Thu 18:23 - Up next: Refuel and regroup
Crews head to Konnevesi for a regroup and remote refuel before the second pass of Lankamaa. Ogier will start the stage at 1907hrs. We'll be back then.
Thu 18:17 - WRC2 top 5 after SS2
1. Tanak (Fiesta R5): 17:40.5, 2. Ketomaa (Fiesta R5): +3.6s, 3. Brynildsen (Fiesta RRC): +24.4s, 4. Kruuda (208 T16): +24.6s, 5. Chardonnet (DS3 R5): +28.3s
Thu 18:10 - Key points from SS2
Latvala fastest again - extends rally lead to 5.3sec. First on the road Ogier grateful for the rain and moves up to second. Ostberg seventh and extremely frustrated by his lack of pace. A close battle - just 18.9sec covering the top seven drivers
Thu 18:01 - WRC top 5 after SS2
1. Latvala (VW): 16:19.8, 2. Ogier (VW): +5.3s, 3. Meeke (Citroen): +7.6s, 4. Hanninen (Hyundai): +7.8s, 5. Hirvonen (Ford): +14.9s
Thu 17:57 - SS2 weather update
The rain has stopped but there's still lots of standing water on the stage.
Thu 17:56 - SS2 stage details
In the past few years teams have used Jouhtikyla for private testing, but it now returns to the itinerary for the first time in 22 years. The road is fast and flowing with accurate pace notes essential as drivers flick their cars from crest to corner
Thu 17:54 - SS2: Kubica unflustered
The Pole has another decent stage. He's 9.5sec off Latvala's pace but keeping his driving under control. "You can’t compare my pace to that of the top drivers on these roads. We are trying to learn and drive consistently. We know this. No drama."
Thu 17:51 - SS2: Hanninen flies
Hyundai's Finnish ace goes third quickest. 'Okay, still we lost [to the Volkswagens] but it's not that easy. The main thing is keeping in the line and sometimes I was not able to do it. You have to be smooth and I know I can be smoother."
Thu 17:47 - SS2: Prokop frustrated
The Czech is 15.5sec slower than Latvala. "I can be better but I have no feeling for the grip. I just don’t know where the limit is."
Thu 17:45 - SS2: Meeke slips to third
A decent time from the Briton on SS2, but it's not enough to keep Ogier behind.
Thu 17:41 - SS2: Neuville overdriving
"My pace notes are too slow, and that's making me overdrive a bit - and that's not good for my confidence. I'm struggling a bit at the moment."
Thu 17:39 - SS2: Hirvonen hanging on
7.2sec slower than Latvala on stage and he's now 14.9sec behind overall. "Sebastien and Jari-Matti are are putting on an incredible speed. We’re trying to hang on in there."
Thu 17:36 - SS2: Ostberg fuming
He's 7.2sec slower than Latvala and his frustration is clear. "I don't understand it. It seems to be going well but the times are s**t."
Thu 17:34 - SS2: Steady start for Mikkelsen
He's 5.6sec slower than Latvala. "Okay, I would like to be quicker that Sebastien and Jari-Matti but I still don't trust the conditions yet. I'm looking to build my pace bit by bit."
Thu 17:32 - SS2: But Latvala's quicker
He completes 2.2sec quicker in 5m02.5s. "Very good grip in there. Only one slippy braking area. It's not so good for the spectators but for the drivers it's a good feeling."
Thu 17:30 - SS2: Ogier thanks the rain
The VW ace is through and delighted by the steady rain. "I was hoping for this for sure. This stage was very slippery with a lot of loose gravel so I'm happy it was wet. Not a bad stage, a few small mistakes but it's okay."
Thu 17:27 - WRC 2 casualty list
Chardonnet: Came too fast into a corner and hit a bank. Has a right-hand front puncture and maybe and left-hand front puncture too. Only has one spare. Pizzuti: Car driven by Max Rendina (see today's news in brief for more details) but appears to have gone off and damaged the rear suspension.
Thu 17:23 - WRC2 top 5 after SS1
1. Ketomaa (Fiesta R5): 12:19.1, 2. Tanak (Fiesta R5): +2.4s, 3. Brynildsen (Fiesta RRC): +17.6s, 4. Kruuda (208 T16): +17.8s, 5. Chardonnet (DS3 R5): +18.5s
Thu 17:11 - Key points from SS1
Latvala goes quickest to hold a 2.6sec rally lead. Heavy rain affects drivers running further down the start order. Rain mitigates the usual road cleaning effect
Thu 17:02 - WRC top 5 after SS1
1. Latvala (VW): 11:17.3, 2. Meeke (Citroen): +2.6s, 3. Ogier (VW): +3.1s, 4. Hanninen (Hyundai): +4.6s, 5. Hirvonen (Ford): +7.7s
Thu 16:58 - SS1: Damp start for Nikara
The Finn almost bagged sixth in a Mini here in 2013 until a shock absorber failed on the penultimate stage. Back this year in a Fiesta RS and getting off to a wet start. “In the beginning it was okay but in the second half there was lots of rain and water in the ruts. I had to take it very carefully.” He completes 12th fastest, 26.8sec off Latvala's stage winning time.
Thu 16:51 - SS1: Breen hits monsoon
The Irishman completes 54.4sec off Latvala's stage winning time. "That was a baptism of fire. For some reason I just can’t seem get a clear stage - it was the same in Sweden. It was an absolute monsoon in there."
Thu 16:45 - SS1: All okay for Kubica
"Quite a good warm up. Quite good. Only one small mistake at a junction, but nothing happened so okay. We got some heavy rain for the last 8km."
Thu 16:43 - SS1 rain update
It's falling more heavily now, to the detriment of drivers further down the start order who, in dry conditions, would expect a cleaner road swept of loose gravel by the cars ahead. Instead, the surface is deteriorating.
Thu 16:38 - SS1: Meeke second quickest
A fabulous start for the Briton, who is 2.6sec off Latvala's pace: "Yeah, it's good, but there’s a long, long way to go." He's loving the Finnish scenery too. "What an incredible place to drive a rally car, eh?"
Thu 16:34 - SS1: Neuville held back?
The Belgian feels the damp road was sapping the power from his Hyundai. "The road is getting more loose. In places I feel like we are not going forward."
Thu 16:31 - SS1: Hirvonen awake
He's 7.7sec slower than Latvala. "Okay, that was a bit of a wake up call but overall pretty good. Jari-Matti has pulled away a bit but we are there in the fight."
Thu 16:30 - SS1: Ostberg uncomfortable
"That was a difficult stage, I'm struggling to find the good grip. There's a lot of variation, you can see that because the road is different colours in places."
Thu 16:27 - SS1: Mikkelsen slower
He's 13sec slower than Latvala but sounds satisfied enough. "I'm quite happy with my run, no moments, it's a good start."
Thu 16:25 - SS1: Latvala quickest so far
An awesome time for Ogier's Volkswagen team-mate who goes 3.1sec quicker. He likes the rain, too. "It was definitely helping. The first two corners were a bit slippy but after that I had very good grip. In some places I probably could have pushed harder but you never know how much to risk."
Thu 16:22 - SS1: Ogier through
In a benchmark time of 11m20.4s. "For sure I didn't take the full risk. I could have been faster but in the rain, and in the standing water I was not flat-out."
Thu 16:12 - SS1: Ogier underway
Our World Champion, and last year's Finland winner, has begun the stage in his Volkswagen
Thu 16:11 - SS1 weather
Lankamaa is 48km from Jyvaskyla, and although it has rained there in the last hour it has stopped now. Skies looking threatening though, so more downpours are likely
Thu 16:07 - SS1 details
Finland doesn’t mess around, and the event gets underway with a proper challenge. At 23.44km Lankamaa is the longest test of the rally and features a dizzying mix of conditions: wide and narrow roads, crests, jumps and dips, all tackled flat-out
Thu 16:00 - Weather forecast
Looks a bit more encouraging for the spectators, with dry and sunny conditions returning for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Thu 15:56 - Weather update
For the last few weeks it has been beautifully hot and sunny in Jyvaskyla, with only the occasional thunderstorm to top up the lakes. Today was fine and dry for shakedown, but the clouds gathered after lunch and it is now chucking it down with rain
Thu 15:55 - Start order
For Friday AND Saturday is based on championship standings, which puts leader Ogier first on the road. Here’s the full World Rally Car start order: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Ostberg, 5. Hirvonen, 6. Neuville, 7. Meeke, 8. Evans, 9. Prokop, 10. H. Solberg, 11. Hanninen, 12. Kubica, 13. Paddon, 14. Breen, 15. Nikara, 16. Solowow
Thu 15:55 - Cars have left service
and are en route to the start of SS1 Lankamaa, which kicks off at 1608hrs local time
Thu 15:55 - So four stages tonight
and still three days of action go until the winner crosses the finish ramp on Sunday at 1500hrs
Thu 15:54 - There’s also Jouhtikyla
once a popular test venue for WRC teams, plus the day-closing Harju street stage which runs through the heart of Jyvaskyla and is making a return after a 16 year absence
Thu 15:54 - Coming up
Thursday’s opening leg taking crews northeast of host city Jyvaskyla for two passes of the Lankamaa stage, which runs close to Finnish rallying legend Juha Kankkunen’s home and is the longest of the rally at 23.44 kilometres
Thu 15:54 - Hello from Jyvaskyla
and welcome to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland - round eight of the FIA World Rally Championship and the fastest of the lot