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Sun 15:03 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from the WRC and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find all our stage coverage and onboards from Rallye Monte-Carlo. Bye for now!

Sun 15:02 - We will return
On 11 February for the championship's second round: Rally Sweden

Sun 15:02 - Rally complete
And that's where we'll end our live text service from Rallye Monte-Carlo

Sun 14:57 - WRC Manufacturers’
Standings after round 1/14: 1) Volkswagen Motorsport: 25 points, 2) Hyundai Motorsport: 25, 3) Volkswagen Motorsport II: 18, 4) M-Sport World Rally Team: 12, 5) DMACK World Rally Team: 8, 6) Hyundai Motorsport N: 6

Sun 14:49 - WRC Drivers’ Standings
Top 10 after round 1/14: 1) Ogier: 28 points, 2) Mikkelsen: 19, 3) Neuville: 15, 4) Østberg: 12, 5) Lefebvre: 10, 6) Sordo: 10, 7): Tanak: 6, 8) Evans: 4, 9) Lappi: 2, 10) Kremer: 1

Sun 14:47 - Monte WRC2
FINAL: 1.Evans 4:08:23.9s, 2.Kremer +2:13.1s, 3.Gilbert +2m34.2s, 4.Giordano +6:32.6s, 5.Bonato +11:45.7s

Sun 13:04 - Text break
A brief admin pause now. We'll be back soon with the full results and championship standings

Sun 13:03 - WRC2 winners
Gilbert clears the final stage and completes the WRC2 podium: 1) Evans, 2) Kremer and 3) Gilbert.

Sun 13:01 - Power Stage result
1: Ogier 8m09.6s (3 points) 2: Sordo 1.4s (2 points) 3: Mikkelsen +5.9s (1 point)

Sun 12:59 - Monte FINAL
1.Ogier 3:49:53.1s, 2.Mikkelsen +1:54.5s, 3.Neuville +3:17.9s, 4.Østberg +4:47.7s, 5.Lefebvre +7:35.6s

Sun 12:57 - SS16: Ogier
He takes the victory by 1m54.4sec from his VW team-mate Mikkelsen. "It's fantastic. This rally is the most important of the season for me. So emotional to be able to do it here in Monte Carlo. A fourth victory on such a difficult rally. I'm very happy. I have to thank my team and especially my gravel crew - they've done a great job. The car was perfect, I'm so happy to take this win for Volkswagen."

Sun 12:53 - SS16: Ogier wins!
Fastest on the Power Stage too!

Sun 12:52 - SS16: Mikkelsen
Second quickest on stage and second overall for Andreas - on his first rally alongside co-driver Anders Jaeger. "Such a great rally - and I'm so proud of what Anders has delivered on his first rally. I always knew he was talented! This is a great start to our season. We just have to try and build on this."

Sun 12:49 - SS16: Neuville
He completes 1m6s slower than Sordo in a cloud of tyre smoke, his car's hazard lights on. What's wrong? "We have a problem - the car is in two-wheel drive and I had to change gear manually! But we are happy to be here, the first podium with the new car. Thanks to the team and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season."

Sun 12:45 - SS16: Ostberg
Looks like fourth place here for Mads. That's a great result considering he has a new co-driver, new car and new team. "I'm very satisfied. It's been a challenging weekend for a number of reasons but a good foundation for the rest of the season. I'm looking forward to Sweden now."

Sun 12:42 - SS16: Splits watch
Neuville losing a lot of time. He's 24sec down on Sordo at the 3.9km split

Sun 12:40 - SS16: Lefebvre
A smooth run to fifth place for the young Frenchman. "It was a great weekend for us. I had some fun here for the spectators - very happy to finish!"

Sun 12:39 - SS16: Tanak
His time 8m29.3s. "From the beginning we knew we had a lot to learn about the new tyres. Perhaps I tried to compensate by pushing too hard. Now we have a lot of useful data. A big job to do before Germany

Sun 12:34 - SS16: Sordo
8m11.0s is quickest so far. "My first rally with this car. I was not happy with it early but it's got better and better and now I am happier with with the balance."

Sun 12:33 - SS16: WRC2 Evans
He's through to take victory in WRC 2. "It's been a good weekend. A big weekend for M-Sport with this new car and it's been incredible."

Sun 12:31 - SS16: Paddon
His time is 9m08.5s, and it's not a clean run. "In the braking for a hairpin we broke something in the differential. Looking forward to getting the new car now. A character building weekend. Our season starts in Sweden."

Sun 12:18 - SS16: Update
Start time confirmed: 1219hrs

Sun 12:18 - SS16: Update
Paddon's start time 1218hrs. He's on the start line now. Watch LIVE at wrcplus.

Sun 12:10 - SS16: Delayed
Rally organisers confirm an eight-minute delay. Paddon's new start time is 1216hrs

Sun 12:05 - Stage info: SS16
Col de L'Orme - St Laurent 1, 12.60km. Last year's Power Stage has been revised for 2016, with a new opening section from the Col de L'Orme - one of the iconic climbs from the Tour de France. The new section is mostly medium to wide on Tarmac that is old, bumpy and abrasive. It is quite quick but does have a few hairpins to upset the rhythm. At 7.7km the road joins the 2015 route and opens out for a fast downhill section to the finish that includes a dizzying sequence of eight consecutive hairpins at 9.8km.

Sun 12:01 - Up next: Power Stage
The rally's final stage gets underway at 1208hrs

Sun 11:59 - Monte WRC2
After SS15: 1.Evans 3:59:51.4s, 2.Kremer +2:11.8s, 3.Gilbert +2m26.5s, 4.Giordano +6:15.3s, 5.Bonato +11:44.4s. Suarez quickest

Sun 11:57 - Monte after SS15
1.Ogier 3:41:43.5s, 2.Mikkelsen +1:48.6s, 3.Neuville +2:10.3s, 4.Østberg +4:36.2s, 5.Lefebvre +7:29.7s

Sun 11:45 - SS15: Ogier
And your ambitions for the Power Stage? "I think three points will be difficult because I don't have the tyres for it. I will try. If I can get one or two points I will be happy."

Sun 11:43 - SS15: Ogier
"All fine. I took it quite easy. I just need to get through. If I stay in this position it will be the perfect start to the season."

Sun 11:42 - SS15: WRC2 Gilbert
His lack of power less of an issue this time. "It's a good stage. A good rhythm but not enough to take second place."

Sun 11:41 - SS15: Ogier
It's a calm seventh-quickest time from Seb who will start the final stage with a rally lead of 1m48sec.

Sun 11:35 - SS15: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far in 14m09.2s. His advantage over Neuville now 21.7s. "It was alright. Very dry after the top. I was afraid I was on the wrong tyres, but it was alright. The gap [to Neuville behind] should be okay." third

Sun 11:32 - SS15: Neuville
Third fastest. How was it? "It was okay." He doesn't sound convinced. After the stage he parks the car and starts some mechanical work underneath.

Sun 11:27 - SS15: Ostberg
9.7sec slower than Sordo. He's well cushioned in fourth so no final day push from Mads. "It was okay. These are tricky stages even with no snow. Slippery in places. It's a beautiful day, we just need to smile and get to the end."

Sun 11:25 - SS15: Lefebvre
6.1sec off Sordo's pace. That's second quickest so far. "Not easy, some wet parts. easy to make a mistake. I didn't push."

Sun 11:22 - SS15: Tanak
30.2sec off Sordo's pace. "Nothing much to enjoy. We tried our best. A big job to do on these tyres before Germany."

Sun 11:19 - SS15: Sordo
8.5sec up on Paddon but critical of his performance. "I drive very bad in this stage. No confidence. I lost a lot of time in the new section."

Sun 11:18 - SS15: Paddon
First to complete in 14m20.2sec. "Very slippery, We have nothing to gain. Just using it as a recce for next year."

Sun 11:03 - SS15: View from the Col
Here's the picture 400m after the summit of the Col.

Sun 10:05 - Stage report: SS15
No snow on the Turini today. From the Col down the road is wet with some snow on the verges. Expect some of this to be dragged on to the road in the corner cuts.

Sun 10:02 - Stage info: SS15
La Bollene Vesubie - Peira Cava, 21.36km. The rally's signature stage, this is the one that features the climb to the 1604m summit of the Col de Turini - one of the championship's iconic locations. It's a stage of two very different halves - the second of which is new this year. The opening 15km from La Bollène-Vésubie is a classic Monte climb to the top of the Col on a medium to wide road with numerous hairpins to interrupt the flow. Once at the summit the road flows well and gets faster - and probably more icy - on the treacherous descent to a new finish in the village of Peïra-Cava.

Sun 10:01 - Next stage: SS15
Paddon will be first to start at 1057hrs

Sun 10:00 - Up next: Refuel
Crews en route to Pointe De Contes for a fuel stop. From there it's on to La Bollene Vesubie and the start of SS15.

Sun 09:54 - Monte WRC2
After SS14: 1.Evans 3:45:01.3s, 2.Kremer +2:09.2s, 3.Gilbert +2m29.3s, 4.Giordano +5:15.3s, 5.Bonato +11:45.6s. Gilbert down on power

Sun 09:51 - Monte after SS14
1.Ogier 3:27:20.7s, 2.Mikkelsen +2:02.2s, 3.Neuville +2:13.8s, 4.Østberg +4:37.6s, 5.Lefebvre +7:34.7s. Ogier quickest

Sun 09:46 - SS14: WRC2 Gilbert
5.1sec off Kremer's fastest time and it looks like his bid to catch second is over. "We have lost power. It's difficult to attack with this problem." Gilbert reported a high engine temperature after SS13. Kremer's advantage now 20.1s.

Sun 09:43 - SS14: Evans/Kremer
The WRC2 leaders through cleanly. Kremer is 2.7sec quicker on stage, but Evans' class lead is more than 2min.

Sun 09:41 - SS14: Ogier
Fastest time and Seb extends his lead to more than 2min. He's missing Meeke though. "It would have been more exciting to have him here, but we have to do our job and get this victory. I'm surprised to be fastest. I don't have the best tyre choice here, we chose for the wet conditions on the Col de Turini."

Sun 09:38 - SS14: Mikkelsen
0.9sec slower than Neuville, and his advantage in the overall standings is down to 11.6s. He's not worried. "Thierry has soft tyres, which is a better choice for this stage than my super-softs. I knew I would lose some here. The next stage is wet and my tyres will be better there."

Sun 09:35 - SS14: Neuville
Second quickest to his team-mate Sordo. Are you pushing Mikkelsen for second place today? "We'll try and keep the pressure up but it's more important to secure the podium. We had a good run but there was a problem with the car before the stage - something touching - we fixed it on the road section. Nothing major."

Sun 09:32 - SS14: Ostberg
Fourth quickest so far, 11sec slower than Sordo. "It was okay. Quite a nice stage. The sun is shining and there's no snow. Not bad. We are in this position now [4th] and there's not much we can do about that except build experience."

Sun 09:29 - SS14: Lefebvre
Second fastest, 4.6s off Sordo's pace. "Okay, but I lost two or three seconds in the narrow parts, they're difficult for me." Lefebvre is looking good for a WRC career best fifth place here today.

Sun 09:24 - SS14: Tanak
18.1sec off Sordo's pace. "I push as hard as I can but the performance is not there at the moment. We have to keep pushing and develop for the next rally."

Sun 09:22 - SS14: Sordo
8.9sec quicker than Paddon and Sordo is sounding positive. "Quite happy with the car now. The stage is completely dry. I will try and catch Tanak today but the most important thing is to improve the car and my confidence."

Sun 09:19 - Stage info: SS14
Col de L'Orme - St Laurent 1, 12.60km. Last year's Power Stage has been revised for 2016, with a new opening section from the Col de L'Orme - one of the iconic climbs from the Tour de France. The new section is mostly medium to wide on Tarmac that is old, bumpy and abrasive. It is quite quick but does have a few hairpins to upset the rhythm. At 7.7km the road joins the 2015 route and opens out for a fast downhill section to the finish that includes a dizzying sequence of eight consecutive hairpins at 9.8km.

Sun 09:19 - SS14: Paddon
First to complete, his time 8m24.6s. "Dry conditions, which make it enjoyable to drive. Still some damp, slippery sections under the trees near the start. I reckon it will be better for the repeat."

Sun 09:17 - WRC Live
Don't miss our WRC Live radio service from Rallye Monte-Carlo. Presenters Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan are broadcasting now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.

Sun 09:17 - Weather: 2
Report from the TV crew standing on the Col de Turini: 1˚C. Wet Tarmac. No snow on the Col.

Sun 09:15 - Weather: 1
Here in Monaco it's 6˚C and sunny. Forecast to hit 15˚C later. On SS14 there are some clouds about. The temperature is 4˚C and it's dry Tarmac all the way.

Sun 09:13 - Tyre choices
Tyre choices of the Michelin runners for today's three stages: Lefebvre/Hyundai/Ostberg/Evans 5 Pilot Sport Soft 5 (S5) Ogier 3SS5 + 2S5 Mikkelsen 4 SS5 +2S5

Sun 09:13 - Start intervals
World Rally Car crews will tackle the stages at three-minute intervals - that's up from two on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Sun 09:12 - Start order
All change. Crews will start in reverse rally classification order. No Rally 2 restarters today. Hayden Paddon is through first. Here’s how the rest of the World Rally Car drivers will line-up: 1. Paddon, 2. Sordo, 3. Tanak, 4. Lefebvre, 5. Ostberg, 6. Neuville, 7. Mikkelsen, 8. Ogier

Sun 09:11 - Sunday's itinerary: 2
Crews will repeat the test from Col de L'Orme as the rally closing Power Stage. The winning car will arrive back in Monaco at 1339hrs. Prize giving ceremony at the palace 1500hrs. Wear a tie.

Sun 09:11 - Sunday's itinerary: 1
Only the top 60 cars in the rankings will tackle the final leg. After Col de l'Orme - St Laurent which crosses the Col de Braus, comes one of the season's highlights with the famous ascent of the Col de Turini in the La Bollène-Vésubie - Peïra Cava test.

Sun 09:10 - Coming up today
The fourth and final leg features just 45.50 competitive kilometres but hosts some classic Monte action in the Alpes-Maritimes to the north

Sun 09:08 - We're LIVE
Reporting from the harbourside, the stunning location for today's service park

Sun 09:08 - Hello from Monaco
And welcome back to our text service from Rallye Monte-Carlo

Sat 17:01 - We will return
At 0908hrs on Sunday, when the rally resumes with the Col De L'Orme - St Laurent stage. Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest. Bye for now

Sat 16:59 - Join us on Sunday
For the fourth and final day of Rallye Monte-Carlo. Coming up: three classic Monte tests including the iconic Col De Turini climb and the bonus point Power Stage.

Sat 16:55 - Bouffier update
He's on the move and heading to Monaco thanks to some deft work with a ratchet-strap. Ahead is a journey of 183km, so keep your fingers crossed.

Sat 16:52 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Sat 16:52 - Monte WRC2
After SS13: 1.Evans 3:36:20.2s, 2.Kremer +2:11.9s, 3.Gilbert +2m26.9s, 4.Giordano +4:54.4s, 5.Bonato +11:47.7s. Gilbert quickest

Sat 16:47 - Monte after SS13
1.Ogier 3:19:05.7s, 2.Mikkelsen +1:59.7s, 3.Neuville +2:12.2s, 4.Østberg +4:25.9s, 5.Lefebvre +7:29.4s. Meeke retires pre-stage

Sat 16:40 - SS13: Bouffier
The rear-left suspension arm is broken. He and co-driver Victor Bellotto are trying to hold it together with ratchet-straps. No Rally 2 for tomorrow remember - so we have another Monte-Carlo or bust situation...

Sat 16:37 - SS13: WRC2 Suarez
"A good time here, but we had a spin in one tight corner.

Sat 16:36 - SS13: WRC2 Bonato
"The rally ended for us on the last stage when we lost 10 minutes. A stupid mistake at 2kph maximum - it's difficult to accept."

Sat 16:35 - SS13: WRC2 Gilbert
Quickest WRC2 time so far but Quentin completes with a worrying engine problem. "The water temperature is too high."

Sat 16:34 - SS13: WRC2 Kremer
Second in class and with no plans to try and chase down Evans tomorrow. "Happy with the day and with this position."

Sat 16:32 - SS13: WRC2 Evans
"A fantastic stage. I was so careful on the ice section at the top but in this position I couldn't take any risks."

Sat 16:31 - SS13: Paddon
A clean run in the fifth-fastest time.

Sat 16:30 - SS13: Bouffier
Could be game over for Bryan who completes with heavy rear-left damage and a wheel jutting out at a worrying angle. "I went too wide in a long right and hit something, maybe it was a stone, I don't know. We'll have a look now." He has a 183km road section to complete before service.

Sat 16:25 - SS13: Lefebvre
Fourth fastest so far. "I tried to push in here, it felt very good. Today has been good for the experience."

Sat 16:24 - SS13: Tanak
45.4sec off Neuville's pace. "Bouncing around in there a bit like a rubber ball."

Sat 16:21 - SS13: Sordo
Second quickest and more positive news for Hyundai. "This is the first stage of the rally I have enjoyed."

Sat 16:20 - SS13: Neuville
Fastest so far, 17sec up on Mikkelsen and the fight for second is back on! "I enjoyed driving here, the car was working perfectly. Can I get second tomorrow? That's not the aim. Third would be good for the team. I'm learning, finding the balance. The car has a lot of potential."

Sat 16:18 - SS13: Ostberg
14.3sec slower than Mikkelsen. "It's always tricky with slick tyres on ice. We managed it quite well. Very careful on the ice but it's enjoyable. A big improvement since lunch today."

Sat 16:16 - SS13: Mikkelsen
17.4sec up on Ogier. "Really difficult. I took it very carefully. Okay, quicker than Seb but he doesn't need to push any more."

Sat 16:15 - SS13: Ogier
He completes in 23m30.4s. "It's a shame for Kris. He deserves better than that. It would have been better to carry on - it was an exciting fight. Well done to him. Now it is a different race for me - just to get to the end."

Sat 15:58 - Meeke update
More news from Kris on what happened on SS12: "Something in the middle of the road touched the underneath of the car and ripped off the sump guard. This also damaged the gearbox."

Sat 15:55 - Tyre choices
Michelin tyre choices for today's final stage: Hyundai/Lefebvre: 4 Pilot Sport Super Soft (SS5) M-Sport/Bouffier/VW: 2 SS5 + 2 S5

Sat 15:01 - Meeke retires!
A shock development just outside the Tallard tyre fitting zone. Meeke was clearly bothered by something at the end of the previous stage - turns out his gearbox was broken. That's his rally over.

Sat 14:57 - Next stage: 1548hrs
That's Ogier's start time. We'll take a text break until then.

Sat 14:55 - Up next: SS13
Crews are en route to Tallard for a tyre change, and then on to Sisteron for Saturday's final stage

Sat 14:51 - SS12: Latvala
Returning to the service park. Retired. He believed he would miss his start time for SS12 after spending so long repairing his Polo after SS11. With no Rally 2 tonight that's the end of his Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Sat 14:47 - Monte WRC2
After SS12: 1.Evans 3:11:29.4s, 2.Kremer +1:57.0s, 3.Gilbert +2m34.9s, 4.Giordano +3:45.4s, 5.Bonato +11:42.1s. Bonato delay

Sat 14:39 - Monte after SS12
1.Ogier 2:55:35.3s, 2.Meeke +29.1s, 3.Mikkelsen +2:17.1s, 4.Neuville +2:47.2s, 5.Ostberg +4:29.0s. Stage 1-2-3 for Hyundai!

Sat 14:33 - SS12: Bonato
Lost more than 10min stopped at the 10.9km point. He had been third in WRC2. He completes but has slipped to fifth.

Sat 14:32 - SS12: WRC2 Suarez
Quickest WRC2 time so far, 21.7sec up on Evans. "When we have the confidence we can go fast. These conditions are difficult but I hope to use this experience."

Sat 14:29 - SS12: WRC2 Kremer
The German drops 56sec to Evans with a puncture.

Sat 14:27 - SS12: WRC2 Evans
"No risks in here. There was more time to be gained but I have a lot to lose."

Sat 14:26 - SS12: Paddon
The Kiwi slots second fastest, in between his team-mates Neuville and Sordo. "We got the tyre choice wrong for the loop, but it was right for this stage. All good information for next year." And a rather impressive 1-2-3 stage result for Hyundai too.

Sat 14:23 - SS12: Bouffier
Seventh quickest. "It was okay. I stalled at a hairpin, I couldn't shift down in time. On the snow I was more than careful."

Sat 14:22 - SS12: Lefebvre
"My first time in a WRC car at Rallye Monte-Carlo. I had a spin in this one and lost 20sec."

Sat 14:20 - SS12: Tanak
Slowest time on the board so far. "It was a big push. Maximum attack."

Sat 14:17 - SS12: Sordo
Second quickest. If nothing changes that's a 1-2 for Hyundai. "We have the right tyres for this stage. The balance of the car is getting better and better."

Sat 14:16 - SS12: Neuville
Quickest so far. "The tyre choice wasnlt so bad! We can be pretty happy with that. I didn't push too hard but we did a good stage. With the right tyre choice it's a pretty fast car."

Sat 14:14 - SS12: Meeke
He's lost 15sec to Ogier and is straight out of the car to have a look under the front-right corner. He's saying nothing and leaves straight away.

Sat 14:12 - SS12: Ostberg
His time of 12m10.9s is fastest so far and 2.6s up on Mikkelsen. He punches the air with joy. "Good to get good times in Monte! It feels better after service - we changed a few things and it's helped."

Sat 14:09 - SS12: Mikkelsen
A great time, 12.7sec quicker than Ogier. "So tricky on the downhill now. It's slush and in some ways that's worse than snow. On snow the grip is more consistent. Wow, that was difficult."

Sat 14:08 - SS12: Meeke
Off the road, then straight back on again, at the 8.5km point. Sounds like the same spot where Mikkelsen had a wobble.

Sat 14:07 - SS12: Ogier
His time 12m26.2. "A bit better in some sections but still very tricky. Where the snow is melting it's tricky on the slick tyres. I'm expecting more ice on top of the Col on the next one. We are not in the position where we need to take all the risks but we still have to drive fast."

Sat 14:02 - SS12: Mikkelsen
WRC TV crew reports 'a big moment' for Andreas at the 8.5km mark

Sat 13:58 - SS12: Stage report
The zero car driver gives his verdict on the repeat pass: "Conditions are much better than before. Super soft with two snow tyres would be my tyre choice."

Sat 13:56 - SS12: Latvala
WRC tracking system shows his car parked 20km before the stage. He was due to start at 1353hrs.

Sat 13:23 - Up next: SS12
The next stage, the repeat of the snowy St Leger Les Melezes - La Batie Neuve, will start at 1351hrs

Sat 13:18 - Monte WRC2
After SS11: 1.Evans 2:58:44.3s, 2.Kremer +1:00.7s, 3.Bonato +1m12.2s, 4.Gilbert +2:10.0s, 5.Giordano +3:02.7s. Gilbert the stage winner

Sat 13:14 - Monte after SS11
1.Ogier 2:43:09.1s, 2.Meeke +26.8s, 3.Mikkelsen +2:29.8s, 4.Neuville +3:33.8s, 5.Latvala +3:34.3s. Latvala slips from 3rd to 5th

Sat 13:11 - SS11: WRC2 Suarez
He loses more than four minutes. What happened? "I had a puncture in the rear. When we don't have problems we are improving and we can do times like we did on the previous stage. This is not a rally - it's like a jungle out there!

Sat 13:05 - SS11: Latvala
He's replaced the broken suspension arm. Is it alright? "Yeah, it's okay." He's packed up his toolkit and is off to SS12.

Sat 13:02 - SS11: WRC2 times
Gilbert quickest so far in 32m53.8s. Evans +10sec and Kremer +21sec

Sat 13:00 - SS11: WRC2 Evans
"Pretty difficult. Okay, none of the problems we had earlier but I didn't take any chances. Great fun. The car is a pleasure to drive and the partnership with [my co-driver] Craig is developing well."

Sat 12:57 - SS11: Paddon
"The conditions are much better for us this time than on the earlier pass."

Sat 12:55 - SS11: Latvala
He slid wide on a left-hander and dropped two wheels into a drainage ditch. His car's front left suspension arm is broken.

Sat 12:52 - SS11: Lefebvre
Fourth quickest. "Really nice this one. Much better on the second pass. I'm pushing more and it felt better."

Sat 12:51 - SS11: Tanak
Seventh quickest, 22sec up on Sordo. "Better than I expected. Lots of sideways - and we enjoy that."

Sat 12:50 - SS11: Sordo
Neuville was positive. Sordo less so. "I don't think it is better. In our position we are nowhere. We try a different set-up with the tyres."

Sat 12:48 - SS11: Neuville
1m02s off Ogier's pace but sounding positive. "We're trying something else with the tyres - a crossover on this one. We lost one minute in here, which is what we were expecting."

Sat 12:45 - SS11: Meeke
Another stage win for Kris, 3.4sec quicker than Ogier. Not that he's thinking about Ogier of course. "I'm doing my own thing. It's hard to read the road here, there's a lot of black ice around. This is a tricky Monte-Carlo but we're here - still fighting."

Sat 12:42 - SS11: Ostberg
"Some really nice sections in there. A bit up and down but we are getting there."

Sat 12:41 - SS11: Latvala
He's pulled over near the stage end

Sat 12:41 - SS11: Mikkelsen
26.4sec slower than Ogier, but he's up to third now following Latvala's problem. "My tyre choice for this stage was not optimal."

Sat 12:39 - SS11: Latvala
More time lost in the closing section and he completes 1m50.8s slower than Ogier. His car is sporting front left suspension damage. The wheel is wobbling and not running straight. He's not saying anything at the stop control.

Sat 12:36 - SS11: Ogier
He's through in 30m30.0s - that's 17sec quicker than earlier. His car is spattered with mud. "The conditions were very different to earlier. A little bit too cautious but not a bad stage."

Sat 12:33 - SS11: Latvala
He's lost 19 seconds to Ogier in the final split. Spin?

Sat 12:28 - SS11: Splits watch
Meeke the quickest to the 22km split point. Ogier +5.3s, Latvala +2s, Mikkelsen +18.4s

Sat 12:25 - Tyre choices
Michelin tyre choices for the afternoon loop: Citroen/Ogier/Latvala/Bouffier: 4 Pilot Sport Super Soft 5 (SS5) + 2 Studs. Neuville: 2 SS5 + 2 Pilot Alpin + 2 studs. Sordo: 4 Pilot Sport Super Soft 5 (SS5) + 2 studs Mikkelsen/Ostberg: 3 SS5 + 1 Pilot Alpin + 2 studs

Sat 11:35 - Next stage: 1203hrs
That's Ogier's start time for the repeat of the Lardier Et Valanca stage.

Sat 10:49 - Up next: Service
Crews are on their way to Gap for the midpoint service. First car due in at 1057hrs

Sat 10:48 - Monte WRC2
After SS10: 1.Evans 2:25:40.5s, 2.Kremer +49.7s, 3.Bonato +1m09.1s, 4.Giordano +2:15.8s, 5.Gilbert +2:20.0s. Evans retakes lead

Sat 10:45 - Monte after SS10
1.Ogier 2:12:39.1s, 2.Meeke +30.2s, 3.Latvala +1:43.5s, 4.Mikkelsen +2:03.4s, 5.Neuville +2:35.1s. Stage winner Mikkelsen up to 4th

Sat 10:43 - SS10: WRC2 Athanassoulas
"Our first time driving on crossed tyres and we had a spin in a tight section. It took us about a minute to turn around."

Sat 10:39 - SS10: WRC2 Suarez/Giordano
Suarez sets a new quickest time in WRC2 - beating Evans by 16.3sec. But his mid-stage pass of Quentin Giordano is controversial. Giordano completes soon after and is furious with Suarez. "The Spanish man pass me in the icy section because he couldn't slow down! He pushed my car off into a hole. My co-driver is hurt. He is crazy!"

Sat 10:31 - SS10: WRC2 Gilbert
He completes with his rear bumper hanging off. That's a surprise to him. "It was a good stage."

Sat 10:30 - SS10: WRC2 Kremer
A spin in stage and Kremer loses the lead to Evans.

Sat 10:30 - SS10: WRC2 Evans
An astonishing time from the Welshman who sets the sixth-fastest time - beating six World Rally Car crews. "I just tried to be very, very neat. I carried speed where I could. I hope to get the lead back."

Sat 10:28 - SS10: Paddon
"A lot of moments. We're trying different tyre strategies and this didn't work. We spun three times."

Sat 10:26 - SS10: Bouffier
WRC tracking shows he stopped briefly during the stage. What happened? "We got stuck in a hairpin. Fortunately there were spectators there to get us moving again."

Sat 10:23 - SS10: Lefebvre
"Incredible for me. I made one spin on the climb just before the top. I lost maybe 20 seconds there."

Sat 10:22 - SS10: Tanak
"No grip. We can't do anything. These are the conditions we have. Our only chance is to survive and learn the rally. No good performance at the moment."

Sat 10:21 - SS10: Sordo
Slowest of the cars through so far, but his work on the suspension arm is holding up well. "It's okay but now we have a problem with gearbox - we had to use the manual shift early in the stage."

Sat 10:17 - SS10: Neuville
54.2sec slower than Mikkelsen on stage and the two swap places in the overall standings. "Tricky. Very tricky. I tried my best. Once you are sliding you are finished. Mikkelsen's tyre choice got him a lot of time here."

Sat 10:15 - SS10: Meeke
10 sec slower than Ogier and his car is sporting some light rear end damage. "We slid wide and hit something on the outside. This was an incredibly difficult stage. After the slide we lost a bit of confidence."

Sat 10:13 - SS10: Ostberg
1m11.5sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "Scary. You have to take it slowly. In some places it was a little bit terrifying."

Sat 10:12 - SS10: Mikkelsen
An epic run from Mikkelsen who completes 48sec quicker than Latvala on his studded tyres - with most of that advantage coming on the snowy descent. "Of course we had the best tyres on this one. It looks like we gained some time back on that downhill section - I really pushed. Overall I'm not sure It was the right choice."

Sat 10:09 - SS10: Latvala
4.1sec off Ogier's pace. "Not sure I've ever driven in such difficult, slippery conditions."

Sat 10:07 - SS10: Ogier
He's though in 12m45.2s and has a diagonal cross of studs and stick tyres on his car. "Very difficult with the tyres we have. The downhill especially was very slippery. The grip was so low it affected my driving rhythm."

Sat 10:00 - SS10: Stage report
The road-opening zero car is through. Here's the driver's verdict: "Very difficult and completely different from the previous stage. There's a lot of snow on the downhill section."

Sat 09:32 - Stage info: SS10
St Leger les Melezes - La Batie Neuve, 17.13km. Although the name is familiar, this stage has never been used in this format. After 5km it crosses the Ancelle ski slopes and begins a steep climb via a string of hairpins to the Col de Moissière. After the col the road descends on a narrow and bumpy road which twists and turns through Sapet forest, before a short detour around a residential area to the finish.

Sat 09:27 - SS9: Legend watch
1994 Monte winner Francois Delecour has gone off. "I was doing well, pushing hard, and had overtaken three cars when I went off in a slippery corner at maybe 40kph. I lost two minutes while spectators pushed us back on. We're here okay but the car no longer has power steering.".

Sat 09:25 - Up next: SS10
Crews en route to St Leger Les Melezes and Stage 10. Ogier's start time: 0952hrs

Sat 09:24 - Monte WRC2
After SS9: 1.Kremer 2:12:22.4s, 2.Evans +5.8s, 3.Bonato +25.1s, 4.Giordano +1:16.5s, 5.Gilbert +2:09.3s. Maurin stops. Punctures for Evans&Gilbert

Sat 09:21 - Monte after SS9
1.Ogier 1:59:53.9s, 2.Meeke +20.1s, 3.Latvala +1:39.4s, 4.Neuville +2:24.8s, 5.Mikkelsen +2:47.3s. Neuville up to 4th. Sordo damage

Sat 09:17 - SS9: WRC2 Maurin
Stopped at the 9km mark. Engine. Retired. He had been third in class.

Sat 09:16 - SS9: WRC2 Suarez
He completes with the loss of eight minutes. "We went off at a right-hand corner and got stuck. Thanks to the fans who helped us back on. The car is okay."

Sat 09:15 - SS9: Sordo update
Replacement suspension arm fitted. He's off to SS10. Top job!

Sat 09:14 - SS9: WRC2 Ptaszek
"A long way to arrive but we are here. We survived! Okay, the time is not so perfect but we saw a lot of drivers off the road."

Sat 09:12 - SS9: WRC3 Veiby
He completes with a handsome class lead. "A really difficult, long stage with very variable conditions. It's hard to know what grip you have. In my position I have it all to lose. I have to keep concentrated."

Sat 09:10 - SS9: Sordo update
The Spaniard's Hyundai has a broken suspension arm. He and co-driver Marc Marti are trying to fix it by the roadside.

Sat 09:07 - SS9: WRC2 Giordano
"Not fun in these conditions. I lost the car under braking and spun. Still, better luck that Gilbert."

Sat 09:06 - SS9: WRC2 Gilbert
Loses almost two minutes stopping to change a puncture in the middle of the stage.

Sat 09:05 - SS9: WRC2 Evans
He completes 1m37.8sec slower than Kremer and slips behind him in the WRC 2 standings. "Not a good stage. We had a puncture and we had to stop to change it. Can we make up the time lost? Yes of course..."

Sat 09:02 - SS9: WRC2 Kremer
"I think Evans has a puncture but we had a big moment too - a spin and impact with a pole on the rear-right. We must go and check."

Sat 09:01 - SS9: WRC 2 Evans
Big time loss for the WRC 2 leader who has slipped behind Kremer in the running order. WRC TV crews report damage to the right-rear corner of Evans' Fiesta R5.

Sat 08:59 - SS9: Paddon
Seventh quickest and restarting today after crashing out on Friday. "I'm taking it very easy after yesterday, trying to get the mileage to learn. There seems to be a lot more ice here than our gravel note crew found when they came through before dawn."

Sat 08:57 - SS9: Sordo
He's lost 6m27.5 and explains what went wrong. "Very slippery under braking in a village, we spun and hit the rear wheel on a bank. It's moving about now. We'll go any have a look." The wheel is running out of alignment - looks like there is some suspension damage.

Sat 08:54 - SS9: Lefebvre
"I passed Dani in stage. Very difficult in the icy conditions."

Sat 08:54 - SS9: Tanak
He completes 1m46s off Ogier's pace and he shakes his head when he sees the times. "Very tricky," he says. "In many places I had nothing in the notes and it was full ice."

Sat 08:48 - SS9: Neuville
37sec off Ogier's pace and he moves up to fourth in the standings ahead of Mikkelsen. "It was okay actually. Tricky towards the end because the road has changed a lot since the recce. The suspension is improved. We tried a new setting to feel more comfortable in the slippery sections."

Sat 08:46 - SS9: Meeke
Second quickest so far, just 10.6sec slower than Ogier. "There is some snow being pulled on to the road now. Very dirty too. I did the best job I could on the road I had."

Sat 08:44 - SS9: Ostberg
1m13s off the pace. "Absolutely horrible. Nothing really worked in this stage. We need to adjust a bit more in the car. I was not happy with this."

Sat 08:43 - SS9: Mikkelsen
Competes 1m13.6 slower than Ogier - and it looks like his tyre choice was a big error here "We tried something different here but the road dried up more than we thought. Okay, at least it should be better for the next stage."

Sat 08:41 - SS9: Sordo
Moving again. He's rejoined behind Ott Tanak. Puncture?

Sat 08:40 - SS9: Latvala
31.3sec slower than Ogier. "It was difficult and Seb's time shows how well he is driving. I took no risks and had no moments. I'm happy with what I've done. For sure the time difference is big but this is Monte-Carlo..."

Sat 08:38 - SS9: Sordo stops
WRC tracking system shows his car stopped at the 26.07km mark

Sat 08:37 - SS9: Ogier
He completes in 30m47.8 and is delighted to hear that he's quickest on the splits. "That's good news because I have no idea what was going on. Very slippery and more icy than I expected. Let's try and keep it like this."

Sat 08:35 - SS9: Splits watch
A much more encouraging start for Sordo today. He's 10.6sec down on Ogier at the 22km mark.

Sat 08:32 - SS9: Tanak?
Missing split at 13km. WRC TV crew at the 16km point saw him pass 45sec off the pace.

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Sat 08:23 - SS9: Splits watch
Ogier is at the 22km mark. Seven other cars have reached the 6.7km split - none as quickly as Ogier.

Sat 08:20 - Mikkelsen's tyres
TV crew on the start line report he has a cross mix of studded and super-soft tyres. Studded tyres are on his Polo's front-left and rear-right corners.

Sat 08:16 - Stage info: SS9
Lardier et Valenca - Faye 1, 51.55km. The longest stage of the event contains a bit of everything - long fast straights, twisty and narrow sections and climbs and descents. It is quite technical and crosses three passes, Espréaux (1160 metres), La Croix (838 metres) and Faye (930 metres). If the snow that covered the roads during the recce remains, then it will be a tricky challenge.

Sat 08:12 - Weather: SS10
Much more snow and ice than SS9. Some sections of full snow - especially though the ski resort. That might explain Mikkelsen's tyre choice.

Sat 08:10 - WRC Live
Don't miss our WRC Live radio service from Rallye Monte-Carlo. Presenters Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan are broadcasting now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.

Sat 08:10 - Tyre choices
Michelin tyre choices for the morning loop: All Michelin WRC drivers have 4 Pilot Sport super Soft 5 (SS5)

Sat 08:07 - Weather: SS9
Reports in from our WRC TV crews: Clear and dry. Temperature at the start is -2˚C. At 39km the temperature is -2˚C. Road surface is largely dry but there are patches of black ice all the way through.

Sat 08:02 - Weather: Gap
Here in Gap we have clear skies and a fresh -2˚C. Should remain clear and sunny today with a high of 6˚C. Still some snow around here and there.

Sat 08:00 - Tyre calls
WRC drivers have four types of tyre to choose from - soft, super-soft, winter (no stud) and winter (studded). They made their selections in service. We'll bring you their choices when we get them.

Sat 07:59 - Start intervals
World Rally Car crews will tackle the stages at two-minute intervals

Sat 07:59 - Missing in action
Kubica, Camilli and Bertelli are out after their crashes yesterday

Sat 07:59 - Start order
Based on last year's championship standings, followed by Rally 2 restarters - which puts Ogier through first again. Here’s how the rest of the leading World Rally Car drivers will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Ostberg, 5. Meeke, 6. Neuville, 7. Sordo, 8. Tänak, 9. Lefebvre, 10. Bouffier, 11. Paddon.

Sat 07:58 - Saturday's itinerary
After a start from 0713hrs in Gap crews head to the Lardier Et Valenca - Faye (51.55km) and St Leger Les Melezes - La Batier Neuve (16.13km) stages returning to Gap for a 30-minute service. Both stages are repeated before a tyre change opportunity and the day closing Sisteron - Thoard (36.60km). From there, crews will head to Monaco and the overnight halt

Sat 07:57 - Coming up today
Saturday's third leg is the longest of the weekend covering almost 174km of stages. It includes two passes over the marathon 51.17km Lardier et Valenca - Faye and concludes with the classic Sisteron - Thoard, as drivers journey south to Monaco for the overnight halt

Sat 07:57 - We're LIVE
Reporting from the town of Gap, the location of today's service park

Sat 07:56 - Hello from Gap
And welcome back to our text service from Rallye Monte-Carlo

Fri 17:21 - We will return
At 0800hrs, ready for the start of the 55km Lardier Et Valanca - Faye stage at 0804hrs. Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Gap. Bye for now.

Fri 17:19 - Join us on Saturday
For the second full day of Rallye Monte-Carlo. Coming up: five more stages and 173.96 competitive kilometres.

Fri 17:17 - Service Park TV
Keep a real-time eye on the servicing with our live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE section

Fri 17:16 - Up next: Service
Crews are on their way back to Gap for the 45 minute end of day service. First car due in at 1735hrs.

Fri 17:13 - Leaders through
And that's almost it for our live text service for tonight.

Fri 17:09 - Monte WRC2:
After SS8: 1.Evans 1:36:24.0s, 2.Kremer +1:32.0s, 3.Maurin +1:42.9s, 4.Gilbert +1:48.1s, 5.Bonato +2:06.9s. Evans stretches ahead

Fri 17:06 - SS8: WRC3 Veiby
He rounds off the day with a comfortable lead in WRC3. "So far it has been fantastic. I'm really happy with the controlled pace we have now. That's what you need to get a good result on Rallye Monte-Carlo."

Fri 17:03 - Monte after SS8
1.Ogier 1:29:06m.1s, 2.Meeke +9.5s, 3.Latvala +1:08.1s, 4.Mikkelsen +1:33.8s, 5.Neuville +1:47.8s. Ogier retakes the lead

Fri 17:00 - SS8: WRC2 Evans
Another stage win, 7.3sec quicker than Gilbert, and his class lead is up to 1m32s. "It's been really really good. Great to get back to an R5 and see the improvements they've made to the car. I don't want to stay in it for too long, but they've done a great job."

Fri 16:57 - SS8: WRC2 Maurin
"A tough day. I just want to finish it. No risks."

Fri 16:55 - SS8: WRC2 Gilbert
"A difficult day. Lots of ice and not so easy for me on slick tyres."

Fri 16:54 - SS8: Lefebvre
He broke an anti-roll bar in the previous stage and picked up a 20-sec penalty when repairs on the road section to SS8 overran. More time loss in this stage when he went off into a field.

Fri 16:51 - SS8: Bouffier
Cleanly through in 10:04.9s. That slots him ninth overnight between Lefebvre and Tanak.

Fri 16:50 - SS8: Tanak
Slowest through so far, and Ott explains his shunt on SS6: "It happened after a high-speed cut. I just lost the rear of the car. We spun, went into a ditch and rolled. There's a window missing, but that's not too bad. It's worse that we lost the rear spoiler because that has upset the handling."

Fri 16:45 - SS8: Sordo
46.1sec off the pace and Sordo sounds utterly deflated. "We need to try and change something to improve the car. This afternoon we have the soft tyre and the feeling is not good."

Fri 16:43 - SS8: Neuville
Looks like overnight fifth for Neuville after a tough first day for the new i20. "This stage was terrible for traction. We took the wrong tyre choice this afternoon. Importantly we are still here."

Fri 16:41 - SS8: Meeke
10.3sec slower than Ogier and he loses the lead again. "There must me something in this stage that Seb knows! I think he lives about 3km from here, so I'm happy to give him this one. I have no answer to his time. Still a long way to go on this rally."

Fri 16:38 - SS8: Ostberg
The end of his first full day back in the Fiesta alongside new co-driver Ola Floene. "It's been an okay day. We have worked a lot inside the car to make it work. We have to get used to it. I'm pleased to have run with no problems. It's all about finding a set-up that suits and a pace-note system that works. We like a challenge!"

Fri 16:36 - SS8: Mikkelsen
17.1sec slower than Ogier. That's slower than we'd expect. "It was a high-speed spin on the stage before and I'm still trying to rebuild my confidence. It's on the way back."

Fri 16:34 - SS8: Latvala
9.1sec slower than Ogier. "I say all time my plan here is not to fight for the win. If I can get top three then great - that is my target. If I have the confidence I will push, if not I back off."

Fri 16:33 - SS8: Ogier
He completes in 9m31.1s. "A great battle with Kris today. He's driving well. I'm happy with my day. Not so bad. Some small mistakes here and there and now I think I have a slow puncture on the left-rear. I'm happy though. A good day."

Fri 16:23 - Up next: SS8
We're straight to SS8 now, Friday's final stage. Ogier began it at 1620hrs

Fri 16:22 - Monte after SS7
1.Meeke 1:19:34m.0s, 2.Ogier +0.8s, 3.Latvala +59.8s, 4.Mikkelsen +1:16.9s, 5.Neuville +1:22.7s. Meeke leads. Mikkelsen spins

Fri 16:19 - SS7: Bouffier
He missed a junction and hit a tree - no serious damage. "It's a strong car"

Fri 16:16 - SS7: Tanak
49.4sec off the pace and his Fiesta is missing most of its rear spoiler. "We had a bit of a moment on the last one. It's fun out there..."

Fri 16:13 - SS7: Sordo
He's 14.4sec slower than Hyundai team-mate Neuville and sounds thoroughly fed up. "Nothing new. No grip at all. I will try to do something for tomorrow."

Fri 16:12 - SS7: Neuville
"We have the wrong tyre this afternoon [softs], so I had to adjust my driving a bit, but compared to the others it's an okay time. Mads is on the same tyres and I took 15sec out of him."

Fri 16:09 - SS7: Meeke
A stage winning time 3.7sec quicker than Latvala moves him back into the rally lead. "I just keep trusting my instincts. That's all I can do."

Fri 16:07 - SS7: Ostberg
Almost 30sec slower than Latvala. "Safely through. I'm not pushing at all."

Fri 16:06 - SS7: Mikkelsen
A massive 32.8sec slower than Latvala. What happened? "I had a spin and had to turn around. I lost a lot of time. The stage started well, but after the spin I had to try and find the rhythm again. Not ideal."

Fri 16:03 - SS7: Latvala
2.1sec quicker than Ogier. "Not easy but a good run I think. Not so different from earlier - just a different approach on the icy sections. I have more confidence now."

Fri 16:00 - SS7: Ogier
He's through in 14m22.7s. "Okay. This one is a bit more tricky again [than the first stage]. I was a bit more cautious."

Fri 15:46 - Monte WRC2:
After SS6: 1.Evans 1:10:37.4s, 2.Maurin +55.0s, 3.Kremer +1:07.1s, 4.Gilbert +1:11.1s, 5.Bonato +1:24.9s. Evans quickest

Fri 15:40 - SS6: Camilli update
Off the road. Just after where Kubica went off earlier today. M-Sport confirm he's out for today.

Fri 15:39 - Up next: SS7
We're straight across to Aspres les Corpes for the next stage. Ogier is at the start control. His start time: 1544hrs

Fri 15:35 - SS6: Camilli stops
WRC TV tracking shows his car stopped at the 6.3km point. That's close to where Kubica went off earlier (6.1km)

Fri 15:30 - Monte after SS6
1.Ogier 1:05:12m.1s, 2.Meeke +5.0s, 3.Mikkelsen +45.4s, 4.Latvala +1:01.1s, 5.Neuville +1:10.1s. Tanak off. Bertelli stops.

Fri 15:28 - SS6: Bertelli
WRC tracking system shows his car stopped at the 8.9km mark. That's the same spot where Tanak went off.

Fri 15:26 - SS6: Tanak
He completes with the loss of 1m53 to Ogier. He went off.

Fri 15:23 - SS6: Tanak
WRC tracking system shows his car stopped at the 8.9km mark for about a minute. He's moving again now

Fri 15:21 - SS6: Neuville
"Much better, but on the soft tyres it was quite tricky. They worked well on the downhill, but were tricky on the rest."

Fri 15:20 - SS6: Meeke
Second-fastest, 3.5sec slower than Ogier and sounding very content. "I'm happy. The ice is more polished and I was very cautious where Robert went off earlier. I'm here to enjoy it and we'll see how we go."

Fri 15:17 - SS6: Ostberg
15.3sec off the pace. "It felt quite nice in there. The speed doesn't look so good but it feels better. It's going in a good way."

Fri 15:16 - SS6: Mikkelsen
He sets exactly the same time as Latvala. "A tricky enough stage. I took it easy in the icy sections. I'm happy enough. What tyres am I on? I'm not saying..."

Fri 15:14 - SS6: Latvala
7.6sec slower than Ogier and he completes with mud packed inside his Polo R's right-rear wheel. "We ran wide in one place. I had a soft/super-soft cross tyre combination and I couldn't get the best out of it in the slippery section."

Fri 15:11 - SS6: Ogier
He completes in 8m05.4. "Really similar conditions to before. Some ice melting in places, more wet patches. Some corner cutting so for sure there is more dirt on the road."

Fri 15:07 - Service Park TV
Keep a real-time eye on the rally with our Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE section

Fri 15:07 - Tyre choices
Michelin tyre choices for the afternoon loop: M-Sport/Hyundai: 5 Pilot Sport Soft 5 (S5) Citroen: 5 Pilot Sport Super Soft (SS5) Ogier: 4SS5 +1S5 Latvala: 4SS5 +2S5 Mikkelsen: 3SS5 +2S5

Fri 14:58 - SS6: Weather report
Like before, only warmer. Temperature at the stage end is 6˚C. For the first run it was -2˚C. Here's a picture of the stage end. Beautiful, eh?

Fri 14:56 - Welcome back
We're almost ready for the repeat loop. Sebastien Ogier is at the start control of SS6.

Fri 13:13 - Next stage: 1501hrs
That's when Ogier will begin SS6, the first stage of the repeat loop. We'll take a text break until then.

Fri 13:12 - Service: Camilli
"I'm very happy. A good surprise to see the time on SS5. I hope we can continue like this. My co-driver and gravel crew are working very well. The pressure of being in the WRC level got to me a little bit before yesterday night but now it's getting better."

Fri 12:57 - Service: Latvala
"Overall I'm satisfied but maybe on SS4 I was too careful. The growing time gaps don't concern me. I have no intention to fight Seb here."

Fri 12:55 - Service: Mikkelsen
"Road conditions are changeable but good. I'm finding the grip quite easy to predict."

Fri 12:54 - Service: Meeke
"Really happy. Nice to be racing at the sharp end. I'm happy with my rhythm and I've done the best job I can. This afternoon I reckon the conditions will remain stable, a lot depends on the amount of dirt on the road. I don't think the tyre decision will be much of a problem."

Fri 12:49 - Up next: Service
Crews arriving back in Gap for the midpoint 30-minute service. First car in at 1255hrs.

Fri 12:43 - Kubica update
His Fiesta RS looking a mess after his crash on SS3.

Fri 12:39 - Monte WRC2:
After SS5: 1.Evans 1:01:59.1s, 2.Gilbert +35.5s, 3.Maurin +36.2s, 4.Kremer +52.5s, 5.Bonato +1m19.7s. Evans extends his lead

Fri 12:37 - SS5: WRC2 Athanassoulas
"On a right-corner we went wide and touched a snow bank. It's difficult - every corner is completely new for us."

Fri 12:30 - SS5: WRC3 Veiby
Leads the WRC3 class alongside co-driver Jonas Andersson. "All good. We are taking it nice and slow. Just want to come to the finish. This is where we are going to be."

Fri 12:29 - SS5: WRC2 Tempestini
Stopped. Crashed on snow near the stage end.

Fri 12:27 - Monte after SS5
1.Ogier 57m06.7s, 2.Meeke +1.5s, 3.Mikkelsen +37.8s, 4.Latvala +53.5s, 5.Neuville +56.9s. Ogier back into the lead

Fri 12:24 - SS5: WRC2 Evans
A terrific stage win in WRC2 - 20.7sec quicker than Gilbert - and the Welshman leads the class. He lost a minute with a puncture yesterday don't forget. "It's been alright. Quite good fun. The first time to really get stuck into this car on tarmac. We can make some improvements but it's good."

Fri 12:21 - SS5: WRC2 Gilbert
"It's going well. My car is perhaps too soft but I'm feeling okay."

Fri 12:20 - SS5: Camilli
Another great performance from the new M-Sport signing who completes in the seventh-fastest time. "I didn't sleep too well last night. I was thinking I was maybe too cautious yesterday. But today is better. I'm not happy, but I'm... happy!"

Fri 12:16 - SS5: Bertelli
"I think we have a problem with the dampers. The car is bouncing everywhere. Quite scary. I don't know what is going wrong."

Fri 12:14 - SS5: Bouffier
"I'm doing my best but really struggling to place my car correctly."

Fri 12:12 - SS5: Lefebvre
16.4sec off Ogier's time. "Not so bad. A spin on the stage before but I pushed a little bit more here."

Fri 12:09 - SS5: Tanak
19sec off the pace, and it's a slow start to the rally for Tanak. What's going on? "There's no problem. They are on different tyres. We expected to struggle on tarmac a bit. The car is perfect."

Fri 12:04 - SS5: Sordo
21.1sec off the pace. "We need to try and find something [in service]. We are driving like we are on the recce."

Fri 12:03 - SS5: Neuville
"The car is bottoming a lot, bouncing around. The suspension is too soft. We can change the dampers a bit. Okay, the understanding of the car is better but we are not where we wanted to be..."

Fri 12:00 - SS5: Meeke
8.2 sec slower than Ogier and he loses the lead. What went wrong? "Nothing! I chose my rhythm for this stage and I'm happy with it. Okay, there are always places you can go faster but I kept my pace."

Fri 11:58 - SS5: Ostberg
"In sections it was good but it's taking time to get used to the new car and new co-driver - especially in a stage as difficult as this one. We're learning the hard way."

Fri 11:56 - SS5: Mikkelsen
He completes in 9m31.8s. "I'm happy so far. Very encouraging. Trying to find a good rhythm and not push too hard."

Fri 11:54 - SS5: Latvala
3.3sec slower than Ogier. "The road is either dry or there are ice patches. The grip when it's dry is very good. I'm happy driving in these conditions. I was too careful in SS4 but otherwise a good morning."

Fri 11:52 - Stage info: SS5
Les Costes - Chaillol 1, 17.82km This test is 10km shorter than in 2015, finishing in the Chaillol ski resort. The entire stage is run at an altitude of over 1000 metres, peaking at 1542 metres. After a very fast start, the road narrows only briefly, before continuing at a rapid pace. After the high point, the test descends through a series of hairpins to the finish.

Fri 11:52 - SS5: Ogier
First to complete in 9m23.6s. "Not so bad. A small mistake in the previous stage, the rear-left is slightly bent, the handling is not perfect but okay."

Fri 11:50 - Monte after SS4
1.Meeke 47m36.4s, 2.Ogier +6.7s, 3.Mikkelsen +36.3s, 4.Neuville +51.6s, 5.Latvala +56.9s. Stage win for Meeke

Fri 11:47 - SS4: Camilli
He storms through fifth-fastest. "We pushed, but it was not easy because in some places the road was completely destroyed. I am happy with this time.'

Fri 11:45 - SS4: Bertelli
"We stopped in the icy part. No major problem though..."

Fri 11:42 - SS4: Bouffier
"Tricky, for sure. Not easy to find the proper pace. A little bit better than before. We try to improve."

Fri 11:40 - SS4: Lefebvre
"I had a spin in the last part. I lost five or six seconds. I have to be careful."

Fri 11:36 - SS4: Tanak
23.5sec off the pace. "Same as before. When it's dry it is pretty difficult for us to find the grip. In the dirt it's not so bad for us. The car is perfect."

Fri 11:32 - SS4: Sordo
Slowest of the seven cars through. "Same problem from the beginning. Not a good feeling between the car and the driver. The car is moving about everywhere. The suspension is too soft."

Fri 11:31 - SS4: Neuville
Third fastest. 11.1sec slower than Meeke. "We have work to do on the confidence. The understanding is getting better. Not 100 per cent but we are getting there. Our suspension set-up is far too soft."

Fri 11:28 - SS4: Meeke
Quickest! Seven-tenths up on Ogier. His rally lead now 6.7sec. "The ice was a bit more patchy than the stage before but the road was predominantly clear. It's sometimes hard to read the grip under the trees. We have a good feeling - we'll keep going."

Fri 11:26 - SS4: Ostberg
15.6sec off Ogier's pace. "Okay for us. No problems. We just try to be as fast as possible."

Fri 11:24 - SS4: Mikkelsen
Second fastest, 11.4sec off Ogier's pace. "Very tricky. Patchy ice and mixed conditions. Not trying to go crazy attack. Trying to get a good rhythm and confidence."

Fri 11:23 - SS4: Latvala
16.3sec slower than Ogier. The gap between them in the overall standings now 50.2sec. "Alright for us but I was losing time on the icy sections. Maybe I was too careful. That's where Seb was very quick. It's okay."

Fri 11:21 - SS4: Ogier
He's through in 13m56.6s and straight out of the car to have a look at the scuffed rear-left wheel on his Polo R. "I did a small mistake. A slight touch with a bridge and I think I got a slow puncture."

Fri 11:12 - Weather SS4
WRC TV crew on stage reports a temperature of -12˚C and patches of ice at the 13km point.

Fri 11:12 - SS4: Splits watch
Ogier quickest of the VW trio at the opening 5.2km split. Latvala +4.1sec and Mikkelsen +3.3s

Fri 11:06 - Stage info: SS4
Aspres les Corps - Chauffayer 1, 25.78km Friday's longest stage runs along one side of the Valgodemard valley before crossing the river and heading along the other side. It's fast from the start up the Col de Festreaux and along the valley roads with the only narrow section in the village of Ubac, one of seven that the stage crosses. An unusual stage for Monte due to its speed.

Fri 11:06 - Monte after SS3
1.Meeke 33m40.5s, 2.Ogier +6.0s, 3.Mikkelsen +24.2s, 4.Latvala +39.9s, 5.Neuville +40.5s. Kubica and Paddon crash out

Fri 10:55 - SS3: Paddon out
News from Hyundai: "Hayden's car slid on an ice patch, touched a tree with the rear and pulled off the rear-left wheel. Unfortunately he has to retire for the day."

Fri 10:53 - Tyre trivia
Each of Michelin's Alpin A4 winter WRC tyres is fitted with 200 metal studs.

Fri 10:51 - Tyre choices
Michelin tyre choices for the morning's loop: VW/Meeke/Hyundai/Camilli/Bouffier: 5 Pilot Sport Super Soft 5c (SS5) Lefebvre: 4SS5 + 2 studded Ostberg: 5 Soft

Fri 10:49 - SS3: Kubica
Crew okay but car a long way off the road. Looks like retirement today for Robert.

Fri 10:45 - SS3: Paddon stops
WRC tracking system shows his i20 stopped 7.9km from the start

Fri 10:44 - SS3: Kubica stopped
WRC TV crews report his car has gone off 6.1km into the stage

Fri 10:43 - SS3: Sordo
A rough start yesterday, and no sign of improvement today. "I don't feel good with the car. It's moving about. That's it."

Fri 10:41 - SS3: Neuville
Fifth-fastest of the seven cars through. "The car is moving a lot."

Fri 10:40 - SS3: Meeke
Second-fastest, nine-tenths slower than Ogier. Meeke's rally lead now 6sec. "The full ice section was slippery. I'm expecting intermittent ice throughout the loop. The ice note crews are our saviours - we couldn't do it without them

Fri 10:37 - SS3: Ostberg
13.5sec off the pace. "Not fast enough. That's all. We need to make everything work smoothly."

Fri 10:35 - SS3: Mikkelsen
3sec slower than Latvala at the end. Looks like he lost some time in the slippery section. "The car is moving quite a lot on the tyres. it was a clean stage, just trying to get into the rhythm."

Fri 10:33 - SS3: Latvala
2.1sec off Ogier's pace, but he's happy enough. "Good. I'm happy with my time. Seb is very fast here. I'm not out to beat him. My target here is top five."

Fri 10:32 - SS3: Ogier
He's through in 8.07.5s. How was that then? "About one kilometre of ice in there and on slick tyres we were very cautious. I'm not at the maximum yet. I want to take time to find my rhythm. This is not a race where you have to be on the limit on the time."

Fri 10:29 - SS3: Splits watch
Ogier quickest of the three cars to reach the 5.7km split - 2.3sec up on Latvala and 1.6sec up on Mikkelsen

Fri 10:21 - Stage info: SS3
Corps - La Salle en Beaumont 1, 14.65km A slightly shorter version of the 2015 stage, and driven in the opposite direction, competitors face a straightforward climb of the Col de l'Holme (1207 metres) on narrow tree-lined roads. The descent is fast, with a rock face on one side and barriers shielding big drops on the other.

Fri 10:20 - Tyre calls
WRC drivers have four types to choose from - soft, super-soft, winter (no stud) and winter (studded). They made their selections in service. We'll bring you their choices when we get them...

Fri 10:18 - Weather SS3
At the start clear skies, sunshine and a temperature of -2˚C. Dry Tarmac. At the 5km point there are ice patches lurking in the shaded areas. Dry otherwise.

Fri 10:07 - Weather part 1
Here in Gap we have clear skies and a fresh temperature of 1˚C. An overnight low of -5˚C means there are patches of ice about. Should remain clear and sunny today with a high of 6˚C. We'll get an on-stage report from the TV crews shortly

Fri 10:03 - Start intervals
World Rally Car crews will tackle the stages at two-minute intervals

Fri 10:02 - Cars update
Ogier was first to leave service. He's approaching the start line of SS3

Fri 10:02 - Start order
Today's is based on last year's championship standings - which puts Ogier through first. Here’s how the rest of the leading World Rally Car drivers will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Ostberg, 5. Meeke, 6. Neuville, 7. Sordo, 8. Paddon, 9. Tänak, 10. Kubica, 11. Lefebvre, 12. Bouffier, 13. Bertelli, 14. Camilli

Fri 10:02 - Friday's itinerary
Friday's itinerary After a start from 0845hrs in Gap crews head to the Corps - La Salle en Beaumont (14.65km), Aspres les Corps - Chauffayer (25.78km) and Les Costes - Chaillol (17.82km) stages. The loop will be repeated after a 30min service in Gap from 1310hrs. Cars will return to service and the overnight halt from 1735hrs.

Fri 10:01 - Coming up today
Friday's second leg features three morning stages north of Gap, which are repeated in the afternoon. All were used last year, but the opening Corps - La Salle en Beaumont is driven in the opposite direction

Fri 10:01 - We're LIVE
Reporting from the town of Gap, in the heart of the French Hautes-Alpes. Home to the first of the Monte's two service parks and a young Sébastien Ogier. We have a prime spot overlooking the manufacturer team bases.

Fri 10:00 - Hello from Gap
And welcome back to our text service from Rallye Monte-Carlo

Thu 23:20 - We will return
At 1021hrs, when the rally resumes with the Corps - La Salle en Beaumont stage. Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Gap. Bye for now!

Thu 23:17 - Join us on Friday
For the first full day of Rallye Monte-Carlo competition. Coming up: six stages and 116 stage kilometres. Will Meeke be able to keep local hero Ogier behind?

Thu 23:14 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight

Thu 23:12 - Monte WRC2
After SS2: 1.Gilbert 27m50.1s, 2.Maurin +9.8s, 3.Kremer +23.3s, 4.Evans +41.7s, 5.Giordano +46.2s. Evans fights back to fourth

Thu 23:09 - Monte after SS2
1.Meeke 25:32.1s, 2.Ogier +6.9s, 3.Mikkelsen +20.0s, 4.Neuville +31.4s, 5.Paddon +34.9s. Meeke takes lead with stage win

Thu 23:05 - SS2: WRC 2 Evans
A terrific time from the Welshman, who is quickest so far in WRC 2 by 26sec. But it could have been better. He arrives at the finish control angry at Quentin Giordano who he caught in stage but wouldn't let him pass.

Thu 23:00 - SS2: Latvala update
He has left the stop line and is driving in the direction of service. It's a 59km journey.

Thu 22:54 - SS2: Bertelli
Slowest time on the board so far, 1m09s off the pace.

Thu 22:49 - SS2: Bouffier
11th quickest. "Okay. The car is in one piece."

Thu 22:48 - SS2: Latvala
Working on his Volkswagen close to the stop line.

Thu 22:46 - SS2: Lefebvre
"Careful. Easy to make a mistake on this one. For me the rally starts tomorrow."

Thu 22:45 - SS2: Kubica
Eighth quickest. "Generally the feeling is okay but since shakedown I have had some doubts about the power of our car. I was driving well and I don't know where I'm losing the time."

Thu 22:44 - SS2: Tanak
Slowest so far, 46.3sec off the pace. "Tricky. Difficult to find the feeling. The tyre choice was right but I'm struggling a bit with the snow tyre. The first stage was okay though. We'll carry on."

Thu 22:42 - SS2: Paddon
Fourth quickest so far, and best time of the three Hyundais. "My (no stud) tyre choice helped us in the first part and I knew I would have to take it carefully on the descent. No regrets over my decision. I need to work more on my asphalt technique tomorrow."

Thu 22:39 - SS2: Sordo
Seventh-fastest and still unhappy with the feeling of his i20. "On the first stage I wasn't really happy with the handling. This stage was difficult too. Tomorrow is another day..."

Thu 22:38 - SS2: Neuville
"Too careful here. Too slow. But I didn't want to finish the rally on the first day!" (He did with Hyundai in 2014)

Thu 22:36 - SS2: Meeke leads!
Fastest stage time so far, 11sec quicker than Ogier, moves him up to first place with a lead of 6.9sec. "Feeling really good. This was good for us last year too."

Thu 22:34 - SS2: Ostberg
10.3 seconds off Ogier's pace. "It's just like Monte Carlo. Difficult. Not so much more to say. On stages like this it's impossible to judge your speed. Somehow it's fun too and I do like using the handbrake. The car is behaving really well."

Thu 22:31 - SS2: Mikkelsen
3.7sec down on Ogier. "Okay but maybe too cautious on the descent. I must thank my ice crew - I can really trust my notes. Patches of ice and snow approaching the end."

Thu 22:30 - SS2: Latvala
20.6sec slower than Ogier, and most of that went in the last section. What happened? "We hit something on the first proper icy place. Suddenly we started to slide and we hit a stone or something. I thought we had damaged the suspension so I backed off. We'll get back to service. It's okay."

Thu 22:27 - SS2: Ogier
He completes in 13m17.1s. "Happy to be here. This rally is always tricky. The first stage was fine, good grip, but this one was bit different, with more ice. We took the studded tyres and they were necessary."

Thu 22:24 - SS2: Splits watch
Kris Meeke 2.7sec quicker than Sebastien Ogier at the opening (5.2km) split point.

Thu 22:22 - SS2: Stage report
The zero car driver reports a 4km section of ice near the stage end. All the Michelin runners have two winter tyres. Hayden Paddon is the only one to favour the non-studded version.

Thu 22:14 - Stage info: SS2
Barles - Seyne, 20.38km. It was in 1983 when the Monte last climbed the 1459 metre Col de Fanget and the test has never been used in this direction. After cutting through the spectacular Barles gorge, snow and ice is likely both on the climb and the descent, which is shaded, via a string of hairpin bends.

Thu 22:13 - SS2: LIVE
Ogier began the stage at 2211hrs

Thu 21:45 - SS1: Legend Watch
Francois Delecour won this rally with a Ford Escort RS Cosworth in 1994. This time he's driving an S2000 spec Peuegot 207. How was his first stage? "No problem but we are starting very far down the order and that's a big disadvantage in the dirty conditions. We caught the car ahead so we lost more and more time." His time of 13m57.6s puts him 20th overall.

Thu 21:34 - Up next: SS2
Crews are driving the 80km liaison section to Barles and the start of the second stage. Ogier's start time: 2211hrs.

Thu 21:27 - Monte WRC2:
After SS1: 1.Maurin 13m27.9s, 2.Kremer +3.6s, 3.Gilbert +9.4s, 4.Giordano +23.3s, 5.Suarez +29.1s. Puncture for Evans. Foulon loses 12min

Thu 21:24 - SS1: WRC3 Koci
A puncture on the opening stage costs him more than 3 minutes

Thu 21:16 - Monte after SS1
1.Ogier 12m21.9s, 2.Meeke +4.1s, 3.Mikkelsen +9.4s, 4.Latvala +11.2s, 5.Neuville +11.7s

Thu 21:12 - SS1: WRC2 Bonato
"No problems but our choice of snow tyres for this one wasn't the best. Perhaps they will be better suited to the next stage."

Thu 21:11 - SS1: WRC2 Ptaszek
"A crazy start - we caught the car in front of us."

Thu 21:09 - SS1: WRC2 Suarez
Another puncture. "I don't know where it happened. I noticed it in the last 4 or 5km."

Thu 21:07 - SS1: WRC2 Tempestini
Another driver to collect a puncture. His is on the left-rear. He says it happened 7km from the start. That's the same sort of spot where Evans hit trouble.

Thu 21:06 - SS1: WRC2 Gilbert
A clean stage for last year's JWRC champ.

Thu 21:05 - SS1: WRC2 Evans
A first stage disaster for Evans who completes with a front-left puncture and the loss of about a minute. "I don't know what happened. There were no cuts but it went down straightaway and I've driven 15km on it."

Thu 21:03 - SS1: WRC2 Giordano
"The car is good but I lost the pace in the middle of the stage. I noticed some ice and it's easy to lose time when it's like that."

Thu 21:01 - SS1: WRC2 Maurin
"The road is clean but there are still some dirty sections in the cuts. Safe tonight so I can push tomorrow."

Thu 21:00 - SS1: WRC2 Kremer
"Not bad. Some dirt, ice and mud in the road. Not easy but fun."

Thu 20:59 - SS1: Camilli
12th fastest and shaking his head at the finish. "Really hard. We have a problem with the down-shifter. That won't be a problem from now on. We will sort it."

Thu 20:58 - SS1: Bertelli
"Conditions are getting worse and worse. It's more dirty with every car." His mirror-silver Fiesta is already in need of a polish.

Thu 20:55 - SS1: Bouffier
He's a past winner here but completes 49.5sec off the pace. That's slowest time on the board so far. Something wrong? "No, all okay. We have to keep safe."

Thu 20:52 - SS1: Lefebvre
"Not so bad, but after 5km I hit a big rock on the left corner and I think I have a puncture." There's no obvious sign of damage.

Thu 20:50 - SS1: Kubica
Eighth fastest, 22sec slower than Ogier. "That was okay, no big dramas. Struggling with the diff a bit but that's how it is. Just driving and trying to enjoy."

Thu 20:49 - SS1: Tanak
Eighth-quickest of the nine cars through so far. "The beginning was not so bad, but there was more snow on the road in the second half. Overall not so bad."

Thu 20:47 - SS1: Paddon
He's driving the 2015-spec i20 here but beats Sordo by 4.6sec. "Taking it very easy. Trying to feel our way into the conditions. I'm not too confident in the feeling yet."

Thu 20:45 - SS1: Sordo
26.4sec off the pace in the second of the new Hyundai i20s. He sounds very disappointed. "Very slippery. I didn't attack too much. I didn't feel I drove too well. Everything is different."

Thu 20:43 - SS1: Neuville
Fifth quickest, 11.7sec slower than Ogier. "Okay, but I have a lot of dirt on the windscreen and it wasn't easy to see. There's a lot of loose stuff on the road now and it's very slippery. For the first stage with the new car through it was okay."

Thu 20:41 - SS1: Meeke
4.1sec slower than Ogier - and the first to have a scare. "The car feels great but I spun at a hairpin near the start. I had to turn the car around 360 degrees. That cost me maybe 7sec."

Thu 20:39 - SS1: Ostberg
18.1sec off Ogier's pace and adjusting to a new co-driver and new pace note system. "The conditions were quite tricky. My gravel notes were perfect but I struggled a bit. Now in stage mode I struggle a bit to understand my pace notes. It's going to take some time to get used to that."

Thu 20:37 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Second-fastest, 9.4sec slower than Ogier. "An okay start. Considering that I was 50 sec off the pace at this point last time it's a big improvement! Some black ice around. A tricky stage."

Thu 20:35 - SS1: Latvala
He's 11.5sec slower than the 'cautious' Ogier. "Seb has been driving very well. I didn't take any risks. I could have pushed more, it wasn't as slippery as I thought, but there were some patches where I didn't want to take the chance. I'm happy with this start."

Thu 20:32 - SS1: Ogier
He's through in 12m21.9s. "I was very cautious. The conditions are not too bad but still some places are slippery. I could go faster but I prefer to go like this."

Thu 20:31 - SS1: 2015 Rewind
This stage memorable last year for ice, an off for Dani Sordo and a sensational return for Citroën guest driver Sébastien Loeb who won the stage in 15m53.5 - 30 sec quicker than Ogier!

Thu 20:20 - SS1: LIVE
Ogier began the stage on schedule at 2018hrs.

Thu 20:09 - Stage info: SS1
Entrevaux - Rouaine, 21.25km. The main feature of the 2016 season-opener is the climb of the 1100 metres Col de Laval, which drivers crest shortly after the midpoint. After a narrow start on roads lined by a rock face, it opens out after the village of Le Champ and a short descent at 6.3km carries the risk of ice. The climb and descent of the col are on rolling roads but it narrows and becomes twistier near the finish.

Thu 20:07 - WRC Live
Don't miss our WRC Live radio service from Rallye Monte-Carlo. Presenters Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporter Colin Clark are broadcasting now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.

Thu 20:02 - Tyre choices
Michelin have revealed their drivers' tyre choices for tonight's stages. And it's a consistent picture. Everybody has four super-soft compound (SS5) Pilot Sport tyres and most have two Alpin PA4 CL (studded) winter tyres as well. The exception is Hayden Paddon, who has chosen the non-studded winter tyre for his two extras

Thu 19:08 - Time check
All times quoted are local. Rallye Monte-Carlo is run to Central European Time (CET). (GMT/UTC +1 hour)

Thu 19:03 - SS1 conditions
WRC TV crews report clear skies over SS1. The road is largely dry, but there are some damp patches. The temperature is -2˚C so ice is a distinct possibility.

Thu 19:02 - Weather update
Here at the desk of text in Gap we have clear skies and a chilly temperature of 1˚C. The rugby pitch outside is snow covered but the paths and roads are generally clean and dry, with the odd damp patch and slush on the verges.

Thu 18:54 - Start intervals
World Rally Car crews will tackle the stages at two-minute intervals

Thu 18:54 - Start order
Tonight's is based on last year’s championship positions - which puts Ogier through first. Here’s how the rest of the leading World Rally Car drivers will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Ostberg, 5. Meeke, 6. Neuville, 7. Sordo, 8. Paddon, 9. Tänak, 10. H. Kubica, 11. Lefebvre, 12. Bouffier, 13. Bertelli, 14. Camilli

Thu 18:43 - Cars update
They are now making the 89km journey from Monaco to the start of SS1 at Entrevaux. Defending champion Sebastien Ogier was first to be waved over the start ramp in Casino Square at 1815hrs

Thu 18:43 - Thursday’s stages
Are both run in darkness. Up first is the 21.25km Entrevaux – Val de Chalvagne - Rouaine SS1 at 2018hrs (and streamed live on WRC+), followed at 2211hrs by the 20.38km Barles - Seyne SS2. After both stages, the cars will reach the sanctuary of the service park from 2353hrs.

Thu 18:42 - Coming up tonight
The opening night of competition is a mammoth, 269km road trip from the glittering start ramp ceremony in Monaco to the service park in Gap. Along the way, two Special Stages and 41.63km of flat-out asphalt competition

Thu 18:42 - We're LIVE
Reporting from the town of Gap, capital of the French Hautes-Alpes region and home to the first of the Monte's two service parks. We've set up HQ in the clubhouse of Gap rugby club, overlooking the manufacturer team bases.

Thu 18:41 - Good evening
And welcome to the live text service. We're at the start of a new World Rally Championship season and that means one thing: Rallye Monte-Carlo!

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