Neste Oil Rally Finland


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Sun 14:21 - We will return
On 20 August for WRC round nine, ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest and don’t forget to check out WRC+ for full programmes and onboards from Finland

Sun 14:21 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll end our live text service from Finland.

Sun 14:20 - J WRC: Gilbert wins!
Haapamaki completes the stage 1.9sec quicker - so Gilbert wins the Junior category by 0.5sec! Ole Christian Veiby takes third.

Sun 14:16 - Late drama in JWRC
Junior leader Quentin Gilbert has been given a 10-sec penalty for checking in late to the midpoint regroup. His lead over Henri Haapamaki going into the final stage drops from 12.5sec to just 2.5sec!

Sun 14:10 - WRC 2 top five
1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 2h40m15.0s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m41.0s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +3m31.5s, 4. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +4m58.3s, 5. Pedder (Ford Fiesta R5): +6m45.6s

Sun 14:07 - Lappi wins WRC 2
No last-stage dramas in WRC 2. Esapekka Lappi heads a Skoda 1-2 with Pontus Tidemand second and Stephane Lefebvre third in a DS 3. Lappi says: "A perfect weekend, not any single problem. The car worked perfectly so a big thanks to Skoda. On Finnish and Polish gravel it's unbeatable. I have to get some more experience yet, but sooner or later I want to get into a World Rally Car." "

Sun 14:04 - Rally Finland top 5
FINAL [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 2h33m03.8s, 2. Ogier (VW): +13.7s, 3. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m36.8s, 4. Neuville (Hyundai): +3m58.7s, 5. Tanak (Ford) +4m29.3s

Sun 14:02 - Power Stage result
1: Ogier 6m16.1s (3 points) 2: Latvala 6m16.5s (2 points) 3: Meeke 6m19.0s (1 point)

Sun 13:59 - WRC record breaker 2
Ogier wins the fastest power stage of all time. His stage winning average of 135.25 kph beats the previous record, 129.55 kph, from the 2012 Rally Finland

Sun 13:56 - WRC record breaker 1
Jari-Matti Latvala wins the fastest WRC rally in history. His 125.44 kph overall average speed exceeds the previous best (2012 Rally Finland) of 122.89 kph.

Sun 13:54 - SS20: Latvala
He's second-fastest on the Power Stage to win the event by 13.7sec from his team-mate Ogier. "This was a fantastic victory. I had a really, really good drive all through the weekend. Saturday especially was one of the best drives of my life. After Poland I concentrated for three weeks for this event. My championship chance is over but I knew if I could win this week it would help me. It's a great feeling."

Sun 13:49 - Latvala on his roof!
Standing on it in celebration - he hasn't rolled.

Sun 13:48 - SS20: Latvala wins!
He takes his third victory at Neste Oil Rally Finland

Sun 13:48 - SS20: Ogier
No surprise that it's a flat-out attack on the Power Stage. His time 6m16.1s is quicker than Meeke by 2.9sec. His average speed 135,25 km/h! "An amazing battle with Jari-Matti and this weekend has been fantastic. I loved it. Jari-Matti was so strong - well done to him. I have no problem to be beaten by Jari-Matti at home this weekend."

Sun 13:44 - SS20: Ostberg
Third fastest so far on stage and it looks like third overall for Mads. "It's so nice to be at the end now, I enjoyed the whole rally. It feels good to be back and fighting after Poland. I hope we can continue to prepare for the other rallies like this."

Sun 13:42 - SS20: Neuville
Fifth fastest on stage and fourth position overall. Not bad after his huge shunt on Shakedown. "We had some problems at the beginning and our crew did an incredible job to fix the car, We couldn't expect better than fourth, it's good for the manufacturers' championship. I can't be happy with this rally but the position is good."

Sun 13:39 - SS20: Tanak
Second fastest so far, 1.3sec off Meeke's leading time. The chance of a decent result went out the window on day one with a broken damper. "After that big disappointment you are never in the same frame of mind," he says. "It's not the same as fighting for a position. I've been concentrating on the notes and trying to find the good lines."

Sun 13:36 - SS20: Hanninen
His stage time is 6m30.6s, so it's sixth place for the Finn - a fantastic result considering he had no pre-event test. "It took time to settle in, and I'm still missing a bit of the push but I've enjoyed it. The car has been perfect - a lot of fun."

Sun 13:33 - SS20: Prokop
Third quickest so far on stage and it looks like seventh place for Martin. "The beginning was horrible, we were too motivated after our test and we did a lot of mistakes. Finally I'm at the finish. I haven't finished this rally on the last two attempts."

Sun 13:30 - SS20: Bertelli
A consistent run from the Italian, who completes without resorting to Superally. "It's the second rally in the row that I've finished without a problem. Top ten as well. Now we can build on this result."

Sun 13:26 - SS20: Sordo
Safely through, but it's 11th place for Dani and a rally he'll want to forget. "It's very, very fast, here and when you're not pushing, not risking, you lose a lot of time. We had nothing to do today, the mistake yesterday cost us five or six minutes. We have to wait for Germany now."

Sun 13:24 - SS20: Evans
He's through, 4.4sec off Meeke's time. "We got a good deal of experience as a result of not using Superally. We can be pleased with our progress. It's a big improvement over last year."

Sun 13:21 - SS20: Al Qassimi
He completes 28.5sec slower than Meeke. "I lifted the pace another 20 per cent. It's the last stage and I wanted to see where I can get."

Sun 13:19 - SS20: Meeke
He's through in 6m19.0s. That's 10sec faster than his first pass."I always knew the pace was there, I need an extra half a per cent to keep it together. When that happens It'll be good."

Sun 13:08 - SS20: Meeke underway
First to start the stage, on schedule at 1308hrs

Sun 13:06 - SS20: Live on WRC
Our live stream from Myhinpää is up and running

Sun 12:16 - Up next: The Power Stage
We'll return for the final, decisive, stage at 1308hrs

Sun 11:35 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS19
[+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 2h33m40.0s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m32.2s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +3m20.3s, 4. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +4m47.8s, 5. Pedder (Ford Fiesta R5): +6m24.3s

Sun 11:33 - WRC top 5 after SS19
Latvala on course for victory [ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 2h26m47.3s, 2. Ogier (VW): 14.1s, 3. Ostberg (DS 3): 1m32.8s, 4. Neuville (Hyundai): 3m44.2s, 5. Tanak (Ford) 4m25.5s

Sun 11:25 - SS19: WRC 2 Pedder
"We just cruised through. Before the stage I couldn't remember if there were any jumps in here. There were about 10. It's like I've died and gone to heaven. It's unbelievable here."

Sun 11:23 - SS19: Protasov
A clean stage, but Yurii is another driver keen to get the rally over. "I have a little problem with my neck, and there's a lot of space behind and in front of us. I'm looking for the finish."

Sun 11:21 - SS19: WRC 2 Lefebvre
Third in WRC 2 and it's a familiar safety-first approach. "Not an easy stage and it's so easy to make a mistake. Today I do not push. I want to get to the finish."

Sun 11:19 - SS19: WRC 2 Tidemand
8.9sec slower than Lappi and his sights are set on a formation 1-2 victory for Skoda. "I enjoyed it. For sure it would have been better if we were pushing but we want to get to the finish."

Sun 11:17 - SS19: WRC 2 Lappi
The Finn clears with a trouble-free run and takes a category lead of 1m32s into the final stage. "Really enjoyable."

Sun 11:16 - SS19: Latvala
The rally leader completes in the fastest time, nine-tenths up on Ogier, which gives him a rally lead of 14.1s ahead of the final stage. "It's a relief!" he says. "What a roller-coaster. It's an impressive stage, I must say, jumping in places I wasn't expecting to. One stage to go. Time wise it should be okay, but I still need a clean run."

Sun 11:13 - SS19: Ogier
Quickest so far in 6m27.6 but there's no penultimate stage push to steal victory from his team-mate. "Just a high speed recce. For sure it's an impressive stage, I have a lot of respect for it. There is nothing to fight for, so I try to work on my notes for the Power Stage."

Sun 11:10 - SS19: Ostberg
Not sounding too comfortable, but secure in third. "I didn't enjoy that stage, but it's okay. I'm concentrating on getting the car through cleanly."

Sun 11:09 - SS19: Neuville
Thierry is well cushioned in fourth, so we're not expecting any heroics from him today. He's fourth quickest so far and his car is running on all four cylinders. "The car is working perfectly, a steady run today, there's noting to fight for. We must get the car home and collect the manufacturer points."

Sun 11:07 - SS19: Tanak
Second quickest so far, 4.1sec off Meeke's pace. Can he keep Hanninen behind? "Yes of course, no problem. A tricky stage to start though. I was careful to check everything. It should be fine for the repeat. It's a proper stage!"

Sun 11:05 - SS19: Hanninen
He begins the day sixth, trailing Tanak by 1.9sec. Can he catch him? "With this time it seems no. A really nice stage though, I made some changes, made the car stiffer."

Sun 11:02 - SS19: Prokop
"A tricky stage. A nice stage but a lot of tricky places to manage. All we did was keep it safe."

Sun 11:01 - SS19: Bertelli
15.2sec off Meeke's pace. "This morning I was thinking about keeping Sordo behind, then in the stage I said okay, maybe keep the same pace. In the end it looks like Sordo had a problem, so it was okay."

Sun 10:59 - SS19: Sordo
He's through, 27sec off the pace, and this rally can't finish early enough for Dani. "Very bad," he says. "With this set-up we are very, very slow. Just try to finish."

Sun 10:56 - SS19: Evans
"Pretty tricky, quite slippery in a few places. Not 100 per cent committed yet. I look forward to coming through again later." He's 6.4sec slower than Meeke.

Sun 10:54 - SS19: Al Qassimi
30sec down on Meeke's pace. "A lot of blind crests in there. Maybe on the second pass we can go a bit faster."

Sun 10:52 - SS19: Meeke
A hairy moment when he collected a Neste Oil advertising banner after a jump, but otherwise it's a clear stage for the Brit. "It was on the line after the crest, so I had to take it down..." His time 6m29.0s.

Sun 10:48 - Tyre choices
All Michelin drivers have taken five soft compound LTX Force tyres

Sun 10:47 - Stage notes: SS19
Myhinpää (14.13km) is used in the opposite direction to last year and in a shortened form. It is quite technical for the opening 8km, with several places where drivers must slow to hold the correct line. The remainder is very fast with several big jumps just before the finish.

Sun 10:45 - SS19: LIVE!
Meeke began the stage at 1043hrs

Sun 10:44 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't forget our WRC Live radio commentary and Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section

Sun 10:44 - Start intervals
All crews will start today's stages at 2min intervals

Sun 10:43 - Start order
All change. Crews will tackle Sunday's stages in reverse rally classification order, headed by Rally2 restarters. That puts the returning Kris Meeke through first. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Meeke, 2. Al Qassimi, 3. Evans, 4. Sordo, 5. Bertelli, 6. Prokop, 7. Hanninen, 8. Tanak, 9. Neuville, 10. Ostberg, 11. Ogier, 12. Latvala.

Sun 10:43 - Weather
After two mixed days, summer has finally arrived in Jyväskylä. This morning anyway. Blue skies are overhead, although the forecast is showing rain this afternoon. The current temperature of 16ºC should hit 19ºC later.

Sun 10:43 - Coming up today
It's the big finish in Finland. The last two stages. And they're both on the same awesome piece of road: Myhinpää. Crews will tackle it once this morning and for a second time this afternoon as the Live TV Power Stage. There will be no service break between the passes.

Sun 10:42 - Hyvää huomenta!
Hello again from Jyväskylä, and welcome back to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland

Sat 19:17 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll end our live text service for tonight. Join us on Sunday for the third and final day in Finland. Just two stages remain! The action resumes at 1043hrs local (GMT+3) with the first of two passes through Myhinpää. Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Jyväskylä. Bye for now!

Sat 19:14 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS18
[+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 2h26m53.2s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m23.3s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +3m03.3s, 4. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +4m31.3s, 5. Pedder (Ford Fiesta R5): +6m12.9s

Sat 19:12 - SS18: WRC 2 Pedder
He ends the day fifth in WRC 2. "There's some red clay showing on the road now - we're used to that in Australia. Okay, not as good the second time through but that's a corker of a stage."

Sat 19:06 - WRC top 5 after SS18
Tanak up to 5th [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 2h20m20.6s, 2. Ogier (VW): +13.2s, 3. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m28.0s, 4. Neuville (Hyundai): +3m26.5s, 5. Tanak (Ford) +4m19.1s

Sat 19:05 - SS18: WRC 2 Lefebvre
Well cushioned in third. " A long day for us. No big push. I hope to do the same tomorrow."

Sat 19:03 - SS18: WRC 2 Tidemand
Secure in second place in WRC 2. "No problems. The car is working well. Some similar times with Esapekka. I hope to continue like this tomorrow."

Sat 19:01 - SS18: WRC 2 Lappi
He completes with a healthy class lead. "As good a day as yesterday. Pretty satisfied!"

Sat 18:59 - SS18: Bertelli
Lorenzo hold tenth place tonight. "I am satisfied with my improvement today. Doing these stages for the first time in the World Rally Car we have learned a lot."

Sat 18:58 - SS18: Hanninen
As he expected, Juho loses his fifth place to Ott Tanak. The gap between them 1.6sec. "All okay, really nice stages today, we've had fun."

Sat 18:53 - SS18: Prokop
"I'm happy to have got through - we managed to get over all those stones..."

Sat 18:52 - SS18: Sordo
His Hyundai is now missing a section of rear wing as well as its front bumper and Dani sounds fed up. "There is nothing more for us to do than try and get the car to the finish."

Sat 18:48 - SS18: Tanak
"After the frustration of yesterday it's been a good day for us. Learning the roads for the future."

Sat 18:46 - SS18: Evans
"It's been an okay day. Nothing overly spectacular. We've got the mileage, got the notes, it's been a good experience."

Sat 18:45 - SS18: Neuville
His car sounding like a bag of nails again at the stop control. "It's bad now but it was okay in the stage, it only dropped onto three cylinders after the finish." He posts a decent time, 8.9sec slower than Latvala.

Sat 18:42 - SS18: Latvala
Another terrific time, 1.8sec up on Ogier, and his lead is looking increasingly secure at 13.2sec. "I'm really, really happy with how the afternoon went. I knew this was the time to attack. Even with the rain earlier in Jukojarvi - that was the turning point I think - I had to take risks there."

Sat 18:39 - SS18: Ostberg
Mads is in the zone. He completes 2.7sec off Ogier's pace. "I wanted to be safe in here but there's no chance. I hit the first corner so well I just keep on going!"

Sat 18:37 - SS18: Ogier
He completes in 7m18.5s. Enough to catch Jari-Matti? "We tried. I did what I could. But even if I finish second here it would be great for my championship. I missed my chance earlier today when I thought I had a puncture Jari-Matti has done a great job. He deserves this position for now."

Sat 18:33 - SS18: Kubica rolls!
We're hearing he has rolled at the 15.3km point - that's almost within sight of the finish

Sat 18:29 - Next stage: SS18
Saturday's final stage, the repeat of Horkka, began at 1825hrs. Robert Kubica is already at the 5km split point...

Sat 18:22 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS17
Top five cautious through the rough stage [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 2h19m19.7s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m23.4s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +2m45.6s, 4. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +4m17.2s, 5. Pedder (Ford Fiesta R5): +5m52.4s

Sat 18:20 - SS17: WRC 2 Pedder
"Very, very conservative in there. We only have one spare so we couldn't afford to take risks."

Sat 18:11 - WRC top 5 after SS17
Latvala pulling clear [ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 2h13m03.9s, 2. Ogier (VW): 11.4s, 3. Ostberg (DS 3): 1m25.3s, 4. Neuville (Hyundai): 3m17.6s, 5. Hanninen (Ford) 4m10.7s

Sat 18:06 - SS17: Bertelli
"A good day. A few mistakes but I'm satisfied. I'm making progress."

Sat 18:05 - SS17: Hanninen
He completes shaking his head. Problem? "No, no problems, big ruts but all is okay." Tanak is now just 1.4sec behind. Can you keep him there? "No. He's has been faster all day."

Sat 18:00 - SS17: Prokop
"Lots of stones around. We tried to avoid the biggest ones, but we have a massive vibration through the steering."

Sat 17:58 - SS17: Sordo
"The front grip is much less without the bumper, but fair enough, it's a risk you take when you push. It was a stupid mistake..."

Sat 17:57 - SS17: Tanak
Third quickest, 7.2sec slower than Latvala. "Okay, we are not pushing near the front but we are still trying our best. We were expecting some rain here, so the car was set-up soft, but in the end it stayed dry."

Sat 17:54 - SS17: Evans
"It was alright. The balance was a bit off near the start, perhaps just while the tyres warmed up."

Sat 17:50 - SS17: Neuville
His car sounds better. "We worked quite a lot on the car and now it's working. The team gave us some good advice. Maybe a bit down on power, perhaps a fuel injector problem, but it's better."

Sat 17:48 - SS17: Latvala
Latvala thumps in an incredible time, 5.2sec quicker than Ogier. His lead now up to 11.4sec. "A very good stage for us, I kept it in the ruts. I like this stage and it went well. After an up and down season now it's coming together!"

Sat 17:46 - SS17: Ostberg
Up to third after the exit of his Citroen team-mate Meeke. He completes 3sec slower than Ogier. "I'm very surprised to see that time - I was so careful in there. I have everything to lose."

Sat 17:44 - SS17: Ogier
He completes in 7m56.7s. "For sure it wasn't possible to catch Latvala in there alone. Not a bad stage, not a great start but the end was better."

Sat 17:42 - SS17: Kubica
"A difficult stage because we are on hard tyres. Near the end we almost did a Panizzi - a near complete 360-degree spin!"

Sat 16:49 - Next stage: SS17
Just two more stages to go today. The first of those, the repeat of Surkee, starts at 1732hrs. We'll resume our text coverage then.

Sat 16:48 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS16
Nikara out [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 2h11m05.1s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m22.4s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +2m33.1s, 4. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +4m06.4s, 5. Pedder (Ford Fiesta R5): +5m24.5s

Sat 16:43 - WRC top 5 after SS16
Meeke crashes [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 2h05m12.4s, 2. Ogier (VW): +6.2s, 3. Ostberg (DS 3): +1m17.0s, 4. Neuville (Hyundai): +3m03.8s, 5. Hanninen (Ford) +3m55.0s

Sat 16:37 - SS16: WRC 2 Nikara
Tracking shows his car stopped 13.57km in. Damaged radiator. He had been fourth in WRC 2

Sat 16:32 - SS16: Bertelli
He thinks he has a broken right-front damper.

Sat 16:31 - SS16: Al Qassimi
He completes 1m29.5sec off the pace. "Very bad, lots of mud and puddles." Not conditions Khalid gets a lot of experience of in the Middle East Rally Championship.

Sat 16:27 - SS16: Prokop
"I think everybody will complain about the grip - sometimes there is a lot and then it just disappears. Very difficult."

Sat 16:24 - SS16: Sordo
"We made a mistake on the previous stage and now we're fighting for nothing, so we take no risks."

Sat 16:21 - SS16: Tanak
Third fastest so far. "Really difficult in the rain and we have a problem with the windscreen demister too - the screen is steaming up."

Sat 16:19 - SS16: Evans
"We got caught in a rain shower about half way through. Very difficult to judge the grip levels and where you can push."

Sat 16:18 - SS16: Meeke update
He went off on a right-hander and stopped 200 metres later with a broken front-left wheel. He was working on the car - but seems to have stopped. That's not a good sign...

Sat 16:16 - SS16: Neuville
His Hyundai still running on three cylinders. "I don't know what it is but it's getting worse and worse. We changed a lot of things before the stage. It doesnlt sound good."

Sat 16:15 - SS16: Latvala
3.3sec quicker than Ogier and his lead is up to 6.2sec. "The time is good but until I got here I wasn't sure how it would look. Lots of grip changes, summer rain but it turned out very well. A good one."

Sat 16:12 - SS16: Ostberg
"A difficult stage. I had a few wide corners near the beginning so I decided immediately to go into safe mode. There's no point in risking here."

Sat 16:11 - SS16: Ogier
There's a chunk missing from one of his wheels. "It happened near the beginning of the stage. I was on the edge of the road, near a ditch, and we hit a rock. I thought we might have a puncture so I backed off. It was okay but not the best time."

Sat 16:08 - SS16: Meeke stopped!
1.4km into the stage

Sat 16:08 - SS16: Kubica
"There's a lot of rain early in the stage, not so much at the end."

Sat 15:49 - Weather update
Rain falling at the end of Jukojärvi

Sat 15:27 - Next stage: SS16
The repeat of Jukojärvi starts at 1555hrs

Sat 15:25 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS15
[+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 2h00m16.8s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m09.0s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +2m24.6s, 4. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +3m48.8s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +3m52.2s

Sat 15:16 - SS15: WRC 2 Tidemand
Quickest so far, 2.9sec up on Lappi. "I love this stage. It's my favourite of the rally."

Sat 15:14 - WRC top 5 after SS15
Ogier quickest [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h54m59.7s, 2. Ogier (VW): +2.9s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +34.9s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +50.6s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +2m43.8s

Sat 15:13 - SS15: WRC 2 Lappi
An anxious run through for the WRC 2 leader. "Bloody hell there are some big rocks in the ruts now, I hit lots, and some bedrock too."

Sat 15:10 - SS15: Hanninen
The Finn happy with a stiffer car set-up for the afternoon stages.

Sat 15:09 - SS15: Sordo completes
He completes 5m35s off the pace. The Hyundai is missing a bumper but the rest of it looks straight. "We missed the line and went into a ditch. We tried to drive out but ended up losing a lot of time."

Sat 15:04 - SS15: Prokop
"A good run, no problem. A lot of stones on the road now so we have to be careful to avoid punctures."

Sat 15:02 - SS15 Sordo update
He's moving again. That was quick work. His car is missing its front bumper - that'll make a nice thank-you gift for one of the spectators.

Sat 15:01 - SS15 Sordo update
He's gone off. Car in a ditch. Crew and spectators are trying to get it back on the road.

Sat 15:00 - SS15: Tanak & Evans
Both clear. Tanak fourth-fastest, Evans sixth-fastest so far.

Sat 14:57 - SS15: Sordo stopped
WRC tracking system shows his Hyundai stopped 5.2km into the stage

Sat 14:56 - SS15: Meeke
A great run, 1.4sec off Latvala's pace. "That felt comfortable, but now is not the time to be taking big risks. I'm continuing to learn."

Sat 14:55 - SS15: Neuville
His car arrives at the control sounding rough. What's wrong? "I don't know, it's running on three cylinders sometimes. I didn't notice it much on the stage. We'll go and have a look."

Sat 14:53 - SS15: Latvala
He's one second up on Ogier at the midpoint split but he completes one-tenth slower. "I didn't do a mistake but maybe I was too easy in places. Not a perfect stage, but a good one."

Sat 14:50 - SS15: Ostberg
"A bit rougher than this morning and a bit higher grip but okay, quite a good rhythm in here."

Sat 14:48 - SS15: Ogier
Ogier completes 8.2sec up on Kubica. "We did a perfect stage. The road is dry and it will get better. For sure Jari-Matti will be quick."

Sat 14:46 - SS15: Kubica
"All okay. But after the national rally there is quite a lot of loose gravel on the road. A lot of road cleaning."

Sat 12:48 - Up next: Service
Crews are en-route to Jyväskylä for the midpoint 30-minute service. The afternoon's competition kicks off at 1437hrs with the repeat of Mökkiperä. We'll take a text break until then. Bye for now.

Sat 12:45 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS12
[+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 1h53m15.3s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m11.9s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +2m22.9s, 4. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +3m40.2s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +3m42.4s

Sat 12:43 - SS14: WRC 2 Pedder
"That's the stage of the event for me. Brilliant. A beautiful surface, beautiful roads and a decent time too. It's only our fourth rally in the car, our first event in Finland and I reckon it's going pretty well so far."

Sat 12:43 - SS14: WRC 2 Nikara
A scary-sounding 360-degree spin for the Finn.

Sat 12:34 - WRC top 5 after SS14
Latvala quickest [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h48m20.3s, 2. Ogier (VW): +3.0s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +33.5s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +47.0s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +2m33.2s

Sat 12:32 - SS14: WRC 2 Lappi
"Everything is fine. One pace note correction, that's all."

Sat 12:30 - SS14: Bertelli
"We lost some seconds here and there but I am getting closer to the rhythm of the guys in front so I'm happy."

Sat 12:29 - SS14: Hanninen
"The time difference is quite big to the guys ahead. It would be frustrating to keep comparing to them, so instead I'm just driving my own rally." He remains seventh on the leaderboard but Tanak is closing on him fast.

Sat 12:25 - SS14: Al Qassimi
"Better notes this time because the stage was slower."

Sat 12:24 - SS14: Prokop
19.1sec off the pace and eager to get back to service and tweak his car's set-up before the afternoon loop.

Sat 12:23 - SS14: Sordo
He's four-tenths quicker than his team-mate Neuville but smiles when he sees the times of the Volkswagens almost 10 sec quicker. "There's nothing wrong but it's a very big, big gap."

Sat 12:19 - SS14: Tanak
"The time in the car has been good, but this stage was terrible - I was too slow in the corners."

Sat 12:17 - SS14: Evans
"Still work to be done. A bit more commitment and feeling to come."

Sat 12:16 - SS14: Meeke
The car is working really well. I didn't find my lines in the start of this stage and I had to back off, but overall a good morning."

Sat 12:14 - SS14: Neuville
"I tried to follow the lines in the road of the cars ahead but I can't - they must have more lateral grip. I cannot understand how they have so much more grip here."

Sat 12:13 - SS14: Latvala
One second quicker than Ogier and the gap overall is up to 3sec. In the cockpit, Jari-Matti and his co-driver are analyse the drive. "Before the stage Miikka told me to try and keep it inside the corners, but I felt I was too sideways."

Sat 12:09 - SS14: Ostberg
"Sorry to the spectators that I slowed down for the jump. I feel a bit embarrassed."

Sat 12:08 - SS14: Ogier
10.9sec up on Kubica. "A small moment when I got off line but I'm happy with the loop of stages. The first one was a slippery, the rest were okay."

Sat 12:06 - SS14: Kubica
"The morning has been good for us. Opening the road is not easy, with no lines to follow, but definitely we learned a lot and that's good."

Sat 12:02 - Weather update
Sunshine over Jyväskylä. The weather forecast still shows rain today but there's no sign of it.

Sat 12:00 - SS13: WRC 2 Brynildsen
The Norwegian picks up a puncture. Having used his spare already this morning he's worried he might not make it through the next stage and back to service.

Sat 11:54 - Stage notes: SS14
Horkka 1, 15.59km. A new name, but essentially familiar roads as just the opening 1km are new. Apart from a narrow 2.5km section early on, which will need to be treated with care, the stage is fast and wide with several big jumps, including the one where Evgeny Novikov almost flipped backwards in the air several years ago.

Sat 11:53 - Up next: SS14
Horkka, the final stage of the morning loop, and the one with the bears, gets underway at 1156hrs

Sat 11:52 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS13
Lefebvre and Nikara puncture [ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 1h45m35.4s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): 1m13.5s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): 2m14.0s, 4. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): 3m31.6s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): 3m32.5s

Sat 11:49 - SS13: Pedder
"Probably the most technical stage we've driven so far here. Very tricky."

Sat 11:48 - SS13: WRC 2 Nikara
He arrives with a front-right puncture. "There were some stones in the ruts and I hit them. It was a slow puncture that got worse as we neared the finish."

Sat 11:45 - SS13: WRC 2 Lefebvre
Completes with a front-left puncture. He hit a rock.

Sat 11:43 - SS13: WRC 2 Lappi
Esapekka rattles through 7sec quicker than Tidemand and remains ultra relaxed. "I feel comfortable at this pace. There doesn't seem any point in trying to slow down and make a mistake, so I just let it go. I can do this all day."

Sat 11:39 - WRC top 5 after SS13
Ogier quickest again [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h41m03.6s, 2. Ogier (VW): +2.0s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +26.3s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +44.7s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +2m23.1s

Sat 11:37 - SS13: Bertelli
"Much better. We're much closer to the pace."

Sat 11:34 - SS13: Al Qassimi
"I cannot keep the car on the line. It's all over the place. I need to talk to my engineers and see if there is anything we can do."

Sat 11:32 - SS13: Prokop
Martin goes back to basics after the excitement of the previous stage. "I tried to slow down and find the correct line. It was a clean stage and no more big moments. The time is not good, but we can start to build the pace from here."

Sat 11:30 - SS13: Sordo
Six-tenths slower than Neuville. "Still slower. That's not good. We want to battle the guys in front. We had some moments in the stage. To push harder it's difficult."

Sat 11:27 - SS13: Tanak
"Quite happy. I'll keep improving and keep adjusting the notes."

Sat 11:25 - SS13: Evans
"Difficult and slippery in there. These stages are more difficult than the first ones today. I have more to give."

Sat 11:23 - SS13: Meeke
"The time is good and I'm enjoying the drive. One year we'll come back and get right in the thick of it."

Sat 11:22 - SS13: Neuville
13.5sec off the pace. "A good stage, but the guys in front are cutting [the corners] so much it's almost unbelievable. I could see their lines in the road. I don't know how they know there are no rocks hidden in there."

Sat 11:20 - SS13: Latvala
He's one-tenth slower than Ogier and his lead is now exactly 2sec. "Absolutely flat out. I went wide in front of the spectator area and lost a little of my rhythm but fine apart from that."

Sat 11:17 - SS13: Ostberg
3.3sec Off Ogier's pace. "It's narrow and tricky in some places but like an autobahn in others."

Sat 11:15 - SS13: Ogier
Ogier completes 3.7sec quicker than Kubica. "The beginning was good, but the end was narrow and there was a lot of loose gravel on the road."

Sat 11:13 - SS13: Kubica
He has a smile on his face at the stage end. "Yes, a good start but on the second section I thought we had a puncture and I went off!" His time: 8m03.4s.

Sat 11:12 - SS13: Splits watch
The opening split (at 5.4km) shows Ogier 0.5sec slower than Kubica.

Sat 11:00 - Stage notes: SS13
Surkee 1, 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 narrow stretch of almost 4km.

Sat 10:56 - Bear update
Clerk of the course confirms the SS14 bears were an adult and two cubs. Organisers will use a helicopter to steer them to safer ground. We have two very nervous WRC TV crews in SS14 following this story.

Sat 10:32 - Up next: SS13
After a refuel, crews will tackle the Surkee stage. First car: 1103hrs. We'll resume our live text service then.

Sat 10:30 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS12
Gorban crashes [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 1h37m15.5s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m06.5s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +2m02.3s, 4. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +3m04.5s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +3m17.4s

Sat 10:27 - Bear watch
Rally organisers report three bears spotted on Stage 14. They have been moved to safety. Wow.

Sat 10:24 - WRC top 5 after SS12
Ogier fights back [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h33m03.8s, 2. Ogier (VW): +2.1s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +26.0s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +41.5s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +2m09.7s

Sat 10:21 - SS12: Gorban update
Reportedly a crash. His car is blocking the stage. Cars following stopped at the scene but are now continuing on

Sat 10:18 - SS12: Gorban stops
WRC tracking system shows his MINI stopped 15.5km into the stage. He was ninth in class.

Sat 10:16 - SS12: WRC 2 Pedder
Sixth in WRC 2. "Good. Pretty cruisy and casual today because we have a minute gap ahead and behind us. This was tricky but a great stage, I enjoyed it."

Sat 10:13 - SS12: WRC 2 Nikara
"I went wide in one junction, in front of my VIP spectator tent! But apart from that okay."

Sat 10:10 - SS12: WRC 2 Lefebvre
The split times show he lost ground to his rivals in the second half, but Lefebvre gives no indication of any problems.

Sat 10:07 - SS12: WRC 2 Tidemand
He sets exactly the same time as his Skoda team-mate: 10m30.0s. "Like Lappi we're not pushing 100 per cent but it's fun to be so close."

Sat 10:06 - SS12: WRC 2 Lappi
Another drama-free run for the Finn who sounds super chilled. "Maybe the speed is just slightly slower than yesterday but everything is under control."

Sat 10:03 - SS12: Bertelli
"I spun. We were lucky not to hit anything."

Sat 10:00 - SS12: Hanninen
"More or less the same as the first one. A nice stage, no big problems."

Sat 09:59 - SS12: Al Qassimi
"My notes were wrong, it's so hard to get the speeds right after the recce."

Sat 09:57 - SS12: Prokop
Another hairy stage for Martin. "At the beginning we went really wide, I thought it was over! Then later we missed a junction. I don't know what the problem is but there are too many issues. I'm just not controlling the car."

Sat 09:54 - SS12: Sordo
Slowest so far of the World Rally Car drivers, 17sec slower than Ogier. "Good grip, but I missed a bit of speed everywhere. We try to do better now."

Sat 09:53 - SS12: Tanak
"It's my first time in a World Rally Car on these stages, so I'm getting used to the pace and checking my notes."

Sat 09:50 - SS12: Evans
"Checking my notes on the new section at the beginning, so a bit hesitant, but all okay."

Sat 09:49 - SS12: Meeke
A clean run, 4.9sec slower than Ogier puts him third quickest so far.

Sat 09:48 - SS12: Neuville
His car's windscreen wipers are broken - stuck midway through a wipe. "It happened after 5km. Apart from that this was a good stage. The first one when the car was responsive to drive. It felt good."

Sat 09:45 - SS12: Latvala
Jari-Matti completes 3.9sec slower than Ogier, and Latvala's rally lead over him is down to 2.1sec. "Seb did a brilliant drive. I felt the road was a bit slippery. I didn't get the best performance - I didn't last year here either."

Sat 09:42 - SS12: Ostberg
7.8sec slower than Ogier. "He hasn't got quicker - I've got slower. I has some wrong info about the stage and my set-up felt bad in there."

Sat 09:40 - SS12: Ogier
Looks like a big push from Seb. He's 2.7sec up on Latvala at 10km. "These damp conditions are better for us, no road cleaning. I'm a bit more awake too."

Sat 09:38 - SS12: Kubica
"A bit different to the previous stage. This one was more damp, and the opening section was very slippery. All okay for us."

Sat 09:33 - Stage notes: SS12
Jukojärvi 1, 21.14km. A new opening 7.6km introduces the normal Jukojärvi, with a monster jump at 4.9km. Once it joins the usual route, the rhythm changes several times and there are many stones lurking by the roadside which demand precision. The final 13km are very fast, especially the section from 17.50km - 19.50km which Mikko Hirvonen says requires just one dab of the brakes!

Sat 09:32 - Up next: SS12
Robert Kubica began Jukojärvi at 0926hrs

Sat 08:59 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS11
Nikara up to fourth [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 1h26m45.5s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m06.5s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +1m49.9s, 4. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +3m03.2s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +3m06.5s

Sat 08:57 - WRC top 5 after SS11
Latvala extends his lead [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h23m04.5s, 2. Ogier (VW): +6.0s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +25.0s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +37.6s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +1m58.8s

Sat 08:54 - SS11: WRC 2 Nikara
Third quickest, 3.4sec off Lappi's pace, and that moves him up to fourth in class, 3.3sec ahead of Protasov.

Sat 08:50 - SS11: WRC 2 Lefebvre
A solid start for the Frenchman. He now trails Tidemand by 43.4sec.

Sat 08:47 - SS11: WRC 2 Tidemand
He's quicker than Lappi by 1.5sec on stage, but with more than a minute to make up, he's more interested in keeping Lefebvre behind.

Sat 08:44 - SS11: WRC 2 Lappi
No sign of the class leader easing off the pace too much. "I'm trying to keep this kind of rhythm. The car is perfect to drive - it's so enjoyable. I'm loving it. If I can drive like this the whole day it would be perfect."

Sat 08:42 - SS11: Bertelli
His car is mud-spattered at the finish. Have you been off? "Yes, we had some moments. But when you relax too much you have moments too. So we kept the pace up and it's okay."

Sat 08:39 - SS11: Hanninen
"I changed the car set-up a bit yesterday and I'm still getting used to it. I lost a couple of seconds with a mistake in a junction. A reasonable start."

Sat 08:37 - SS11: Al Qassimi
"Very difficult to judge my speed in here."

Sat 08:36 - SS11: Prokop
Martin is 17.9sec slower than Latvala - he went off the road but got back on without hitting anything.

Sat 08:34 - SS11: Sordo
He completes 10sec off the pace. WRC TV crews report a lurid moment over a jump, but Dani confesses to a different moment. "Yes, I was a little bit fast in a hairpin," he smiles, "but the feeling is good and I had hoped for a better time than this."

Sat 08:32 - SS11: Tanak
His car also returned to full health, the Estonian is third quickest so far, 3.1sec off Latvala's pace. "The car is running perfectly, but I'm not there yet with the feeling. I can improve."

Sat 08:29 - SS11: Evans
After a miserable Friday the Welshman is back in a car that is tracking straight. "Not a bad start for us. A good solid start and we can work from here."

Sat 08:28 - SS11: Meeke
Another good start - second quickest, 1sec off Latvala's pace. "I'm really happy and it confirms my suspicion that something wasn't right yesterday. We won't know what the problem was until the team have a look inside, but the complete transmission was changed last night and the car feels perfect."

Sat 08:25 - SS11: Neuville
"A good clean run. I tried to avoid any mistakes because we are in a good position. I'm working on the set-up a bit."

Sat 08:24 - SS11: Latvala
It's a fabulous start to the day for Jari-Matti who goes 3.4sec quicker than Ogier and extends his lead to 6sec. "I like this stage this way around. I attacked in some places but I wasn't sure it was enough. I pushed hard."

Sat 08:21 - SS11: Ostberg
"Quite a big moment in the first proper corner. After that I sorted my driving a bit, adjusted the brake balance, and the rhythm was okay."

Sat 08:20 - SS11: Ogier
He beats Kubica by 5.1sec but rally leader Latvala is quicker on the splits. "I didn't have the best stage," says Ogier, "I went a bit wrong on the set-up, it's a bit soft. I could have done better."

Sat 08:18 - SS11: Kubica
First through in 6m53.8s. "Very good conditions. A bit slippery in places but all good."

Sat 08:11 - Tyre choices
All of the WRC class Michelin runners have five soft compound tyres for this morning's loop of stages.

Sat 08:05 - Stage notes: SS11
Mökkiperä 1, 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 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.

Sat 08:04 - Up first: SS11
The first pass of Mökkiperä gets underway at 0808hrs.

Sat 08:02 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't forget our WRC Live radio commentary and Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section

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

Sat 08:01 - Start order
Crews will tackle Saturday's stages in championship order, headed by Rally2 restarters. With Mikkelsen and Paddon retired, only Kubica is ahead of Ogier. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Kubica, 2. Ogier, 3. Ostberg, 4. Latvala, 5. Neuville, 6. Meeke, 7. Evans, 8. Tanak, 9. Sordo, 10. Prokop, 11. Al Qassimi, 12. Hanninen, 13. Bertelli

Sat 07:59 - Set your watches
Here are today's crucial times (all GMT+3): 0715hrs (first car leaves service), 0808hrs (SS11), 0926hrs (SS12), 1103hrs (SS13), 1156hrs (SS14), 1314hrs (first car into midpoint service), 1437hrs (SS15), 1555hrs (SS16), 1732hrs (SS17) 1825hrs (SS18), 1940hrs (first car into final service)

Sat 07:57 - Weather
Again the pavements in Jyväskylä are dry for now, but the skies are cloudy and some rain is expected. The current temperature is 12ºC should hit 19ºC later.

Sat 07:56 - Coming up today
We're back in the forests for day three of the rally. Coming up are four classic Finnish stages: Mökkiperä (13.84km), Jukojärvi (21.14km), Surkee (14.95km) and Horkka (15.59km). All four will be run in the morning, then repeated in the afternoon after a thirty-minute service.

Sat 07:55 - Hyvää huomenta!
Good morning again from Jyväskylä, and welcome back to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland

Fri 20:13 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll end our live text service for tonight. Join us on Saturday for another full day of competition in the Finnish forests. The action resumes with the 13km Mökkiperä at 0808hrs local (GMT+3). Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Jyväskylä. Bye for now!

Fri 20:10 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS10
Protasov up to fourth [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 1h19m37.7s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m08.0s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +1m41.9s, 4. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +2m54.7s, 5. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +2m59.8s.

Fri 19:52 - SS10: WRC 2 Lappi
He ends the day with a huge 1min 8sec lead in WRC 2. A perfect day? "Absolutely. Problem-free with enjoyable stages. It doesn't get any better. But the rally is not even half way though, so still a long way to go."

Fri 19:49 - WRC top 5 after SS10
Latvala leads after day two [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h16m19.2s, 2. Ogier (VW): +2.6s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +24.0s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +34.1s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +1m49.6s

Fri 19:45 - SS10: Bertelli
The last of the WRC runners. "Already we have got further than we got last year! Now I want to finish to get the experience. It hasn't been the perfect day but I'm satisfied."

Fri 19:43 - SS10: Hanninen
"It's nice to be here in a WRC car again after a long, long break. I took it a bit easy today, and now there is something wrong with the engine, so I hope they can fix it before tomorrow."

Fri 19:39 - SS10: Al Qassimi
"I'm not really happy with my performance. I hoped I would get more confidence on the repeat loop, but passing so many crashed cars it didn't happen. Hopefully it will come tomorrow."

Fri 19:35 - SS10: Prokop
Looks like eighth overnight for Prokop, who struggled for confidence for much of the day. "The day got better as it went on," he says.

Fri 19:33 - SS10: Sordo
1.3sec slower than Ogier is a decent time to round off the day with and Sordo ends Friday in sixth place, 2.7sec behind Neuville. "The times have not been so good but we are in a decent position. I hope for a better day tomorrow."

Fri 19:30 - SS10: Tanak
The second damaged M-Sport car reaches the line. Unsurprisingly, Ott is not a fan of today's endurance format. "It's been a tricky day. It's a bit stupid not to have a service in such a long day."

Fri 19:27 - SS10: Evans
His car snakes its way through the stage, with its left-rear wheel waggling. "The day started well, but that mistake early in Ouninpohja meant we just had to get through to avoid super-rally."

Fri 19:24 - SS10: Meeke
"For sure not the perfect day, and in Finland you have to be 100 per cent to get close. I did everything I could to get close."

Fri 19:22 - SS10: Neuville
A lacklustre sort of day for Thierry, but he has a positive assessment. "It was not bad. Okay, we struggled in the morning, but I didn't feel comfortable in the slippery conditions. It felt better in the afternoon. Now we are ahead of Dani and we have a good fight ahead."

Fri 19:17 - SS10: Latvala
0.5sec slower on stage than Ogier and Jari-Matti ends Friday with a rally lead of 2.6sec. "I'm very happy. The afternoon went extremely well, especially Ouninpohja."

Fri 19:14 - SS10: Ostberg
1.6sec off Ogier's pace and Mads end the day in a very encouraging fourth place. "I was a slow starter but after that it's been a good day. We will keep the pressure on."

Fri 19:12 - SS10: Ogier
"A great day for me. I gave my best. The second loop was difficult for me, following the national rally guys, but we are close to the lead. Hopefully there will be some Rally2 guys ahead tomorrow."

Fri 19:10 - Mikkelsen update
Confirmed retired. His car is too damaged to be be repaired for Rally 2.

Fri 19:07 - SS10 start time
Ogier is due to start at 1908hrs. That's eight minutes later than advertised. No problems, just a consequence of the live TV schedule

Fri 19:01 - SS10: Live
WRC+ subscribers can watch this stage via our LIVE streaming service

Fri 18:44 - Up next: SS10
Friday's final stage, the repeat of Harju, gets underway at 1900hrs. We'll take a live text break until then.

Fri 18:43 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS9
[+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 1h17m49.4s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m09.7s, 3. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +1m44.1s, 4. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +2m40.3s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +2m55.6s

Fri 18:37 - SS9: WRC 2 Nikara
He dropped from third to fourth on the previous stage, and he's 42sec of Lappi's pace in here too. What happened? "In Ouninpohja the engine cut out and now we have a broken drive shaft, so the car is quite difficult to drive. The engine seems okay now."

Fri 18:31 - SS9: WRC 2 Gorban
He starts the stage late and completes with his hazard lights flashing. He's been busy since a heavy landing on the previous stage, "We can continue but we can't fix the broken steering arm. We also broke two drive-shafts, one front and one rear, and a damper."

Fri 18:20 - SS9: WRC 2 Lappi
His class lead over his Skoda team-mate is now more than one minute but Esapekka is not getting carried away. "A 1-2 is perfect for the team, but there's still a long way to go," he says. "Today was problem-free, which is good. The plan was always to push today and then defend tomorrow."

Fri 18:11 - WRC top 5 after SS9
10 sec penalty for Meeke [+ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h14m35.3s, 2. Ogier (VW): +3.1s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +23.1s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +33.0s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +1m48.6s

Fri 18:08 - SS9: Sordo
His car's exhaust system has come loose again.

Fri 18:05 - Penalty for Meeke
The timing system shows a 10 second penalty for arriving one minute late at the time control before SS9. That drops him 23.1sec off the lead and just 9.9sec ahead of his team-mate Mads Ostberg behind in fourth.

Fri 18:03 - SS9: Tanak
"The stages are far too rough for our car at the moment, but at least the day is nearly over."

Fri 18:00 - SS9: Evans
Just one more stage to go until he can get his broken car back to service. "Not the rally we wanted. I'm sorry for everybody who put in so much work in the team. We'll get it fixed tonight and do a proper job tomorrow."

Fri 17:56 - SS9: Meeke
3.5sec off Latvala's pace. "Considering our little issue it's not bad. This stage is our Achilles heel. I didn't want to take too many risks."

Fri 17:54 - SS9: Neuville
A more encouraging run, 4.1sec off Latvala's pace - and that's with a lucky escape, too. "The ruts are so deep I nearly rolled in the last corner - the car jumped onto two wheels!"

Fri 17:52 - SS9: Latvala
He's quickest so far, and pulls another second ahead of Ogier in the overall standings. Jari-Matti's rally lead is now now up to 3.1sec. "I got a really good feeling on Ouninpohja and that gave me more confidence here."

Fri 17:50 - SS9: Ostberg
4.3sec slower than Ogier. "A difficult day but I'm pleased with my speed. No plans to change anything for tomorrow."

Fri 17:47 - SS9: Ogier
We're back to Himos and Seb is the first to complete. "It's not easy. All of this loop I have been in the loose [gravel] of the national rally competitors. I'm happy though, I've done my best," he says.

Fri 17:29 - SS8: WRC 2 Brynildsen
He rolled on the first run through. This time he spins and the ECU comes loose. "It's just not my day," he says.

Fri 17:16 - WRC top 5 after SS8
Latvala takes the lead [ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 1h11m21.9s, 2. Ogier (VW): 2.1s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): 9.6s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): 27.7s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): 1m44.5s

Fri 17:05 - SS8: Sordo
Having slotted his exhaust pipe back together it's a better, and quieter, run for Dani. Sixth fastest on stage so far, but he loses position to his team-mate Neuville in the overall standings.

Fri 17:03 - SS8: Tanak
Two more stages to go for Tanak too. "The roads are rougher on the second passes." That's not good news with his broken damper.

Fri 17:02 - SS8: Evans
"Judging the right speed to drive is difficult, but for now it's holding out." Are you confident of getting through the next two stages and back to service? "No."

Fri 16:55 - SS8: Meeke
Third quickest on stage and right in the thick of the podium fight, 9.6sec off the lead. "The car seems to be okay, I have to be tentative, but it's alright."

Fri 16:53 - SS8: Neuville
"Quite happy with this one. On the second passes the car seems better."

Fri 16:52 - SS8: Latvala
He's a whopping 5.4sec quicker than Ogier and takes the rally lead. "I've never done this stage as fast as this before," he says. "I have a massive respect for this stage." The stage win looks like being Latvala's 400th at World Championship level. His average speed: 132,18 km/h

Fri 16:48 - SS8: Ostberg
1.5sec slower than Ogier. "Feeling very nice. Really have a good feeling with the car. Getting close to the limit but I need to drive faster - I'm too comfortable."

Fri 16:46 - SS8: Ogier
He completes in 15m42s. "A clean run, but I'm suffering on the lines in the road from the national rally cars."

Fri 16:36 - Up next: SS8
Sebastien Ogier began the repeat of Ouninpohja at 1629hrs

Fri 16:34 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS7
Tidemand back up to second. [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 58m10.5s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +53.4s, 3. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +57.7s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +1m17.3s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +2m11.7s

Fri 16:22 - WRC top 5 after SS7
Meeke quickest [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 55m41.8s, 2. Latvala (VW): +3.3s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +7.2s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +24.1s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m26.4s

Fri 16:14 - SS7: Hanninen
"No big problems. Sometimes rainy, sometimes not." Juho is now seventh overall, 18.6sec adrift of his former Hyundai team-mate Thierry Neuville.

Fri 16:07 - SS7: Sordo
His car is making a terrible noise when it arrives at the stage end. Dani is quickly out for a look underneath. "I think the exhaust is broken."

Fri 16:06 - SS7: Tanak
Still carrying his damper problem Tanak, like Evans, can do nothing but nurse his damaged Fiesta through the stages. "It's still all the same."

Fri 16:02 - SS7: Evans
He drops another 1m44.7sec to Ogier, but gets his damaged Fiesta to the stage end. "We have to try and get the car to the end of the day."

Fri 15:59 - SS7: Meeke
The Ulsterman is fastest so far - a full three seconds up on Latvala in a car that isn't quite right. "Sometimes when you have a little thing it focuses the mind," he says. "The front end is still wandering, it has a mind of its own, but I can cope with it - I can talk to it in a straight line and in the corners it follows the ruts. It's at 99 per cent and I can make up the other one per cent."

Fri 15:55 - SS7: Neuville
"Not the perfect stage, even if I correct them my pace notes are too slow. If that happens five times that's five seconds down. I don't want to do any mistakes - we are in a good place now."

Fri 15:53 - SS7: Latvala
He's 1.3sec quicker than Ogier - and now trails him by 3.3sec in the overall standings. "A good stage. I concentrated hard after this morning's pass."

Fri 15:51 - SS7: Ostberg
Eight-tenths slower than Ostberg. "An enjoyable stage. I little bit wetter in some places than I expected."

Fri 15:49 - SS7: Ogier
"A little bit of rain in places, but a bit of rain makes the grip better. I struggled a little at the beginning with some loose gravel in the line but the second part of the stage was okay." His time to beat: 10m41.2s

Fri 15:33 - Up next: SS7
The repeat of Päijälä kicks off at 1536hrs. WRC TV crews report rain falling at the 17.6km point.

Fri 15:26 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS6
[+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 47m06.9s, 2. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +37.3s, 3. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +43.9s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +1m03.0s, 5. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1m45.9s

Fri 15:20 - SS6: WRC 2 Brynildsen
His car was fitted with a new windscreen in the regroup. "We were allowed to because it's a safety issue," he explains. "We went fastest on the previous stage wearing goggles but I prefer a windscreen."

Fri 15:09 - Breen out
The WRC 2 driver retired at the midpoint regroup with an engine problem.

Fri 15:08 - Kubica out
The Pole left the midpoint regroup but retired before SS6.

Fri 15:06 - WRC top 5 after SS6
Paddon crashes out [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 45m00.6s, 2. Latvala (VW): +4.6s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +11.5s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +23.3s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m15.7s

Fri 15:04 - SS6: Bertelli
"This was okay. I went off again, and had a choice of hitting a tree or a road sign. I hit the sign."

Fri 15:01 - SS6: Hanninen
"The grip was much better than I expected and the car is a lot easier to drive. Okay, we need to be patient and build the pace."

Fri 14:58 - SS6: Al Qassimi
He completes 47.8sec off the Latvala's pace. "Second pass through but the confidence is not coming yet."

Fri 14:57 - SS6: Paddon update
Confirmation from the team that Hayden and his co-driver John Kennard are okay.

Fri 14:56 - SS6: Prokop
"The stage was okay, but I know I can push much, much harder. I don't like these stages though."

Fri 14:54 - SS6: Sordo
"I saw the Paddon crash. The car was in the middle of the road."

Fri 14:52 - SS6: Paddon off
Tanak completes with news: "He's gone off 1km before the finish."

Fri 14:51 - SS6: Paddon?
There's a three-minute gap between Evans' damaged Fiesta and the charging Paddon behind. But Paddon should have completed by now

Fri 14:48 - SS6: Evans
The Welshman 1m30.7sec slower than Latvala and still contending with a badly out-of-shape Fiesta. "I'm just trying to get through and not get a penalty for missing a stage. I've got more work to do now."

Fri 14:46 - SS6: Meeke
1.6sec off the pace and Kris's DS 3 is hanging together. "Not bad but the car is still not perfect. Okay, it's not as bad as I feared after Ouninpohja, but the front is still wandering. The ruts are helping, though."

Fri 14:43 - SS6: Neuville
"The conditions are a bit better, but still I could go faster. But it's difficult when you're not in the fight and, for me, after what happened yesterday."

Fri 14:41 - SS6: Latvala
Quickest so far, 0.7up on Ogier. He eclipses the speed record too - at an average of 133,26 km/h. "A very good run - my co-driver Miikka said it was like a PlayStation game!"

Fri 14:39 - SS6: Ostberg
0.2sec slower than Ogier. "A good run through. Much better than the first pass. I'm faster now because I'm more confident."

Fri 14:37 - SS6: Ogier
He completes in an average speed of 133,02 km/h - that's a new record this year. "A good run. I was wondering what the conditions would be like after the national rally cars [had been through] but overall the conditions are quite okay."

Fri 14:35 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS5
Nikara up to second. [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 40m15.7s, 2. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +28.4s, 3. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +35.7s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +56.8s, 5. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +1m08.3s

Fri 14:31 - Tyre choices
Here are the numbers and compounds (hard (H) or soft (S)) of the LTX Force tyres the Michelin runners have this afternoon. All but one of the Michelin drivers have taken five soft compound tyres. The exception is Elfyn Evans who has six.

Fri 13:37 - Up next: Regroup
After SS5, crews enter a regroup and then the tyre fitting zone. The next competitive stage, the repeat of Pihlajakoski, starts at 1428hrs. We'll take a break from our live texting until then.

Fri 13:36 - SS5: WRC 2 Ahlin
The Swede loses time with a spin after hitting a compression in the road.

Fri 13:32 - SS5: WRC 2 Brynildsen
Still going - but without a windscreen after his roll on Ouninpohja.

Fri 13:21 - SS5: WRC 2 Lappi
The Finn is firmly in control in WRC 2 but he's after more. "A perfect morning. Now we will make a few little changes to make the car even better for the afternoon."

Fri 13:18 - WRC top 5 after SS5
Mikkelsen crashes out [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 38m27.9s, 2. Latvala (VW): +5.3s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +10.6s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +23.1s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): +29.1s

Fri 13:12 - SS5: Kubica
Fourth fastest so far but, more importantly, he's still going. "On the road section we had the same problem. We'll try our best."

Fri 13:07 - SS5: Prokop
"Not the best morning, but we are getting better and better. Making a few changes to the car. "

Fri 13:06 - SS5: Sordo
Third quickest - that's his most competitive time of the day. "The rear end was moving all over the place in Ouninpohja but we made a set-up change before this one and it feels better."

Fri 13:03 - SS5: Tanak
He loses 8.3sec to Ogier with his broken damper. "It's quite okay to drive when the road is smooth, so this was was better."

Fri 13:01 - SS5: Paddon
How do you sum up your morning? "Happy with the first two stages, no so much with Ouninpohja. We made a few set-up changes before this one and it feels a little better." He's 3.8sec off Ogier's pace.

Fri 12:59 - SS5: Evans
His car is crabbing through. "There's not much I can do to fix it. I tried after the last stage but it's really no better."

Fri 12:58 - SS5: Meeke
"There's still something wrong with the front transmission, the car doesn't feel correct but it's not a drive-shaft. It's not as bad as I thought, but it's hard to commit - the front end feels very nervous."

Fri 12:56 - SS5: Neuville
"Andreas was by the road warning us to slow down. It looked like a big crash."

Fri 12:54 - SS5: Latvala
0.5sec slower than Ogier. "I took it easy when I passed the crash site. We saw them waving the 'OK' sign. That cost us some time but you have to be safe."

Fri 12:52 - SS5: Ostberg
A positive run on the previous stage. Did that good feeling continue here, Mads? "No. We slowed a lot where Mikkelsen went off. It looked a big crash. After that we struggled on the downhill section."

Fri 12:50 - SS5: Mikkelsen update
Car off the road. Crew okay.

Fri 12:47 - SS5: Ogier
"My stage was okay. It's a small one, but sometimes these are more difficult because you have to be on the pace straightaway." His time: 3m17.7s

Fri 12:46 - SS5: Mikkelsen
Tracking shows his car stopped 1km into the stage

Fri 12:41 - Weather update
The sun is shining over Himos but there are lots of clouds around. Light rain is falling at the end of Ouninpohja now. Temperature 17ºC.

Fri 12:36 - SS5: Stage notes
Himos 1, 5.62km. Himos is run on service roads for the ski resort there. After a new start on tight roads, it climbs steeply before descending via a wild gravel track that calls for courage. It’s soft and scattered with rocks ready to catch the unwary.

Fri 12:35 - Up next: SS5
The final stage of the morning loop, Himos, goes live at 1242hrs

Fri 12:33 - SS4: WRC 2 Lappi
In a class of his own. Fastest WRC 2 driver through SS4 so far by 23sec. His class lead now 35.9sec over his team-mate Pontus Tidemand.

Fri 12:30 - SS4: Brynildsen / Fuchs / Gorban
Brynildsen stops for seven minutes a short way into the stage. "We had a puncture into a slow right-hander and rolled. Then the car got stuck on a rock." Fuchs stops before the stage with broken steering. Gorban completes with a front-right puncture.

Fri 12:25 - SS4: WRC 2 Lefebvre
"Incredible. My first time on this stage and I really enjoyed it."

Fri 12:24 - SS4: WRC 2 Tidemand
He loses 23.9sec to his Skoda team-mate Lappi, and his car is looking rough - missing its front bumper and sporting damage on all corners. "We went wide into a ditch. After than we had a slow puncture. There is still a long way to go."

Fri 12:20 - WRC top 5 after SS4
Latvala up to second. Meeke, Kubica and Evans mechanical problems. [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 35m10.2s, 2. Latvala (VW): +4.8s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +5.7s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +18.7s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): +25.3s

Fri 12:16 - SS4: Bertelli
"My first time in Ouninpohja and we just have to get used to this stuff. This first pass was all about checking our pace notes."

Fri 12:14 - SS4: Kubica
His terrible morning continues. And after the faulty transmission sensor, puncture and lack of handbrake, this one is potentially the most serious. "We have an alternator problem. I don't know how much longer we can continue," he says.

Fri 12:10 - SS4: Al Qassimi
Lucky to escape a trip into a ditch. Car unscathed.

Fri 12:06 - SS4: Tanak
He's 1m12s slower than Ogier because of his broken front damper. "You can imagine it's not so easy over the jumps in here."

Fri 12:04 - SS4: Paddon
He arrives at the finish control shaking his head. "Disastrous. The rear of the car was all over the place. Every corner I could feel the time loss." He is 15.9sec off Ogier's pace.

Fri 12:02 - SS4: Evans
He completes with rear-right suspension damage and the wheel running out of alignment. "We went wide near the start and hit a rock," he explains. "It was fine for a while, but broke soon after." He completes 1m52.8s slower than Ogier.

Fri 11:58 - SS4: Meeke
He completes 5.3sec off the pace and is immediately out of the car to look underneath. He looks extremely cross. "There's something wrong. The drive-shaft has gone I think. It happened in the last seven or eight kilometers. I think we have only three-wheel-drive."

Fri 11:56 - SS4: Neuville
25.8sec off Ogier's pace. "This stage was better but I fight with the car and when you're not fully committed you can't do the times. I don't know why, but I have to accept it and try and move forward."

Fri 11:54 - SS4: Latvala
Just fourt-tenths slower than Ogier but Jari-Matti isn't sounding massively confident. "I've never been so good here - especially the opening 17km which I don't know too well. It was okay."

Fri 11:52 - SS4: Ostberg
3.8sec slower than Ogier and Mads completes with a huge smile on his face. "I'm enjoying my driving so much here - to fly the car over these jumps is just amazing."

Fri 11:50 - SS4: Mikkelsen
16.4sec off Ogier's pace. No dramas - Mikkelsen's just not feeling it yet.

Fri 11:49 - SS4: Ogier
The previous record for Ouninpohja in this format was 15m58.6, set by Peugeot 206 driver Harri Rovanpera in 2002. Ogier smashes that with a 15m53.9s. "We enjoy it a lot. Not a bad stage. Very difficult to find the limit all the way through."

Fri 11:31 - SS4: Stage notes
Ouninpohja 1, 34.39km. The legendary Ouninpohja, regarded as the sport’s biggest test of bravery and commitment, returns in its full length. It’s a rollercoaster from start to finish, with more than 75 jumps, and hardly a straight worthy of the name as it flows from corner to corner at crazy speeds. The roads are wide up to the famous Kakaristo hairpin after 25.60km after which it narrows. Sébastien Ogier holds the record at average of 130.75kph…..

Fri 11:30 - Seb's Polo landmark
Ogier's stage win on SS3 was his 250th in the Polo R WRC. In total, the v-dub has claimed 420 WRC stage wins!

Fri 11:25 - Up next: SS4
Crews en-route to the start control of Ouninpohja. Ogier will begin it at 1129hrs.

Fri 11:23 - SS3: WRC 2 Lappi
Another astonishing time for the Finn, who leads WRC 2 in his Skoda Fabia R5 and sits 14th overall - ahead of two World Rally Cars.

Fri 11:21 - WRC top 5 after SS3
Ogier fastest to take the lead [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 19m16.3s, 2. Meeke (DS 3): +0.4s, 3. Latvala (VW): +4.4s, 4. Tanak (Ford): +6.9s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): +9.4s

Fri 11:17 - SS3: Bertelli
"Quite a good stage. We went wide onto the grass in one corner, that lost us about 15sec, but we got away with it."

Fri 11:15 - SS3: Kubica
His earlier diff problem was traced to a faulty sensor. That's fixed, and he has four-wheel-drive again, but now he has no handbrake. "I also had a puncture - and in general my confidence is not there. I have to rediscover the rhythm."

Fri 11:12 - SS3: Al Qassimi
"These roads need a lot of commitment, you have to drive beyond the normal pace notes. I'm building my pace gradually."

Fri 11:10 - SS3: Prokop
"It's horrible. I was really scared of some jumps. I didn't feel confident with the speed in the corners." Slowest of the WRC runners so far.

Fri 11:07 - SS3: Sordo
Ninth-fastest through so far. "I didn't do this stage last year."

Fri 11:06 - SS3: Tanak
A decent time, 3.8sec slower than Ogier's but Tanak picks up a serious problem. "I cocked it up. I was too fast into one corner, went sideways into a rock and broke the front-left damper. That's pretty much it for us today."

Fri 11:03 - SS3: Paddon
4.8sec slower than Ogler. "I tried to push a bit more but the grip isn't where I wanted it to be and we're probably over driving a little."

Fri 11:01 - SS3: Evans
"I'm not quite as happy as I was after the first one - my driving wasn't quite as clean - but I'm happy enough."

Fri 10:59 - SS3: Meeke
Second quickest so far. 0.8sec slower than Ogier. "This one was quite slippery. A few places we were sliding around on the road, but what a beautiful place to go rallying."

Fri 10:58 - SS3: Neuville
Slowest so far again - 21sec adrift of Ogier. Sounds like his Shakedown crash is still on his mind. "Yesterday was a big moment and I'm trying to rediscover the feeling. I'm just not confident enough to push."

Fri 10:55 - SS3: Latvala
4.7sec off Ogier's pace. "A bit of a moment at the beginning. It was surprisingly slippery and I struggled to find the feeling. I lost a few valuable seconds. Not what I was hoping for."

Fri 10:53 - SS3: Ostberg
6.5sec off Ogier's pace. "I struggled a bit with my confidence in the fast stuff. In too many places I'm lifting off the throttle. I was swearing a lot in the stage. I'm a bit upset with myself."

Fri 10:52 - SS3: Mikkelsen
11.4sec slower than Ogier. "Not really perfect. There were a few too many places where I braked and I didn't need to. I need to get used to these conditions as soon as possible so I don't lose too much to Seb."

Fri 10:50 - SS3: Ogier
The Frenchman first to complete in 10m49.4s. "Not easy to read the road. The surface is very compact and it's hard to find the perfect rhythm. Some corners are more slippery than others. I could have taken more risks."

Fri 10:38 - SS3: Stage notes
Päijälä 1, 23.56km. Mikko Hirvonen refers to this stage as ‘the little brother of Ouninpohja’. It’s an awesome test with crests, jumps and technical sections on wide and blisteringly fast roads. The opening 4km are the most technical, but the second half is full rollercoaster. The only difference from last year is a new 180 metre section at the start. Finland at its best.

Fri 10:36 - Up next: SS3
The first run through Päijälä kicks off at 1036hrs

Fri 10:34 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS2
Skoda duo Lappi and Tidemand set the pace. [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 8m54.5s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1.7s, 3. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +3.4s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +6.5s, 5. Parn (Ford Fiesta R5): +7.9s

Fri 10:23 - SS2: WRC2 Brynildsen
"We were stopped on stage for more than 10 seconds. Everything stopped. We had to do a complete reset. Not the start to the rally we wanted."

Fri 10:17 - WRC top 5 after SS2
Meeke the stage winner. Diff problem for Kubica. [ times to leader]: 1. Meeke (DS 3): 8m26.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): 0.1s, 3. Ogier (VW): 0.4s, 4. Tanak (Ford): 3.5s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): 5.0s

Fri 10:09 - SS2: Latvala
So Jari-Matti takes the stage win at an average speed of 131.78 km/h - that's the highest average speed of the season so far.

Fri 10:05 - SS2: Prokop
The Czech driver loses a few seconds in a ditch near the start.

Fri 10:04 - SS2: Hanninen
14.6sec off the pace on his first proper stage in the Fiesta RS. "Hesitating too much because we are not used to the car. We try to keep this pace and increase it step-by-step."

Fri 10:02 - SS2: Kubica
18.1sec off the pace here, and it sounds like more time loss is inevitable. "We have a diff problem," he explains. "The car is in front-wheel drive only."

Fri 10:00 - SS2: Al Qassimi
He's 48.7sec off Latvala's pace and taking time to dial himself into the high-speed roads. "I just don't have the confidence."

Fri 09:59 - SS2: Sordo
Slowest of the WRC runners through so far. The Spaniard 22.4sec off the pace after missing a junction and losing around 10sec

Fri 09:58 - SS2: Tanak
1.1sec off Latvala's pace. The Estonian reports changeable grip

Fri 09:57 - SS2: Paddon
A great start for the Kiwi who completes 2.5sec off Latvala's pace.

Fri 09:49 - SS2: Evans
"It was alright, although I lost a little time when I was too sideways in a few places. Overall a clean run - I'm happy." Fourth quickest so far.

Fri 09:47 - SS2: Meeke
Second quickest, 0.9sec off Latvala's pace and Meeke is in the lead of Neste Oil Rally Finland. "A good start. It felt really comfortable. A really nice run. A couple of small errors which cost me some momentum but happy so far."

Fri 09:45 - SS2: Neuville
He completes 17.1sec off the pace. What's wrong? "My pace notes are a bit slow so I try and correct then. Also the guys ahead are cutting and there is some dirt and even some plastic in the road. I was a bit off line."

Fri 09:43 - SS2: Latvala
Quickest so far, 1.9sec up on Ogier. "A good stage, a small moment on the first crest, but one we could get away with."

Fri 09:41 - SS2: Ostberg
6.7sec off Ogier's pace. "A quite okay rhythm. A tricky start though, the road is wide and I struggled to place the car correctly. But we're through the first stage now. I'm looking forward to the next one."

Fri 09:40 - SS2: Mikkelsen
7.3sec slower than Ogier. "I was way too careful. I had different conditions on my test and the grip here was better than I expected."

Fri 09:37 - SS2: Ogier completes
"Okay, but the grip is really low. It's not so easy to find the rhythm, I could have taken more risk, but it was not bad." How is it running as first car? "There is not a cleaning situation here. There is no lose gravel, but the tyres still struggle to bite. We do the best we can."

Fri 09:29 - SS2: Stage notes
Pihlajakoski 1, 14.51km. A repeat of the stage used last year for the first time since the 1980s. It starts on a wide road with plenty of small crests that require precision, before becoming narrower from 9.60km to the finish. There’s only one big jump and it’s not the most challenging test, but the speed will wake up drivers.

Fri 09:26 - Tyre choices
Here are the numbers and compounds (hard (H) or soft (S)) of the LTX Force tyres the Michelin runners have this morning. Unsurprisingly, given the conditions, it's fairly straightforward: all Michelin drivers have five soft compound tyres

Fri 09:25 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't forget our WRC Live radio commentary and Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section

Fri 09:25 - Start intervals
All crews will start today's stages at 2min intervals

Fri 09:25 - Start order
Crews will tackle Friday and Saturday's stages in championship order. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Mikkelsen, 3. Ostberg, 4. Latvala, 5. Neuville, 6. Meeke, 7. Evans, 8. Paddon, 9. Tanak, 10. Sordo, 11. Prokop, 12. Al Qassimi, 13. Kubica, 14. Hanninen, 15. Bertelli

Fri 09:24 - Set your watches
Here are tonight's crucial times (all GMT+3): 0730hrs (first car leaves service), 0928hrs (SS2), 1036hrs (SS3), 1129hrs (SS4), 1242hrs (SS5) 1428hrs (SS6), 1536hrs (SS7), 1629hrs (SS8) 1742hrs (SS9), 1900hrs (SS10), 1930hrs (first car returns to Service Park)

Fri 09:24 - Weather
The pavements are dry in Jyväskylä but the skies are cloudy and we're expecting rain on and off today. The temperature is a fresh 12ºC right now but should hit 19ºC later. WRC TV camera crews report sunshine on SS2 but lots of puddles on the road

Fri 09:22 - Coming up today
After last night's short super special, Friday gets serious with almost half of the rally’s competitive distance. And all run without a midpoint service - so there's no room for error. Friday also sees the return of the 34km Ouninpohja stage, widely regarded as the ultimate test of bravery and commitment

Fri 09:21 - Hyvää huomenta!
Good morning from Jyväskylä, and welcome back to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland

Thu 21:43 - Stage complete
And that's where we'll end our live text service for tonight. Join us on Friday for what promises to be a thrilling day of competition with 160km of stages and NO service break. The action resumes with the 14.51km Pihlajakowski at 0928hrs local (GMT+3). Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Jyväskylä. Bye for now!

Thu 21:43 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS1
[+ times to leader]: =1. Lefebvre (DS3 RRC): 1m53.4s, =1. Brynildsen (Ford Fiesta RRC): +0s, 3. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1.3s, 4. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): +1.6s, 5. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +1.8s

Thu 21:23 - SS1: Weather update
Rain falling in Jyväskylä now. Eric Camille in stage with the wipers on his Fiesta going flat out. Looks like the remaining eight WRC 2 drivers are in for a wet ride.

Thu 21:07 - Driver Q&A
We'll show the end-of-day news conference on our Live Stream from 2115hrs. Find it in the 'Live' section on the home page.

Thu 20:57 - WRC top 5 after SS1
[+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 1m48.6s, 2. Meeke (DS 3): +0.6s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +0.8s, 4. Kubica (Ford): +1.1s, 5. Latvala (VW): +1.6s

Thu 20:54 - SS1: Ogier
And he's fastest. Six-tenths up on Meeke. "Happy to finish like this, it's easy to make a mistake here. Okay, a small advantage with the drying road. Tomorrow we have a really long day ahead. A tough challenge."

Thu 20:51 - SS1: Ogier on stage
But he's not the first world champion though tonight's test. That honour went to four time champ Tommi Makinen who drove an enormous green Valtra tractor through before the first rally car. It was the same tractor another former champ, Juha Kankkunen, broke the tractor world speed record with earlier this year. 80.88 miles per hour. On snow. We kid you not.

Thu 20:51 - SS1: Tanak
A hairy moment for The Estonian when his Fiesta collects a massive sandbag on an apex. I have no handbrake, I was locking all four wheels. I'm not happy at the moment." He is ninth fastest, 3.3sec off the pace.

Thu 20:48 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Pushing hard, and he's lucky to escape a very wide moment though the forest section when he gets both right-hand wheels off the tarmac. Second fastest so far. "Very slippery but it was a clean run, no worries. The fun starts tomorrow."

Thu 20:44 - SS1: Ostberg
Fourth fastest so far. "It was okay, nothing really special."

Thu 20:42 - SS1: Latvala
Third fastest so far, 1sec off Meeke's pace. "It was slippery, not an easy start. A little mistake, a little touch of the sandbags, but all okay."

Thu 20:39 - SS1: Neuville
His Hyundai looks brand new after his shunt earlier today on Shakedown. It seems to go well too - he's fourth quickest so far. "I'm happy to be here. Our team has done an incredible job to fix the car. Huge, huge thanks to them. I hope we can bring back a good result for them."

Thu 20:36 - SS1: Meeke
He sets a new fastest time, 0.5sec up on Kubica. "It's drying out all the time. A tricky stage, a bit of dirt pulled onto the road. Really looking forward to the stages this weekend. I hope I find a good feeling tomorrow."

Thu 20:33 - SS1: Paddon
Hayden's co-driver John Kennard is marking his 50th WRC rally and his 30th anniversary in the sport this week. Paddon says: "Super Specials aren't really my thing. It was really slippery there so we took no risks. It's important to have a clean start."

Thu 20:30 - SS1: Evans
Fourth quickest, 3.8sec off Kubica's benchmark. "It was a lot more slippery than expected and I missed a lot of apexes. Still, we're here in one piece and looking forward to getting out on the proper stages tomorrow."

Thu 20:27 - SS1: Sordo
The Spaniard snakes his Hyundai off the line to try and put some heat into the tyres. Third fastest so far. "Very, very slippery on the tarmac. Okay, we don't take too many risks today because there is a lot of this rally ahead."

Thu 20:25 - SS1: Prokop
A good start for Martin who completes 0.8sec slower than Kubica. But it wasn't a smooth ride. "It was slippery like hell and our handbrake isn't working properly. It was difficult to manage the tight corners. We have to work on it before tomorrow."

Thu 20:20 - SS1: Al Qassimi
The DS 3 driver fourth quickest so far in 2m0.5s. "Surprisingly slippery and a lot of wheel spin on the uphill gravel section too."

Thu 20:18 - SS1: Kubica
A great start for the Pole who completes in a new fastest time 3.9sec quicker than Hanninen. The new time to beat: 1m49.7s. "It was okay. Very slippery though, and for sure the track - sorry, the road - will get drier and faster for the cars behind."

Thu 20:14 - SS1: Bertelli
The Italian completes 0.3sec slower than Hanninen. "Very slippery and we made a small mistake in the last corner. We lost maybe a second."

Thu 20:11 - SS1: Hanninen
Former Hyundai team member Juho is the first World Rally Car driver on stage. He's in a Ford Fiesta RS this week. His time is quickest so far: 1m53.6s. Not bad considering he didn't have the benefit of a pre-event test. "Not the easiest start, but okay, no hits. We took it quite steadily."

Thu 20:01 - WRC+
SS1 is now streaming live on WRC+

Thu 19:59 - SS1: Quentin Gilbert
The Junior Championship leader bags fastest time in JWRC - 2m03.3s. Up next, the WRC runners...

Thu 19:54 - SS1: Junior WRC drivers
On stage now. Terry Folb the early class pace-setter in 2m03.9s

Thu 19:44 - SS1: Stage update
Changeable. A dry line is appearing in some of the asphalt sections but there are some ominous-looking clouds building overhead.

Thu 19:37 - SS1: Van Den Brand update
Hit a wall, broken steering. He's out of tonight's competition. All being well he will restart tomorrow.

Thu 19:33 - SS1: Huttunen spins
It's a rough start for the man recently crowned 'Future Rally Star of Finland" who spins his Citroen into a barrier. He's underway again. 'A little bit too fast and hit a wall. I think it's okay," he says at the finish.

Thu 19:27 - SS1: Drive DMACK Trophy
Drivers are now filtering through. Early problems though for Mats Van Den Brand, who is reported to have gone off in the forest section.

Thu 19:15 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't forget our WRC Live radio commentary and Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section

Thu 19:14 - SS1: Stage underway
And the wet asphalt is already proving tricky. Daniele Pellegrineschi's Citroen DS3 R3T has just done a neat pirouette backwards into a barrier. Daniele is back underway having escaped with just a broken rear light.

Thu 19:07 - SS1: Stage Notes
Harju 1, 2.27km. Neste Oil Rally Finland kicks off with the short Harju test near the centre of the host town of Jyväskylä. After returning to the itinerary in 2014 following a 16-year lay-off, it is used in virtually the same format. It’s a mix of asphalt roads and gravel tracks, and drivers must take care at a fast and tricky downhill descent into tight turns between trees.

Thu 19:06 - Start intervals
All WRC crews will start tonight's stage at 3min intervals

Thu 19:06 - Start order
Crews will tackle Friday and Saturday's stages in championship order. Tonight, however, the order is a bit special to suit the live TV (and WRC+) schedule. Mitsubishi Lancer driver Fabrizio De Sanctis was first to start at 1900hrs. The first of the World Rally Car drivers, Juho Hanninen, will be on stage at 1950hrs. The last, Sébastien Ogier, will start at 2032hrs, followed by the WRC 2 runners

Thu 19:03 - Set your watches
Here are tonight's crucial times (all GMT 3): 1842hrs (first car leaves service), 1900hrs (first car on stage SS1), 1930hrs (first car returns to Service Park)

Thu 18:53 - Weather
Summer in Jyväskylä has been a bit of a washout so far and there's no sign of a change on the horizon. Today we've seen bright spells but also some sharp bursts of torrential rain. More showers are likely. Right now the roads are wet but there's bright sunshine overhead (we're in Finland remember, so sunset is not until 2210hrs). The temperature is 14ºC.

Thu 18:52 - Coming up today
A short curtain raiser. Just one stage, Harjiu (2.27km) will run this evening before a packed schedule of competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thu 18:52 - We're set
At the WRC text desk, assembled this time in a cavernous hall in the Paviljonki exhibition complex - home to the rally Service Park

Thu 18:51 - Hyvää iltaa!
That's good evening from Jyväskylä, and welcome to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland

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Car No Driver Co-driver Team/Car Eligibility Group Class Control Reason Penalty
3 GBRK. MEEKE IRLP. NAGLE Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Citroën DS3 WRC
5 GBRE. EVANS GBRD. BARRITT M-Sport World Rally Team
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
43 UKRV. GORBAN UKRV. KORSIA Eurolamp World Rally Team
Mini John Cooper Works s2000
Ford Fiesta R5
Citroën DS3 R3T
Citroën DS3 R3T
75 ITAG. LINARI ITAN. ARENA Gianluca Linari
Subaru Impreza WRX Sti
Ford Fiesta s2000
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Ford Fiesta R2
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX



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