73rd PZM Rally Poland


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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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Vainqueurs des ES

Spéciale Nom Vainqueur Equipe Temps
SS1 Super Special Stage Mikolajki Arena -1 (2.50 km) BELT. Neuville
BELN. Gilsoul
SS2 Chmielewo -1 (6.52 km) NZLH. Paddon
NZLJ. Kennard
SS3 Wieliczki -1 (17.30 km)
SS4 Swietajno -1 (21.14 km)
SS5 Stare Juchy -1 (13.50 km)
SS6 Chmielewo -2 (6.52 km)
SS7 Wieliczki -2 (17.30 km)
SS8 Swietajno -2 (21.14 km)
SS9 Stare Juchy -2 (13.50 km)
SS10 Super Special Stage Mikolajki Arena -2 (2.50 km)
SS11 Gołdap -1 (14.75 km)
SS12 Stańczyki -1 (25.27 km)
SS13 Babki -1 (21.02 km)
SS14 Stanczyki -2 (25.27 km)
SS15 Babki -2 (21.02 km)
SS16 Goldap -2 (14.75 km)
SS17 Super Special Stage Mikolajki Arena -3 (2.50 km)
SS18 Baranowo -1 (21.25 km)
SS19 Sady -1 (8.55 km)
SS20 Baranowo -2 (21.25 km)
SS21 Sady -2 (Power Stage) (8.55 km)