUN

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