Fri 10:36 - On to the next stage
The front-running crews are now on their way to SS2, the 29.12km run through Plage du Liamone - Sarrola-Carcopino 1. The action gets underway at 11.06.
Fri 10:33 - SS1: Veiby
The JWRC front-runner explains why he stopped a couple of time in the opening test and lost almost 15 minutes. "We had a problem with the turbo in the stage and no pressure. I'm not sure if we can fix it because we don't have any pipe."
Fri 10:27 - After SS1: WRC 2 overall times
1. Evans 31m 11.6s; 2. Kopecky +17.9s; 3. Abbring +18.5s; 4. Bonato +23.3s; 5. Suarez +31.7s; 6. Maurin +31.8s.
Fri 10:18 - SS1: Koci
The Slovakian's car has some damage, but not as a result from an incident in the stage. "Very strange situation. I was coming to the stage and was warming the brakes. Unfortunately, Veiby crashed into me."
Fri 10:15 - SS1: Tempestini –
The first of the JWRC runners is in with a time of 34m 15.6s. "Our rhythm was really good. After the recce I expected that the road would be dirty but it wasn't so bad. We didn't push at all. The rally is really long."
Fri 10:10 - SS1: Suninen –
The Skoda Fabia R5 driver has had a problem. "We lost the brakes and that was very difficult for the stage. We will have to look at that."
Fri 10:09 - SS1: Sarrazin –
The former rally winner is in Hyundai's new i20 R5 for this event. "That was really tricky on my first stage with the car. I will need to work with the car for the rest of the rally and try to improve."
Fri 10:07 - SS1: Veiby –
The JWRC front-runner is moving again. More to follow...
Fri 10:06 - SS1: Bouffier –
The Frenchman's DS 3 R5 is in. "I had quite a lot of understeering and it was hard to find a good pace. But seems to be not so bad compared to some of the younger guys."
Fri 10:05 - SS1: Abbring –
The Dutchman is third fastest in WRC 2. "Really enjoyable. I took it a bit easy as I didn't want to overdrive the tyres. I could have pushed a bit more and some other things I'd like to change on the car."
Fri 10:03 - SS1: Veiby –
The JWRC front-runner appears to have stopped after the second split in the stage. Reason unknown...
Fri 10:01 - SS1: Suarez –
"Not really happy with the set up of the car and it's moving a lot. I will have to try and change this."
Fri 10:00 - SS1: Bonato –
"It's okay. Very tricky for the first stage, but we are here."
Fri 09:59 - SS1: Loubet –
"The run was clean. A difficult stage but it's okay."
Fri 09:59 - SS1: Gilbert –
"We had a big spin and lost a lot of time. I'm not confident."
Fri 09:57 - SS1: Kopecky –
The Czech driver is slower than Evans in his Skoda R5. Wasn't happy with his tyres.
Fri 09:56 - SS1: Evans
The first WRC 2 champion leader is in on 31m 11.6s. "The rhytm wasn't great because we had a small issue with the car."
Fri 09:54 - After SS1: overall times:
1.Ogier 30m 24.1s; 2.Meeke +4s; 3.Sordo +4.8s; 4.Neuville 8.8s; 5.Paddon +15.1s; 6.Breen +17.1s
Fri 09:51 - SS1: Camilli –
The Frenchman – whose family hail from Corsica – is 37.2s slower at the finish. "I wanted just to finish the stage. This was just the start of the race and no problems."
Fri 09:49 - SS1: Breen –
Current sixth fastest as he posts a time that's 17s slower than Ogier's best. "That was a bit of a wake up call. Really struggled to get a rhythm and killed the tyres early. I had to wait for them to come back on again."
Fri 09:47 - SS1: Meeke –
The Brit is only 4s slower than Ogier and currently second overall. "I spun at a hairpin not far into the stage. But I got back into my rhythm straight away and that time is good on a dirty road."
Fri 09:45 - SS1: Tänak –
Oops. The DMACK driver is 54.1s slower than Ogier. The Estonian is a man of few words this morning. "What can I say? Really trying but no precision."
Fri 09:44 - SS1: Ostberg –
The M-Sport driver is 31.5 down on Ogier's ultimate pace. "That was okay. I'm trying to change my driving on Tarmac. The feeling is completely bad but I'm trying to do something I'm not used to. This is a project I'm continuing with for a long time. This is just the beginning."
Fri 09:41 - SS1: Sordo –
The asphalt expert emerges as the closest challenger to Ogier so far. He's only 4.8s down on the rally leader. "Happy with the time. Really, really bad time with the brakes at the end and was understeering a lot. But the time is okay."
Fri 09:39 - SS1: Latvala –
The 2015 rally winner has had a nightmare start. He's 18.1s slower than Ogier. "Didn't have the best rhythm on the driving and started to improve at the end. I know I can do a better job. I was a bit cautious on this stage."
Fri 09:37 - SS1: Neuville –
The Hyundai ace is 8.8s slower than Ogier but he's still the closest to the Frenchman's pace as things stand. "I can't really go for the perfect line because struggling with understeer. I'm really surprised. We have to check the set up and tyres."
Fri 09:35 - SS1: Paddon –
The Kiwi is 15.1s slower than Ogier at the stage finish. "That was an enjoyable stage. Struggled with the notes a little because they were a touch inconsistent. Thought my time was a lot slower than that so that's not too bad."
Fri 09:33 - SS1: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian is 20.4s slower than his team-mate. He's had a problem: "Everything was going well and then my left foot went to sleep with some vibrations. I didn't have a good feeling with the brakes."
Fri 09:31 - SS1: Ogier –
The world champion completes the opener in 30m 24.1s. "Not so easy to find a good rhythm; I think my notes are a bit too low and slowing me down a bit. But maybe it's better this way on such a long rally."
Fri 09:27 - SS1: Meeke –
His fast start at split one comes to nothing, He's now 3.4s slower than Ogier's benchmark at split two.
Fri 09:24 - SS1: Neuville –
The Hyundai driver is now slower than Ogier at the third split. His 0.6s advantage at split two has now turned into a 1.0s deficit.
Fri 09:22 - SS1: Mikkelsen –
The second driver on the road is now 9.2s slower than Ogier at the 33.6km split. Not the start he would have wanted.
Fri 09:20 - SS1: Meeke –
The Briton is the fastest driver at the opening split. His DS 3 is 0.6s faster than anyone else at the 8.2km mark.
Fri 09:15 - SS1: Neuville
The Belgian's second split is in and he's 0.2s faster than Ogier at the 17.3km mark.
Fri 09:13 - SS1: Latvala
Last year's winner is 2.6s slower than his Volkswagen Motorsport team-mate at the first split.
Fri 09:10 - SS1: Neuville –
The Hyundai driver is the closest to Ogier's pace at the moment, only 0.6s slower at the first split.
Fri 09:06 - SS1: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian is 1.4s slower than Ogier at the first split (8.2km).
Fri 09:02 - SS1:
The 2016 Tour de Corse is underway. Sébastien Ogier is in the opening stage.
Fri 08:59 - Road conditions –
The road conditions in SS1 are dry and the sun is shining. Just what the crews were hoping for.
Fri 08:58 - Stage info: SS1 –
Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 1, 49.72km. There’s no easy start as drivers are greeted by some of Corsica’s toughest roads. This stage climbs from the coast to Tassinca village on asphalt that is fast in places and twisty in others, before crossing the Col de Gradello and onto the famous Pietrosella hairpin via a worn and bumpy surface. It’s onwards and upwards along a poorly surfaced road to the legendary Col de Bellevalle hairpin. It widens on the climb to Bisinao, before a narrow road with many surface changes leads to the finish in Albitreccia.
Fri 08:57 - Tyre info –
All of the World Rally Car drivers have chosen to take five hard compound MICHELIN Pilot Sport H5 tyres into the stages this morning.
Fri 08:52 - First stage: 08.58 –
That’s the time Ogier will drop the clutch on his Polo R and begin his quest for victory on home soil.
Fri 08:52 - WRC Live –
The trusty Becs Williams is doing her thing in the radio studio, while Colin Clark is back on duty as an end of stage reporter, along with Emyr Penlan. You can find a radio link in the LIVE section on the homepage.
Fri 08:50 - Time zones –
All times quoted on this live text feed are local to Corsica, so that’s CET (GMT +1)
Fri 08:50 - Start intervals –
The World Rally Cars will be spaced two minutes apart, while everyone else will run at minute intervals.
Fri 08:49 - Who else is running?
The Tour de Corse is also a round of the WRC 2 series and the JWRC.
Fri 08:46 - Friday start order –
The crews will leave the line in championship order. That means French hero Sébastien Ogier leads the way. The order is: 1 Ogier, 2 Mikkelsen, 3 Paddon, 4 Neuville, 5 Latvala, 6 Sordo, 7 Ostberg, 8 Tanak, 9 Meeke, 10 Breen, 11 Camilli, 12 Bertelli.
Fri 08:45 - Weather –
Corsica has been blessed with warm and sunny weather this week and those are the conditions that will greet the crews on the SS1 start line this morning. We’re expecting an air temperatures of round 25°C.
Fri 08:44 - Friday's schedule –
The crews will contest four stages today, starting with the 49.72km blast through Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 1. This is then followed by the slightly shorter test at Plage du Liamone - Sarrola-Carcopino. Both tests are repeated this afternoon – without the luxury of a midday service…
Fri 08:43 - The plan for today
Last night’s ceremonial start in Ajaccio is complete so that means we head onto the roads north and south of Ajaccio for some competitive action.
Fri 08:38 - Bonjour –
and welcome to our live text coverage from the Che Guevara Tour de Corse, round ten of the FIA World Rally Championship and the second all-asphalt rally of the season.
Thu 14:20 - Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse 2016
SS1 Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 1 starts Friday 30th September 08:58 (local time France)