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Fri 15:43 - SS3: JWRC Koci –
He goes 12.7s faster than Folb on this one and is 29.5s faster than Tempestini. A great performance.

Fri 15:41 - SS3: JWRC Veiby –
The Norwegian is trying to fight back after this morning's troubles. "I think we got the rhythm back but my rear axle is bent from this morning's crash with Koci."

Fri 15:37 - Tour de Corse WRC 2 after SS3:
1. Evans 1h 21m 22.5s; 2.Kopecky +11.8s; 3.Abbring +51s; 4. Bonato +1m 05.1s; 5.Suarez +1m 12s; 6. Maurin +1m 32.8s.

Fri 15:31 - SS3: WRC 2 Maurin –
The Frenchman is only sixth fastest after losing around 20s. "We had a big spin in fifth gear – without that the time would have been very good."

Fri 15:30 - SS3: WRC 2 Suarez –
"The stage was okay. We changed the set-up a bit at lunch and it was better." He sits in 5th place overall.

Fri 15:28 - SS3: WRC 2 Bonato –
"The car was fine but it's just the tyres. When you do a 50km stage, they get very hot."

Fri 15:26 - SS3: WRC 2 Gilbert
The Frenchman has dropped more than a minute in this one. "The car is working okay but the gearbox didn't allow me to use first gear."

Fri 15:24 - SS3: WRC 2 Kopecky –
"We've changed the set-up of the car a little bit and now we have more grip. It will be nice to try and have a battle with Evans." The gap between the two is now 11.8s.

Fri 15:23 - SS3: WRC 2 Evans
The category leader is happy with his time of 31m 00.2s. But he's 1.8s slower than pacesetter Kopecky.

Fri 15:22 - SS3: Bertelli –
The Italian has had no intercom from the start of the stage. That's 49.72km of shouting and pointing for his co-driver.

Fri 15:20 - Tour de Corse after SS3:
1.Ogier 1h 19m 15.3s; 2.Neuville +32.5s; 3.Sordo +39.2s; 4.Latvala +47.4s; 5. Mikkelsen +48.6s; 6. Breen 59.0s.

Fri 15:17 - SS3: Camilli –
Up to eighth overall. "I really couldn't push much more in this stage. I had a really good set up and it was a pleasure."

Fri 15:16 - SS3: Meeke –
The Briton has dropped from second to 11th overall with his problem. "We had a puncture early on, no idea where. We had to stop and change. Okay, we're not in the championship but it's frustrating."

Fri 15:13 - SS3: Breen –
The Citroën driver moves up to sixth place, despite being 24.5s off Ogier's pace.

Fri 15:12 - SS3: Tänak –
"It would be nice to say it was fun to drive but it's quite tricky on these roads right now. We try to learn as much as we can."

Fri 15:10 - SS3: Ostberg –
The Norwegian has struggled on the second pass of the stage, losing 59.6s. It's a brake issue. "We are trying but we don't have any brake cooling. Half way through I lost the pedal. I tried to stay focussed but I was struggling to stop the car."

Fri 15:07 - SS3: Sordo –
20.3s slower than Ogier but currently third overall. Commenting on Ogier's improved pace this afternoon, the Spaniard says: "I think maybe Ogier was sleeping this morning."

Fri 15:05 - SS3: Latvala –
"The set-up is definitely better. The biggest problem I have now is that after 30kms the brakes are a fight."

Fri 15:03 - SS3 Neuville –
The Belgian is 15s slower than Ogier but is second overall as things stand after Meeke's problems.

Fri 15:01 - SS3: Paddon –
The Kiwi is 31.6s slower than Ogier and has been passed by Mikkelsen for fifth place. "I completely overheated the front tyres with 10kms to go. Maybe I pushed them too hard in the beginning?"

Fri 14:59 - SS3: Mikkelsen –
He completes 18.1s slower than his team-mate. "I'm really struggling with the brakes in the last 10kms – I have to push the pedal so hard."

Fri 14:57 - SS3: Ogier –
The rally leader completes in 30m 11.6s – almost 13 seconds faster than his time this morning. "Very hot conditions and the tyre was moving a lot. I couldn't really push because of the tyres and I had no idea what rhythm I had at the end. It wasn't easy for me."

Fri 14:54 - SS3: Meeke –
The Briton is moving again – but he's lost more than two minutes.

Fri 14:49 - SS3: Meeke –
The Citroën driver appears to have stopped after 10.75km. More as we get it...

Fri 14:48 - SS3: Latvala –
The Finn looks to have discovered some much-needed pace this afternoon. He's only 3.7s slower than Ogier at the 24.3k split.

Fri 14:46 - SS3: Meeke –
The second-place driver matches Ogier's pace at the first split (8.2km). Game on.

Fri 14:43 - SS3 –
Ten cars now in the stage. Everyone's chasing Ogier's benchmark pace.

Fri 14:37 - SS3: Ogier –
The Frenchman is pushing hard – he's already three seconds faster than he was this morning at the 17.3km split.

Fri 14:35 - WRC Live –
Remember, Colin Clark will be speaking to the drivers as they come through the SS3 finish shortly. Tune in via the link on the homepage.

Fri 14:27 - SS3: Ogier –
The world champion's in the stage, bidding to extend his 14.7s rally lead.

Fri 14:22 - Almost time –
Rally leader Sébastien Ogier leads the field into SS3 at 14.24. Standby...

Fri 14:18 - Stage info: SS3 –
Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 2, 49.72km This afternoon kicks off with some of Corsica’s toughest roads. This one is a second pass of SS1 and climbs from the coast to Tassinca village on asphalt that is fast in places and twisty in others, before crossing the Col de Gradello and onto the famous Pietrosella hairpin via a worn and bumpy surface. It’s onwards and upwards along a poorly surfaced road to the legendary Col de Bellevalle hairpin. It widens on the climb to Bisinao, before a narrow road with many surface changes leads to the finish in Albitreccia.

Fri 12:32 - WRC Live –
While we wait for SS3 to get underway, be sure to tune into WRC Live radio and listen to Colin Clark interviewing the crews at the Porticcio regroup.

Fri 12:27 - A little wait before SS3 –
Today's third test – a re-run of the 49.72km opening stage – will get underway at 14.24.

Fri 12:24 - SS2: JWRC Tempestini
The Italian has had a good morning. His third fastest time in SS2 reinforces his second place overall. He remains on course for the JWRC title.

Fri 12:17 - SS2: JWRC Folb –
The Frenchman is second fastest in this one and currently leads Simone Tempestini by 12.1s overall.

Fri 12:13 - SS2: JWRC Koci –
The Slovakian driver is fastest in SS2 so far and sits fourth overall among the point-scoring drivers.

Fri 12:07 - A break after SS2 –
The top crews are now in the regroup at Porticcio. There is a 10-minute technical zone afterwards.

Fri 12:03 - Tour de Corse WRC 2 after SS2:
1.Evans 50m 22.3s; 2.Kopecky +13.6s; 3.Abbring +30.6s; 4.Bonato +40.7s; 5.Suarez +45.1s; 6.Maurin +50.8s.

Fri 12:01 - Tour de Corse after SS2:
1.Ogier 49m 03.7s; 2.Meeke +14.7s; 3.Neuville +17.5s; 4.Sordo +18.9s; 5.Paddon +29.7s; 6.Mikkelsen +30.5s

Fri 11:58 - SS2: WRC 2 Maurin –
The Frenchman is fifth overall in his Skoda – 50.8s off the lead. "We tried to push a little bit but did two or three mistakes."

Fri 11:57 - SS2: WRC 2 Bonato –
The solid run puts the Frenchman in third place overall.

Fri 11:55 - SS2 WRC 2 Loubet –
The Citroën DS 3 R5 driver has lost 1m 21.2s. "I lose the power steering half way through the stage."

Fri 11:54 - SS2: WRC 2 Gilbert –
He's lost 43.9s to Kopecky. "We have a problem with the clutch. The performance is finished." With no midday service, that could be a tricky one to fix.

Fri 11:52 - SS2: WRC 2 Kopecky –
The Czech driver is the fastest WRC 2 runner in this stage so far. "I was pushing from the beginning but struggling with the handling of the car a bit – some understeer in places."

Fri 11:51 - SS2: WRC 2 Evans –
The Welshman drops 4.3s to Kopecky but still leads the category by 13.6s. "The car was moving around quite a lot but the time isn't too bad."

Fri 11:50 - SS2: Bertelli –
The Italian loses more than a minute to Ogier. "Better feeling but Tarmac is not my favourite surface and I'm struggling a lot. There is a huge difference between my pace on Tarmac and gravel."

Fri 11:47 - SS2: Camilli –
The Fiesta RS driver holds on to his tenth place overall and is now 9.7 behind Breen ahead. "Difficult. We have pushed in the stage but the time was not really there. I don't know."

Fri 11:45 - SS2: Breen –
The Irishman is 17s off the pace and drops two places to eighth position. "That was a better stage for us and happy with the time. All the other drivers have come fresh from a Tarmac rally in Germany. A lot more quicker than I expected."

Fri 11:43 - SS2: Meeke –
The DS 3 driver is fourth fastest and retains his second place. But the gap to Ogier is now 14.7s. "Had a good stage, although quite dirty in a few places. Happy with what we're doing."

Fri 11:41 - SS2: Tänak –
The Fiesta driver drops 38.2s and is now 1m 32.3 off the lead. "It's a learning curve at the moment."

Fri 11:40 - SS2 Ostberg –
The M-Sport driver loses 32.4s as he learns a new driving style. "Hit a bank and some rocks on the outside so a bit lucky there. It felt better in here but I maybe wanted a bit too much and we lost time?"

Fri 11:38 - SS2: Sordo –
The Spaniard loses 14.1s and is confused as to why. "Felt much better than the first stage but the time was not good. I had a bit of understeer but not the best time."

Fri 11:36 - SS2: Latvala
The 2015 rally winner loses another 14s and now 32.1s off the lead. "Not the time I should be able to do. I don't know. Maybe I was a bit wrong with what I did in the test and thought it would be good for the rally? Maybe the set-up has gone in the wrong direction and the rhythm isn't the greatest either?"

Fri 11:33 - SS2: Neuville –
The Belgian is 8.7s slower than Ogier at the stage finish. "I'm not comfortable all the time. Sometimes I have huge oversteer and then some understeer. It was a bit better than the first stage."

Fri 11:31 - SS2: Paddon –
He's 14.6s slower than Ogier. "The notes were better, but sliding a lot quite a lot especially in the rear."

Fri 11:29 - SS2: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian's slow start continues. He's 10.1s slower than Ogier at the finish. "Struggling with my foot a little but I think I did an okay time in there. Hopefully I can get a massage and that will work some magic."

Fri 11:27 - SS2: Ogier –
The rally leader completes the stage in 18m 39.6s. "Very enjoyable stage. Some work to do on the set-up to be perfect but it's not bad and a good start to the rally for us. Try to get a good felling and, for sure, I was pushing a bit more in this one than I did in the first."

Fri 11:25 - SS2: Paddon –
The timing system is showing the Hyundai driver hasn't made it to the second split and has been passed by Neuville just behind. More info to follow...

Fri 11:20 - SS2: Ogier –
It's all going well for the world champion. He's already 3.3s up on Mikkelsen at the second split. Second-place Meeke leaves the start line at 11.22.

Fri 11:07 - SS2 is underway –
Sébastien Ogier is in the stage, looking to build on his 4s lead over Citroën's Kris Meeke.

Fri 10:36 - On to the next stage
The front-running crews are now on their way to SS2, the 29.12km run through Plage du Liamone - Sarrola-Carcopino 1. The action gets underway at 11.06.

Fri 10:33 - SS1: Veiby
The JWRC front-runner explains why he stopped a couple of time in the opening test and lost almost 15 minutes. "We had a problem with the turbo in the stage and no pressure. I'm not sure if we can fix it because we don't have any pipe."

Fri 10:27 - After SS1: WRC 2 overall times
1. Evans 31m 11.6s; 2. Kopecky +17.9s; 3. Abbring +18.5s; 4. Bonato +23.3s; 5. Suarez +31.7s; 6. Maurin +31.8s.

Fri 10:18 - SS1: Koci
The Slovakian's car has some damage, but not as a result from an incident in the stage. "Very strange situation. I was coming to the stage and was warming the brakes. Unfortunately, Veiby crashed into me."

Fri 10:15 - SS1: Tempestini –
The first of the JWRC runners is in with a time of 34m 15.6s. "Our rhythm was really good. After the recce I expected that the road would be dirty but it wasn't so bad. We didn't push at all. The rally is really long."

Fri 10:10 - SS1: Suninen –
The Skoda Fabia R5 driver has had a problem. "We lost the brakes and that was very difficult for the stage. We will have to look at that."

Fri 10:09 - SS1: Sarrazin –
The former rally winner is in Hyundai's new i20 R5 for this event. "That was really tricky on my first stage with the car. I will need to work with the car for the rest of the rally and try to improve."

Fri 10:07 - SS1: Veiby –
The JWRC front-runner is moving again. More to follow...

Fri 10:06 - SS1: Bouffier –
The Frenchman's DS 3 R5 is in. "I had quite a lot of understeering and it was hard to find a good pace. But seems to be not so bad compared to some of the younger guys."

Fri 10:05 - SS1: Abbring –
The Dutchman is third fastest in WRC 2. "Really enjoyable. I took it a bit easy as I didn't want to overdrive the tyres. I could have pushed a bit more and some other things I'd like to change on the car."

Fri 10:03 - SS1: Veiby –
The JWRC front-runner appears to have stopped after the second split in the stage. Reason unknown...

Fri 10:01 - SS1: Suarez –
"Not really happy with the set up of the car and it's moving a lot. I will have to try and change this."

Fri 10:00 - SS1: Bonato –
"It's okay. Very tricky for the first stage, but we are here."

Fri 09:59 - SS1: Loubet –
"The run was clean. A difficult stage but it's okay."

Fri 09:59 - SS1: Gilbert –
"We had a big spin and lost a lot of time. I'm not confident."

Fri 09:57 - SS1: Kopecky –
The Czech driver is slower than Evans in his Skoda R5. Wasn't happy with his tyres.

Fri 09:56 - SS1: Evans
The WRC 2 championship leader is in on 31m 11.6s. "The rhythm wasn't great because we had a small issue with the car."

Fri 09:54 - After SS1: overall times:
1.Ogier 30m 24.1s; 2.Meeke +4s; 3.Sordo +4.8s; 4.Neuville 8.8s; 5.Paddon +15.1s; 6.Breen +17.1s

Fri 09:51 - SS1: Camilli –
The Frenchman – whose family hail from Corsica – is 37.2s slower at the finish. "I wanted just to finish the stage. This was just the start of the race and no problems."

Fri 09:49 - SS1: Breen –
Current sixth fastest as he posts a time that's 17s slower than Ogier's best. "That was a bit of a wake up call. Really struggled to get a rhythm and killed the tyres early. I had to wait for them to come back on again."

Fri 09:47 - SS1: Meeke –
The Brit is only 4s slower than Ogier and currently second overall. "I spun at a hairpin not far into the stage. But I got back into my rhythm straight away and that time is good on a dirty road."

Fri 09:45 - SS1: Tänak –
Oops. The DMACK driver is 54.1s slower than Ogier. The Estonian is a man of few words this morning. "What can I say? Really trying but no precision."

Fri 09:44 - SS1: Ostberg –
The M-Sport driver is 31.5 down on Ogier's ultimate pace. "That was okay. I'm trying to change my driving on Tarmac. The feeling is completely bad but I'm trying to do something I'm not used to. This is a project I'm continuing with for a long time. This is just the beginning."

Fri 09:41 - SS1: Sordo –
The asphalt expert emerges as the closest challenger to Ogier so far. He's only 4.8s down on the rally leader. "Happy with the time. Really, really bad time with the brakes at the end and was understeering a lot. But the time is okay."

Fri 09:39 - SS1: Latvala –
The 2015 rally winner has had a nightmare start. He's 18.1s slower than Ogier. "Didn't have the best rhythm on the driving and started to improve at the end. I know I can do a better job. I was a bit cautious on this stage."

Fri 09:37 - SS1: Neuville –
The Hyundai ace is 8.8s slower than Ogier but he's still the closest to the Frenchman's pace as things stand. "I can't really go for the perfect line because struggling with understeer. I'm really surprised. We have to check the set up and tyres."

Fri 09:35 - SS1: Paddon –
The Kiwi is 15.1s slower than Ogier at the stage finish. "That was an enjoyable stage. Struggled with the notes a little because they were a touch inconsistent. Thought my time was a lot slower than that so that's not too bad."

Fri 09:33 - SS1: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian is 20.4s slower than his team-mate. He's had a problem: "Everything was going well and then my left foot went to sleep with some vibrations. I didn't have a good feeling with the brakes."

Fri 09:31 - SS1: Ogier –
The world champion completes the opener in 30m 24.1s. "Not so easy to find a good rhythm; I think my notes are a bit too low and slowing me down a bit. But maybe it's better this way on such a long rally."

Fri 09:27 - SS1: Meeke –
His fast start at split one comes to nothing, He's now 3.4s slower than Ogier's benchmark at split two.

Fri 09:24 - SS1: Neuville –
The Hyundai driver is now slower than Ogier at the third split. His 0.6s advantage at split two has now turned into a 1.0s deficit.

Fri 09:22 - SS1: Mikkelsen –
The second driver on the road is now 9.2s slower than Ogier at the 33.6km split. Not the start he would have wanted.

Fri 09:20 - SS1: Meeke –
The Briton is the fastest driver at the opening split. His DS 3 is 0.6s faster than anyone else at the 8.2km mark.

Fri 09:15 - SS1: Neuville
The Belgian's second split is in and he's 0.2s faster than Ogier at the 17.3km mark.

Fri 09:13 - SS1: Latvala
Last year's winner is 2.6s slower than his Volkswagen Motorsport team-mate at the first split.

Fri 09:10 - SS1: Neuville –
The Hyundai driver is the closest to Ogier's pace at the moment, only 0.6s slower at the first split.

Fri 09:06 - SS1: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian is 1.4s slower than Ogier at the first split (8.2km).

Fri 09:02 - SS1:
The 2016 Tour de Corse is underway. Sébastien Ogier is in the opening stage.

Fri 08:59 - Road conditions –
The road conditions in SS1 are dry and the sun is shining. Just what the crews were hoping for.

Fri 08:58 - Stage info: SS1 –
Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 1, 49.72km. There’s no easy start as drivers are greeted by some of Corsica’s toughest roads. This stage climbs from the coast to Tassinca village on asphalt that is fast in places and twisty in others, before crossing the Col de Gradello and onto the famous Pietrosella hairpin via a worn and bumpy surface. It’s onwards and upwards along a poorly surfaced road to the legendary Col de Bellevalle hairpin. It widens on the climb to Bisinao, before a narrow road with many surface changes leads to the finish in Albitreccia.

Fri 08:57 - Tyre info –
All of the World Rally Car drivers have chosen to take five hard compound MICHELIN Pilot Sport H5 tyres into the stages this morning.

Fri 08:52 - First stage: 08.58 –
That’s the time Ogier will drop the clutch on his Polo R and begin his quest for victory on home soil.

Fri 08:52 - WRC Live –
The trusty Becs Williams is doing her thing in the radio studio, while Colin Clark is back on duty as an end of stage reporter, along with Emyr Penlan. You can find a radio link in the LIVE section on the homepage.

Fri 08:50 - Time zones –
All times quoted on this live text feed are local to Corsica, so that’s CET (GMT +1)

Fri 08:50 - Start intervals –
The World Rally Cars will be spaced two minutes apart, while everyone else will run at minute intervals.

Fri 08:49 - Who else is running?
The Tour de Corse is also a round of the WRC 2 series and the JWRC.

Fri 08:46 - Friday start order –
The crews will leave the line in championship order. That means French hero Sébastien Ogier leads the way. The order is: 1 Ogier, 2 Mikkelsen, 3 Paddon, 4 Neuville, 5 Latvala, 6 Sordo, 7 Ostberg, 8 Tanak, 9 Meeke, 10 Breen, 11 Camilli, 12 Bertelli.

Fri 08:45 - Weather –
Corsica has been blessed with warm and sunny weather this week and those are the conditions that will greet the crews on the SS1 start line this morning. We’re expecting an air temperatures of round 25°C.

Fri 08:44 - Friday's schedule –
The crews will contest four stages today, starting with the 49.72km blast through Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 1. This is then followed by the slightly shorter test at Plage du Liamone - Sarrola-Carcopino. Both tests are repeated this afternoon – without the luxury of a midday service…

Fri 08:43 - The plan for today
Last night’s ceremonial start in Ajaccio is complete so that means we head onto the roads north and south of Ajaccio for some competitive action.

Fri 08:38 - Bonjour –
and welcome to our live text coverage from the Che Guevara Tour de Corse, round ten of the FIA World Rally Championship and the second all-asphalt rally of the season.

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SS3 Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 2 (49.72 km)

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Pos # Piloto Tiempo Dif Ant. Dif 1
1. 63 SVKM. KOCI 33:52.2
2. 64 FRAT. FOLB 34:04.9 +12.7 +12.7
3. 62 NORO. VEIBY 34:14.6 +9.7 +22.4
4. 61 ITAS. TEMPESTINI 34:21.7 +7.1 +29.5
5. 66 FRAR. MARTEL 34:26.3 +4.6 +34.1
6. 65 FRAV. DUBERT 34:51.4 +25.1 +59.2

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Pos # Piloto Tiempo Dif Ant. Dif 1
1. 64 FRAT. FOLB 1:29:05.4
2. 63 SVKM. KOCI 1:29:29.0 +23.6 +23.6
3. 61 ITAS. TEMPESTINI 1:29:34.3 +5.3 +28.9
4. 66 FRAR. MARTEL 1:29:48.8 +14.5 +43.4
5. 65 FRAV. DUBERT 1:30:37.1 +48.3 +1:31.7
6. 62 NORO. VEIBY 1:44:14.0 +13:36.9 +15:08.6