Thu 21:33 - We will return
On Friday to bring you coverage of the first full day of competition. And it's going to be a marathon. We'll be here from 0700hrs (local) ready for the first of 12 stages, which gets underway at 0712hrs. Bye for now!
Thu 21:30 - Stage complete
With no major upsets, and that's where we'll leave our live text coverage from Finland tonight
Thu 21:29 - Finland WRC 2 after SS1
1.Scandola 1m51.7s, 2.Loubet +0.5s, 3.Gilbert +1.1s, 4.Greensmith +1.2s, 5.Andolfi +1.4s
Thu 21:26 - SS1: WRC 2 Scandola
Last driver through, the Italian bags the quickest WRC 2 time and the overnight category lead. Loubet is second, with Gilbert third.
Thu 21:15 - SS1: WRC 2 Loubet
The Frenchman is the pace-setter so far in WRC 2. Gilbert is second with Greensmith third.
Thu 21:03 - WRC 2 on stage
No more driver comments from this stage, but we will follow the times to bring you the overnight standings.
Thu 21:02 - Finland after SS1
1.Tanak 1m44.1s, 2.Neuville +1.1s, 3.Ogier +1.5s, 4.Breen +1.6s, 5.Latvala +2.2s.
Thu 20:57 - SS1: Ogier
The champ slots third quickest, 1.5sec slower than his team-mate Tanak and four-tenths off Neuville's pace. "Here in Finland it's all about pushing. The pressure in normal. I've been on holiday, I feel completely relaxed and I come here with a full battery and ready to push."
Thu 20:54 - SS1: Neuville
Second quickest so far, 1.2sec off Tanak's pace. "It's going to be a difficult event. The main thing is to enjoy it, stay in a close battle with Seb and finish ahead of him at the end."
Thu 20:51 - SS1: Latvala
Cleanly through but 2.2sec slower than Tanak. "A fantastic feeling to start the rally. This stage is nice but difficult. It wasn't great on the first corner but otherwise I'm happy with how the car felt. Now we can start the rally properly."
Thu 20:47 - SS1: Tanak
A terrific start for Ott who goes fastest so far, 1.6sec quicker than Breen. "This is the kind of event where you can smile! I have a good respect for these roads but when you have a good feeling it can be very enjoyable."
Thu 20:44 - SS1: Sordo
"It was okay. I will try and do my best this weekend."
Thu 20:43 - SS1: Evans
Fifth-quickest and trying to reset after missing his pre-event test when Ogier crashed the car he was due to use. "Okay, not the best preparations, but we have to forget that now and get on with driving the car."
Thu 20:39 - SS1: Paddon
Nine-tenths slower than Breen. "We've got to keep calm and keep our expectations in check. This weekend we're going to run our own rally, keep it natural. If the feeling's there, we want to be fighting up there for a podium."
Thu 20:36 - SS1: Breen
Quickest so far. That's a great start for Craig after a miserable run last time out in Poland. "It feels awesome to be here again. I remember last year saying it was like driving a PlayStation. Well, now I feel I have my PlayStation back again. The guys have worked wonders with the car. I can't wait until tomorrow! "
Thu 20:33 - SS1: Hanninen
His car looks straight after his Shakedown shunt. Quickest so far suggests it's running well too. Does he have much of a local advantage this weekend? "Not such a big advantage, no, but for sure we will try."
Thu 20:30 - SS1: Meeke
Last year's Finland winner goes quickest so far in 1m47.1s. "This is a difficult street stage where you don't want to make a mistake. For sure others will be faster, but it's more important not to lose time here."
Thu 20:27 - SS1: Lappi
That's the first stage clear for the Finnish rising star, but he has concerns about one of the chicanes. "I think somebody ahead had hit the tyres and moved them."
Thu 20:25 - SS1: Ostberg
Quickest so far, alongside new co-driver Torstein Eriksen. "I'm really looking forward to starting the stages tomorrow, but also Shakedown and even in here were fun. I'm really wound up! It's really enjoyable and I'm please to be able to experience it with a good friend and an excellent co-driver."
Thu 20:20 - SS1: Al Qassimi
The Citroen team patron back for his second WRC appearance of the year. His first was in Portugal in May. He's five seconds off Suninen's pace. "Always a special atmosphere here. It's unique. I'm happy to be here."
Thu 20:17 - SS1: Suninen
The 2014 Future Rally Star of Finland goes quickest so far in his 2017-spec Fiesta WRC. "A clean run but nothing else. Careful in many braking places but hopefully we didn't lose more than two or three seconds."
Thu 20:15 - SS1: WRC 2 Nordgren
Like Huttunen, a winner of the "Future Rally Star of Finland' award. "Only my third WRC rally but the feeling is awesome!" he says.
Thu 20:11 - SS1: WRC 2 Huttunen
He's through, 3.9sec slower than Camilli. What are his goals for the weekend ahead? "I'm hoping for a clean rally and we'll see what happens."
Thu 20:09 - SS1: Time to beat
Ford Fiesta R5 driver Eric Camilli is quickest so far. His time: 1m50.6s.
Thu 20:08 - SS1: We're off!
Huttunen's Skoda blasts away from the line.
Thu 20:06 - Stage info: SS1
Harju 1, 2.31km. Neste Rally Finland kicks off with 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.
Thu 20:05 - Remembering Timo
Flying Finn Timo Mäkinen was remembered earlier tonight when a selection of his cars were driven through the stage. We like this fan's personal tribute too.
Thu 20:03 - SS1: Start intervals
Two-minute intervals for tonight's stage.
Thu 20:02 - Tyre choices
Confirmation from Michelin that all its drivers have five soft-compound tyres except Meeke who is saving some weight by taking only four.
Thu 19:57 - Thursday's running order
A mixed order for tonight's stage. Local driver Sami Juusonen was first through, closely followed by the Junior WRC field. The World Rally Car runners will be led off by Teemu Suninen at 2014hrs. Here's how the WRC drivers will line up: 1.Suninen, 2.Al Qassimi, 3.Østberg, 4.Lappi, 5.Meeke, 6.Hänninen, 7.Breen, 8.Paddon, 9.Evans, 10.Sordo, 11.Tänak, 12.Latvala, 13.Neuville, 14.Ogier
Thu 19:49 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams and Emyr Penlan in the studio and Colin Clark reporting from the stage ends. You'll find a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.
Thu 19:49 - Weather update
It's a lovely evening here in Jyvaskyla. Clear skies overhead, and with sunset not until 2215hrs there is still plenty of sunshine. The temperature is 19˚C.
Thu 19:45 - Thursday's itinerary
Just one stage tonight; the 2.31km city-centre based Harju, which serves as a urban warm up before the rally heads to the forests for the next few days.
Thu 19:45 - Welcome back
We're LIVE on wrc.com and the WRC App to bring you all the stage news from our vantage point here in the Jyvaskyla service park
Thu 19:31 - Watch SS1
WRC users can watch tonight's stage action LIVE. Head to plus.wrc.com to find out more.
Thu 18:41 - Live text schedule
We will start our coverage when the WRC 2 drivers take to the stage. First car for us will be the Skoda Fabia R5 of local rising star Jari Huttunen at 2008hrs local (UTC +3hrs).
Thu 18:40 - Coming up tonight
We will bring you live updates from Thursday's rally-opening Harju stage (SS1).
Thu 18:40 - Hello from Finland!
Good evening live texters and welcome to our coverage of Neste Rally Finland, round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Wed 17:34 - WRC Live Radio Airtimes (UTC+3)
Thu - 27th July - 18:45 Fri - 28th July: 0700 Sat - 29th July: 0845 Sun - 30th July: 0900
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Tue 10:33 - Neste Rally Finland 2017
Watch the 26min. Preview Magazine on wrcplus.com