Thu 20:28 - We will return
On Friday to bring you coverage of the rally's first full day. Coming up: seven stages and 108km of flat out competition. We'll be here ready for the first stage at 0923hrs. Bye for now.
Thu 20:25 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text coverage from Germany tonight
Thu 20:24 - Germany WRC2 after SS1
1.Kopecky 2m05.9s, 2.Bonato +5.2s, 3.Tidemand +5.3s, 4.Camilli +6.0s, 5.Ten Brinki +7.6s
Thu 20:20 - Meeke update
Citroen say he will return tomorrow with Rally2. Tonight's retirement will cost him a 10min penalty.
Thu 20:17 - Germany after SS1
1.Kopecky 2m05.9s, 2.Tanak +0.3s, 3.Breen +1.3s, 4.Mikkelsen +1.9s, 5.Ogier +1.9s. Meeke retires
Thu 20:13 - SS1: WRC 2 Kopecky
A giant-killing run from the Czech driver who sets a new outright fastest time in his R5-spec Skoda Fabia!
Thu 20:11 - SS1: WRC T
Trophy competitors Raoux and Serderidis complete cleanly. Up next, the WRC 2 field resumes. No driver quotes from here on, but we will bring you the stage and overall results.
Thu 20:04 - SS1: Neuville
Eighth-fastest, 2.4sec slower than current stage winner Tanak. "I had no good feeling in the stage after what I saw with Meeke. I took it quite steady. It's my first time starting a rally leading the championship. I thought we did quite well."
Thu 20:02 - SS1: Ogier
The world champ completes fourth fastest so far. "The real fight starts tomorrow but tonight we've seen that it can be tricky. You can't win the rally tonight but you can lose it."
Thu 20:00 - SS1: Tanak
Quickest so far. "If I have a good feeling in the car I will enjoy it and I'm sure the times will come. I expect some very difficult conditions this weekend. Let's see."
Thu 19:59 - SS1: Latvala
Third fastest. "What happened to Kris was really unfortunate. This sort of city stage is good, but why did they use the concrete barriers and not plastic? That's not the way to do it. For me not such a bad stage."
Thu 19:57 - SS1: Sordo
Dani's 150th WRC rally gets off to a hairy start when he slides wide and clouts his left rear wheel into a concrete barrier. He completes with about a third of the rim missing. "I know what I can touch," he jokes.
Thu 19:54 - SS1: Evans
Third quickest in the DMACK-shod Fiesta, 1.1sec off Breen's time. "We went as hard as we could. We have a new hard tyre here, which is unknown territory. Lets see what we can do with it."
Thu 19:51 - SS1: Breen
Quickest so far, six-tenths up on Mikkelsen to complete a Citroen 1-2. "I'm gutted for Paul and Kris. It's so easy to make a mistake in here. I touched a barrier on the first corner. It's going to be a long weekend. We'll go a hard as we can."
Thu 19:49 - SS1: Paddon
Second quickest. "The hairpins are very tight. I touched a bale on the inside but no worries. It's tricky in these wider cars."
Thu 19:48 - SS1: Hanninen
Same time as Lappi - joint second quickest so far. "Let's see where our times are tomorrow."
Thu 19:45 - SS1: Lappi
Joint second quickest so far. Can he repeat his Finland winning performance here? "Now way. No chance. I need more experience on Tarmac and of this car. I'm just not confident enough to push. I need to try to be clever."
Thu 19:41 - SS1: LIVE
Again. A bit of furious hand clapping in the Toyota and Lappi is underway!
Thu 19:37 - SS1: Lappi
Esapekka will be next in stage. He's putting on his helmet, so we should be underway again shortly.
Thu 19:35 - SS1: Meeke update
Kris and co-driver Paul are still at the scene, watching as the stricken C3 is lifted onto the truck.
Thu 19:29 - SS1: Meeke out
That's it. He's parked the C3. Stage stopped and the ADAC tow truck is on its way in. Disaster.
Thu 19:28 - SS1: Meeke update
The right-hand front steering seems to be broken. He can't get the C3 around the tight stage. He has stopped.
Thu 19:26 - SS1: Meeke
In trouble here. Negotiating a corner he clips the end of a concrete barrier with his front wheel. The impact was at fairly slow speed, but the wheel was open and it's a big clunk.
Thu 19:26 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Back in the Citroen squad after missing the previous round in Finland. It's a clean start, quickest so far. "I hope we can have a good result. The car feels really nice on Tarmac, really enjoyable. I hope for nicer weather than the rain that is forecast."
Thu 19:21 - SS1: Kremer
Kremer is our first world rally car runner, but he's not quickest. He completes third fastest so far, 3.7sec off Tidemand's leading pace. "It feels really great to be back in a WRC car but I have to say my feeling for the car is not so easy. Tomorrow we will start the race."
Thu 19:19 - SS1: WRC 2 Tidemand
A super quick run from the championship leader, 3.1sec up on Suninen. He could clinch the title this weekend. Is that on his mind? "I don't think about it. I just try to stay concentrated. The conditions can be difficult. I'm happy to be here."
Thu 19:15 - SS1: WRC 2 Suninen
Back in the R5 spec Fiesta after his recent impressive appearances in the World Rally Car. "A lot of challenges here - quite different from Finland!" He completes nine-tenths quicker than Griebel.
Thu 19:12 - SS1: WRC 2 Griebel
He completes in a benchmark time of 2m15.2. "I'm really happy to be able to open this stage. So many people here. I think my soft tyres were done after one and a half laps."
Thu 19:10 - SS1: We're off!
Griebel's Skoda blasts away from the line.
Thu 18:54 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams in the studio and Emyr Penlan and George Donaldson reporting from the stage ends. You'll find a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.
Thu 18:52 - SS1 running order
Local WRC 2 driver Marijan Griebel will be first on stage at 1908hrs, followed by category front-runners Teemu Suninen and Pontus Tidemand. Germany's Armin Kremer is next - and first of the 2017-spec World Rally Car drivers that follow. Here's how the WRC drivers will line up: 1.Kremer, 2.Mikkelsen, 3.Meeke, 4.Lappi, 5.Hänninen, 6.Paddon, 7.Breen, 8.Evans, 9.Sordo, 10.Latvala, 11.Tanak, 12.Ogier, 13.Neuville.
Thu 18:51 - Weather
Warm, cloudy and humid in Saarbrücken right now. Rain showers are forecast later tonight. The current temperature is 21˚C.
Thu 18:51 - Time reminder
All times quoted here are local. And in Germany that's (UTC +2hrs)
Thu 18:50 - Watch SS1 LIVE
WRC users can watch tonight's Saarbrücken stage live via our streaming service. The coverage starts at 1900hrs. Head to plus.wrc.com to find out more.
Thu 18:50 - Tell me more
Okay. The action begins in the heart of Saarbrücken, capital and largest city of the state of Saarland. Immediately after the opening ceremony, crews will tackle a 2.05km street circuit. Two loops of roads which cross the River Saar via the Wilhelm-Heinrich Bridge and use the slip road system above the city motorway should provide a spectacular start to the rally.
Thu 18:50 - Coming up
Thursday is Super Special day at ADAC Rallye Deutschland and tonight we have a brand new curtain raiser to get the event underway
Thu 18:49 - We're live
At rally central, next to the Bostalsee reservoir in Germany's northern Saarland region. Our mission? To tap out the stage news LIVE to wrc.com and the WRC App
Thu 18:49 - Guten abend texters
And welcome to our coverage of WRC round 10 - ADAC Rallye Deutschland
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