Thu 19:41 - SS1: LIVE
Again. A bit of furious hand clapping in the Toyota and Lappi is underway!
Thu 19:37 - SS1: Lappi
Esapekka will be next in stage. He's putting on his helmet, so we should be underway again shortly.
Thu 19:35 - SS1: Meeke update
Kris and co-driver Paul are still at the scene, watching as the stricken C3 is lifted onto the truck.
Thu 19:29 - SS1: Meeke out
That's it. He's parked the C3. Stage stopped and the ADAC tow truck is on its way in. Disaster.
Thu 19:28 - SS1: Meeke update
The right-hand front steering seems to be broken. He can't get the C3 around the tight stage. He has stopped.
Thu 19:26 - SS1: Meeke
In trouble here. Negotiating a corner he clips the end of a concrete barrier with his front wheel. The impact was at fairly slow speed, but the wheel was open and it's a big clunk.
Thu 19:26 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Back in the Citroen squad after missing the previous round in Finland. It's a clean start, quickest so far. "I hope we can have a good result. The car feels really nice on Tarmac, really enjoyable. I hope for nicer weather than the rain that is forecast."
Thu 19:21 - SS1: Kremer
Kremer is our first world rally car runner, but he's not quickest. He completes third fastest so far, 3.7sec off Tidemand's leading pace. "It feels really great to be back in a WRC car but I have to say my feeling for the car is not so easy. Tomorrow we will start the race."
Thu 19:19 - SS1: WRC 2 Tidemand
A super quick run from the championship leader, 3.1sec up on Suninen. He could clinch the title this weekend. Is that on his mind? "I don't think about it. I just try to stay concentrated. The conditions can be difficult. I'm happy to be here."
Thu 19:15 - SS1: WRC 2 Suninen
Back in the R5 spec Fiesta after his recent impressive appearances in the World Rally Car. "A lot of challenges here - quite different from Finland!" He completes nine-tenths quicker than Griebel.
Thu 19:12 - SS1: WRC 2 Griebel
He completes in a benchmark time of 2m15.2. "I'm really happy to be able to open this stage. So many people here. I think my soft tyres were done after one and a half laps."
Thu 19:10 - SS1: We're off!
Griebel's Skoda blasts away from the line.
Thu 18:54 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams in the studio and Emyr Penlan and George Donaldson reporting from the stage ends. You'll find a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.
Thu 18:52 - SS1 running order
Local WRC 2 driver Marijan Griebel will be first on stage at 1908hrs, followed by category front-runners Teemu Suninen and Pontus Tidemand. Germany's Armin Kremer is next - and first of the 2017-spec World Rally Car drivers that follow. Here's how the WRC drivers will line up: 1.Kremer, 2.Mikkelsen, 3.Meeke, 4.Lappi, 5.Hänninen, 6.Paddon, 7.Breen, 8.Evans, 9.Sordo, 10.Latvala, 11.Tanak, 12.Ogier, 13.Neuville.
Thu 18:51 - Weather
Warm, cloudy and humid in Saarbrücken right now. Rain showers are forecast later tonight. The current temperature is 21˚C.
Thu 18:51 - Time reminder
All times quoted here are local. And in Germany that's (UTC +2hrs)
Thu 18:50 - Watch SS1 LIVE
WRC users can watch tonight's Saarbrücken stage live via our streaming service. The coverage starts at 1900hrs. Head to plus.wrc.com to find out more.
Thu 18:50 - Tell me more
Okay. The action begins in the heart of Saarbrücken, capital and largest city of the state of Saarland. Immediately after the opening ceremony, crews will tackle a 2.05km street circuit. Two loops of roads which cross the River Saar via the Wilhelm-Heinrich Bridge and use the slip road system above the city motorway should provide a spectacular start to the rally.
Thu 18:50 - Coming up
Thursday is Super Special day at ADAC Rallye Deutschland and tonight we have a brand new curtain raiser to get the event underway
Thu 18:49 - We're live
At rally central, next to the Bostalsee reservoir in Germany's northern Saarland region. Our mission? To tap out the stage news LIVE to wrc.com and the WRC App
Thu 18:49 - Guten abend texters
And welcome to our coverage of WRC round 10 - ADAC Rallye Deutschland
Wed 10:03 - ADAC Rallye Deutschland 2017
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