73rd PZM Rally Poland


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Sun 14:09 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for rally reports, news and post event analysis. And don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stage footage, highlight shows and onboards. Bye for now.

Sun 14:07 - We will return
On 28 July for the championship's eighth round: Neste Rally Finland

Sun 14:07 - Rally complete
And that's where we'll end our live text service from Poland

Sun 14:05 - DDFT update
Heartbreak for overnight leader Osian Pryce who hit a rock and lost a wheel in today's first stage. Jon Armstrong moved ahead to take the win by 53.6 seconds, with Bernardo Sousa moving in front of Gus Greensmith to seal third.

Sun 13:59 - Junior WRC update
Italy’s Simone Tempestini wins by 3m22s from Frenchman Terry Folb. Norway’s Ole Christian Veiby is third. Tempestini says: “It was a really long rally and I enjoy a lot. I like these kind of stages. Today was difficult conditions. Baranowo stage was incredible. Now we go to Finland with good confidence.”

Sun 13:54 - Poland WRC2 FINAL
1.Suninen 2h43m27.7s, 2.Evans +49.6s, 3.Lappi +2m32.7s, 4.Kajetanowicz +6m32.8s, 5.Koltun +10m36.4s

Sun 13:54 - Poland FINAL
1.Mikkelsen 2h37m34.4s, 2.Tanak +26.2s, 3.Paddon +28.5s, 4.Neuville +29.3s, 5.Latvala +33.8s

Sun 13:07 - SS21: WRC 2 Evans
Second place in WRC 2 for the Welshman. "If you had offered me second earlier I would have taken it, but I half feel a win was on the cards. Still, it is what it is. Second is better than nothing on a weekend like this. I really feel for Ott. He had such a great rally."

Sun 13:04 - Poland Power Stage result
1: Ogier 4m47.0s (3 points) 2: Latvala +0.7s (2 points) 3: Neuville +1.5s (1 point)

Sun 13:01 - SS21: WRC 2 Lappi
Look like third position for the former leader. And he's gutted. "I'm disappointed but I guess it's part of the game. I think we deserved to win. We had two days without any problems."

Sun 12:59 - Suninen wins WRC 2
“Now is the time to smile,” says Suninen. “We have pushed on the limit all weekend. Now we are the winner at the finish. Good to fight with Evans and Lappi. They have factory cars and much more experience."

Sun 12:57 - Ogier's comfort
Seb is one of the first to offer Ott his commiserations. The Frenchman picks him up and carries him on his shoulders.

Sun 12:54 - Mikkelsen
"We pushed so hard all weekend. We gave everything, It was like a war in the previous stage. It was all about luck. A weekend I will never forget. I'm sorry for Ott. I told him before this stage that I know how he feels - it happened to me in Sweden."

Sun 12:50 - SS21: Mikkelsen wins!
It's his second WRC rally victory. His first came in Spain last year when Ogier crashed in the Power Stage.

Sun 12:50 - SS21: Tanak
A worrying 17.2sec slower than Ogier but he clings on to second place. At the stop control he looks numb. Choked with emotion. "I have nothing to say. To be in such a position means nothing."

Sun 12:46 - SS21: Paddon
Fifth-quickest here and that's third place secured - but only just. Neuville completes eight tenths behind! "That's much too close for comfort. I really struggled with the conditions here. It was very slippery and I had no confidence with the car."

Sun 12:43 - SS21: Neuville
Third quickest on the Power Stage so far - fourth position overall. "I tried to be smooth and clean to keep my position. I lost the rally because my pace notes on the first pass were too slow. That and the puncture," he says.

Sun 12:39 - SS21: Latvala
Seven-tenths slower than Ogier and the end of a decidedly off-colour performance from Jari-Matti. "Difficult conditions. A few places we were really sideways. A good run here though." Looks like he'll take fifth position.

Sun 12:37 - SS21: Ogier
Quickest so far, 6.1sec up on Lefebvre. It looks like sixth place here for Seb, but his championship lead is still firmly intact. "I wanted a bit of rain - but not his much," he jokes. "The last two stages were just about survival. We took what we could - eight points is better than nothing."

Sun 12:35 - SS21: Breen
Second fastest. Looks like seventh position for Craig.

Sun 12:33 - SS21: Camilli
He's through, but with the loss of more than two minutes. "In the previous stage I went off in a very slippery braking zone. It's like that." Camilli loses eighth position to his M-Sport team-mate Ostberg.

Sun 12:30 - SS21: Camilli
Well off the pace here. His car is carrying right-rear suspension damage after his crash over the flying finish in SS20. His co-driver had selected 'road mode' too early.

Sun 12:28 - SS21: Ostberg
6.3sec slower than stage leader Lefebvre. "In these conditions you don't really control things - I felt like a passenger. Happy to get through the rally. Some of the worst conditions I have seen."

Sun 12:25 - SS21: Bertelli
A clean event for the Italian. Looks like 11th position. "Today was just about finishing," he says. "I'm not happy but I am satisfied. I have been one second per kilometre faster than last year - I feel I am growing."

Sun 12:22 - SS21: Solberg
An overshoot on this stage. "Very bad conditions, such deep ruts now. I'm very happy though - I tried to be as flat-out as I could." This is Henning's last confirmed WRC outing of the season. "I'll try to come back - maybe a late entry for Finland?"

Sun 12:19 - SS21: Lefebvre
32.0sec quicker than Al Rajhi and it's a remarkable recovery after his SS19 crash. "I made a big mistake here earlier. I'm very happy to finish. It's been a great rally for us, and thanks to the mechanics - they did a great job."

Sun 12:16 - SS21: Al Rajhi
He's through and posts the first time on the board: 5m25.1s. "A very difficult stage, lots of caution on this repeat pass."

Sun 12:13 - Tanak update
A heartbreaking tweet from the DMACK team: "We dared to dream…. unfortunately it doesn’t look like it will happen this time."

Sun 12:10 - SS21: Live
Wipers on, Al Rajhi's Fiesta RS slithers away from the start line. Heavy rain falling. Lots of puddles and standing water in the opening section."

Sun 12:07 - Up next: The Power Stage!
Live on WRC+. Al Rajhi first car on stage at 1208hrs.

Sun 12:05 - Poland WRC2 after SS20
1.Suninen 2h37m53.1s, 2.Evans +47.9s, 3.Lappi +1m33.1s, 4.Kajetanowicz +6m22.9s, 5.Koltun +8m04.8s Lappi puncture

Sun 12:02 - Poland after SS20
1.Mikkelsen 2h32m39.9s, 2.Tanak +16.5s, 3.Paddon +26.6s, 4.Neuville +35.3s, 5.Latvala +40.6s. Mikkelsen leads after Tanak puncture

Sun 12:00 - SS20: WRC 2 update
Loubet and Kruuda join Pedder on the Baranowo casualty list.

Sun 11:58 - SS20: WRC 2 Kajetanowicz
He has a front-right puncture. "We got it 3km after the start and drove on it all the way through. Crazy. Crazy."

Sun 11:56 - SS20: WRC 2 Pedder
Stopped on stage.

Sun 11:55 - SS20: WRC 2 Evans
46sec slower than Suninen and he has a right-rear puncture. "It was on the line. Nothing I could do - it went down straight away. We drove on it for 10km. A cruel way to end the rally." Evans now up to second in WRC 2 following Lappi's time loss.

Sun 11:51 - SS20: WRC 2 Suninen
The new leader in WRC 2. "Flat out everywhere."

Sun 11:51 - SS20: WRC 2 Lappi
A nightmare for the WRC 2 leader too! "We picked up a puncture - I don't know where. I tried to drive on but it was not possible and we had to change it." He's lost almost two minutes and that's the lead gone.

Sun 11:46 - SS20: Tanak
He completes with a front-right puncture and drops to second place 16.5sec behind Mikkelsen. He's devastated. No words from Tanak before he roars away from the finish control.

Sun 11:44 - SS20: Tanak
He loses 40.5sec! And that's the lead gone.

Sun 11:44 - SS20: Mikkelsen
Third fastest. "The worst stage I have ever done. Really difficult. Wow."

Sun 11:42 - SS20: Paddon
"Really, really slippery. Difficult to judge the speed. We're trying to take it easy."

Sun 11:41 - SS20: Neuville
7.8sec off Latvala's pace and Neuville's fourth position is in peril. With one stage to do Latvala is just 5.3sec behind. "A puncture halfway through and a fogged windscreen. We couldn't see anything. A disaster, just a disaster."

Sun 11:39 - SS20: Latvala
Quickest through. "Horrendous conditions. I don't remember conditions like this for a long time. Huge ruts and stones. It's more slippery than Wales!"

Sun 11:37 - SS20: Ogier
Quickest so far. "I'm so happy to be here [at the finish]. Unbelievable conditions." Your plans for the Power Stage? "It's been a tough weekend for us - I'll be happy just to get some points."

Sun 11:35 - SS20: Gorban
He completes with the loss of almost 17 minutes. No obvious sign of damage to the MINI.

Sun 11:34 - SS20: Lefebvre
Fastest of the eight cars through so far. That's an incredible comeback after his crash earlier. "A good time but very easy to make a mistake here. Thanks to the team - the car is perfect."

Sun 11:32 - SS20: Camilli
A decent time but he went off after the flying finish. Right rear damage.

Sun 11:23 - SS20: Bertelli
"We took it easy, but even like this it was a nightmare. Crazy."

Sun 11:22 - SS20: Sordo
Stop start progress for the Spaniard. He's stopped again now.

Sun 11:22 - SS20: Solberg
"Very, very slippery and bad. Conditions are worse than Wales! If you're pushing in here it will be difficult."

Sun 11:20 - SS21 Chicane update
The earlier 'remove' decision has been reversed. There WILL be a chicane, but it will consist of just three straw bales in the road. A picture of the new chicane will be be shown to the drivers at the pre-stage regroup.

Sun 11:14 - SS20: Sordo
WRC live tracking shows he stopped too. Moving again.

Sun 11:13 - SS20: Gorban
WRC live tracking shows him stopped at the 11.4km point.

Sun 11:04 - SS20: Live
Gorban started at 1103hrs. Stage running 13 minutes late.

Sun 11:00 - SS20: Start delay
Gorban should have started at 1050hrs. He's still on the line. Organisers are moving a car from the earlier pass that is blocking the road.

Sun 10:37 - Chicane removed
Organisers have confirmed that the problematic hay bale chicane in the Sady stage will be removed for the repeat pass.

Sun 10:28 - Next stage: 1050hrs
That's Gorban's start time for the repeat of Baranowo (SS20). We'll take a live text break until then.

Sun 10:27 - Poland WRC2 after SS19
1.Lappi 2h25m36.3s, 2.Suninen +19.4s, 3.Evans +20.9s, 4.Kajetanowicz +5m38.2s, 5.Pedder +7m18.6s

Sun 10:24 - Poland after SS19
1.Tanak 2h20m57.4s, 2.Mikkelsen +18.6s, 3.Paddon +31.5s, 4.Neuville +51.5s, 5.Latvala +1m04.6s. Stage win for Ogier

Sun 10:23 - SS19: Ogier
The earlier yellow flag situation is resolved by organizers awarding Seb the quickest time on stage: 4m31.2s. That leaves him 2.4sec behind Latvala with two stages to go. That's game on in the battle for fifth.

Sun 10:18 - SS19: WRC 2 Fuchs
He completes with frontal damage. The bonnet is kinked and there's boiling water bubbling from the cooling system. He sets off for service.

Sun 10:15 - SS19: WRC 2 Fuchs
Moving again. And at decent speed.

Sun 10:14 - Sordo / Lefebvre update
Both drivers have got their damaged cars back to the midpoint service in Mikolajki. How Lefebvre managed we have no idea.

Sun 10:12 - SS19: WRC 2 Pedder
His car has a shattered windscreen. "We had a rollover. I aquaplaned into a right-hander and had to abort. I missed the next call, tried to handbrake it round but we went over. We're okay."

Sun 10:10 - SS19: WRC 2 Kajetanowicz
Up to fourth in WRC 2 following Fuch's exit

Sun 10:08 - SS19: WRC 2 Fuchs
Stopped in stage. Also out today: Kremer (SS18) and Gilbert (before SS18)

Sun 10:06 - SS19: WRC 2 Evans
1.9sec slower than Suninen here and Evans slips back to third in class. "He took some time back here now - that's not ideal. We'll keep ploughing on," he says.

Sun 10:03 - SS19: WRC 2 Suninen
Drama on the opening stage when Suninen lost second place to Evans by four-tenths. "A really tight battle. We have to continue and try and fight on the next stage." he says.

Sun 10:01 - SS19: WRC 2 Lappi
The WRC 2 leader safely though. "Much better than the first one. I saw crazy lines on the road from the cars ahead."

Sun 09:59 - SS19: Tanak
Third quickest, 2.4sec slower than Mikkelsen, and his rally lead is 18.9sec. "All going to plan. The grip was better in here. Now we can make some changes to the car. We'll soften it for the second loop."

Sun 09:57 - SS19: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far. "I heard that so much was going on in here I was a bit scared." And the fight with Tanak? "Ott is driving well - it's difficult."

Sun 09:55 - SS19: Paddon
Sixth quickest. "My priority is keeping the gap behind (to Neuville). Taking it steady. I'm leaving the battle ahead to Andreas and Ott."

Sun 09:53 - SS19: Neuville
He misses the notorious chicane altogether. His car squeezes by on the left-hand side, along the top of a steep bank. "So slippery under braking - I was very lucky. I slowed afterwards - I didn't want to gain any time."

Sun 09:50 - SS19: Latvala
Quickest so far and evidently unaffected by the yellow flag situation. "Difficult to say what's going on."

Sun 09:49 - SS19: Lefebvre
The Frenchman reaches the finish more than 4min off the pace. Hie car's rear-left suspension looks wrecked. He leaves the finish control without saying a word.

Sun 09:48 - SS19: Ogier
He completes but at reduced pace. "I had a yellow flag in the car so I had to slow," he explains, "I don't know why. I passed Lefebvre parked in the stage."

Sun 09:44 - SS19: Lefebvre
Helicam is following his car as it limps through. And it's a sad sight - the rear bumper and left-rear wheel are dragging behind.

Sun 09:42 - SS19: Lefebvre
He loses the car on a right-hander and he smacks the rear-right heavily into a bank. It's a brutal impact. He's moving again - but slowly.

Sun 09:40 - SS19: Lefebvre
And he spins!

Sun 09:39 - SS19: Stage live
Bales sorted, Lefebvre is underway.

Sun 09:38 - SS19: Stage paused
To allow marshals to rebuild the bale chicane. Three damaged ones have been rolled away.

Sun 09:37 - SS19: Breen
Fourth quickest after an early knock to his concentration. "At the start I smelt something burning and the seat started to feel warm. It seems okay - maybe somebody was having a barbecue - but it was distracting."

Sun 09:32 - SS19: Camilli
Second quickest so far, 1.5sec down on his team-mate Ostberg. "Too much flat-out. Difficult to judge the pace notes."

Sun 09:30 - SS19: Ostberg
Quickest but unhappy about having to pick a line through the broken chicane. "It was a little bit confusing. There should be marshals there to tell us where to go."

Sun 09:27 - SS19: Sordo
Looking annoyed and concerned at the stage end. "We hit a bale. This happens. We need to go and have a look." He's off to investigate.

Sun 09:25 - SS19: Sordo
Quickest so far but he's crunched his Hyundai into a hay bale chicane - onboard footage shows the massive plastic wrapped bales flying around like skittles. There's considerable panel damage to the front of his car. At the finish it appears to be leaking coolant.

Sun 09:24 - SS19: Bertelli
"Not a good run for me in here, just looking for the finish now."

Sun 09:20 - Stage info: SS19
Sady 1, 8.55km. Sady has been heavily modified from 2015 with a new beginning and several sections driven in the reverse direction to last year. Apart from the final few hundred metres it is wide and fast, with thick gravel on the surface. The first kilometre hides a couple of drainage tops on the inside of fast corners and there is a 1km asphalt section in the second half.

Sun 09:19 - Up next: SS19
Stage live and underway (and available to watch on WRC don't forget). Gorban, Al Rajhi and Solberg are through cleanly.

Sun 09:17 - Poland after SS18
1.Tanak 2h16m23.1s, 2.Mikkelsen +18.9s, 3.Paddon +30.4s, 4.Neuville +50.1s, 5.Latvala +1m06.7s. Stage win for Mikkelsen

Sun 09:15 - SS18: Tanak
He completes 2.4sec slower than Mikkelsen and his rally lead over Mikkelsen is 18.9sec. "So slippery," he says. "We are far too hard with the car set-up. Very difficult. We'll change the set-up before the next one."

Sun 09:11 - SS18: Mikkelsen
Fastest so far, 4.4sec up on Ogier. "We pushed hard. A clean stage with no mistakes. A perfect stage. Happy with that."

Sun 09:10 - SS18: Paddon
"The drive wasn't too bad but the car is too soft - we thought the road would be more slippery. We didn't lose too much. The gap to Neuville increased - that's good. We'll make some set-up changes before the next stage."

Sun 09:07 - SS18: Neuville
"Too steady I think. Too cautious. The stage was very slippery in some places. Many surprises, but I could have been quicker."

Sun 09:04 - SS18: Latvala
Two-tenths slower than Ogier. "Quite okay. A couple of places I was a bit careful but it's alright. Slippery places but the sandy sections were very grippy. Can I keep Seb behind? We'll see." Latvala ends the stage 3.4sec ahead in the standings.

Sun 09:01 - SS18: Ogier
The fightback starts - but he has a mountain to climb. Sixth overnight, his team-mate Latvala is first in his sights. He's 12.7sec quicker than Sordo here. "Tricky conditions. Hard to find the limit. I'll try to catch more points but without going crazy. Unfortunately the rain arrived too late to help me but we can't complain about the that."

Sun 08:57 - SS18: Lefebvre
2.5sec slower than Breen. "Difficult. Slippery in places. I didn't drive very well here. Okay, it's the first stage of the day and my first time in wet conditions in this car."

Sun 08:55 - SS18: Breen
One-tenth slower than Sordo. "Steady away. My first time in the rain so it took time to get into a rhythm. The second half was better than the first. All good experience."

Sun 08:51 - SS18: Camilli
"Not easy but I really like my car in these conditions. I discovered a lot here."

Sun 08:48 - SS18: Ostberg
11.8sec off Sordo's time. "It was okay but I went off in one place. A stupid thing."

Sun 08:47 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) chosen for the morning loop: All drivers have taken five soft compound tyres.

Sun 08:45 - SS18: Sordo
13.4sec up on Bertelli. "I missed a junction - I went the same way as last year. The conditions are okay, in some places a little bit bad."

Sun 08:42 - SS18: Bertelli
Quickest so far. "Very slippery, more than I expected. Not a very good run, the car is too stiff, but okay."

Sun 08:40 - SS18: Solberg
2.4sec up on Gorban and Solberg issues a warning: "Very slippy in places I have to say. If you're pushing, everything can happen in here - a lot of dangerous places."

Sun 08:38 - SS18: Al Rajhi
A hefty 36.2sec slower than Gorban but no problems reported. "Okay. The grip changes a lot. We try to keep our focus," he says.

Sun 08:35 - SS18: Gorban
First to complete, and his co-driver Volodymyr gives his verdict on the conditions: "Very slippery between the trees. No water on the road, just mud. Ideal position in the start order? Between fifth and seventh."

Sun 08:32 - Stage info: SS18
Baranowo 1, 21.25km. Baranowo is one of the few stages that includes a forested section. It is initially sandy and narrow before entering the trees and becoming even narrower. After 7.6km it joins the 2015 Power Stage route and continues to the finish across open countryside.

Sun 08:29 - WRC Live
Lisa O'Sullivan is anchoring 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 section.

Sun 08:29 - Start intervals
Because of the Live TV schedule, crews will start at three-minute gaps today - a minute more than the previous legs.

Sun 08:28 - Sunday's start order
We're in reverse rally classification order today. Here's how the WRC runners will tackle the stages: 1. Gorban, 2. Al Rajhi, 3. Solberg, 4. Bertelli, 5. Sordo, 6. Ostberg, 7. Camilli, 8. Breen, 9. Lefebvre, 10. Ogier, 11. Latvala, 12. Neuville, 13. Paddon, 14. Mikkelsen, 15. Tanak.

Sun 08:28 - Sunday's itinerary
Two final stages, Baranowo and Sady, will run consecutively in the early morning and will be repeated after a 30-minute service. In total, crews will cover just 59.60km of stage distance today, before the winner crosses the finish podium at 1400hrs.

Sun 08:27 - Weather
First things first, it's all change on the weather front. After a week of hot, humid and dry conditions, the long-threatened rain arrived overnight and the temperature has dropped by around 10˚C. It's 15˚C and rain is falling in the service park at the moment. On stage the conditions look very different to legs one, two and three. Our WRC TV crew in SS18 reports consistent rain and muddy ground.

Sun 08:24 - Coming up today
The fourth and final day of competition here in the Masurian Lake district. An appropriate name given the current weather

Sun 08:24 - Hello again
From Rally HQ in Mikolajki and welcome back to our live text coverage from PZM 73rd Rally Poland

Sat 20:18 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for our end of leg reports and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stage footage, highlights shows and onboards.

Sat 20:17 - We will return
On Sunday from 0820hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the 21.25km Baranowo stage. WRC+ users take note: both passes of Baranowo will be streamed live.

Sat 20:09 - Join us on Sunday
For the fourth and final leg. Coming up: four stages, 59.60 kilometres, the Power Stage and - perhaps - the sixth different rally winner in as many events!

Sat 20:06 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service today

Sat 20:05 - Poland WRC2 after SS17
1.Lappi 2h09m36.3s, 2.Suninen +10.8s, 3.Evans +26.6s, 4.Gilbert +4m30.6s, 5.Fuchs +5m04.5s

Sat 20:04 - SS17: WRC2 Update
Nicholas Fuchs is quickest on the super special. Gilbert got his car moving after SS16 to hang onto fourth. Fuchs is fifth with European Champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz breathing down his neck in sixth.

Sat 19:44 - Poland after SS17
1.Tanak 2h05m37.2s, 2.Mikkelsen +21.3s, 3.Paddon +27.8s, 4.Neuville +43.5s, 5.Latvala +1m04.5s. Stage win for Tanak

Sat 19:42 - SS17: Camilli
Ninth position overnight for Camilli, 4.3sec ahead of his M-Sport team-mate Ostberg. "It has been good. It's great to be here without damaging the car and to be fighting with Mads. We are close to him and took a lot of experience. We know that we need to work on our pace notes."

Sat 19:38 - SS17: Lefebvre
Seventh overnight for the Frenchman, who rounds off the day 12sec ahead of his team-mate Breen. "A good day and the first stage win for me. If there is rain tomorrow it will be a completely different rally. Anything is possible."

Sat 19:27 - SS17: Tanak vs Neuville
Rally leader Tanak sets a new fastest time on stage with Neuville his closest rival, seven-tenths back. Tanak's overnight lead over Mikkelsen is 21.3sec. Tanak says: "It was a really good day, I knew the afternoon would be difficult for us in the heat - it's not so easy for the rubber - but in the morning the cleaning was big, we had an advantage and I did everything I could to extend my lead. A good day. Tomorrow could be challenging but we have fresh tyres and I'm really looking forward to the stages." Neuville says: "All-in-all a great day. A bit unlucky with the broken gear-lever, so not 100 per cent happy, but we lose only a little time to Hayden who is fighting for the podium."

Sat 19:22 - SS17: Latvala vs Paddon
Latvala wins this pairing but can't match Ogier's stage leading time on SS17. Paddon says: "Not too bad a day. We've been consistent. Not the fastest, but no mistakes, and that's the biggest thing. We lost some time here again getting covered in mud."

Sat 19:19 - SS17: Mikkeslen vs Ostberg
Mikkelsen wins by eight-tenths. "A good day apart from missing the junction in Goldap," reflects Mikkelsen. "Other than that flat out, I couldn't have given any more." And your chances of catching Tanak tomorrow? "The gap is too much for sure. Way too much time to close in four stages. I have to keep Paddon behind." Ostberg says: "We tried to gain something with set-up changes today. We made some positive steps."

Sat 19:17 - SS17: Ogier vs Sordo
Goes Ogier's way by two-tenths. Summing up the day, Sordo says: "The day was okay, I enjoyed it, but the road was cleaning a lot."

Sat 18:14 - Next stage: 1908hrs
The third and final go at the Mikolajki super special. We'll take a brief text break until then.

Sat 18:08 - SS16: WRC 2 Van den Heuvel
Rolled mid stage but he gets the battered Mitsubishi to the end. Good man. He's in good company in WRC 2.

Sat 17:59 - Poland WRC2 after SS16
1.Lappi 2h07m48.6s, 2.Suninen +9.1s, 3.Evans +26.5s, 4.Gilbert +4m30.4s, 5.Fuchs +5m05.5s Kruuda stops

Sat 17:55 - SS16: WRC 2 Pedder
1min43sec off the pace. He completes with a front-left puncture and the front-right tyre looking rough too. "A big spin into a field after hitting a hole," he explains. "Then we hit a big rock and that did the front-left. After Kruuda stopped I thought we'd be up to fourth..." He's eighth.

Sat 17:51 - SS16: WRC 2 Loubet
More than 1m30 sec off the pace here. He has a front-left puncture.

Sat 17:49 - SS16: WRC 2 Gilbert
His Citroen's engine stops at the finish control and won't restart. There's a bad smell of oil and the dash is ablaze with warning lights. This doesn't look good. "Engine pressure," says co-driver Renaud Jamoul as he reaches for the tool kit. Gilbert was sixth after SS15.

Sat 17:45 - SS16: WRC 2 Fuchs
Still going after his earlier roll. "A crazy day for me. All the rally I'm flat out - and on the one slow corner I roll!"

Sat 17:43 - SS16: WRC 2 Kruuda
Stopped near the start. He had been fourth in the category. Pontus Tidemand passed the car. "It looks like he has a technical problem. His car was losing oil on the start line."

Sat 17:38 - SS16: WRC 2 Evans
Just seven-tenths slower than Lappi. "This morning was good but we haven't really had an answer to the speed of the other guys . We had to be careful here because we used our spare tyre on the previous stage."

Sat 17:36 - SS16: WRC 2 Lappi
Lappi pulls another 5.4sec clear of Suninen here and his category lead is up to 9.1sec. "A good day - just one mistake in a junction. I gave it a go and it's paying off. Tomorrow will be tough. Suninen is really, really fast. I's not over."

Sat 17:33 - SS16: WRC 2 Suninen
"It has been a big battle all day. It's going to be a hard day tomorrow. We will try our best to win."

Sat 17:32 - Poland after SS16
1.Tanak 2h03m51.8s, 2.Mikkelsen +19.5s, 3.Paddon +24.6s, 4.Neuville +42.8s, 5.Latvala +1m01.6s. Stage win for Latvala

Sat 17:26 - SS16: Breen
"I really like this stage. My first time here. Overall a really good day. We can't be anything other than happy right now."

Sat 17:25 - SS16: Bertelli
"There was a big bee in the car and it was very distracting. Later I missed a junction and lost five seconds."

Sat 17:22 - SS16: Lefebvre
"I lost a bit of time here because the ride height was not right, but the stage win earlier was very good."

Sat 17:21 - SS16: Solberg
An overshoot costs him 10 sec.

Sat 17:19 - SS16: Tanak
Two-tenths slower than Latvala but crucially he extends his lead over Mikkelsen to 19.5sec. "That's nice. I had a really big push in there. A couple of wide moments too. For the moment I think it's enough. Can I do it tomorrow? Why not? The car is working well and I'm enjoying myself."

Sat 17:15 - SS16: Neuville
"Not the perfect stage. Quite rutted. But I think a good day so far - we've moved up a place in the rankings"

Sat 17:12 - SS16: Latvala
Quickest so far. "It's taken a while but now we have decided to go flat out."

Sat 17:11 - SS16: Paddon
"It took half the stage before the tyres came up to temperature. I think the rain will make a big difference tomorrow. We've tested in the wet here and it makes things very slippery."

Sat 17:09 - SS16: Ostberg
"We took another tenth from Dani, so that's good. I'm enjoying the fight. I just wish I wasn't fighting for 10th place."

Sat 17:08 - SS16: Mikkelsen
1.9sec slower than Ogier. "I braked a little bit too late and overshot a junction. I had to stop and turn around. My mistake. What can I do tomorrow? I don't know. The weather will change and everything is possible."

Sat 17:05 - SS16: Sordo
"Very rough and easy to make a mistake. I've been out of the line many times. The road position has not helped."

Sat 17:04 - SS16: Ogier
"Not so easy to enjoy this kind of day. One of the toughest jobs of sweeping in my career. There is just nothing that you can do. There was much more loose gravel this year - even on the second loop. I've pushed as hard as possible for two days without winning one stage."

Sat 16:56 - SS16: Live
Ogier started the stage - today's penultimate challenge - at 1653hrs. The stage is running three minutes late.

Sat 16:30 - SS15: WRC 2 Evans
Five seconds slower than Lappi and his Fiesta is carrying a rear-left puncture. "Yeah, we hit a massive stone in the line on the final corner. Otherwise a good stage."

Sat 16:28 - SS15: WRC 2 Lappi
2.5sec quicker than Suninen and his category lead is up to 3.7sec. "I'm trying. The grip is good so I can increase my pace."

Sat 16:26 - SS15: WRC 2 Suninen
"Flat out but I caught some dust from the car ahead [Gorban]."

Sat 16:25 - SS15: Gorban
"We stopped to change a front-right puncture two kilometres into the stage. We hit a stone."

Sat 16:23 - Poland after SS15
1.Tanak 1h56m22.1s, 2.Mikkelsen +15.1s, 3.Paddon +24.4s, 4.Neuville +41.4s, 5.Latvala +1m01.8s. Stage win for Lefebvre

Sat 16:19 - SS15: Breen
"I hit the biggest mother and father of a rock in the road near the end. Apart from that okay."

Sat 16:17 - SS15: Bertelli
"Much better. We are much closer to the pace. A slow puncture here but nothing special."

Sat 16:15 - SS15: Lefebvre
Fastest so far, 1.2sec up on Mikkelsen. "I was pushing and the time is good. I'm very happy!" Depending on what Bertelli and Breen do, this could be the first WRC stage win of Lefebvre's career!

Sat 16:14 - SS15: Gorban
Stopped in stage.

Sat 16:12 - SS15: Camilli
"I tried to be a little cleaner. It's my first time here and I need to learn the special type of driving. I'm not here to win."

Sat 16:10 - SS15: Tanak
Third fastest, 1.4sec off Mikkelsen's stage winning time. "The grip is good but it's getting a bit hot. From my side a good stage. We just need to carry on and have another good stage on the next one." Tanak's lead over Mikkelsen stands at 15.1sec.

Sat 16:07 - SS15: Neuville
Second quickest. "A big push. I raised the car between stages and I now I feel more comfortable. We gave it a big push."

Sat 16:05 - SS15: Latvala
"It was okay. I thought we were good but I hit a rock and slowed a bit after that."

Sat 16:04 - SS15: Paddon
Second quickest so far, 2.3sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "A lot of grip in there now - it's almost like a tarmac road in places. I had an absolute blast in there."

Sat 16:02 - SS15: Ostberg
"Quite happy. Enjoying this afternoon. I think I'm driving well."

Sat 15:59 - SS15: Mikkelsen
2.6sec quicker than Ogier. "We're pushing for the win."

Sat 15:57 - SS15: Sordo
6.4sec slower than Ogier. "It was good, but the time is not so great. More grip than the previous one."

Sat 15:56 - SS15: Ogier
"More grip in this one. We had some fun."

Sat 15:54 - Poland WRC2 after SS14
1.Lappi 1h49m41.6s, 2.Suninen +1.2s, 3.Evans +20.8s, 4.Kruuda +1m08.5s, 5.Pedder +3m37.3s. Lappi takes the lead

Sat 15:48 - Poland after SS14
1.Tanak 1h46m15.2s, 2.Mikkelsen +16.5s, 3.Paddon +23.5s, 4.Neuville +42.7s, 5.Latvala +58.8s. Stage win for Mikkelsen

Sat 15:46 - SS14: WRC 2 Kruuda
A cautious run from Karl who is 23.4sec off the pace. "So many big rocks now and I was really afraid. I didn't want to lose everything."

Sat 15:43 - SS14: WRC 2 Evans
Confused to be 7.9sec off the pace. "It was a good run, I pushed really hard, but like yesterday on the repeated runs the time is just not there."

Sat 15:41 - SS14: WRC 2 Lappi
Suninen's flat-out is not enough. Lappi is 3.1sec quicker and takes the category lead by 1.2sec. We overshot a junction too. Still, it's a good battle," he says.

Sat 15:38 - SS14: WRC 2 Suninen
Feeling the pressure from Lappi. "Flat-out everywhere."

Sat 15:36 - SS14: Gorban
"Difficult to drive now - rocks and ruts."

Sat 15:32 - SS14: Breen
Seventh quickest of the 13 drivers through. "Lost a bit of rhythm towards the end but generally happy with that."

Sat 15:31 - SS14: Bertelli
"I would like to change the pace notes. We lose a few seconds here and there. I know where I can find another nine or ten seconds."

Sat 15:30 - SS14: Solberg
Stopped to change a front-right puncture. He loses three minutes to the leaders.

Sat 15:28 - SS14: Lefebvre
"I lost time in the dust from Henning Solberg"

Sat 15:24 - SS14: Camilli
15.5sec off the pace. "I can't push more. I gave my maximum."

Sat 15:23 - SS14: Tanak
Fourth quickest, 1.5sec off Mikkelsen's pace, and he's not sounding as confident as earlier. "I was pushing, but you know how it is in the afternoon - no grip. I just try and make it through."

Sat 15:21 - SS14: Neuville
"Okay but I didn't raise the car and we were too low in places. We lost a bit of time."

Sat 15:19 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) chosen for the afternoon loop. Ogier/Latvala/Ostberg: 3S&2H. Mikkelsen/Camilli/Neuville: 3H&2S. Sordo/Paddon/Lefebvre/Breen:4H&1S. Like this morning, Tanak has hard-compound DMACK tyres

Sat 15:18 - SS14: Latvala
"Getting better and better. Some mistakes in the ruts, but the time is good."

Sat 15:16 - SS14: Paddon
One tenth slower than Mikkelsen. "Nice and committed not too many mistakes. Hard tyres all round was good."

Sat 15:15 - SS14: Ostberg
"A beautiful stage but tricky for tyres. I have a [compound] mix and the softs were overheating."

Sat 15:12 - SS14: Mikkelsen
5.2sec up on Ogier. "The stage cleaned more than I expected. We were at the maximum. A good job."

Sat 15:10 - SS14: Sordo
4.4sec slower than Ogier. "Very nice. I have the hard tyres and I'm not sure if that was the correct choice. Generally happy."

Sat 15:09 - SS14: Ogier
He's through, and almost 30sec quicker than the morning pass. "It's really hot now in the car [it's 31˚C outside]. A much better run than this morning."

Sat 14:54 - SS14: Slight delay
Of three minutes. Ogier started at 1453hrs

Sat 13:25 - Next stage: 1450hrs
That's when Sebastien Ogier will start the repeat of Goldap - the first stage of the afternoon loop. We'll take a live text break until then.

Sat 13:23 - Up next: Tyre Zone
Crews are fitting fresh rubber at the remote tyre zone in Goldap. There is no midpoint service today.

Sat 13:21 - Poland WRC2 after SS13
1.Suninen 1h35m53.2s, 2.Lappi +1.9s, 3.Evans +14.8s, 4.Kruuda +47.0s, 5.Pedder +3m07.0s. Fuchs rolls

Sat 13:18 - SS13: WRC 2 Fuchs
Rolled in stage. He completes 2min40sec off the pace of the leaders and loses fifth place to Scott Pedder.

Sat 13:15 - SS13: WRC 2 Aasen
WRC live tracking shows him stopped 5km before the finish. He had been sixth in WRC 2. We're hearing he has rolled.

Sat 13:00 - Poland after SS13
1.Tanak 1h32m46.5s, 2.Mikkelsen +18.0s, 3.Paddon +24.9s, 4.Neuville +40.3s, 5.Latvala +58.9s. Stage win for Tanak

Sat 12:58 - SS13: Breen
"No issues but we have stepped the pace back a bit after a couple of moments on the previous stage. We're still above and beyond our target."

Sat 12:52 - SS13: Lefebvre
A terrific time - second quickest to Tanak. "One small/big moment in fifth gear, we went meters wide but we are okay! The feeling is good."

Sat 12:51 - SS13: Solberg
"I had a very, very good run. When there are no junctions I am flat out."

Sat 12:49 - SS13: Camilli
"Good, but I am slow today. I didn't have the trip [meter] on my recce car so my pace notes are not so good."

Sat 12:48 - SS13: Tanak
Quickest again and Tanak's lead is up to 18sec. "Feels quite fast in the car. Another good stage. Our tyre was working well on his hard surface. I am enjoying a lot. A nice weekend."

Sat 12:45 - SS13: Neuville
He matches Mikkelsen's fastest time so far. "An okay stage but it's a shame about the problem on the previous stage. That cost us a couple of seconds and it will be difficult to get that time back."

Sat 12:44 - SS13: Latvala
There's grass in the front of the Polo. "We overshot a junction and stalled the engine," he explains. "That cost us about three seconds but now the driving is better and the speed is coming."

Sat 12:41 - SS13: Paddon
Eight-tenths slower than Mikkelsen. We're driving our own rally. Over driving a bit here - hanging it out in a few ditches. We'll try and keep the pressure on."

Sat 12:39 - SS13: Ostberg
6.2sec quicker than Sordo, the man behind him in the overall standings. "The new start to this stage is really cool. Good to take some time from Dani - that's our fight."

Sat 12:37 - SS13: Mikkelsen
5.6sec up on Ogier. "Some cleaner lines appearing now. We tried our best, like always. I hope the repeat loop is okay - that's where we struggled yesterday."

Sat 12:35 - SS13: Sordo
9.3sec slower than Ogier. "I feel I drive very badly. It was okay but I didn't enjoy it."

Sat 12:33 - SS13: Ogier
He's through and his frustration is clear. "I have nothing special to tell you. Completely on the limit, a few times in the ditch."

Sat 12:25 - Stage info: SS13
Babki 1, 21.02km. Babki runs close to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and is fast and varied. The first 8km are new on narrow, technical roads with a constantly changing surface. The rest of the route runs in the opposite direction to 2015, using wider roads with a couple of big jumps.

Sat 12:24 - Poland WRC2 after SS12
1.Suninen 1h25m13.8s, 2.Lappi +1.8s, 3.Evans +16.2s, 4.Kruuda +42.8s, 5.Fuchs +1m42.0s. Evans fastest.

Sat 12:22 - SS13: Small delay
Stage live but with a five minute delay. Ogier started at 1220hrs

Sat 12:21 - SS12: WRC 2 Tidemand
"This is mostly about training for Finland. I'll try to push harder on the next stage."

Sat 12:18 - SS12: WRC 2 Kruuda
"It's okay. I'm taking it cautiously to avoid mistakes. The front three drivers are pushing like hell. My job is to keep it on the road."

Sat 12:17 - SS12: WRC 2 Evans
Nine-tenths quicker than Lappi and he inches closer to second position. "Pretty good but hard on the tyres. We found something by default last night and that seems to have made the car a lot better."

Sat 12:15 - SS12: WRC 2 Lappi
Six-tenths quicker than Suninen and the gap between them is down to 1.8sec. "If I take six-tenths every stage it's enough to win. I'm not going to push hard - this pace is enough."

Sat 12:12 - SS12: WRC 2 Suninen
"A better rhythm than earlier. We are trying to manage the gap and keep the lead."

Sat 12:11 - SS12: Al Rajhi
He overshot a junction.

Sat 12:10 - Poland after SS12
Poland after SS12 1.Tanak 1h22m30.0s, 2.Mikkelsen +13.0s, 3.Paddon +19.1s, 4.Neuville +35.3s, 5.Ogier +48.5s. Stage win for Tanak

Sat 12:07 - SS12: Breen
Five seconds slower than Lefebvre and Breen is starting to get fed up with the comparison. "I'm not competing against him! I struggled in there, a few slides and I lost my rhythm."

Sat 12:04 - SS12: Bertelli
"So far much better than yesterday. We have improved our pace notes and now we are much closer. Not a bad job."

Sat 12:02 - SS12: Lefebvre
Sixth fastest in Citroen's DS 3. "I tried to push. My pace notes were not so good in some places - maybe one mistake."

Sat 12:01 - SS12: Solberg
Henning is driving a 2012-spec Fiesta RS here once campaigned by his younger brother Petter. And he reckons he's found the car's limit. "I go flat out absolutely everywhere, I can't do better."

Sat 11:58 - SS12: Camilli
"One mistake, I was too fast in one junction and lost a few seconds. All good with the car, just my driving is a bit far away."

Sat 11:56 - SS12: Tanak
Quickest again and his rally lead over Mikkelsen is up to 13sec. "This was a new stage, so not maximum risk but a good run."

Sat 11:54 - SS12: Neuville
Frustrated and distracted. "We broke the gear lever [linkage] in the stage, and it was pushing on my foot."

Sat 11:52 - SS12: Latvala
Third fastest and a little more positive. "Getting better. I'm still losing time but my mindset is definitely better."

Sat 11:50 - SS12: Paddon
2.6sec slower than pacesetter Mikkelsen. "A difficult one on the soft tyres. They were moving around right from the start - that's just something I have to get used to. A few wide moments but generally happy."

Sat 11:48 - SS12: Ostberg
13.3sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "A very funny stage. Some nice sections and some tricky places but I really enjoyed it. I had a good push. Not happy with my time, though."

Sat 11:46 - SS12: Mikkelsen
A massive 16sec quicker than Sordo. "I gave it everything," he admits. "At the absolute maximum everywhere. We have to take big risks if we want to try and fight at the top. And we really want to."

Sat 11:44 - SS12: Sordo
Nine-tenths quicker than Ogier. "An unbelievable stage. Incredible to drive. I enjoyed it a lot. Good grip, good balance."

Sat 11:43 - SS12: Ogier
He's through and furious about his start position on the loose gravel stage. "A disaster," he says.

Sat 11:02 - Stage info: SS12
Stanczyki 1, 25.27km. This is the longest and most picturesque stage of the rally. It runs in a hilly area rich in open spaces and spectacular views, with plenty of undulating sections. There is a mix of narrow and wide roads which pass several lakes and it is rougher than the opening day tests. It has been heavily revised from last year, with some parts driven in the opposite direction to 2015.

Sat 11:02 - Next stage: 1125hrs
Cars gathering at the start of the Stanczyki test (SS12/14). Ogier's start time: 1125hrs

Sat 10:46 - Poland WRC2 after SS11
1.Suninen 1h11m07.4s, 2.Lappi +2.4s, 3.Evans +17.7s, 4.Kruuda +32.7s, 5.Fuchs +1m13.8s. Evans fastest.

Sat 10:45 - Poland after SS11
1.Tanak 1h08m49.3s, 2.Mikkelsen +10.9s, 3.Paddon +14.4s, 4.Neuville +27.9s, 5.Ogier +29.5s

Sat 10:44 - SS11: WRC 2 Fuchs
"A lot of pace notes to correct."

Sat 10:44 - SS11: WRC 2 Tidemand
Third quickest here and the early leader explains his Friday retirement: "We had a ball-joint failure under braking - we didn't touch anything. It's a shame but it happens. A new day today for us to get experience."

Sat 10:41 - SS11: WRC 2 Kruuda
Slowest of the four drivers through and surprised by the pace of those ahead. "I'm trying to keep the pressure on, but looking at my time I'm not really satisfied."

Sat 10:40 - SS11: WRC 2 Evans
The Welshman reignites his victory bid with a fastest time 2sec up on Lappi. The gap between them now 15.3sec. "We were quite aggressive but that's how it's going to be today. I'm raring to go."

Sat 10:37 - SS11: WRC 2 Lappi
2.2sec quicker than category leader Suninen on stage and he's now just 2.4sec behind in the overall standings. "Not perfect but a good start. Everything is possible."

Sat 10:34 - SS11: WRC 2 Suninen
"Hopefully as good as yesterday. A cautious start, I can give more in the afternoon. Not my favourite stage."

Sat 10:32 - SS11: Al-Rajhi / Gorban
Through cleanly. "We need some time to find a good feeling," says Al Rajhi.

Sat 10:32 - SS11: Breen
1.7sec quicker than his team-mate Lefebvre on stage and the pair tie seventh position. "Quite an okay stage. I changed the pace notes at the end and lost my place a bit." And how about the battle with Levebre? "We're not thinking about that all. We're doing our own thing - paddling our own canoe." We

Sat 10:27 - SS11: Bertelli
"We went through Friday's data. Definitely an improvement over yesterday.

Sat 10:25 - SS11: Lefebvre
"It wasn't so bad for us but I can do better on this stage. Some little mistakes. I will be better on the next pass."

Sat 10:22 - SS11: Solberg
"I enjoyed it a lot. I need to learn it. The intercom works perfectly now."

Sat 10:21 - SS11: Camilli
"I don't like the junctions where you change directions onto different roads - they're not normal corners. I have to learn."

Sat 10:19 - SS11: Tanak
Quickest so far by 4.2sec and he doubles his lead in one stage! "Obviously I can see there's a lot of cleaning but I had a perfect stage!"

Sat 10:17 - SS11: Neuville
Third fastest. "I'm not happy - my pace notes are too slow. The road is much faster and I didn't adjust my pace notes. I could have done more if I was confident in my notes."

Sat 10:15 - SS11: Latvala
4.3sec off the pace and Jari-Matti is still a few clicks out. "We had a 'quite okay' run. The car feels good, at least, but I'm still hesitating in places. I'm lost. Sometimes you have those days when things don't go as you planned."

Sat 10:13 - SS11: Paddon
Best time so far - 2.5sec quicker than Mikkelsen. "Okay, there's a bit of cleaning to do, and the guys behind will be quick, but the car feels perfect - it's set-up just as I like it."

Sat 10:11 - SS11: Ostberg
Slowest of the four drivers through so far. "This is the stage that is the most similar to yesterday's. The ones coming up are more twisty and technical. I hope they suit me better."

Sat 10:09 - SS11: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far, 6.5sec up on Ogier, but Mikkelsen predicts better times to come. "I tried to push but there's so much cleaning - it's not human to be able to challenge Tanak here."

Sat 10:08 - SS11: Sordo
1.3sec up on Ogier. "I'm disappointed. More grip than I expected. I could have pushed more."

Sat 10:05 - SS11: Ogier
First on the road again and off to a confident start. "It went very well. I'm very happy with my drive. Like yesterday it's pretty fast but a little more technical."

Sat 09:59 - Stage info: SS11
Goldap 1, 14.75km. Frequent surface changes make Goldap a tough challenge as the road switches between gravel and asphalt on several occasions. It is narrow, open and fast with plenty of loose gravel and the characteristics are different to the previous day’s tests – still fast, but not as wide. The final kilometre runs alongside buildings.

Sat 09:59 - Next stage: LIVE
Ogier began the 14.75km Goldap on schedule at 0955hrs.

Sat 09:57 - Tyre info
All of Michelin's WRC runners have selected five soft compound LTX Force tyres for this morning's stages.

Sat 09:56 - WRC Live
Lisa O'Sullivan is anchoring 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 section.

Sat 09:56 - Weather
Still no sign of Friday's forecast rain. It's dry, hot and humid for now in Mikolajki with blue skies overhead. The current temperature of 26˚C should hit 31˚C later. The humidity makes some light rain a possibility. Sunday's forecast shows cooler temperates and heavy rain. Not that we believe that anymore.

Sat 09:55 - Start intervals
Crews will start at two-minute gaps

Sat 09:55 - Saturday's start order
We're in championship order again today, so Sébastien Ogier is leading the field. Unusually there are NO Rally2 restarters, so it's exactly the same start order as Friday: 1. Ogier, 2. Sordo, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Østberg, 5. Paddon, 6. Latvala, 7. Neuville, 8. Tänak, 9. Camilli, 10. Solberg, 11. Lefebvre, 12. Bertelli, 13. Breen, 14. Gorban, 15. Al Rajhi.

Sat 09:55 - Saturday's itinerary
Drivers head north towards the border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad for a loop of three stages that are driven twice, before a third and final pass over the Mikolajki super special. An additional challenge is the lack of a midday service for the cars (with the exception of a tyre change).

Sat 09:55 - Coming up today
It's day two in the Masurian Lakes and 124.58 stage kilometres make it the longest leg of the rally.

Sat 09:54 - Good morning
Welcome back from Mikolajki to our live text coverage from PZM 73rd Rally Poland

Fri 22:23 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for our end of leg report and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stage footage, highlights shows and onboards. Bye for now!

Fri 22:22 - We will return
On Saturday from 0955hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the 14.75km Goldap stage

Fri 22:21 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight

Fri 22:21 - Poland WRC2 after SS10
1.Suninen 1h03m20.4s, 2.Lappi +4.6s, 3.Evans +21.9s, 4.Kruuda +29.2s, 5.Fuchs +1m06.2s

Fri 20:02 - Poland after SS10
1.Tanak 1h01m23.0s, 2.Mikkelsen +4.2s, 3.Paddon +10.2s, 4.Ogier +16.3s, 5.Neuville +20.4s. Stage win for Ogier

Fri 19:58 - SS10: Breen vs Gorban
Breen clips the front-left of his DS 3 and completes four seconds slower than Gorban. "We nudged a bale, otherwise a fantastic day, I couldn't have hoped for more," says Breen, who ends the day eighth, 1.7sec behind his team-mate Lefebvre.

Fri 19:56 - SS10: Bertelli vs Lefebvre
Bertelli shows his super special skills again - fifth fastest here. "We like this stage. This rally is getting better as my confidence increases," he says. Lefebvre rounds off a good day in the DS 3 and reckons he was lucky to get through with a badly worn tyre at the rear.

Fri 19:51 - SS10: Solberg vs Camilli
"I'm pushing - that I can promise. We'll get the intercom fixed in service tonight," says Solberg. Camilli says: "A really good day. The car is working well. We will stay in the same rhythm tomorrow."

Fri 19:49 - SS10: Neuville vs Tanak
Tanak ties the stage win with Ogier. His overnight rally lead is 4.2sec. Tanak says: "My best rally day ever? Well, I'm leading so yes. We got our rhythm in the afternoon and nailed it. The feeling is very good. Let's see how we go tomorrow. If it all works well I don't see any reason why we can't fight." Neuville says: "A good day except that my pace notes were too slow in the morning. No mistakes and clean stages. I will try to catch tomorrow."

Fri 19:44 - SS10: Paddon vs Latvala
Paddon completes 2.7sec slower than Latvala "Jari-Matti's car fired mud over our windscreen three times!" explains Paddon. Latvala is glad to see the back of the day. "I'll try to go early to bed and get a better feeling for tomorrow," he says.

Fri 19:40 - SS10: Ostnerg vs Mikkelsen
Ostberg quicker than Mikkelsen by one-tenth. Mikkelsen says: "A great day but a shame to finish it like this - really bad understeer here." Ostberg meanwhile is looking for improvement tomorrow. "I don't know what to do. I feel I'm driving on the limit but we have to do something."

Fri 19:37 - SS10: Ogier vs Sordo
Ogier wins the opening heat by 1.3sec. It's the end of a tough day for the champ. "Tomorrow will be even worse I think. I pushed as hard as I could today but I could do nothing," he says. Sordo is annoyed too - Ogier's car sprayed his windscreen with mud and dirt on the super special.

Fri 18:58 - Next stage: 1930hrs
Crews are heading to Mikolajki for the second running of the head-to-head super special. First pair of cars on track at 1930hrs.

Fri 18:55 - Tidemand update
Confirmation from his team that Pontus and his co-driver are okay. Retired with broken suspension.

Fri 18:54 - Poland WRC2 after SS9
1.Suninen 1h01m31.5s, 2.Lappi +5.1s, 3.Evans +22.0s, 4.Kruuda +29.7s, 5.Fuchs +1m06.4s. Tidemand stops

Fri 18:53 - Poland after SS9
1.Tanak 59m37.0s, 2.Mikkelsen +2.0s, 3.Paddon +7.5s, 4.Ogier +16.3s, 5.Neuville +19.2s. Stage win for Paddon

Fri 18:39 - SS9: WRC 2 Pedder
"A tough day. A combination of bad driving, brake problems and a rock strike that holed the radiator. I was annoyed earlier. Everything went wrong today. I'm hoping for a better day tomorrow."

Fri 18:37 - WRC 2 exits
Emil Bergqvist stopped on SS8. He had been in seventh position. Yoann Bonato retired from 12th position in SS7.

Fri 18:35 - SS9: WRC 2 Kruuda
"It has been a very good day and I'm very happy with my speed. Being 10 cars behind the lead fight isn't very equal so I'm looking forward to a better road position tomorrow."

Fri 18:32 - SS9: WRC 2 Lappi
He completes 1.9sec slower than Suninen and moves ahead of Evans to second position, making it a Finnish 1-2 in WRC 2. "It's a shame about Pontus," he says. "I think he hit a bank on a 90 degree corner in a narrow place. Okay, we are here and good to continue tomorrow."

Fri 18:29 - SS9: WRC 2 Aasen
"We had to wait a few minutes at the start but that's rally sometimes. The stage was okay, a bit rough in places, just like the rest of the stages this afternoon."

Fri 18:25 - SS9: WRC 2 Ptaszek
"We stopped on the stage for a few seconds because we thought [Tidemand's co-driver] Andersson showed us a cross sign. But he waved us on. Later we lost our brakes after we hit something."

Fri 18:21 - SS9: Paused briefly
Aasen was held on the start line for five minutes. Stage up and running again now.

Fri 18:18 - SS9: WRC2 Suninen
"I'm losing time in the final sector again. We have to look at that. It's a problem." With Tidemand stopped, Suninen takes the lead in WRC 2.

Fri 18:17 - SS9: WRC 2 Tidemand
WRC tracking shows his car stopped at the 6.3km point. He had been leading the category.

Fri 18:16 - SS9: WRC 2 Evans
"It's obviously not the position we wanted but in terms of feeling, today has been okay. The Skodas have been in a class of their own. We've tried everything but for the moment we don't have an answer. We're not going to give up, that's for sure."

Fri 18:08 - SS9: Lefebvre vs Breen
Lefebvre has the edge on SS9, going 1.6sec quicker than his team-mate to retake seventh position. "I was way too ragged at the start," says Breen.

Fri 18:06 - SS9: Bertelli
"It was okay. We changed our pace notes on the first pass and this one was much better."

Fri 18:03 - SS9: Solberg
14.2sec off the pace and Henning reckons that's the best he can do. "I gave absolutely everything in here but we lost out on the 3km straight. My maximum speed is 182kph so I knew I would lose time."

Fri 18:01 - SS9: Camilli
"I lost some time slowing for the dust in here but I wanted to complete in one piece. We are very happy about the day. A good pace for our first rally in Poland."

Fri 17:59 - SS9: Tanak
Fourth fastest so far and his rally lead over Mikkelsen stands at two seconds. "A great day. I'm really enjoying it - especially the second loop. The stages look quite bad in places but if you want to win you have to keep the button pressed - there's no other way."

Fri 17:56 - SS9: Neuville
"I lost half a second here in a hairpin junction but otherwise okay. Tomorrow is another day and we will keep focused."

Fri 17:54 - Poland WRC2 after SS8
1.Tidemand 54m27.0s, 2.Suninen +10.2s, 3.Lappi +13.4s, 4.Evans +31.0s, 5.Kruuda +34.3s

Fri 17:54 - SS9: Latvala
"A very bad day overall. No feeling for the driving and I don't understand it. I am not together with the car. I have no words."

Fri 17:53 - SS9: Paddon
Quickest so far. "We've made a set-up change to improve the balance but this was a tricky stage. It's not good driving in dust when you're in sixth gear. It feels good to get to the end of the day."

Fri 17:50 - SS9: Ostberg
"Horrible in places. There was dust in some of the high speed sections and if you want to live you have to slow down."

Fri 17:48 - SS9: Mikkelsen
"Ott is doing a really good job. The dust was bad in here though, hard to see. Not an easy stage in these conditions. You just close your eyes and go for it! Not perfect, but close."

Fri 17:46 - SS9: Sordo
"The time is not so bad. There was a lot of hanging dust in the forest."

Fri 17:45 - SS9: Ogier
The Frenchman is first to complete today's final 'proper' stage before the super special. "Nothing special. Business like always. I tried to push as hard as I can. It's not enough."

Fri 17:41 - SS8: WRC 2 Tidemand
Sure enough, Tidemand catches five seconds of Suninen's advantage in the closing section. Tidemand's lead in WRC 2 now stands at 10.2sec.

Fri 17:39 - SS8: WRC 2 Suninen
Quicker than his fellow Skoda driver Tidemand by almost six seconds in the early splits but he expects his rival to catch him near the finish. "I was totally flat out in the final section so I'll be interested to see how much time I'll lose there. I think there is some difference with Tidemand's engine."

Fri 17:28 - SS8: Breen
He sets exactly the same stage time as his team-mate Lefebvre. "It's getting really rough now. This might feel like a PlayStation game but there is no reset button. There were a couple of huge stones in the road near the end."

Fri 17:25 - SS8: Berteli
"All was going well until we hit a huge hole after a jump and almost lost control of the car - the front bounced off line."

Fri 17:20 - Poland after SS8
1.Tanak 52m56.0s, 2.Mikkelsen +3.2s, 3.Paddon +9.4s, 4.Ogier +16.4s, 5.Neuville +17.6s. Tanak takes the lead

Fri 17:17 - SS8: Tanak
A terrific stage win on DMACK's hard compound rubber. He's 3.5sec quicker than Mikkelsen on stage and moves into the rally lead. "A big push. I had one nasty place with the ruts but all good." Any problems with dust? "No. No time to lift when you're in a hurry!"

Fri 17:14 - SS8: Neuville
"A much better stage. I felt good in the car. Shame about the dust though - in two places I slowed too much."

Fri 17:13 - SS8: Latvala
5.6sec off the pace and it seems that Latvala is still in the driver widerness. "The time was a disappointment. I'm surprised. I thought we were going to do a good time. Today is not happening," he says.

Fri 17:11 - SS8: Paddon
Two seconds slower than Mikkelsen and that's no surprise to Paddon. "The afternoon loops are not so good for us. The car balance isn't great. I know what we have to change but for now we just have to get through and limit the time loss."

Fri 17:08 - SS8: Ostberg
"Quite abrasive in there for sure. Hard on the tyres - but not a concern."

Fri 17:06 - SS8: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far. "The handling feels better. Moving in the right direction. In a few places I could go faster but not a bad stage."

Fri 17:05 - SS8: Sordo
Just nine-tenths slower than Ogier. "An unbelievable stage, I really enjoyed it. The car feels really good. I tried to brake well. It's feeling better and better."

Fri 17:02 - SS8: Ogier
"I'm trying as hard as I can and it's been a good loop so far. Some big ruts now and sometimes I'm just a passenger."

Fri 16:41 - Next stage: 1650hrs
Leading cars lining up at the start of the Swietajno stage.

Fri 16:40 - Poland WRC2 after SS7
1.Tidemand 44m13.5s, 2.Suninen +11.2s, 3.Lappi +13.7s, 4.Evans +25.7s, 5.Kruuda +27.9s

Fri 16:27 - SS7: WRC 2 Tidemand
3.1sec quicker than Suninen on stage and his rally lead is up to 11.2sec. "Fantastic. This car is absolutely perfect in these conditions. I can do whatever I want. I go flat out in the lines and the car just stays there."

Fri 16:25 - SS7: WRC 2 Suninen
"It's difficult to drive in these conditions."

Fri 16:24 - SS7: WRC 2 Fuchs
Like Evans he also has a half spin.

Fri 16:23 - SS7: WRC 2 Evans
Loses time with a half spin. "I'm trying too hard."

Fri 16:22 - Poland after SS7
1.Mikkelsen 43m01.7s, 2.Tanak +0.3s, 3.Paddon +4.2s, 4.Ogier +8.6s, 5.Neuville +13.2s. Stage win for Tanak

Fri 16:19 - SS7: Al Rajhi
A spin costs him 10 seconds.

Fri 16:18 - SS7: Gorban
Back to full speed after bending his MINI on the previous stage. "It's okay. The car is working fine. The rear-right suspension arm was broken - we had a spare in the car."

Fri 16:16 - SS7: Breen
A terrific stage for the Irishman who matches Ogier's third-fastest time and moves to seventh - ahead of Lefevbre - in the overall standings. "Incredible. I have to thank Sheikh Khalid for giving me this chance. I haven't had this much enjoyment for a long, long time. It's a dream."

Fri 16:13 - SS7: Bertelli
"The road is quite destroyed. We hit a big hole and spun. I think that cost five seconds."

Fri 16:11 - SS7: Lefevre
He reckons his car's ride height was too low - it was grounding in the ruts. He'll raise it for the next stage.

Fri 16:10 - SS7: Solberg
His intercom is still faulty and communication with co-driver Ilka Minor is rather one sided. "I hear her but she doesn't hear me. She is lucky." he says.

Fri 16:07 - SS7: Camilli
"Lots of big ruts, which was surprise. I think I will change the set-up for the next stage - make it a big higher."

Fri 16:06 - SS7: Tanak
Quickest so far on stage and he trails Mikkelsen's rally lead by just three-tenths. "Another tricky stage. Such high speeds, I was worried - too cautious - in some places. I try my best. Still a long rally."

Fri 16:04 - SS7: Neuville
Quickest so far, six-tenths quicker than Ogier. "The time is good but we made a few mistakes when the car jumped out of the ruts. At one point we had two wheels in a field."

Fri 16:02 - SS7: Latvala
Fourth quickest so far and the strongest signal yet that Jari-Matti is finding his groove. "Up to now I've been in another world. Now I'm starting to get there. The feeling is there now. Let's keep it going."

Fri 15:59 - SS7: Paddon
2.5sec slower than Ogier's benchmark time. "It's really difficult. The ruts are so deep and in the corners you can't even turn. I was very, very untidy."

Fri 15:57 - SS7: Ostberg
6.6sec off Ogier's pace. "Improving, maybe. It's tricky here. Just following the ruts. A bit like a train."

Fri 15:56 - SS7: Mikkelsen
Deeply unhappy about understeer on the previous test. This time he's two-tenths slower than Ogier. "This stage was really tricky and I'm still struggling with turn in. I'm not happy with the set-up. We need to make some changes. We have limited options but we will try."

Fri 15:53 - SS7: Sordo
4.5sec slower than Ogier. "A little bit better. The stage was unbelievable though - really fun to drive. Okay, the time was not so quick but I enjoyed it a lot."

Fri 15:51 - SS7: Ogier
"Quite a lot of ruts on this stage and I suffered quite a bit. I'm happy with what I've done. It's easy to make a mistake here."

Fri 15:50 - Tyre info
All of Michelin's WRC runners have selected five soft compound LTX Force tyres for this afternoon's stages - exactly the same choice as the morning loop.

Fri 15:03 - Next stage: 1540hrs
That's Ogier's start time for the repeat of Wieliczki. We'll take a live text break until then.

Fri 14:57 - SS6: WRC 2 Pedder
28.1sec off the pace and there's a little damage to the front of the Skoda. What's happened? "I can't say," says a rather awkward Pedder. Car problem? "No, the car's good. The car's fine. Nothing wrong with the car." And with that he's off.

Fri 14:52 - Poland WRC2 after SS6
1.Tidemand 35m09.4s, 2.Suninen +8.1s, 3.Lappi +10.4s, 4.Evans +16.1s, 5.Kruuda +17.5s

Fri 14:50 - SS6: WRC 2 Kruuda
"This is top notch rallying, just like in Estonia. Still happy but could do better."

Fri 14:45 - SS6: WRC 2 Lappi
Lappi completes six-tenths slower than his team-mate Tidemand, and the frustration is evident. "I don't think I can catch Pontus. I did a good stage, but here we are slower. The stage is getting very rutted."

Fri 14:42 - SS6: WRC 2 Aasen
"A better feeling with everything. The car is running well and my confidence is getting better."

Fri 14:40 - SS6: WRC 2 Kremer
"We have a good feeling - better than this morning. We will push a little more."

Fri 14:38 - SS6: WRC 2 Tidemand
Another fastest time for Pontus.

Fri 14:36 - SS6: WRC 2 Suninen
3.5sec up on Evans at the midpoint split, but just 1sec ahead at the finish. Why? "I don't know but I want to find out."

Fri 14:33 - Poland after SS6
1.Mikkelsen 34m08.3s, 2.Paddon +1.9s, 3.Tanak +3.5s, 4.Ogier +8.8s, 5.Neuville +14.0s. Stage win for Tanak

Fri 14:32 - SS6: WRC 2 Fuchs
"Amazing. A little rough and I went out a little in one place."

Fri 14:30 - SS6: WRC 2 Evans
"A good run bar two annoying mistakes in junctions - just a little untidy. We'll try to keep the pressure on,"

Fri 14:29 - SS6: Gorban
His MINI's wheels are pointing in different directions when it reaches the finish control. "Something broke when we landed after the big jump," explains co-driver Volodymyr Korsia. "A steering arm perhaps. We want to finish the rally so we will try and fix it." .

Fri 14:25 - SS6: Breen
"A little mistake in a junction cost us a few seconds. I missed a braking point in front of a crowd of Irish fans!"

Fri 14:22 - SS6: Bertelli
"A better run than earlier. We have improved a lot but we can improve more."

Fri 14:20 - SS6: Lefebvre
Sixth fastest. "Very difficult now. I went off the road for one or two seconds."

Fri 14:19 - SS6: Solberg
"I tried my best. I drive as fast as I can." Sounds like his intercom is still giving him problems.

Fri 14:16 - SS6: Camilli
"We are pushing a bit more this afternoon."

Fri 14:14 - SS6: Tanak
A new fastest time - 1.8sec quicker than Paddon and Neuville. "I was on the door handles in here. I gave absolutely everything, I want to show my speed. That's the target."

Fri 14:12 - SS6: Neuville
Joint fastest with his team-mate Paddon. They both stop the clock in 3m12.5s. "We corrected our pace notes in the loop and stepped on the gas here. Still not the perfect stage but much better."

Fri 14:10 - SS6: Latvala
Stalled on the start line and lost a few seconds. He completes 3.1sec slower than Paddon.

Fri 14:08 - SS6: Paddon
Quickest so far and Paddon narrows to gap on Mikkelsen to just 1.9sec. "No understeer for us but maybe too low on the ride height," he says.

Fri 14:06 - SS6: Ostberg
"Not so easy to have a good stage - tricky conditions in here. The ruts take you off in a different direction."

Fri 14:05 - SS6: Mikkelsen
A major wobble for our rally leader who completes five-tenths slower than Ogier. "A terrible stage. I really struggled with understeer. We have to make a change."

Fri 14:02 - SS6: Sordo
3.3sec slower than Seb. "A little bit better. A cleaner road with more grip. Enjoyable to drive."

Fri 14:00 - SS6: Ogier
First through and five seconds quicker than his morning pass. "Really pushing. I can't go faster than this," he says.

Fri 12:16 - Next stage: 1355hrs
That's when Ogier will begin the repeat loop, starting with the 6.52km Chmielewo. We'll take a live text break until then.

Fri 12:15 - Service Park TV
Watch teams re-prep the cars in service via our live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE section

Fri 12:12 - Up next: Service
Drivers are making their way back to Mikolajki for today's midpoint 30-minute service. Ogier will be first to check in at 1255hrs.

Fri 12:10 - Poland WRC2 after SS5
1.Tidemand 31m49.9s, 2.Suninen +6.5s, 3.Lappi +9.8s, 4.Evans +13.5s, 5.Kruuda +15.5s

Fri 12:07 - SS5: WRC 2 Kruuda
"The trickiest stage so far. We tried to push but the car was moving around and our pace notes were a bit off." He slips behind Evans to fifth in WRC 2.

Fri 12:02 - Poland after SS5
1.Mikkelsen 30m55.1s, 2.Paddon +2.6s, 3.Tanak +6.0s, 4.Ogier +9.3s, 5.Neuville +14.7s. Stage win for Paddon

Fri 12:00 - SS5: WRC 2 Lappi
Looks like a quickest time for Lappi - 1sec up on Tidemand. "Pontus has been really pushing this morning. I tried hard here."

Fri 11:57 - SS5: WRC 2 Kremer
Reports that his car's geometry seems a little out of line after a heavy landing on today's opening stage.

Fri 11:54 - SS5: WRC 2 Ptaszek
"I think we have some problem with the engine - not enough power. We'll have a look in service."

Fri 11:51 - SS5: WRC 2 Tidemand
1.9sec quicker than Suninen and his category lead is up to 6.5sec. "An incredible stage. The car is perfect."

Fri 11:50 - SS5: WRC 2 Suninen
1.6sec slower than Evans. "It has been good rally so far but this stage was very narrow and not perfect for me."

Fri 11:48 - SS5: WRC 2 Fuchs
"Tricky for me in the corners. I'm hoping to go better in the afternoon."

Fri 11:47 - SS5: WRC 2 Evans
"I pushed quite hard in there. The times haven't been what we were hoping for this morning. The Skodas have been taking a lot."

Fri 11:46 - SS5: Al Rajhi
His car is full of dust - a consequence of his missing roof vent - and he loses time with an overshoot.

Fri 11:42 - SS5: Gorban
Rear-left puncture.

Fri 11:40 - SS5: Breen
The Irishman has the edge over his team-mate Lefebvre here. He's fifth fastest of the 13 cars through and loving his work: "Driving a car like this is the best job in the world!" he says.

Fri 11:38 - SS5: Bertelli
"This was nightmare. I tried to push harder but ended up going slower."

Fri 11:36 - SS5: Lefebvre
"Not so bad but still too cautious in places. I can be better."

Fri 11:34 - SS5: Solberg
"The intercom works better now. I just keep trying."

Fri 11:32 - SS5: Camilli
"Happy to complete the morning loop but it was very, very tough in places here."

Fri 11:31 - SS5: Tanak
5.5sec off Paddon's leading pace. "I'm quite happy with the morning but the second half here was really dry and we struggled with grip. This afternoon we have to be smart with our tyre choices. We should be okay."

Fri 11:28 - SS5: Neuville
"All okay but we need to check the front-left damper. Sometimes the car was getting out of the line - we need to have a look."

Fri 11:22 - SS5: Stage paused
To move spectators. Neuville was held at the start until 1119hrs. Stage now live again

Fri 11:15 - SS5: Latvala
Fourth quickest and he's shaking his head. "It's just not happening," he says. "Like always here in Poland I just can't find the feeling. Even if it feels okay in the car the times are just not there."

Fri 11:14 - SS5: Paddon
Quickest so far. "The times are pretty close near the top. I had a lot of understeer in here. We have plenty of things to improve on in the afternoon."

Fri 11:12 - SS5: Ostberg
11.7sec slower than Mikkelsen. "I was completely off the road here. We lost a lot of time. Not good for the second stage in a row. We have to go back to service and start again this afternoon."

Fri 11:08 - SS5: Mikkelsen
Quickest through, 1.8sec up on Ogier. "Not so good for me, I was not really on it. Overall though the morning has not been so bad."

Fri 11:06 - SS5: Sordo
14.3sec slower than Ogier. "We are trying but the time is not there."

Fri 11:03 - SS5: Ogier
"Really, really dry and slippery now. Very difficult. Not much chance to fight but I do what I can."

Fri 11:01 - SS4: WRC 2 Ptaszek
He overshoots a junction. "Okay, but we are still in the game."

Fri 10:58 - SS4: WRC 2
Tidemand and Suninen set exactly the same time - and it looks like a joint stage win. "The fight is on," says Tidemand.

Fri 10:51 - Stage info: SS5
Stare Juchy 1, 13.50km. This stage is mainly new, although the middle section was driven in 2014. Initially it is narrow, fast and open through the trees. It soon leaves the trees behind but remains fast with grass down the middle of the road in places.

Fri 10:51 - Next stage: 1055hrs
Cars are gathering at the start of the Stare Juchy stage

Fri 10:50 - Poland after SS4
1.Mikkelsen 24m08.0s, 2.Tanak +2.3s, 3.Paddon +4.4s, 4.Ogier +7.5s, 5.Neuville +12.6s. Tanak the stage winnner

Fri 10:46 - SS4: Breen
Sixth fastest, three-tenths slower than Lefebvre. "I'm pleased with that. We're getting a bit closer with every stage."

Fri 10:44 - SS4: Bertelli
"This is a stage I have done before and it was better than the others this morning."

Fri 10:42 - SS4: Lefebvre
Fifth quickest despite a mistake. "I lost three or four seconds in a junction."

Fri 10:41 - SS4: Solberg
He's tried to fix the helmet intercom with a cable tie but it's only partially successful.

Fri 10:38 - SS4: Camilli
"The time is good. We took some pleasure here. To be honest we are very, very happy."

Fri 10:37 - SS4: Tanak
Quickest so far, 1.3sec up on Mikkelsen and Tanak is grinning. "That time is a surprise. The car was moving about a lot, so I wasn't feeling over confident, but it's good. Next time we will be quicker!"

Fri 10:35 - SS4: Neuville
Fifth fastest so far and Thierry reckons there's room for improvement. "The car set-up is too soft and I am being too slow in the corners. We will change the notes. I can be more committed."

Fri 10:33 - SS4: Latvala
10.1sec slower than Mikkelsen and there's a bird wedged in the front of the radiator. "I'm sorry about that. The front-right corner seems a bit soft too [he has a puncture]. It didn't feel right near the end. Otherwise I started to get a better feeling here."

Fri 10:30 - SS4: Paddon
Four-tenths slower than Mikkelsen. "Not so bad and better than the last stage. I was trying to be a bit more aggressive here. I can tidy it up a bit."

Fri 10:29 - SS4: Ostberg
11.7sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "I'm enjoying it and we are pushing. In terms of having fun it's what I'm looking for. In terms of competition, it's not."

Fri 10:27 - SS4: Mikkelsen
Quickest through so far, 3.1sec up on Ogier. "We're pretty much driving to the notes - trying to do what we planned on the recce. So far everything is working really well."

Fri 10:24 - SS4: Sordo
"This stage will clean a lot I think. I enjoyed a lot."

Fri 10:23 - SS4: Ogier
"On the two first stages I was not completely happy with my driving - but I was on this one. The road is much drier. How the time will compare I do not know."

Fri 10:16 - Weather update
The earlier rain on SS4 has stopped. Stage damp in places but largely dry.

Fri 10:15 - Poland WRC2 after SS3
1.Tidemand 14m28.1s, 2.Suninen +4.6s, =3.Evans +8.2s, =4.Lappi +8.2s, 5.Kruuda +9.4s

Fri 09:57 - Stage info: SS4
Swietajno 1, 21.14km. This is one of the few stages that is identical to 2015. A narrow and bumpy cobbled section leads onto soft gravel after 850 metres, but the roads become increasingly wider as the test progresses. It passes through fields with tall grass on either side and is littered with fast crests and jumps.

Fri 09:57 - Next stage: 1010hrs
Ogier is approaching the start control of the Swietajno stage.

Fri 09:47 - SS3: WRC 2 Tidemand
The WRC 2 leader exactly 1sec quicker than Suninen. "A great stage. At the beginning I was sleeping a bit but I woke up towards the end."

Fri 09:45 - SS3: WRC 2 Suninen
Quickest in class so far, 5.7sec quicker than Evans, and sounding completely relaxed. "We're pushing more than we did on the first stage. Let's see if it's enough. If not, we can push more."

Fri 09:43 - SS3: WRC 2 Fuchs
"Very sandy. The car feels like it needs more power."

Fri 09:42 - Weather update
WRC TV crew reports rain in SS4

Fri 09:41 - SS3: WRC 2 Evans
"Enjoying so far, but it's harder to carry the speed in there - the road was much softer."

Fri 09:40 - SS3: Al Rajhi
His car is missing its roof scoop. "We're building our experience. Next stage we'll push a bit more - another 30 per cent I think."

Fri 09:38 - Poland after SS3
1.Mikkelsen 14m01.9s, 2.Tanak +3.6s, 3.Paddon +4.0s, 4.Ogier +4.4s, 5.Latvala +5.8s. Mikkelsen take the lead

Fri 09:35 - SS3: Breen
Fife-tenths slower than his team-mate Lefebvre. "I'm struggling a bit, I don't have a good feeling with the front on corner entry. A bit of understeer. Maybe down to set-up or maybe I'm just not used to it."

Fri 09:33 - SS3: Bertelli
Slowest so far. "The pace notes are a bit too slow. We can carry more speed in the corners."

Fri 09:31 - SS3: Lefebvre
"The road was very sandy in places and it's not easy to keep the line. I expect it will be worse for the repeat."

Fri 09:29 - SS3: Solberg
Slowest of the 10 cars through - and for good reason. "My intercom is broken so I can't hear [my co-driver] Ilka. It's off and on - something in the wiring loom I think."

Fri 09:27 - SS3: Camilli
"We are happy. Our first time here and we need to learn - especially in the tight corners."

Fri 09:26 - SS3: Tanak
Third quickest. "A perfect stage for me, but the ground is getting soft and we are carrying two spares. This is all we can do for the moment."

Fri 09:26 - SS3: Neuville
Sixth quickest, and it doesn't look like stage conditions are improving for those drivers down the order. "Not at all. The road is getting softer and slower. The softer road is sapping engine power. It feels like we are not going forward."

Fri 09:21 - SS3: Latvala
4.8sec slower than his team-mate Mikkelsen. "Everything is okay but in the beginning I was too aggressive. I have to improve."

Fri 09:19 - SS3: Paddon
4.1sec slower than Mikkelsen. "A lot of cuts in there. No drama. I was trying to be smooth but I reckon I could have been more aggressive."

Fri 09:18 - SS3: Ostberg
10.2sec off the pace and Mads offers a few terse comments on his performance. "No problem. I was on the limit."

Fri 09:16 - SS3: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far, 3.8sec up on Ogier. "We tried to cut wherever possible. We found a huge rock in the road, I was worried, we tried to hit it with the middle of the car. It seems okay."

Fri 09:13 - SS3: Sordo
8.6sec slower than Ogier. "The feeling with the car was good, and I enjoyed it, but we're not fast enough."

Fri 09:11 - SS3: Ogier
The champ completes in 9m02.4s. "This road was a bit slower than the first one. The grip was better than I expected."

Fri 09:02 - Stage info: SS3
Wieliczki 1, 17.30km. Sandy and thickly-coated with gravel in places, Wieliczki is fast and flowing from the start. Initially wide, the roads narrow after 4km and the corners become tighter before a short forested section and a finale back on the quick roads. The stage twice jumps across a railway line and tall grass lines the tracks, reducing driver vision.

Fri 08:36 - Next stage: 0900hrs
That's when Ogier will start the 17km Wieliczki stage. We'll take a text break until then.

Fri 08:27 - Poland WRC2 after SS2
1.Tidemand 5m11.2s, 2.Lappi +0.4s, 3.Kruuda +0.4s, 4.Evans +1.5s, 5.Suninen +3.6s

Fri 08:26 - SS2: WRC 2 Kajetanowicz
Sixth quickest for the Pole. "An amazing stage. A great wake up. I'm quite happy."

Fri 08:24 - SS2: WRC 2 Turan
"It was alright. Flat out over the jumps. We are happy."

Fri 08:23 - SS2: WRC 2 Bergqvist
Seventh quickest in class. "Crazy. I know what this rally is all about now. I love it."

Fri 08:20 - SS2: WRC 2 Loubet
"Very good. I was careful. Not a great time."

Fri 08:18 - SS2: WRC 2 Bestard
"We went long in a right-corner. This is all new for us."

Fri 08:16 - SS2: WRC 2 Maurin
"Really fast. A little mistake cost us one or two seconds. Other than that a good start."

Fri 08:15 - SS2: WRC 2 Pedder
Another driver surprised by the look of the stage. "A half spin. They moved the freakin' hay bales. Stupid. The car and notes are good."

Fri 08:13 - SS2: WRC 2 Giordano
18.5sec off the pace. "I spun in the middle and stalled the engine. My mistake."

Fri 08:11 - SS2: WRC 2 Kruuda
The overnight class leader is 2.5sec off Tidemand's pace here. "Well, pretty fine. Big jumps. Big fun. A second off the pace is not too bad. We're enjoying it."

Fri 08:08 - SS2: WRC 2 Bonato
"I was very careful over the jumps - maybe too much - a good start."

Fri 08:06 - SS2: WRC 2 Gilbert
"A good stage. Good start. No risks."

Fri 08:05 - SS2: WRC 2 Lappi
Second quickest, four-tenths off the pace of his Skoda team-mate Tidemand. "The guys ahead are cutting like idiots! I'm not brave enough to do that in this car."

Fri 08:02 - SS2: WRC 2 Aasen
Slowest of the eight cars through so far. "It's fast. You really need to trust your notes. We can build on this stage."

Fri 08:01 - SS2: WRC 2 Kremer
Reports a nose-heavy landing over one of the jumps.

Fri 08:00 - SS2: WRC 2 Ptaszek
Ptaszek's co-driver Maciej Szczepaniak returns after injuring his back in Portugal. All sounds good after this first proper test. "We went flat out over the jumps and it felt good," says Szczepaniak.

Fri 07:56 - SS2: WRC 2 Tidemand
Quickest so far, 1.5sec up on Evans. "Good to start the proper stages now. I enjoy it. It will be an interesting rally."

Fri 07:55 - Poland after SS2
1.Tanak 5m03.0s, 2.Paddon +0.2s, 3.Mikkelsen +0.3s, 4.Ogier +0.9s, 5.Neuville +1.2s. Paddon the stage winner.

Fri 07:54 - SS2: WRC 2 Suninen
Quicker than Evans on the early splits, but he completes six-tenths slower. "The first sector was okay but then I was more cautious."

Fri 07:52 - SS2: WRC 2 Fuchs
Five seconds off Evans' pace and his car is trailing its rear bumper. "It's okay, the first jump maybe a bit too fast but okay."

Fri 07:51 - SS2: WRC 2 Evans
First of the WRC 2 entrants to complete. "Good. A nice, proper, stage to start with."

Fri 07:48 - SS2: Al Rajhi
"My first time here in a WRC car. We are learning a lot."

Fri 07:48 - Tanak leads
That's the first time a DMACK runner has led a WRC rally.

Fri 07:46 - SS2: Gorban
Slowest of the 13 cars through so far. "Really very cool stage, we really enjoy, a lot of jumping - like an airplane," says Gorban's co-driver Volodymyr Korsia.

Fri 07:45 - SS2: Breen
One-tenth quicker than his Abu Dhabi Total team-mate Lefebvre. "I'm pleased with that - he has many more kilometres in this car than me."

Fri 07:42 - SS2: Bertelli
"Too cautious near the beginning."

Fri 07:40 - SS2: Lefebvre
"I didn't drive very well at the start. The car felt good."

Fri 07:38 - SS2: Solberg
Another driver to find the stage very different from the recce. "There is something wrong. They have put some bales in the wrong place. Moved them I think. I didn't find the road in here!"

Fri 07:36 - SS2: Camilli
"Good. I like the road. I made some mistakes - too fast in some corners, not cutting enough - but I learn a lot. I try to understand."

Fri 07:34 - SS2: Tanak
Second quickest, six tenths off Paddon's pace. "A very nice stage but it is completely different to the recce. The hay bales are in completely different places."

Fri 07:33 - SS2: Neuville
The overnight leader goes fifth-quickest so far and has the same comments as Paddon. "They changed the road compared the the recce - some cuts weren't there any more."

Fri 07:30 - SS2: Latvala
1.5sec off Paddon's pace. "Quite good. A little bit slippy in the cuts but otherwise fine."

Fri 07:29 - SS2: Paddon
Quickest so far, 1sec up on Mikkelsen. "I really enjoyed the driving but it's a little disappointing that since the recce the organisers have put things in the corners, like bits of wood, to stop us cutting."

Fri 07:27 - SS2: Ostberg
4.2sec off Mikkelsen's pace and despite his comments there's a strong sense of frustration from Mads. "A good stage. Really good. Losing a bit of time so we are back to that, apparently."

Fri 07:25 - SS2: Mikkelsen
Four-tenths up on Ogier and his Polo R is sporting light panel damage to the front. Looks like he's had a proper go in some of the cuts. "A good stage to start the morning. Quite happy but maybe too aggressive in a few corners."

Fri 07:22 - SS2: Sordo
5.7sec slower than Ogier. "Not so bad. Very fast places. I lost a bit of time going wide."

Fri 07:21 - SS2: Ogier
He's through in 3m17.3s and his car's right-rear wheel is stuffed with dirt. A wide moment? "No, it was a nice stage. Very fast, a bit damp at the start but generally dry. Not a perfect stage but okay for us."

Fri 07:18 - Stage info: SS2
Chmielewo 1, 6.52km. Friday morning’s opening test is a mixture of wide and narrow roads but it is fast throughout with several jumps early on. There is loose gravel on the surface but there are also sections that will be muddy if it rains. The first 4.18km are new but the final 2.34km, on wide and fast roads, were used in 2014.

Fri 07:17 - WRC Live
Lisa O'Sullivan is anchoring 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 section.

Fri 07:17 - Weather
If yesterday's forecast was correct, we should have woken up to torrential rain and muddy stages. Instead, it looks rather nice out there. There was a little rain overnight, but we have predominantly dry, warm and humid conditions for now in Mikolajki and broken cloud overhead. The current temperature of 18˚C should rise to 26˚C and rain remains a possibility.

Fri 07:16 - Start intervals
Crews will start at two-minute gaps

Fri 07:16 - Friday's start order
We're in championship order today, so Sébastien Ogier is leading the field. Here's how the WRC runners will line up: 1. Ogier, 2. Sordo, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Østberg, 5. Paddon, 6. Latvala, 7. Neuville, 8. Tänak, 9. Camilli, 10. Solberg, 11. Lefebvre, 12. Bertelli, 13. Breen, 14. Gorban, 15. Al Rajhi.

Fri 07:16 - Friday's itinerary
Friday features two loops of four tests north-east of the host town, split by a 30-minute service, before a repeat of the super special - a total of 121.92km. It's a long day too - first car left overnight parc fermé at 0630hrs. First car back: 1948hrs.

Fri 07:16 - Coming up today
Crews venture beyond central Mikolajki for the first time for a total of nine stages.

Fri 07:15 - Good morning
From Mikolajki and welcome back to our live text coverage from PZM 73rd Rally Poland

Thu 20:24 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for our end of leg report and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stage footage, highlights shows and onboards. Bye for now!

Thu 20:23 - We will return
On Friday from 0715hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the 6.52km Chmielewo stage

Thu 20:22 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Thu 20:21 - Poland WRC2 after SS1
1.Kruuda 1m48.2s, 2.Lappi +0.1s, 3.Evans +0.9s, 4.Tidemand +1.1s, 5.Gilbert +1.7s

Thu 20:20 - WRC 2 update
Estonia's Karl Kruuda leads WRC 2 overnight, one-tenth ahead of Esapekka Lappi. Elfyn Evans is third, eight-tenths further back.

Thu 20:09 - SS1: WRC 2 resumes
World Rally Car entries complete, the WRC 2 runners are back on track. There are 25 competing here in Poland. No more stage end quotes tonight but we'll bring you the overnight standings.

Thu 20:06 - Poland after SS1
1.Neuville 1m46.2s, 2.Mikkelsen +0.2s, 3.Tanak +0.3s, 4.Ogier +0.4s, 5.Latvala +0.7s

Thu 20:01 - SS1: Ogier vs Neuville
The main event goes Neuville's way by four-tenths. He wins the stage in 1m46.2s and leads the rally overnight. "I tried to be smooth and take care of my tyres," he says. "It was more slippery than I thought. Okay, I'm not happy with my stage but the time is good. And so is beating Seb!" Ogier meanwhile is lucky to escape unscathed after drifting his Polo wide on the final left-hander and destroying a piece of stage furniture. "I didn't drive so well," he acknowledges, "but it's just a few tenths difference so no worries."

Thu 19:53 - SS1: Mikkelsen vs Sordo
Mikkelsen the new stage leader in 1m46.4s. How was that? "The feeling is very good so far. Always nice to have a good start." Sordo is 1.3sec slower.

Thu 19:51 - SS1: Ostberg vs Latvala
Latvala wins the duel and slots second quickest, four-tenths slower than Tanak. Latvala says: "I'm quite pleased with this start. I know I can improve, I was too hesitant with the brakes and the throttle in places." Ostberg says: "In the first corner Jari-Matti completely sprayed my car with mud - it took half a lap to clean my windscreen!"

Thu 19:47 - SS1: Paddon vs Tanak
Tanak storms through in a new fastest time of 1m46.5s. No surprise considering his pace here last year. "A very clean stage with no pushing - a really nice way to start the rally. I will go out tomorrow and do my best. Some nice stages are waiting." Eight-tenths slower, Paddon says: "A nice clean start. Looking forward to the rally starting again in the morning."

Thu 19:42 - SS1: Camilli vs Lefebvre
A strong opener for Lefebvre who beats Camilli by 1.5sec and sets another fastest time. "Good for us, the grip was much better than last year," says Lefebvre. Camilli says: "I tried to do my maximum but the mixture of surfaces was tricky. It will be better tomorrow."

Thu 19:38 - SS1: Solberg vs Bertelli
Bertelli wins this all-Fiesta battle in a new quickest time of 1m48.1sec. "I enjoy these super specials. Perhaps I was too cautious here but I will be quicker on the repeats." Solberg is 1.7sec slower but sounding chipper: "I enjoyed it, I hope to do more tomorrow."

Thu 19:34 - SS1: Breen vs Al Rajhi
Breen is quickest so far in 1m48.9s. He says: "Nice to be back in the car - last year I was commentating here! This is the golden ticket. I'll take each stage as it comes. A dream." Al Rajhi says: "In general an okay start."

Thu 19:31 - SS1: Kremer vs Groban
Skoda R5 driver Kremer takes an unexpected win over the MINI World Rally Car of Gorban. Kremer says: "A lot of mud thrown up on my windows - I couldn't see much." Gorban reports that his car was down on power. "We didn't have a enough fuel in the tank and on the long corner we lost supply."

Thu 19:26 - SS1: Evans vs Tidemand
Up next, two of the favorites for victory here in WRC 2. And it's a narrow win, by two-tenths, for Evans who sets a new fastest time of 1m49.1s. Evans says: "It was good, quite a clean run. I'm looking forward to the battle - it's going to be a hot one." Skoda driver Tidemand says: "More slippery than I expected but that's how it is. The rally starts tomorrow."

Thu 19:21 - SS1: Fuchs vs Suninen
Fuchs wins the heat in a new quickest time of 1m50.1s. "An amazing rally, some very fast drivers here so I need to work hard," he says. Suninen says: "Not a great stage for me. We try to continue in a better way tomorrow. I want to fight for the win."

Thu 19:18 - SS1: Aasen vs Bestard
Bestard spins and Aasen takes a comfortable win. "More grip than I expected. An okay run," says Aasen, who is one-tenths quicker than Kajetanowicz. Bestard says: "A spin in fifth gear but we didn't hit anything. We were very lucky."

Thu 19:14 - SS1: Kajetanowicz vs Ptaszek
Kajetanowicz takes the heat win in 1m51.3s. "A great stage but I was really careful. I have a bad memory of this stage a few years ago. It's not great to be first on the road, it's very slippery. Okay, we won the heat but it's not a great time - believe me." Ptaszek, back after missing Sardinia while his co-driver recuperated from injury, is nine-tenths slower. "It felt good to fight with the European champion!"

Thu 19:08 - SS1: Live
Kajetanowicz and Ptaszek are on stage in a Ford Fiesta R5 and Skoda Fabia R5 respectively. Organizers have been busy with the hosepipes to keep dust down and there are a few puddles on track.

Thu 19:01 - Tyre info
All of Michelin's WRC runners have selected five soft compound LTX Force tyres for tonight's stage.

Thu 19:00 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. Poland time zone is Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Thu 18:59 - Watch SS1 LIVE
WRC users can watch tonight's stage live. Steaming starts at 1900hrs CEST. Still time to sort a subscription if you haven't already.

Thu 18:57 - Weather
Dry and warm conditions for now in Mikolajki but overhead clouds are building and a change is on the cards. The temperature is 27˚C and the humidity is rising. It will be no surprise if it starts to rain very soon. There is heavy rain forecast for Friday.

Thu 18:54 - AWOL
Slovakian Junior WRC driver Martin Koči is out already. He rolled his DS 3 during this morning's shakedown.

Thu 18:54 - Thursday's start order 2/2
Valeriy Gorban is the first of the WRC drivers (on track at 1924hrs) and Sébastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville will be the headline pairing at 1952hrs. The rest of the WRC 2 runners come through next, followed by the Junior WRC and Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy entries

Thu 18:53 - Thursday's start order 1/2
A custom order for the super special, headed by the two leading Polish entrants. European champion and three-time Poland winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz will take on 'The Ptock' Hubert Ptaszek in the opening duel at 1908hrs, followed by a batch of WRC 2 runners.

Thu 18:53 - Stage info: SS1
Mikolajki Arena 1, 2.50km. The rally roars into life at a purpose-built super special stage next to Mikolajki’s service park. Two cars at a time tackle the short test, scene of Jari-Matti Latvala’s 2009 heartbreak when he crashed in the final stage and wrecked Ford’s 1-2 finish. The surface seems to have less gravel on the top this year, with more of an asphalt / concrete base.

Thu 18:52 - Thursday's itinerary
With just the one stage it's pretty straightforward: The first car crossed the start ramp at 1600hrs. First pair of cars on the super special at 1908hrs. First car back into Mikolajki parc fermé: 1928hrs

Thu 18:51 - Coming up on Thursday
We've already had shakedown and the ceremonial start. This evening the 67 crews face the first of 21 special stages. The competitive action gets underway with the first of three runs through the 2.5km Mikolajki Arena special stage - within sight of our text base here at rally headquarters.

Thu 18:49 - Raring to go
Three weeks after Rally Italia Sardegna, we're back at the text desk to bring you all the news from the Polish stages

Thu 18:49 - Good evening
From Mikolajki and welcome to our live text coverage from PZM 73rd Rally Poland, round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship

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Pos # Piloto Tiempo Dif Ant. Dif 1
1. 36 FINT. Suninen 5:34.6
2. 33 SWEP. Tidemand 5:35.7 +1.1 +1.1
3. 31 GBRE. Evans 5:36.3 +0.6 +1.7
4. 49 ESTK. Kruuda 5:38.3 +2.0 +3.7
5. 32 PERN. Fuchs 5:40.6 +2.3 +6.0
6. 54 FRAP. Loubet 5:41.8 +1.2 +7.2
7. 53 FRAJ. Maurin 5:43.4 +1.6 +8.8
8. 48 POLK. Kajetanowicz 5:44.5 +1.1 +9.9
9. 57 NLDJ. van den Heuvel 6:24.0 +39.5 +49.4
10. 41 FINE. Lappi 6:34.2 +10.2 +59.6
11. 46 HUNF. Turán 6:37.7 +3.5 +1:03.1
12. 44 PRYA. Bestard Poletti 6:38.7 +1.0 +1:04.1
13. 51 POLJ. Kołtun 7:06.1 +27.4 +1:31.5
14. 56 QATK. Suwaidi 7:11.4 +5.3 +1:36.8
15. 47 FRAA. Foulon 7:12.9 +1.5 +1:38.3


Pos # Piloto Tiempo Dif Ant. Dif 1
1. 36 FINT. Suninen 2:43:27.7
2. 31 GBRE. Evans 2:44:17.3 +49.6 +49.6
3. 41 FINE. Lappi 2:46:00.4 +1:43.1 +2:32.7
4. 48 POLK. Kajetanowicz 2:50:00.5 +4:00.1 +6:32.8
5. 51 POLJ. Kołtun 2:54:04.1 +4:03.6 +10:36.4
6. 54 FRAP. Loubet 2:54:29.2 +25.1 +11:01.5
7. 33 SWEP. Tidemand 2:58:48.0 +4:18.8 +15:20.3
8. 32 PERN. Fuchs 2:59:27.5 +39.5 +15:59.8
9. 46 HUNF. Turán 3:00:57.2 +1:29.7 +17:29.5
10. 49 ESTK. Kruuda 3:02:13.5 +1:16.3 +18:45.8
11. 56 QATK. Suwaidi 3:07:51.4 +5:37.9 +24:23.7
12. 44 PRYA. Bestard Poletti 3:08:58.1 +1:06.7 +25:30.4
13. 57 NLDJ. van den Heuvel 3:10:04.0 +1:05.9 +26:36.3
14. 47 FRAA. Foulon 3:22:30.3 +12:26.3 +39:02.6
15. 53 FRAJ. Maurin 3:41:59.8 +19:29.5 +58:32.1