Rallye Monte-Carlo

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Fri 17:02 - Until tomorrow
Keep an eye on wrc.com for rally reports and all the news from Gap. And don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stacks of stage footage, highlights shows and onboards.

Fri 17:00 - Service Park TV
You can watch the WRC teams re-prep their cars in service tonight via our live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE CENTRE.

Fri 16:58 - We will return
On Saturday to bring you coverage of the five stages in the mountains south of Gap. We'll be here from 0808hrs (local) when the opening stage gets underway.

Fri 16:55 - Join us on Saturday
For the rally's third leg.

Fri 16:54 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Fri 16:52 - Monte WRC 2 after SS8
1.Mikkelsen 2:11:15.4, 2.Kopecky +2m47.4s, 3.Bouffier +4m55.0s, 4.Camilli +7m44.6s, 5.Gilbert +7m58.5s

Fri 16:50 - Monte after SS8
1.Neuville 2m05:24.6s, 2.Ogier +45.1s, 3.Tanak +45.4s, 4.Latvala +2m09.7s, 5.Sordo +2m57.8s

Fri 16:45 - SS8: WRC 2 Camilli
"I'm disappointed because we found a good rhythm and then, in one corner there was some delay with the pace note. Okay, this guy is my team-mate - we are a team. We need to work together and get a good rhythm with the notes all the time."

Fri 16:42 - SS8: WRC 2 Bouffier
"A shame to get the puncture on the stage before, but it's like this. Otherwise a good day."

Fri 16:40 - SS8: WRC 2 Kopecky
"So difficult in the slippery conditions. I'm happy to get to the finish."

Fri 16:39 - SS8: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
No issues to report. A trouble-free day for the WRC 2 leader.

Fri 16:38 - SS8: Lefebvre
He completes with damage to his Citroen's front splitter. "On the slower sections I didn't notice it, but I missed the aerodynamic benefit on the fast, clean roads."

Fri 16:35 - SS8: Evans
"A difficult day but I really enjoy this stage. Okay, it was difficult with the ice on the top, but we had a laugh on the way down - I love that section."

Fri 16:34 - SS8: Breen
Breen reports a slight off into a ditch. He lost a few seconds restarting the engine.

Fri 16:32 - SS8: Tanak
19.5sec slower than Ogier here and Tanak drops behind him to third in the overall standings. "No drama for me. I'm happy. Conditions are tricky but we are here. I'm enjoying myself. A really good day."

Fri 16:30 - SS8: Latvala
Time loss for the Finn. "I spun in a very, very icy corner and had to reverse. We lost 10 sec there. Later on another hairpin I had a half spin. I think I lost about 20 seconds in today."

Fri 16:28 - SS8: Sordo
Fifth overnight on a surface that he hasn't got to grips with. "A really bad day. For me it's impossible to drive the car in stages like this, with the ice and the grip changing all the time."

Fri 16:26 - SS8: Neuville
He loses 10 seconds in the final split. What happened? "We had a problem with the engine - we lost turbo boost. I stalled the engine a hairpin and did not press the reset button. It was not working properly. We drove for about 500 metres before we reset the system."

Fri 16:23 - SS8: Ogier
Looks like third overnight for Seb. "It's been a tough day for sure. Tough conditions and the afternoon was not any easier. We had a better feeling with the car in the afternoon. Some improvement. Step-by-step."

Fri 16:09 - SS8: LIVE
Today's final stage is underway. Ogier's start time: 1609hrs

Fri 16:00 - Monte WRC 2 after SS7
1.Mikkelsen 1:59:32.2, 2.Kopecky +2m26.4s, 3.Bouffier +4m36.1s, 4.Camilli +7m05.3s, 5.Gilbert +7m25.0s

Fri 15:58 - SS7: WRC 2 Camilli
The Frenchman more than four minutes off the pace here. There is some panel damage to the rear of his Fiesta. What happened? "In an icy corner my co-driver was a little bit late with a note." Eric clings on to fourth place but is less than 20sec ahead of Gilbert.

Fri 15:55 - SS7: WRC 2 Bouffier
2m41sec off the pace. "I got a rear-left puncture. It's a shame. Maybe I slide and hit a rock. That can happen. What can we do?" The sizeable gaps in WRC 2, and problems too for rival Camilli (hold tight) mean Bouffier holds on to third place.

Fri 15:52 - Monte after SS7
1.Neuville 1m54:11.6s, 2.Tanak +33.5s, 3.Ogier +52.7s, 4.Latvala +1m40.3s, 5.Breen +2m31.0s

Fri 15:50 - SS7: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"Better, cleaner than the first pass and easier to drive. There is still some slush in places - and that is worse than ice. No mistakes though. Pleased to be here."

Fri 15:47 - SS7: Lefebvre
"A little better. I hope to improve the rhythm on the next stage. A good day for us."

Fri 15:45 - SS7: Evans
"Still the same, the grip is incredibly low, but hey, we're still here and still learning."

Fri 15:45 - SS7: Breen
Feeling the power differential between his 2016-spec car and the new, more powerful models. "Too much black stuff here, I'm afraid. Big wide open roads and these [other] guys are just putting the power down."

Fri 15:42 - SS7: Tanak
Second fastest but the Estonian reports a downshifting issue. He leaves to investigate.

Fri 15:41 - SS7: Latvala
Third quickest so far. "I'm pleased. This was the first stage today when I was focused only on the driving. No other issues. I'm really pleased with the car - it has lots of performance and a lot of potential."

Fri 15:38 - SS7: Sordo
"Really slippery everywhere. Not nice to drive. Sometimes there's grip, sometimes none. It's not easy to build the confidence when it's like this. I'm happy to be at the finish."

Fri 15:35 - SS7: Neuville
19.6sec slower than Ogier - and Neuville blames an overly cautious approach. "The stage was okay but to be honest my pace notes had too much snow and ice. The road was cleaner that I expected. I dropped too much."

Fri 15:34 - SS7: Ogier through
His time is 21m17.8s and he looks exhausted. "It's definitely a hard job to drive with the slush now. I do what I can, but in very wet snow it is incredibly slippery and I was aquaplaning. We did what we could. We made some small adjustments in service - the car feels better."

Fri 15:27 - SS7: Splits watch
Ogier has the edge over Neuville here. The Frenchman is 14.5sec quicker at the 23.6km split.

Fri 15:12 - Monte WRC 2 after SS6
1.Mikkelsen 1:34:00.6, 2.Kopecky +1m53.6s, 3.Bouffier +1m54.2s, 4.Camilli +2m23.6s, 5.Gilbert +6m03.0s

Fri 15:09 - SS7: LIVE
Ogier started at 1506hrs.

Fri 15:08 - SS6: WRC 2 Bouffier
"Okay. A much cleaner road than before but still very easy to make a mistake. The car is working well."

Fri 15:07 - SS6: WRC 2 Camilli
"I have a slow puncture on the front right. I finished very carefully."

Fri 15:06 - SS6: WRC 2 Kopecky
"Okay, I'm just trying to come back to get second place in WRC 2."

Fri 15:05 - SS6: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"The grip was better but quite tricky. We took it quite safely."

Fri 15:04 - Monte after SS6
1.Neuville 1m29:34.2s, 2.Tanak +38.2s, 3.Ogier +1m12.3s, 4.Latvala +1m43.9s, 5.Sordo +2m03.9s

Fri 15:01 - SS6: Evans
1m21s down on Neuville here. "A bit more experience, a bit better grip, so the deficit is less but it's still tricky out there."

Fri 14:59 - SS6: Breen
"Hats off to [my ice-crew driver] Mikko Hirvonen. Everything he's saying is spot on. Okay, a couple of squeaky bum moments in there - but that's how this rally is."

Fri 14:57 - SS6: Tanak
"The road was cleaner this time. It's melted since our ice crew went through - so we are finding things out for ourselves. I think we had a clean run, though, and that's the most important thing."

Fri 14:55 - SS6: Latvala
Three-tenths quicker than Sordo. "We had a problem with the fuel on the road section. I was a bit stressed when I started the stage and I stalled on a hairpin."

Fri 14:53 - SS6: Sordo
22.8sec off the pace of his team-mate Neuville. "The road is really really slippery like before. There is snow, ice and water together. It is difficult to find the grip. We try to do our best but we're not quick enough."

Fri 14:50 - SS6: Neuville
13.2sec quicker than Ogier here. "We are cleaning a bit the line for the cars behind. Overall, this was more tricky than the first pass - difficult to know how much speed to carry."

Fri 14:49 - SS6: Ogier
"A little better than this morning but there is some slush around which is hard to handle. I think it will clear, so being first car is no so easy. A better feeling for me this time."

Fri 14:47 - SS6: Ogier splits?
Not showing. Don't panic - he is nearing the stage finish.

Fri 14:40 - SS6: Update
Bruno Saby is through again in the zero car. How are the conditions this time? "A little bit better than this morning, but still very difficult."

Fri 14:29 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the tyres chosen for the afternoon's loop. Like this morning, all Michelin drivers have selected six studded winter tyres.

Fri 14:26 - Welcome back
The afternoon loop is underway. After a 30-minute service in Gap, cars are gathering at the start of SS6.

Fri 12:56 - Next stage: 1428hrs
That's Ogier's start time for the repeated Agnieres en Devoluy - Le Motty stage. We'll take a live text break until then.

Fri 12:54 - Ott Tanak
"It's been tricky but I think we can be happy with the result so far. Even in the full snow the conditions are varied - and the grip very difficult to judge." And how is new co-driver Martin Jarveoja getting on? "He is doing quite well. There are many things to learn, and it's not so easy for him, but he's doing very well. Considering the conditions it's the toughest event of the season for a co-driver. It can be quite a pain in the ass..."

Fri 12:48 - Dani Sordo
Fifth after the morning loop, 1m40sec off the lead, and already considering what he can salvage this weekend. "We need to try and save the position and finish the rally - the points will be important. We tried to fight but it wasn't possible. Now we need to try a different strategy."

Fri 12:45 - Thierry Neuville
Back in service, the rally leader reflects on his morning: "A good feeling, especially inside the car. It is very nice, and we are getting a lot of information. I feel comfortable - that's the main thing. Conditions have been more slippery than I expected. No mistakes so far - just a stall in a hairpin - otherwise we kept all four wheels on the road."

Fri 12:40 - Monte WRC 2 after SS5
1.Mikkelsen 1:14:59.7, 2.Bouffier +1m44.2s, 3.Kopecky +1m46.6s, 4.Camilli +2m10.4s, 5.Gilbert +5m08.4s

Fri 12:36 - SS5: Hanninen update
Confirmation that they went off the road. Crew okay.

Fri 12:35 - Monte after SS5
1.Neuville 1m11:24.6s, 2.Tanak +31.7s, 3.Ogier +59.1s, 4.Latvala +1m21.4s, 5.Sordo +1m41.1s. Hanninen stops

Fri 12:32 - SS5: WRC 2 Camilli
"It's my home rally but I don't like these conditions. I know I can push more, but I don't have a good feeling. It's strange.'

Fri 12:31 - SS5: WRC 2 Kopecky
One minute lost here with a front-right puncture. "It's strange. We hit some stones on the left-side and I thought we might get a puncture. But we were okay and then we felt the front right go down."

Fri 12:30 - SS5: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"We dialled ourselves in quite well I think. Careful in the tricky conditions early on, then we increased the pace and now we are comfortable. I'm very satisfied with the car - but it's very different to what I'm used to."

Fri 12:24 - SS5: Lefebvre
"Hanninen is parked up by the road. It was not a problem for us. For me, this was the best stage of the morning, the confidence is coming."

Fri 12:21 - SS5: Evans
"Conditions were more mixed here, there was more Tarmac. We tried to push a bit harder. It was better."

Fri 12:20 - SS5: Hanninen
WRC live tracking shows his Toyota stopped at 11.8km

Fri 12:19 - SS5: Breen
"A lot cleaner than the previous stage - where I spun twice. Conditions here make it a bit more level with the cars - but on the tarmac they [the 2017-spec cars] are getting away from me."

Fri 12:16 - SS5: Tanak
The Estonian holds second place after the morning loop, 31.7sec adrift of Neuville. "It's okay. "The rhythm is improving - more consistent now." And the faulty radio? "Not a problem - we disconnected it."

Fri 12:13 - SS5: Latvala
"Better now we have more tarmac on the road - but it's not been easy. We pushed the car out of parc ferme when it didn't start this morning - the team got it going in service with two minute to spare. We have a misfire in the engine and the wrong set-up."

Fri 12:10 - SS5: Sordo
Stalled in a hairpin. Dani thinks he might have a diff problem.

Fri 12:10 - SS5: Neuville
Cleanly though and the Belgian maintains his rally lead. "Okay but my pace note weren't perfect here. I see that Ogier was pushing. It's nice with the studded tyres on the tarmac - a lot of movement - a nice show - but it's not that efficient."

Fri 12:06 - SS5: Ogier
He's through. "More or less the same conditions. Okay, it's been a difficult morning but we are here - and that's not the case for everybody. It's not the best, but we keep going."

Fri 11:59 - SS5: Ogier vs Neuville
One-tenth between them at the 5.7km split - in Ogier's favour.

Fri 11:47 - Stage info: SS5
St-Leger-les-Mélèzes – La-Bâtie-Neuve 1, 17.82km. Apart from a different start and finish, this is identical to the 2016 test. A steep climb to the Col de Moissière mixes clear roads and snowy asphalt, after which the stage descends on a narrow and bumpy road which twists and turns through Sapet forest. The final section is wide with a series of long open hairpins leading to the finish.

Fri 11:46 - Up next: SS5
Crews en route to the start of the next test - the final stage of the morning loop. Ogier's start time 1152hrs - five minutes later than scheduled

Fri 11:44 - SS4: WRC 2 Bouffier
"Okay. A nice stage. In a few places the snow is melting but I cannot complain." The Frenchman second quickest in WRC 2 so far - but a whopping 46.5sec off the pace of runaway leader Mikkelsen.

Fri 11:42 - Monte after SS4
1.Neuville 1:00:02.4s, 2.Tanak +25.8s, 3.Hanninen +45.3s, 4.Ogier +54.3s, 5.Latvala +1m09.1s. Meeke stops

Fri 11:41 - Monte after SS4
1.Neuville 1m00:02.4s, 2.Tanak +25.8s, 3.Hanninen +45.3s, 4.Ogier +54.3s, 5.Latvala +1m09.1s. Meeke stops

Fri 11:39 - SS4: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"Still on the safe side - just exploring the car."

Fri 11:38 - SS4: Lefebvre
"I have no direct experience in these conditions. Struggling for grip. Not so nice."

Fri 11:35 - SS4: Hanninen
Fourth-fastest in the Toyota Yaris keeps him third overall. "Okay. Not an easy stage, the grip was changing a lot. It's difficult to find and keep the rhythm. I'm quite happy though. The car is still good."

Fri 11:33 - SS4: Evans
Another disappointing time - 2min off the pace of stage leader Neuville. "It's been difficult for sure. Just a lot less grip on the ice than I expected. Still, could be worse..."

Fri 11:31 - SS4: Breen
"Conditions was even worse that the previous stage. Obviously Kris has gone off. It's so, so simple to make a mistake so I'm trying to keep it neat and tidy. Taking it easy. I'm happy to get to the end."

Fri 11:25 - SS4: Meeke update
Parked up in a snowy field. Kris and co-driver Paul Nagle are out of the car. Front-left suspension damage. That looks like it for the day.

Fri 11:24 - SS4: Latvala
"My suspension is too stiff. We had a problem with the engine this morning - it didn't start. The team engineers fixed it in service but that meant there wasn't enough time to adjust the suspension."

Fri 11:23 - SS4: Meeke update
His C3 still stopped on stage at 26.6km. He has been passed Citroen team-mate Craig Breen.

Fri 11:21 - SS4: Sordo
"Very, very slippery. Difficult conditions. Hard to read the road. No drama. We drive safely."

Fri 11:20 - SS4: Meeke stops
In stage. Between the 25km and 27km point.

Fri 11:19 - SS4: Neuville
4.9sec quicker than Ogier. "The grip is not that good. Very tricky. I stalled the engine on a hairpin near the end. I tried to be as clean as possible. Not much grip near the end - probably the studs had gone."

Fri 11:17 - SS4: Ogier though
"Pretty slippy once again, but at least no mistakes from me in this one. The road is a mix of everything. The problem is when there is snow - the thin layer is very, very slippy. I'm not happy with everything on the car at the moment."

Fri 11:04 - SS4: Splits watch
Five cars have reached the 7.1km split. Tanak is quickest, by 2.5sec from Neuville. Ogier again off the pace - he's 3.2sec slower than Tanak.

Fri 10:59 - Stage info: SS4
Aspres les Corps - Chaillol 1, 38.94km. This stage joins two 2016 tests into one. Much of it lies above 1000 metres and it peaks at 1542 metres, meaning wintry weather is likely on the opening section to the Col de Festreaux. The following downhill run is clear on a wide and fast road. It is more technical from the midpoint, with ice and snow a strong possibility on the final few kilometres to Chaillol.

Fri 10:58 - SS4 LIVE
And well underway. Ogier started at 1049hrs

Fri 10:57 - SS3: Camilli
"Different conditions to the recce. A lot of ice and I'm a little afraid after last year. I'm trying to find my confidence. Not easy for me."

Fri 10:56 - Monte after SS3
1.Neuville 34:20.5s, 2.Meeke +16.5s, 3.Tanak +17.8s, 4.Hanninen +27.9s, 5.Latvala +38.7s

Fri 10:56 - Monte after SS3
1.Neuville 34:20.5s, 2.Meeke +16.5s, 3.Tanak +17.8s, 4.Hanninen +27.9s, 5.Latvala +38.7s

Fri 10:54 - SS3: WRC 2 Kopecky
"I didn't have so much experience in this snow and ice. I took it cautiously, lots more tricky stages to come."

Fri 10:53 - SS3: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"Really, really difficult. Just sliding around on the safe side. No risk."

Fri 10:51 - SS3: Lefebvre
Back after his clutch-related retirement yesterday. Eighth-quickest here. "All is okay today. I've never driven in these conditions. I take zero risks. The car is perfect."

Fri 10:50 - SS3: Evans
2m17sec off the pace and his DMACK-shod Fiesta looks fine. What happened? "Nothing. It's just the grip I have. I went in the ditch once but that was just 10 seconds."

Fri 10:48 - SS3: Hanninen
Fifth-fastest. He passes Evans in stage. "Okay. Nothing special. I lost some time passing Evans. Otherwise okay."

Fri 10:46 - SS3: Evans
Still in stage and losing time - perhaps as a result of his ditch trip. He's more than a minute off the pace at the 18km point.

Fri 10:45 - SS3: Breen
"Unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it in my life. I just tried to keep it neat and tidy. Trying to learn with every kilometres and see how we go."

Fri 10:43 - SS3: Meeke
2.3sec off the pace - and he's smiling. "I can't believe after all that there's only a few seconds in it! It's a lottery. Some places are sheet ice - you lose a lot there. The snow's not so bad. It's easy to lose a minute here and not know why. So it's good."

Fri 10:41 - SS3: Tanak
Fastest so far! 1.6sec up on Neuville. "Really tricky - some bad moments. Some radio interference too, we could hear people in our team talking, and that was distracting."

Fri 10:39 - SS3: Latvala
"I'm sure we lost one minute near the end. There was a section of Tarmac but you can't use it - it's so cold the tyres have no heat in them."

Fri 10:37 - SS3: Sordo
13.7sec slower than his team-mate Neuville. Dani no fan of the inconsistent conditions. "Some places it felt not much faster than the recce. Not great at all. It's difficult to learn the grip on the surface. It's changing. We are really slow, no?"

Fri 10:35 - SS3: Neuville
41.1sec up on Ogier. "It was okay, some places a bit wide but I enjoyed the stage even though it was very slippery. I have a good balance with the car. It feels great."

Fri 10:33 - SS3: Ogier
He's through and the car looks straight. "It happened in a junction. Very, very icy. I pulled the handbrake but the car never turned. It was very slow - 10kph. Super tricky. First on the road is a disaster. I think it will get quicker. Not the start we wanted today."

Fri 10:28 - SS3: Evans
Another driver to land in Ogier's ditch. WRC TV crew reports that he got out quickly.

Fri 10:26 - SS3: Latvala
Fastest of the five drivers so far to reach the 5.4km split. Great start - although we hear he had to push his car out of overnight parc ferme this morning. More later...

Fri 10:24 - SS3: Ogier
Ogier within one-tenth of Neuville's time between the 5.4km and 12.4km split points - which suggests the Frenchman's Ford Fiesta is running okay.

Fri 10:19 - SS3: Time loss for Ogier
Ogier 41sec SLOWER than Neuville at the opening 5.4km split.

Fri 10:16 - SS3: Neuville lucky
WRC TV crews the Belgian was almost off at the same point.

Fri 10:15 - SS3: Ogier stops!
WRC TV crew report his car in a ditch after 2.5km. He's out of the ditch and underway again.

Fri 10:14 - SS3: Ogier stops!
WRC TV crew report his car in a ditch after 2.5km. He's out of the ditch and underway again.

Fri 10:06 - Stage info: SS3
Agnières-en-Dévoluy – Le Motty 1, 24.63km Set in the heart of the Dévoluy mountains, this test is pacy and mostly downhill on narrow roads that are far from easy. It twists and turns in and out of trees, and crosses several villages with stunning views of Lake Sautet and its dam before the finish in Le Motty. There is plenty of snow throughout the test.

Fri 10:05 - Up first: SS3
Crews are on their way there now, after leaving the service park from 0900hrs. Stage notes coming up...

Fri 10:04 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and type of tyres chosen for this morning's loop. As expected, the snow and ice on today's roads makes this one fairly straightforward: All Michelin drivers have selected six studded winter tyres.

Fri 10:04 - WRC Live
Becs Williams is hosting this weekend's radio coverage assisted by stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan. The team are on air now. You'll find a link in the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.

Fri 10:04 - Start intervals
Priority 1 drivers of World Rally Cars will start at two-minute intervals. For everybody else, the gap is one minute.

Fri 10:03 - Rally 2 Lefebvre
The Frenchman is the sole World Rally Car restarter this morning following a gearbox-related retirement last night. He slots 10th in the start order.

Fri 10:03 - Friday's start order
Like Thursday, crews will tackle today's stages in 2016 championship order, led by last year's winner Sebastien Ogier. Here's how the WRC runners will line up: 1. Ogier, 2. Neuville, 3. Sordo, 4. Latvala, 5. Tanak, 6. Meeke, 7. Breen, 8. Evans, 9. Hanninen, 10. Lefebvre.

Fri 10:03 - Weather
More clear, crisp and cold conditions. Blue skies overhead. It's currently 1˚C in Gap. A high of 4˚C is predicted later.

Fri 10:02 - Friday's itinerary
Day two of four, Friday features 160.80km of special stages. A loop of three stages – Agnières en Dévoluy–Le Motty (24.63km), Aspres-lès Corps–Chaillol (38.94km) and St Léger les Mélèzes–La Bâtie Neuve (16.83km) will run twice, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The two loops will be split by a 30-minute service at Gap, while a 45-minute flexi service will end the day.

Fri 10:02 - Day two underway
Rallye Monte-Carlo restarted at 0900hrs this morning.

Fri 10:02 - SS1 cancelled
In a statement, the Clerk of the Course confirmed that none of the times from SS1 would count.

Fri 10:02 - Paddon withdraws
The Kiwi crashed in SS1 after hitting black ice. His Hyundai team has withdrawn his car from the rally as a mark of respect for the spectator who sadly passed away in the incident.

Fri 10:01 - Thursday's tragedy
There's a sombre mood in the service park this morning following news last night that a spectator had died in an incident on SS1. All of us at wrc.com extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

Fri 10:00 - Welcome
Hello from Gap, France, and welcome back to our live text coverage of Rallye Monte-Carlo

Fri 00:43 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for rally reports and all the news from Gap. And don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stacks of stage footage, highlights shows and onboards.

Fri 00:43 - We will return
On Saturday from 1011hrs (local) when the opening stage gets underway.

Fri 00:41 - Join us on Friday
For the rally's second, and longest, leg.

Fri 00:40 - Service Park TV
Watch teams re-prep the cars in service tonight via our live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE CENTRE

Fri 00:38 - Stage time update
Organizers are yet to award notional times for competitors on SS1, but they are expected to be given the same time as Ogier. Therefore the stage times on SS2 should reflect the overall positions. Our live timing section will be updated when the situation is resolved.

Fri 00:35 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Fri 00:28 - SS2: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
No big surprise that the Norwegian is the class of the WRC 2 field. He completes 4.8sec quicker than his Skoda team-mate Kopecky. But it wasn't easy. "It was chaos. We started with cold tyres and I passed a Porsche in stage when it went off. It's my first time ever in this car on slicks. I tried to get used to them on the road section but it's different! Safely though. No risks. It will be a long rally."

Fri 00:24 - SS2: Delecour
First stage complete in his RGT class Abarth 124. "A good start. It's a new car and the most important thing is to get to the finish."

Fri 00:22 - SS2: Tidemand
Reports a small spin. He sounds cheerful enough.

Fri 00:21 - SS2: Hanninen
A terrific stage for the Finn who goes third fastest in the second of the new Toyotas. "So it was okay, a reasonable start," he says. "Not an easy start - we had to wait for half an hour [on the start line] and everything was cold. I know the car is good - it's up to the driver now."

Fri 00:18 - SS2: Abbring
"My first rally with new co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe. So it will take time to settle in."

Fri 00:16 - SS2: Evans
A good start for the Welshman - sixth-fastest in his DMACK-shod Fiesta. "Overall pretty happy with the first stage in the new car."

Fri 00:15 - SS2: WRC 2 Bergkvist
Three minutes off the pace. Transmission problems and a spin.

Fri 00:13 - SS2: WRC 2 Bouffier
The former rally winner is second quickest, 18.2sec slower than Kopecky. "Happy to be here. More gravel than I was expecting but less ice too."

Fri 00:11 - SS2: WRC 2 Giordano
The Frenchman completes 2min 45sec off the pace. He switches off the headlights. "Engine," he sighs. "I think it broke 5km before the finish. That's the fifth time. I'm so bored. I think the rally is finished for me."

Fri 00:06 - SS2: WRC 2 Bonato
"I have a pop-off valve problem, which is normal. And the tyres feel strange. A long way to go. I must be patient."

Fri 00:05 - SS2: WRC 2 Gilbert
55sec slower than WRC 2 pace-setter Kopecky. "Bad. A big problem with my brakes. It was impossible to brake hard."

Fri 00:02 - SS2: WRC 2 Kremer
Another of the R5 Skoda drivers. "The end was really slippery and difficult. A lot of mud and water in the cuts. We are on the maximum for the grip."

Thu 23:59 - SS2: WRC 2 Kopecky
"Much better than on recce, but still some icy patches where I need to build my confidence. I'd be happy to have the similar pace to [Skoda team-mate] Andreas Mikkelsen on a couple of stages."

Thu 23:58 - SS2: Running order
The re-routing after SS1 has affected the published road order. Nine WRC 2 drivers will be next to complete the stage - followed by Evans, Abbring and Hanninen.

Thu 23:55 - SS2: Lefebvre update
Still stopped in stage. Mechanical.

Thu 23:54 - SS2: Breen
19.2sec off the lead pace in Citroen's 2016-spec DS 3. "I'm in a race of my own here but I'm happy with that stage to be honest. In a few places my pace notes weren't great but I'm pleased to get through okay."

Thu 23:51 - SS2: Meeke
Third quickest so far on his first stage in the Citroen C3. He's 15.3sec off the lead pace. "Quite tricky, a lot of stuff on the road. We knew about the ice, but it was hard to see - very patchy. A steady start."

Thu 23:47 - SS2: Tanak
Third fastest so far. "Very tricky. The car felt fine but I'm really struggling to get a rhythm. It is very challenging but we are through. That's the main thing."

Thu 23:46 - SS2: Latvala
28.4sec slower than Neuville. "Quite a demanding stage. Some damp, some dry places, some ice. I was very, very careful. I lost more time in the ice but I wanted to make sure we made no mistakes. I am surprised by the time difference. If you are confident on the ice you can make the difference."

Thu 23:44 - SS2: Lefebvre stopped
WRC+ live tracking shows his Citroen C3 stopped at 5.1km

Thu 23:43 - SS1: Organiser's statement
Rallye Monte-Carlo has issued the following statement following this evening's cancellation of SS1: ‘‘SS 1 has been cancelled due to the crash of Paddon and Kennard. The crew is unharmed. A spectator passed out. The emergency services have been called to rescue him. SS2 is maintained as expected.’’ Further information to follow…

Thu 23:43 - SS2: Sordo
26.6sec off the pace of his team-mate Neuville. "The car feels good but the time is not great," he explains. "I don't know. The time felt really good. Better than I expected. The car is good, it felt really fast in the corners."

Thu 23:39 - SS2: Neuville
Another scorching run from the Belgian. He completes 7.8sec quicker than Ogier and holds the overnight lead by 8.5sec. "It was okay. Maybe too soft - the car was moving about too much. I didn't like it but I tried to do my best."

Thu 23:36 - SS2: Ogier
He completes in 15m08.9s and that's his evening's work done. "Happy to be here after two tricky night stages. It's hard to start in the dark. The main aim was to get through safely. Quite a bit of loose gravel in here, it was slippery but not a bad stage. Maybe too careful in places. It was fun."

Thu 23:32 - SS2: Latvala
Not at great start for Jari-Matti. 9.6sec off Neuville's pace at the 6.3km split.

Thu 23:30 - SS2: Splits watch
Neuville 3.6sec quicker than Ogier at the 14.2km split.

Thu 23:26 - SS2: Splits watch
Rally leader Neuville 2.4sec quicker than Ogier to the 6.3km split

Thu 23:25 - SS2: Stage conditions
Update from the road opening zero car driver - 1988 Monte Carlo winner Bruno Saby. "Not completely easy. Stage is largely clean asphalt, but there is ice at 20km." Air temperature at the finish is -4˚C

Thu 23:19 - SS2: LIVE
Ogier's start time: 2318hrs.

Thu 23:14 - SS2: Further delay
More news when we get it.

Thu 22:59 - Stage info: SS2
Bayons - Bréziers 1, 25.49km. This stage was widely used until 1999 but in the opposite direction. It climbs uphill initially through a series of narrow hairpins to the summit of the 1148 metres Col des Sagnes. It descends through two villages on a fast and wide road before a flatter, but more technical, section leading to the finish. It’s fast throughout and identifying the correct braking points is crucial.

Thu 22:24 - SS2: Slight delay
Rally organisers confirm a 10-minute delay to the start of SS2. Ogier's new time: 2307hrs. First eight cars - at least - will run at 3-minute intervals. A decision on the intervals between the cars following will be made later.

Thu 22:18 - SS1 Update
SS1 Cancelled

Thu 21:14 - Schedule update
Crews are being directed to Bayons - the start of Stage 2. The stage is due to start at 2257hrs.

Thu 20:51 - Paddon update
Confirmation in from Hyundai that Hayden and his co-driver John Kennard are out of the car and okay.

Thu 20:44 - SS1: Stage cancelled
The stage has been red flagged. More updates to come.

Thu 20:34 - SS1: Stage stopped
Paddon's car is blocking the road

Thu 20:30 - SS1: Paddon rolls!
The Kiwi slides wide on a left-hander at the 19.9km point. His Hyundai rides up a bank and flips onto its side, coming to rest across the road.

Thu 20:30 - SS1: Neuville
Seven tenths quicker than Ogier! "A good start. I was discovering the car, to be honest. I did well but I can do better. My car set-up was very soft, it was moving around."

Thu 20:29 - SS1: Ogier completes
His time: 12m10.9s. First stop line comments from Ogier in the Fiesta World Rally Car: "Definitely I took it on the safe side. Hard to find the limit in these conditions. For sure I could go faster, but... first stage of the year. A bit safe on the tyre choice and the driving."

Thu 20:26 - SS1: Splits watch
Sordo closest so far to Ogier's early pace. The Spaniard is 1.8sec slower to the 4.9km split. Latvala, in the first of the new Toyota's is 2.4sec off Ogier's pace.

Thu 20:21 - SS1: Splits watch
The first split of the season is in. Ogier is 2.1sec UP on Neuville at the 4.9km point.

Thu 20:20 - SS1: Conditions update
Dry at the start with a few patches of black ice. Ice note crews report some damp sections near the finish. Temperature currently -1˚C at the finish.

Thu 20:14 - SS1: LIVE
Ogier underway! Ride with him LIVE on WRC Plus

Thu 20:01 - Stage info: SS1
Entrevaux - Ubraye, 21.25km. The main feature of the 2017 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 20:01 - Up first: SS1
Crews are lining up at the control. Ogier's start time: 2014hrs. Stage notes coming up...

Thu 19:52 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and type of tyres chosen for this evening's loop. Ogier: 4 Super Soft + 1 Soft. Tanak/Breen/Neuville/Paddon: 5 Super Soft. Meeke: 3 Super Soft + 3 Soft. Lefebvre/Hanninen: 6 Super Soft. Latvala: 4 Soft + 2 Super Soft. Sordo: 5 Soft.

Thu 19:51 - WRC Live
Becs Williams is hosting this weekend's radio coverage assisted by stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan. The team are on air now. You'll find a link in the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.

Thu 19:36 - Start intervals
Priority 1 drivers of World Rally Cars will start at two-minute intervals. For everybody else, the gap is one minute.

Thu 19:36 - Thursday's start order
Crews will tackle tonight's stages in 2016 championship order, led by last year's winner Ogier. Here's how the WRC runners will line up: 1. Ogier, 2. Neuville, 3. Paddon, 4. Sordo, 5. Latvala, 6. Tanak, 7. Meeke, 8. Breen, 9. Lefebvre, 10. Evans, 11. Hanninen.

Thu 19:36 - Weather
It's a clear, crisp and bitterly cold night. There is snow around on roadside verges but the roads are generally dry and clear. Today's temperature in Gap peaked at 6˚C but plunged to below zero once the sun went down. It will get down to -8˚C tonight.

Thu 19:35 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. And for Gap, Monaco and everything in between that's Central European Time or UTC +1hour.

Thu 19:34 - Thursday's stages
From Monaco, crews face a 286-kilometre journey back to service and overnight parc fermé in Gap. On the way they will take in two night stages: the 21km Entrevaux-Val de Chalvagne-Ubray from 2014hrs and the 25km Bayons-Breziers 1 from 2257hrs. We'll bring you stage notes shortly.

Thu 19:33 - Monte is LIVE!
The competition proper got underway this evening from 1811hrs when defending champ Sébastien Ogier drove his Ford Fiesta over the start ramp in Monaco.

Thu 19:33 - Coming up
After months of build-up and expectation, the WRC's new era is finally here. New World Rally Cars, new teams and a nail-biting eleventh-hour driver/team shake-up make this one of the most keenly-anticipated seasons EVER

Thu 19:33 - We're live
Reporting from the the WRC TV production office overlooking the service park to bring you all the news from tonight's two stages

Thu 19:33 - Welcome to the 2017 WRC
Good evening from Gap, France, and welcome to our live text coverage of Rallye Monte-Carlo, the opening round of the 2017 World Rally Championship

Thu 17:52 - Watch SS1 LIVE
WRC+ users can watch tonight's stage live. Steaming starts at 2000hrs local [UTC +1]. So there's still time to sort a subscription if you haven't already. We'll be back later to bring you all the news from the stage. Bye for now.

Thu 13:55 - WRC eSports 2017
All info @ esportswrc.com

Tue 17:25 - Round 1 of the FIA World Rally Championship 2017
Rallye Monte-Carlo ceremonial start: Thursday 19th January 1811hrs local (UTC 1)

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# Piloto Copiloto Equipo/Coche Puntuabilidad Grupo Classe Control Motivo
4 NZLH. PADDON NZLJ. KENNARD Hyundai Motorsport
34 DEUA. KREMER DEUP. WINKLHOFER Brr Baumschlager Rally & Rally Team
FORD Fiesta
43 FRAQ. GIORDANO FRAT. ROUX Giordano Quentin
FORD Fiesta
83 ESPJ. LOPEZ ESPB. ROZADA Lopez Jose Maria
86 FRAP. BAFFOUN FRAB. LARUE Baffoun Philippe