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Fri 09:19 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS2
[+ times compared to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 7m57.7s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +4.9s, 3. Kruuda (DS 3 R5): +5.0s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +5.7s, 5. Koci (Peugeot 208 T16): +11.1s

Fri 09:14 - SS2: WRC 2
Skoda duo Lappi and Tidemand claim first and second in the WRC 2 class, with Karl Kruuda in a DS 3 third. Kruuda reckons he has more to give...

Fri 08:57 - Stage notes: SS3
Goldap 1, 14.75km. Frequent surface changes make Goldap a tough challenge as the road switches from gravel to asphalt and vice-versa on three occasions. The width also varies - at the start and middle it is narrow, but wide elsewhere. Thick gravel means the road will clean after the first cars.

Fri 08:56 - Up next: SS3
Sebastien Ogier began the Goldap test at 0950hrs

Fri 08:55 - Tyre choices
News in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard (H) or soft (S)) of the LTX Force tyres the Michelin runners have this morning: All crews 5S except Abbring/Paddon who have 6S

Fri 08:44 - WRC top 5 after SS2
[+ times compared to leader]: 1. Mikkelsen (VW): 7:41.5, 2. Tanak (Ford): +2.3s, 3. Ogier (VW): +2.8s, 4. Latvala (VW): +4.1s, 5. Meeke (DS 3): +5.0s

Fri 08:41 - SS2: WRC 2 Lefebvre
"An incredible feeling in the car on these fast stages. Not a bad start." He completes more than 30sec quicker than Ketomaa.

Fri 08:39 - SS2: WRC 2 Ketomaa
He completes with a rear-left puncture and smoke billowing from the rubber. "It happened on a fast section."

Fri 08:37 - SS2: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah update
WRC TV crews report front-left suspension damage.

Fri 08:35 - SS2: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah
The WRC 2 leader is in trouble. The WRC tracking system shows his car stopped 4.6km into the stage. He has been passed by two other WRC 2 competitors.

Fri 08:33 - SS2: Abbring
"Fantastic. I think this will be the fastest rally of the season. In this stage we had to make a lot of changes to the pace notes - making them faster."

Fri 08:32 - SS2: Kubica
"It was okay, but it's not easy to come to such fast stages without big experience. We took it easy." Ninth fastest.

Fri 08:31 - SS2: Tanak
He promised 'a proper go' this weekend and starts with a terrific time, 0.5sec slower than Mikkelsen. But he sounds concerned. "At the beginning of the stage we noticed a small gearbox problem - it got stuck between gears like in Sardinia. I hope it's okay."

Fri 08:26 - SS2: Prokop
"The roads are really fast and it's difficult to find the right gear for the corners. It's completely different to what we are used to."

Fri 08:25 - SS2: Paddon
"My pace notes are a little on the slow side, but I was able to commit to them more as the stage went on. We're treating this as a warm up for the next two stages." Seventh fastest far.

Fri 08:23 - SS2: Sordo
He wasn't comfortable with the handling of his Hyundai last night. He's slowest so far, 9.5sec off the quickest time. "We were slowed by some dust clouds in the middle of the stage. I was happy with the car but I need to find more speed."

Fri 08:21 - SS2: Meeke
Second quickest so far. "Okay, I'm happy enough. After yesterday, we need to do this rally with no mistakes. That's the plan. There is some road cleaning here but we're going so fast it isn't making much of a difference."

Fri 08:19 - SS2: Neuville
5.8sec slower than Mikkelsen. "It was okay, I have quite a good feeling but I struggled with visibility in some dusty section in the trees so I took it a bit easy."

Fri 08:17 - SS2: Evans
A great start for the Welshman, who completes 4.6sec off Mikkelsen's time. "Definitely a good wake up call. It's seriously fast. A reasonable run, but these stages will take some getting used to."

Fri 08:15 - SS2: Latvala
The Finn is second quickest so far, 2.7sec slower than his team-mate Mikkelsen. "Andreas had a good time. We had clean run, a few small things, and a little cautious in places, but okay."

Fri 08:13 - SS2: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far in 5m57.0s - and the first driver to break through the 130kp/h average. "There will be some road cleaning here, it will get faster for sure. Still, I'm happy with my driving in there."

Fri 08:11 - SS2: Østberg
5.1sec slower than Ogier. "So incredibly fast. I was a little bit shocked. I'm not used to it. Last time I was in the car was Sardinia and that was very different."

Fri 08:09 - SS2: Ogier through
In 3m00.5s. That's an average of 129.86km/h! "Okay, but a long day today, and without service. I didn't find my best form immediately,"

Fri 08:02 - Stage notes: SS2
Gorklo, 13.00km. After a flowing but twisty opening, the stage becomes wider and faster until it passes through a small village and the surface changes. After leaving the village the surface reverts to sandy gravel and the road widens again. It stays like that until shortly before the finish where tall grass on the roadside hinders visibility.

Fri 08:01 - Up next: SS2
After Thursday night's Super Special, Gorklo has the honour of being the first proper gravel test of the rally. Ogier will start it at 0800hrs

Fri 08:01 - Start intervals
All crews will start Friday's stages at 2min intervals

Fri 08:01 - Start order
Crews will run in championship standings order today, which puts Sebastien Ogier through first. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Ostberg, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Latvala, 5. Evans, 6. Neuville, 7. Meeke, 8. Sordo, 9. Paddon, 10. Prokop, 11. Tanak, 12. Kubica, 13. Abbring, 14. Bertelli.

Fri 08:00 - Set your watches
Here are today's crucial times (CEST): 0800hrs (SS2), 0950hrs (SS3), 1055hrs (SS4), 1135hrs (SS5), 1415hrs (SS6), 1455hrs (SS7), 1645hrs (SS8), 1905hrs (SS9), 1925hrs (first car into parc ferme & technical zone)

Fri 08:00 - Weather update
It's another beautiful day in prospect - dry bright and sunny out there right now. The current temperature of 18ºC is forecast to hit 28ºC in the afternoon. Not a cloud in the sky.

Fri 07:59 - Coming up today
The rally's first full day of competition. This morning the crews set off for a loop of four stages featuring Gorklo (13km), Goldap (14.75km), Babki (14.65km) and Stanczyki (39.12km), the rally’s longest test. Although there is no midday service, the drivers and co-drivers will be able to change tyres before tackling Babki, Stanczyki and Goldap for a second time and then finishing the leg in the Mikołajki Arena. The cars are due back in service at 1935hrs.

Fri 07:58 - We're back
And poised at the WRC text desk in Mikolajki, ready for the stage action to resume

Fri 07:58 - Dzień dobry
From Poland, and welcome back to our live text coverage of the 72nd LOTOS Rally Poland, round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship

Thu 21:20 - Stages complete
And that's the end of our live text service for today. We'll return on Friday when the rally resumes. Join us for coverage of the opening Gorklo stage from 0800hrs CEST. Bye for now!

Thu 21:16 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS1
[+ times compared to leader]: 1. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): 1m46.5s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +0.1s, 3. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1.0s, 4. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): +1.1s, 5. Kruuda (DS 3 R5): +2.5s

Thu 21:07 - WRC top 5 after SS1
[+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 1:43.9, 2. Kubica (Ford): +0.5s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +0.6s, 4. Prokop (Ford): +1.5s, 5. Latvala (VW): +2.0s

Thu 20:59 - SS1: Ogier vs Neuville
Ogier leads! He wins his heat and moves first overall in 1m43.9s, giving him an overnight lead over Kubica of 0.5sec. "For sure Robert did a good job here - and I'm sorry to spoil it for him!" Neuville isn't surprised to complete 2.5sec slower. "I guess it's all about tyres. I was on the hard compound here. I did my best but Ogier was quicker."

Thu 20:53 - SS1: Kubica vs Ostberg
The crowds go bananas when Kubica takes to the track, and he rewards them by going fastest so far in 1m44.4s!

Thu 20:50 - SS1: Mikkelsen vs Meeke
Mikkelsen becomes the new stage leader in 1m44.5s. "I touched the barrier a little, but I lost a lot of time to Ogier here last year, so hopefully it's better this time." Meeke's car looks terrific after his multiple roll earlier today, but a stall on the start costs him three or four seconds and he sounds unusually flat. "I don't know what happened," he says.

Thu 20:46 - SS1: Latvala vs Evans
Latvala slots second quickest in 1m45.9s. "A generally good feeling to start with. It went quite well." He's wearing rose-tinted sunglasses to combat the glare. Evans, no fan of Super Specials, is 2.1sec slower. "It was alright," he says.

Thu 20:42 - SS1: Tanak vs Sordo
Tanak has the edge over Sordo by 0.9sec - but it sounds like a frightening run. "It was a bit more slippery that I was expecting, and the sun is so low now that in some places I couldn't see where I was going," he says. Sordo didn't enjoy himself much either: "Not a good run, I don't have a good feeling in the car - it was under-steering all the time. A little bit bad," he says.

Thu 20:37 - SS1: Prokop vs Paddon
Prokop takes the heat win in a new fastest time of 1m45.4. "We made a mistake in the first corner, and lost more than one second, but at least we tried," he says. Sardinian sensation Paddon is two seconds slower. "The strategy here was to go slow and save these tyres because we'll need them later in the rally. All good."

Thu 20:33 - SS1: Abbring vs Bertelli
We're into the World Rally Car heats now, and Abbring takes the first win, going two seconds quicker than Bertelli. "This isn't the real rally yet, but a good start. This rally is all about learning for me," he says.

Thu 20:31 - SS1: Holowczyc vs Al-Attiyah
Al-Attiyah has the edge over the Polish rally veteran, "A few corners a bit slippery but okay - we do our best," says Nasser. Local hero Holowczyc, in an R5 Fiesta, slots 12th fastest and promises a big push this weekend. "For the next two days it won't be easy to take time out of the youngsters, but I'll push to the limit."

Thu 20:24 - SS1: Lefebvre v Tidemand
France beats Sweden as Lefebvre edges out Tidemand by just a tenth of a second - and sets fastest time so far in Citroen's DS 3 RRC. "I was pushing hard, a good start," says Stephane.

Thu 20:20 - SS1: Lappi vs Fuchs
Lappi becomes the new man to beat in 1m47.6s - beating Fuchs by 3.5sec. "Everything is perfect," he says. Fuchs meanwhile is lucky to survive a brush with an armco barrier.

Thu 20:16 - SS1: Pedder vs Parn
Clean runs for both Fiesta R5 drivers. Parn takes the heat win, while Pedder reckons the setting sun was a bit of a distraction.

Thu 20:13 - SS1: Kruuda wins his heat
And is quickest so far in 1m49s. "Very positive. Twice I've been beaten here by Finns, and now I got one back. I love these roads," he says. Ketomaa takes defeat well. "Not perfect, but a good run and very enjoyable."

Thu 20:09 - SS1: Ketomaa vs Kruuda
A small pause before this next heat, which is due to start at 2008hrs to fit in with the Live TV schedule. (We're also live on WRC+ now). Worth waiting for though - it's Ketomaa's first stage since his enormous crash in Portugal.

Thu 20:01 - SS1: Gorban vs Kremer
We're up to our WRC 2 regulars now, and Kremer becomes the new man to beat in 1m49.1s. "Very nice for the moment," he says. Gorban, however, records the slowest time through so far - 15.9sec adrift. What happened? "Not so good for us - we have a few spins in there. I'm looking forward to the weekend though - the rally starts tomorrow."

Thu 19:56 - SS1: Hirschi vs Maurin
Maurin the new stage leader in 1m49.3s. "A beautiful stage, a lot of people, we tried to drive clean. We try to learn these roads quickly."

Thu 19:52 - SS1: Staniszewski vs Koltun
Koltun, in a Ford Fiesta R5, wins another all-Polish heat. "It's great to compete here in front of my own crowd. My dream this weekend is a podium."

Thu 19:47 - SS1: Raczkowski vs Ptaszek
The first all-Polish heat goes to Raczkowski in a Ford Fiesta R5 - and he's quickest so far in 1m49.8s. Ptaszek, in a Ford Fiesta S2000 is 1.5sec slower.

Thu 19:44 - SS1: Koci vs Serderidis
Koci the new man to beat - steering his Peugeot 208 T16 around in 1m50.7s. "We've done a lot of preparation for this rally. I hope it pays off." Serderidis says the stage was more slippery than he remembered, but he's through cleanly.

Thu 19:41 - SS1: Sousa vs Torres Fuentes
Peugeot 206 T16 driver Sousa is just 0.4sec off Suninen's stage leading time. "Finally I have the car in good shape, a slight lack of power, but as long as everything works well mechanically I'm sure I will have a good rally." Torres Fuentes sounds happy enough to slot fourth, 1.5sec adrift, in his R5 Fiesta.

Thu 19:36 - SS1: Uger vs Suninen
Suninen has switched from a DS 3 R3T to a Skoda Fabia S2000 since Rally Italia Sardegna. And he gets off to a terrific start with fastest time so far: 1m53.4s. "It feels really nice - great suspension and power. Only one day of testing though - and this is only my second gravel rally in a four-wheel-drive car, so lots of learning."

Thu 19:31 - SS1: Carchat vs Rendina
Rendina takes the heat win, 1.4sec ahead of Carchat - both in identical Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X cars. "All good," says Rendina.

Thu 19:29 - SS1: Gilbert vs Foulon
Foulon is the first 4WD competitor on stage, but his Mitsubishi Lancer is no match for JWRC leader Gilbert's DS 3 R3T. "A good start, a nice atmosphere, but my engine stopped 100 metres before the finish line so we have to have a look." He won't get a proper look before the 15-minute service on Friday morning.

Thu 19:24 - SS1: Tempestini vs Crugnola
It's a tie in this all-Italian heat, with both drivers sharing third fastest so far. "I hope to keep a good rhythm," says Tempestini. Crugnola says: "I've never been here before, so I'm doing this based on videos I have watched - and the recce of course."

Thu 19:20 - SS1: Haapamaki vs Andolfi
Happamaki just three-tenths off Folb's quickest time. "I like the Super Specials, I drove autocross for about five years, so it's good fun." Andolfi is 2.7sec slower than the Finn - a clean run.

Thu 19:17 - SS1: De Tommaso vs Perry
Perry the quicker of the two. "A lot of sliding in the first lap, after that it was okay." It's a steady start for WRC debutant De Tommaso at the wheel of a Peugeot 208 vti. He's only done two gravel rallies before.

Thu 19:13 - SS1: Folb vs Della Casa
A convincing heat win for Folb who is quickest so far in 1m57.9s. "My first time here, it's a fast rally, we are here to train for Finland and it's a great start!" All clear for Della Casa who is happy to put on a show for the spectators. "I think it's the only time we'll use the handbrake on this rally."

Thu 19:09 - SS1: Pryce vs Al Mutawaa
Our pairings commence, and the first heat is won by Pryce. "Nice and clean, not so many mistakes." He's fastest so far in 1m59.7s. Al Mutawaa is 2.5sec slower. "We enjoyed it, we are happy."

Thu 19:04 - SS1: We're off!
And the first pairing turns out to be a solo appearance for Frenchman Matthieu Margaillan. "Quite stressful out there on my own." His time 2m01.7s.

Thu 18:17 - Up next: SS1
We'll begin our live text service at 1855hrs, when the first pair of drivers approach the start line. Don't forget, this stage is also available to watch live on WRC from 2000hrs CEST

Thu 17:54 - Start order
The Junior World Rally Championship crews will head the field tonight, followed by those in WRC 2 and then the World Rally Cars. The first WRC pairing will be Abbring versus Bertelli at 2028hrs.

Thu 17:48 - Stage notes: SS1
Mikolajki Arena, 2.50km. The rally roars into life at a purpose-built super special stage next to Mikolajki’s service park. Two cars at a time will tackle the short gravel test, scene of Jari-Matti Latvala’s 2009 heartbreak when he crashed in the final stage and wrecked Ford’s 1-2 finish.

Thu 17:43 - Weather update
It's been another beautiful afternoon in Mikolajki, which is sweltering in a heatwave. Robert Kubica reckons it's the hottest summer for 30 years. Hot, dry and sunny all day. The current temperature of 24ºC will drop a couple of degrees by sundown at 2107hrs

Thu 17:33 - Thursday's itinerary
It's a straightforward schedule - and all times are quoted locally (CEST). The first car will leave the Service Park at 1840hrs for the 1km drive the stage start. The rest of the field will follow at two-minute intervals, pairing up ready for the head-to-head stage. The first two cars will take to the track at 1900hrs. Stage complete, competitors will drive 850 metres to the overnight parc fermé. Job done.

Thu 17:32 - Coming up tonight
Just one competitive stage - the first pass of the Mikolajki Arena Super Special. At just 2.5km in length, this promises to be a crowd-pleasing prelude before the proper stages on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Thu 17:32 - We're reporting live
from the rally's host town Mikolajki, in Poland's Masurian lake district, 250km north of capital city Warsaw. This week the trusty text desk is squeezed into the WRC TV production office, overlooking the Service Park

Thu 17:31 - Dobry wieczór
From Poland, and welcome to our live text coverage of the 72nd LOTOS Rally Poland, round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship

Mon 12:32 - LOTOS 72nd Rally Poland 2015
Super Special Stage Mikolajki Arena starts thursday 2nd July 19:00 (CEST) - watch the LIVE Stages and Preview Magazine on wrcplus.com

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MIKOLAJKI, POLAND

22°C

Wind: 9 km/h

Fri

24°C

Sat

28°C

Sun

30°C

Mon

33°C

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Stagewinners

Stage Name Winner Team Time
SS1 Super Special Stage Mikolajki Arena - 1 (2.50 km) FRAS. OGIER
FRAJ. INGRASSIA
Volkswagen Motorsport 1:43.9
SS2 Gorklo (13.00 km)
SS3 Goldap -1 (14.75 km)
SS4 Babki -1 (14.65 km)
SS5 Stanczyki -1 (39.12 km)
SS6 Babki -2 (14.65 km)
SS7 Stanczyki -2 (39.12 km)
SS8 Goldap -2 (14.75 km)
SS9 Super Special Stage Mikolajki Arena - 2 (2.50 km)
SS10 Mazury -1 (17.70 km)
SS11 Wieliczki -1 (12.87 km)
SS12 Swietajno -1 (21.25 km)
SS13 Paprotki (23.15 km)
SS14 Mazury -2 (17.70 km)
SS15 Wieliczki -2 (12.87 km)
SS16 Swietajno -2 (21.25 km)
SS17 Super Special Stage Mikolajki Arena - 3 (2.50 km)
SS18 Baranowo -1 (14.60 km)
SS19 Baranowo - 2 (Power Stage) (14.60 km)

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