Rallye Monte-Carlo

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Sun 16:50 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for our Rallye Monte-Carlo reports and all the latest from the WRC. And don’t forget to check out the WRC+ archive of stage footage, highlights shows and onboards. Bye for now.

Sun 16:50 - We will return
On 9 February to bring you news from the championship's second round: Rally Sweden

Sun 16:49 - Finish control
And that's where we'll leave our live text service from Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Sun 16:43 - WRC Manufacturers’ Standings
1. M-Sport World Rally Team: 40pts, 2. Toyota Gazoo Racing: 24pts, 3. Hyundai Motorsport: 20pts, 4. Citroen Total Abu Dhabi: 10pts

Sun 16:41 - WRC Drivers’ Standings
Top 10: 1) Ogier: 25 points, 2) Latvala: 18, 3) Tanak: 15, 4) Sordo: 13, 5) Breen: 10, 6) Evans: 10, 7) Mikkelsen: 6, 8: Lefebvre: 6 , 9) Neuville: 5, 10) Kopecky: 4.

Sun 13:34 - Power Stage result
1: Neuville 14m14.4s (5 points) 2: Lefebvre +30.1s (4 points) 3: Hanninen +55.0s (3 points) 4: Evans +1m13.7s (2 points) 5: Sordo +1m42.8s (1 point)

Sun 13:34 - Monte WRC FINAL
1.Ogier 4h00:03.6s, 2.Latvala +2m15.0s, 3.Tanak +2m57.8s, 4.Sordo +3m35.8s, 5.Breen +3m47.8s

Sun 13:34 - Monte WRC 2 FINAL
1.Mikkelsen 4:09:36.3, 2.Kopecky +3m25.4s, 3.Bouffier +6m36.7s, 4.Camilli +9m55.8s, 5.Gilbert +11m36.8s

Sun 13:29 - Ogier reaction 2/2
"...Thanks so much to the team, they have been amazing. They have been working so hard over winter and New Year to be ready. This victory is well deserved. Thank you very much. Of course, this result doesn't mean that the season is going to be easy. We know we still have to keep working hard, but at least we start with lots of points so we are happy with this."

Sun 13:26 - Ogier reaction 1/2
Seb and Julien climb onto the roof of their Fiesta in celebration. Seb's father runs forward and gives him a hug. "To be honest I expected to have this victory one day, I was hoping for it, but to have it from the first race, after only one month together, with so little preparation, it really feels amazing. I'm very, very happy. I think the conditions didn't make our life easy this weekend - on day one starting first on the snow conditions and now we finish with more and more snow..."

Sun 13:15 - SS17: Ogier
He's done it! A lot has changed in Seb's world since he was here last - but the result is the same. This is his fourth consecutive Rallye Monte-Carlo win!

Sun 13:14 - SS17: Latvala
He's through, and Jari-Matti claims a podium for Toyota on its first WRC rally for 17 years. That's about 9 months earlier than the manufacturer was expecting. "It's amazing. First time on a rally and to finish second is amazing. I'm really grateful to the team. They have done a fantastic effort and really deserve it. And I'm in a rally car made in Finland too!"

Sun 13:10 - SS17: Tanak
A bitter sweet event for Ott. The Estonian on course to complete an M-Sport 1-2 until his engine lost two cylinders this morning. Second became third and he did a heroic job to cling on during the Power Stage. A MASSIVE slide on the final corner and Ott is choked with emotion and almost lost for words. "You know, it was tough work. Until today we did everything... I have to go..." And he does.

Sun 13:05 - SS17: Sordo
Never comfortable when the grip is inconsistent, Sordo struggled on Friday but wound up his pace as the road conditions cleared. He does enough here to keep Breen at bay and it looks like fourth place for the i20 Coupe - but it might be third if Tanak continues to lose time. "That stage was unbelievable. It was a dreadful rally for me but I'm pleased to take some important points for Hyundai."

Sun 13:01 - SS17: Breen
Another star performer this week, Breen completes in an older-spec DS 3 World Rally Car with 60bhp less power than the new C3. Will his time here be enough to retake fourth from Sordo? He started the stage 2.2sec adrift. "That was unbelievable. So slippery I could barely get stopped at the stop line, horrific conditions. It's been quite a good weekend. We've done some really good speed when the conditions were tricky. Bring on Sweden!"

Sun 12:57 - SS17: Evans
Star of the rally? Quite possibly. His tyres might not have suited Friday's icy roads, but Evans' string of stage wins on Saturday showed the Welshman's massive potential this year. "This was rallying at its cruelest - our snow tyres were in the boot and not in the car! We were like Bambi on ice. Tricky. Okay, on Friday I didn't think the rally would be as good as this - so much was new. Everything has come together so, so quickly."

Sun 12:53 - SS17: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
Job done. The Norwegian seals a dominant victory on his one-off appearance in Skoda's WRC 2 team. A great reminder of his talent. Surely it won't be long until we see him back in the headline category. "We had two slicks here - so it was tricky on the last part. I'm very happy for Skoda - congratulations guys. In the car we did a good job, I'm happy with that. I hope to be a Word Rally Car, that's where I belong. It is difficult but we are trying to find some solutions."

Sun 12:48 - SS17: WRC 2 Kopecky
A pause in the World Rally Car runners now while the WRC 2 category is decided. Looks like second place for Czech champion Kopecky in his Skoda Fabia R5. "Really happy to be here. We have a cross tyre choice here and I was driving very slowly just to get to the finish."

Sun 12:44 - SS17: Lefebvre
Back after a clutch-related retirement on Friday, Lefebvre gets Citroën's sole remaining C3 to the finish in 11th place. "Really difficult with the soft tyre. It was very slippery at the finish. After the Col it was horrible. It was a difficult week for us, okay one fastest time this morning, but for this rally it was more important to take experience of the car." Lefebvre 30.1sec slower than early Power Stage pace setter Neuville.

Sun 12:41 - SS17: Col watch
More snow settling on the road. It's looking increasing slippery minute-by-minute.

Sun 12:39 - SS17: Neuville
Looks like 16th place for the long time rally leader who lost his shot at victory yesterday with broken suspension. His stage-winning pace in the i20 Coupe is some consolation. 55sec quicker than Hanninen here. Will than be enough for Power Stage points? "I pushed very hard in these tricky conditions. When I saw the snow coming I knew it would be hard. I know Juho had the snow tyres and we were quicker. I think we were the men to beat this week. I must thank the team, they have built an incredible car. I think it's promising."

Sun 12:36 - SS17: Hanninen
Third until his crash on SS5, Rally 2 restarter Hanninen completes his first competitive outing in the Yaris WRC in 15th place. His time is 15m09.4 - and it was a cautious run. "It was really tricky, I had snow tyres but in some places it was icy, and it was hard to see where exactly. Not an easy stage if you need to push. A lot of positives to take from the rally. The team has done some great work."

Sun 12:31 - SS17: Col watch
Snow is falling near the end of the stage. There is plenty of snow piled by the roadside, but the road is wet more than snow covered.

Sun 12:20 - SS17: LIVE
Hanninen in stage on schedule at 1218hrs. Road looks bone dry at the start. No snow evident.

Sun 12:19 - Stage info: SS17
La Bollene Vesubie - Peira Cava 2, 21.36km. The rally’s signature stage features the climb to the 1604m summit of the Col de Turini, one of the championship's iconic locations. The opening 15km is a classic Monte climb on a medium to wide road with numerous hairpins to interrupt the flow. After the summit the road becomes faster, and probably more icy, on the treacherous descent to the finish in Peïra-Cava.

Sun 11:48 - SS17 running order
A few tweaks to the Power Stage running order to suit the live TV schedule. Here's how the drivers will line up. All will run at four-minute intervals: 1.Hanninen, 2. Neuville, 3.Lefebvre, 4.Kopecky, 5. Mikkelsen, 6.Evans, 7.Breen, 8.Sordo, 9.Tanak, 10.Latvala, 11.Ogier, 12. Bouffier, 13.Tidemand.

Sun 11:24 - Up next: Power Stage
Drivers en route to La Bollene Vesubie, and the start of the rally's final challenge - the live TV Power Stage. Bonus points available to the fastest five drivers this year. First car: 1218hrs.

Sun 11:00 - Monte WRC 2 after SS15
1.Mikkelsen 3:53:30.6, 2.Kopecky +3m23.1s, 3.Bouffier +5m53.5s, 4.Camilli +9m06.8s, 5.Gilbert +11m01.0s

Sun 10:55 - Snow update
It's falling more steadily now. Enough has settled on the road for tyres to leave clean lines.

Sun 10:52 - SS16: Update
Crews will drive the stage as a non-competitive road section.

Sun 10:51 - SS16: Cancelled
Organisers cancel the stage on safety grounds. Too many spectators in the wrong places.

Sun 10:50 - Monte after SS15
1.Ogier 3h43:53.0s, 2.Latvala +2m27.8s, 3.Tanak +3m02.6s, 4.Sordo +3m49.2s, 5.Breen +3m51.4s. Latvala up to third

Sun 10:45 - SS15: Tanak
He drops 1m28sec through the stage and slips behind Latvala to third position. Sordo is 46sec further back in fourth. "We will get to the end," is all he says before leaving the stop control. His fiesta is still firing on just two cylinders.

Sun 10:43 - SS15: Lefebvre
His gamble on a full set of softs pays off with the fastest time!

Sun 10:41 - SS15: Ogier
Cleanly through and protecting his rally lead. "No risk on the driving now, but for the mechanical side there's nothing I can do. It's a shame for Ott. I hope he can finish at least on the podium - that would be more than deserved. I really enjoy this car on the smooth roads."

Sun 10:38 - SS15: Tanak
Six seconds slower than Latvala at the 5.4km split.

Sun 10:37 - SS15: Latvala
Fifth quickest so far and doing everything to preserve his tyres for the Power Stage. "I knew this dry stage would be hard on the tyres. I've never been so gentle on my tyres before. I tried to do everything to save them. I didn't use the handbrake."

Sun 10:34 - SS15: Breen
13.4sec slower than Sordo and he loses fourth place to him. "I just need a bit more power! I tried to manage my tyres. Then on way down, like the Jamaican bobsleigh team, we just rolled with it and did our best."

Sun 10:33 - Snow falling
At the finish of SS15. Light for now.

Sun 10:32 - SS15: Sordo
"It was okay, but I didn't do very well. Slow at the beginning." Will it be enough to take the Spaniard past Craig Breen for fourth place?

Sun 10:30 - SS15: Evans
"We decided on the super soft tyres but in the dry ascent that meant the car was moving about a lot."

Sun 10:29 - Tanak update
He started the stage at: 1028hrs. Six minutes late.

Sun 10:29 - Tanak update
He started the stage at: 1028hrs. Six minutes late.

Sun 10:28 - SS15: Neuville
"Terrible stage. My tyres were completely overheated mid-stage. I drove very carefully."

Sun 10:27 - Tanak update
He has missed his start time. Ogier and Lefebvre have started before him. Tanak will collect 10sec penalty for each minute late.

Sun 10:18 - SS15: LIVE
Neuville, Evans and Sordo in stage

Sun 10:17 - Tanak update
WRC+ live map shows him en-route to the start of SS15

Sun 09:59 - Tanak update
The Estonian is still working on his car close to the finish of SS14. The engine has been running, but still sounds lumpy. Tanak's start time for the next stage - 18km away - is 1022hrs.

Sun 09:57 - Stage info: SS15
La Bollene Vesubie - Peira Cava 1, 21.36km. The rally’s signature stage features the climb to the 1604m summit of the Col de Turini, one of the championship's iconic locations. The opening 15km is a classic Monte climb on a medium to wide road with numerous hairpins to interrupt the flow. After the summit the road becomes faster, and probably more icy, on the treacherous descent to the finish in Peïra-Cava.

Sun 09:57 - Up next: 1012hrs
That's Neuville's start time for the La Bollene Vestubie - Piera Cava stage. This will run later as the live TV Power Stage.

Sun 09:56 - Monte WRC 2 after SS14
1.Mikkelsen 3:39:13.2, 2.Kopecky +3m17.1s, 3.Bouffier +5m31.3s, 4.Camilli +8m46.2s, 5.Gilbert +10m01.9s

Sun 09:55 - Monte after SS14
1.Ogier 3h29:47.8s, 2.Tanak +58.5s, 3.Latvala +2m20.3s, 4.Breen +3m50.6s, 5.Sordo +4m01.8s. Tanak engine problem

Sun 09:51 - SS14: Tanak update
The car is parked close to the end of the stage. The bonnet is up and Ott and his co-driver are working on the engine.

Sun 09:49 - SS14: WRC 2 Camilli
5.6sec slower than Kopecky, but Camilli believes he's found his limit. "I enjoy. I think the time is good. I can't do more. I'm at home and I was flat out everywhere."

Sun 09:47 - SS14: Tidemand
"No risks. A clean run."

Sun 09:47 - SS14: WRC 2 Bouffier
He's 6.7sec slower than WRC 2 pace setter Kopecky. "Quite good but when I see the times of the other guys it's not."

Sun 09:46 - SS14: WRC 2 Kopecky
"Okay, safe. We have nothing to lose. We just try to keep this pace. I don't know if I'm doing any more WRC 2 events this year so I try to enjoy every minute."

Sun 09:45 - SS14: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"On the safe side now, we have a big gap which we try to conserve. Just smiling and trying to enjoy life."

Sun 09:44 - SS14: Hanninen
Slowest through so far, 13.2sec off Sordo's pace. "I'm not so surprised on this combination of snow tyres and slicks. It's quite interesting to drive on the dry Tarmac. Some snow would be good..."

Sun 09:42 - SS14: Lefebvre
He pulls to a stop and puts his head in his hands, "I spin in one hairpin and lose six seconds."

Sun 09:40 - SS14: Ogier
Safely through third fastest. "Okay for us, obviously now just try and cruise to the finish." Ogier's lead over Tanak is now 58.5sec.

Sun 09:38 - SS14: Tanak
12.8sec slower than stage leader Sordo and his engine sounds terrible. What's wrong? "I don't know - we have only two cylinders." Ott leaves the line straightaway to investigate. He holds second place and there is a 1m21s cushion back to Latvala in third.

Sun 09:36 - SS14: Tanak
WRC TV crews report his engine sounds rough.

Sun 09:35 - SS14: Latvala
"Good I tried to be easy on the super soft tyres. I need them for the next stage. The car felt good."

Sun 09:34 - SS14: Breen
4.7sec off the pace in his older-spec Citroen. "Bone dry. I tried my best, but tight corners and uphill sections in this type of car mean I'm praying for snow from the high heavens."

Sun 09:32 - SS14: Sordo
Quickest so far. "Really fun. Completely dry. Really good to drive in these conditions. We expect there might be some snow on the Col de Turini later so we have some snow tyres just in case..."

Sun 09:32 - SS14: Evans
"We've compromised a bit with our tyre choice here. We are not sure what's going to happen later, hopefully we'll get it right for the Power Stage, but it wasn't perfect here."

Sun 09:29 - SS14: Neuville
Back today after his late shunt yesterday robbed him of the lead. "A good stage for us. The guys have fixed it. I enjoyed the stage but you have to be careful. For sure now I am looking ahead to the Power Stage and trying get some points."

Sun 09:24 - SS14: Road conditions
Bone dry, according to the zero car driver.

Sun 09:23 - Stage info: SS14
Luceram - Col St Roch 1, 5.50km. Col St Roch has been driven many times in the rally’s history, but this version is a first. It’s a short sprint that climbs all the way from the start in Luceram. It’s littered with hairpins throughout and the second part is much more abrasive than the initial section.

Sun 09:22 - Up first: SS14
A short, sharp stage to start with. Thierry Neuville will start at 0922hrs.

Sun 09:20 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on Sunday's tyre choices. Tanak/Ogier/Neuville: 4 super soft 2 winter (non stud). Lefebvre: 4 soft 2 winter (non stud). Breen/Sordo: 2 soft 2 super soft 2 winter (non stud). Latvala: 4 super soft 2 winter stud. Hanninen: 2 super soft 4 winter (non stud).

Sun 09:13 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. That's Central European Time or UTC +1hour.

Sun 09:13 - Start intervals
Priority 1 drivers of World Rally Cars will start at two-minute intervals. For everybody else, the gap is one minute.

Sun 09:13 - Sunday's start order
World Rally Car crews are again in reverse rally classification order today. Here's how they will line up: 1. Neuville, 2. Evans, 3. Sordo, 4. Breen, 5. Latvala, 6. Tanak, 7. Ogier, 8. Lefebvre, 9. Hanninen.

Sun 09:12 - Weather
After days of clear, crisp and cold weather it's a cloudier picture today in Monaco. A few drops of rain too. Sunday's opening stage is dry, but rain is forecast for the region today. Temperatures are relatively mild at between 1˚C and 6˚C.

Sun 09:11 - Watch SS17 LIVE
WRC+ users can watch this afternoon's stage live. Steaming starts at 1200hrs local [UTC +1]. So there's still time to sort a subscription if you haven't already.

Sun 09:11 - Sunday's itinerary 2/2
Today's finale includes a double ascent of the famous Col de Turini, one of the season’s iconic landmarks. Two loops of two stages are driven twice to make 53.72km of action, with bonus points available to the fastest five drivers in the final Power Stage.

Sun 09:11 - Sunday's itinerary 1/2
Drivers restarted from 0740hrs and took their cars straight to a tyre fitting zone at the Rascasse Corner of the F1 circuit. From there, they set off north into the Alpes-Maritimes. There is no opportunity for service today.

Sun 09:10 - Sunday is LIVE
It's the rally's fourth and final day, and the focus has moved south from Gap to the glamorous principality on the Mediterranean coast.

Sun 09:10 - Good morning
From Monaco and welcome back to our live text coverage of Rallye Monte-Carlo. We're reporting from the harbourside to bring you the news from today's stages.

Sat 19:08 - BREAKING: Meeke out
A late update tonight: Kris Meeke has retired from the rally. He stopped when his C3 was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the road section to Monaco. Nobody was injured, but his car's right-rear suspension was damaged and with no Rally 2 on Sunday, Meeke's rally is over.

Sat 16:20 - Saturday finale
You can watch the WRC teams re-prep their cars tonight via our live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.

Sat 16:19 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for rally reports and all the news from Rallye Monte-Carlo. And don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stacks of stage footage, highlights shows and onboards.

Sat 16:19 - Coming up
Crews head south for two identical loops of stages in the mountains close to Monaco. Crews will tackle four stages totaling 53.72km before the finish in Monaco on Sunday afternoon.

Sat 16:18 - We will return
On Sunday to bring you coverage of the rally's fourth and final day. We'll be here from 0922hrs (local) when the opening stage gets underway.

Sat 16:10 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Sat 16:08 - SS13: Neuville
The Belgian succeeds in nursing his damaged car to the finish. He's lost 32 minutes. The i20 is crabbing sideways, and the right-rear wheel is out of alignment but otherwise it looks okay. "It happened in quite a slow left-hand corner. On the exit, on the throttle, the rear went wide and I hit something. I don't know what. I have to go now..." says Thierry.

Sat 16:01 - SS13: What a stage!
Here's a recap: Neuville stopped and lost the rally lead (he's moving again now). Evans won his third stage of the day. Sordo's power steering failed. Hanninen stopped to change a puncture. Looking at the overall standings, M-Sport team-mates Ogier and Tanak hold first and second. Latvala is third and on course to give Toyota a maiden WRC podium with the Yaris.

Sat 15:52 - SS13: Neuville
Moving again. He seems to have made a temporary repair.

Sat 15:49 - Monte WRC 2 after SS13
1.Mikkelsen 3:35:25.9, 2.Kopecky +3m19.2s, 3.Bouffier +5m26.7s, 4.Camilli +8m42.7s, 5.Gilbert +9m48.4s

Sat 15:47 - SS13: WRC 2 Gilbert
"I don't have much experience of these dry stages. I need to work on my car set-up for them."

Sat 15:45 - SS13: WRC 2 Bouffier
"All good. Now the sun is out, we have the full asphalt set-up."

Sat 15:43 - SS13: Meeke
"The road was far from clean. Okay, no snow, but a lot of pollution pulled out. It's good to explore the car in these more consistent conditions."

Sat 15:41 - SS13: WRC 2 Kopecky
"A good day. We are happy to be here at the finish."

Sat 15:40 - SS13: Hanninen
The Finn explains his three-minute time loss. "I had a puncture on the second or third corner. I drove for a while before we stopped to change it."

Sat 15:39 - SS13: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
The WRC 2 leader saddened to see his friend parked up. "It was very disappointing to see Thierry off the road. I feel so sorry for him. He's done such a good rally, he deserved it. I'm gutted for him."

Sat 15:37 - Monte after SS13
1.Ogier 3h26:10.7s, 2.Tanak +47.1s, 3.Latvala +2m20.6s, 4.Breen +3m47.3s, 5.Sordo +4m03.2s. Neuville stops

Sat 15:34 - SS13: Lefebvre
"Difficult. I tried to push. I stalled in a hairpin and lost 5 or 6 seconds. I tried, but it's difficult to find the limit after just one pass of this stage."

Sat 15:32 - SS13: Hanninen update
Moving again.

Sat 15:32 - SS13: Ogier
The new rally leader is in. "Let's see what happens, but I'm sorry for Thierry - he was doing such a good job, with fabulous speed so far. We got some luck this weekend, some small mistake in here too, I touched a bank again near the end, but nothing special."

Sat 15:28 - SS13: Neuville update
His car has been passed by Lefebvre. WRC TV crew confirms rear-left suspension damage. Thierry and his co-driver Nicholas are working on the car.

Sat 15:27 - SS13: Tanak
"Really tricky. Not too happy with the car - a lot of understeer. Not so easy in the dirty places."

Sat 15:26 - SS13: Hanninen stops
6km in.

Sat 15:26 - SS13: Latvala
Spends a long time studying the stage time board. "I'm quite pleased with my time but it looks like Elfyn is flying."

Sat 15:25 - SS13: Neuville stops!
His Hyundai is at the 13.8km point. WRC TV crew reports rear-left problem.

Sat 15:23 - SS13: Sordo
Big problems for the Spaniard. He's lost 1m12.8s. "The power steering has gone. It went in a corner - flat out in sixth - I went straight off, unbelievable. Very lucky. I cannot drive like this."

Sat 15:22 - SS13: Sordo
Reported to be driving slowly at the 22km point.

Sat 15:22 - SS13: Breen
"A bit of fun. A bit of enjoyment to get back on this sort of surface. I think we can be quite pleased with the day."

Sat 15:21 - SS13: Evans
Only Ogier is quicker on the splits. Evans showing the best form of his WRC career. "This is some stage. The time doesn't really matter at this point in the game, but when you get this car on dry tarmac - boy-oh-boy. This is what it's all about."

Sat 15:10 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the tyres chosen for SS13. Tanak/Ogier/Neuville/Hanninen: 4 soft + 1 super soft. Lefebvre/Meeke/Breen/Latvala/Sordo: 5 soft.

Sat 15:04 - SS13: LIVE
Evans is underway in the final stage of the day.

Sat 13:02 - Next stage: 1503hrs
That's Evans' start time for the Bayons - Breziers stage. The pre-stage regroup should get the itinerary back on schedule. We'll take a live text break until the stage starts.

Sat 12:56 - Next stop: Service
Crews en route to Gap for another 30-minute service.

Sat 12:55 - Monte WRC 2 after SS12
1.Mikkelsen 3:20:11.8, 2.Kopecky +3m10.0s, 3.Bouffier +5m15.9s, 4.Camilli +8m29.7s, 5.Gilbert +9m14.9s

Sat 12:53 - Monte after SS12
1.Neuville 3m10:50.5s, 2.Ogier +51.0s, 3.Tanak +1m29.8s, 4.Latvala +3m04.1s, 5.Sordo +3m43.1s

Sat 12:53 - SS12: Meeke
Ninth fastest here. "We're on a bit of a test mission now. We have to get through this rally and look forward to the next one."

Sat 12:50 - SS12: Tidemand
"A clean run. No punctures this time. Good information from the ice crew."

Sat 12:48 - SS12: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"We are enjoying. We drove with four studs just to be on the safe side. All going to plan."

Sat 12:47 - SS12: Hanninen
Cleanly through.

Sat 12:44 - SS12: Lefebvre
"A difficult day for us. A power-steering problem earlier. Now we try to find a good set-up."

Sat 12:41 - SS12: Neuville
"I have the snow tyres this afternoon. This morning we were on slicks. It was the safe choice. We have a good lead, but we have to be clever." The Belgian is fifth fastest here, his rally lead now 51sec from Ogier.

Sat 12:39 - SS12: Ogier
Second quickest - but lucky to escape a wild slide into a field. He narrowly missed a sign post on has way back on. "We knew it was an open area but I wasn't expecting so much dirt on the road. On the winter tyre we understeered. Okay, I could take a risk there because I knew it was only a field on the outside. I had to try and do a bit more here."

Sat 12:34 - SS12: Tanak
Third quickest - and that must be a relief for Tanak fans after he reported gearbox and steering issues on the previous stage. "We managed to fix them between the stages and this one was a lot easier to drive."

Sat 12:32 - SS12: Latvala
"The afternoon has been better than the morning. I pushed maybe too hard in here - there were a few mistakes." Third quickest so far, 15.9sec slower than stage leader Evans.

Sat 12:29 - SS12: Sordo
His car has three studded tyres and one non-studded winter tyre. "The balance wasn't great - I prefer it when we have two-and-two." Second fastest so far, 11.6sec slower than Evans.

Sat 12:26 - SS12: Breen
"Getting the ice note info was difficult again, Scott was changing pace notes 10sec before we started. The drier the road gets the harder it is to fight with these guys. For me it's all about building experience - and wondering what it would be like to drive a 2017 car here."

Sat 12:22 - SS12: Evans
Safely through in 8m56.7s. No splits in this stage to compare with. "Conditions are better now but still tricky in places. Really difficult to read the road and read the grip. Difficult, but really enjoyable."

Sat 12:18 - SS12: Conditions
Largely dry asphalt with patches of melting slush.

Sat 12:16 - SS12: LIVE
WRC+ users can watch this stage live

Sat 12:16 - Monte WRC 2 after SS11
1.Mikkelsen 3:10:20.8, 2.Kopecky +3m09.5s, 3.Bouffier +5m15.2s, 4.Camilli +8m26.9s, 5.Gilbert +9m08.7s

Sat 12:14 - SS11: WRC 2 Gilbert
Slips back in the battle with Camilli but there's no clear reason. "It's okay, we are still there," he says.

Sat 12:12 - SS11: WRC 2 Camilli
"Better than this morning. The set-up is good."

Sat 12:11 - SS11: WRC 2 Bouffier
"The snow is melting quite a lot now. It's an interesting stage, you have a bit of everything in there."

Sat 12:10 - SS11: Abbring
Front-right puncture 5km before the finish.

Sat 12:09 - SS11: Meeke
Running out of order following his earlier delay. His C3 WRC completed spattered with mud. "I'm not comfortable but that's where we are at the moment."

Sat 12:08 - SS11: Tidemand
A front-left puncture. "Like before we got it 10km before the finish. I don't know how it happened."

Sat 12:06 - SS11: WRC 2 Kopecky
"Much better conditions in the lines this time."

Sat 12:06 - SS11: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"Cautious again. I have a big gap now and I want the win. I have to keep safe and stay concentrated."

Sat 12:04 - Monte after SS11
1.Neuville 3m01:38.8s, 2.Ogier +58.6s, 3.Tanak +1m30.7s, 4.Latvala +3m03.2s, 5.Sordo +3m46.5s

Sat 12:00 - SS11: Hanninen
"It was okay. A little bit wide on one left-hander. The grip is changing all the time."

Sat 11:59 - SS11: Lefebvre
57sec off the pace here, but cleanly through in the C3. "I'm very sorry, I take zero risks."

Sat 11:58 - SS11: Neuville
Second fastest, 2.1sec slower than Ogier. "I tried to be smoother. We had mud on the windscreen and I couldn't clear it. With the sun in front the visibility was bad." Neuville's rally lead is 58.6sec from Ogier.

Sat 11:55 - SS11: Ogier
A storming fastest time for Seb - 14.4sec quicker than Latvala. Four studded tyres on his Fiesta. "I think it was a good stage. I was happy with the rhythm, okay I needed some time to find that. This one was a good stage I think. My car is working fine."

Sat 11:53 - SS11: Tanak
Worries for the Estonian: "We have a very sick car, we have to go. It is changing gear all the time by itself. Power steering too."

Sat 11:51 - SS11: Latvala
Quickest time so far. "We adjusted the [differential ] pre-load and my driving. Last time here I started too fast and aggressive. Now I calm down on the Tarmac section and went better on the ice. I am happy with the stage."

Sat 11:49 - SS11: Sordo
"A little bit happier with the road. More clear areas with good grip. I enjoy a bit more."

Sat 11:48 - SS11: Breen
Thawing conditions highlight the lack of power in his 2016-spec DS 3. "More black stuff this time, unfortunately. What can I do? When it's bone dry I can't do anything. I shouldn't really be looking at the times of the other guys."

Sat 11:45 - SS11: Evans
Studded DMACK tyres all round for the Welshman. "It was okay but the tyres were moving a lot more, especially at the beginning. Higher temperatures I think. I might have pushed them over the limit." His stage time: 23m13.1s.

Sat 11:41 - SS11: Splits watch
Evans again the man to beat here. No splits from Ogier - but nobody else is quicker so far.

Sat 11:40 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the tyres chosen for the afternoon loop. Meeke/Breen: 4 winter stud + 1 winter (no stud). Lefebvre: 4 winter stud + 2 winter (no stud). Ogier/Tanak: 4 winter stud + 2 super soft. Sordo: 4 winter stud + 1 winter (no stud). Neuville/Hanninen/Latvala: 4 winter stud + 2 winter (no stud).

Sat 11:27 - Tanak update
The Estonian's car got a new gearbox in service. He reported downshifting issues this morning.

Sat 11:26 - Meeke update
His technical problem on SS10 was related to the ignition switch.

Sat 11:22 - SS11: LIVE
Evans and Breen in stage.

Sat 10:35 - Itinerary update:
Revised start times: For SS11: 1119hrs (six minute delay). SS12: 1211hrs (three minute delay). We'll take a live text break until the next stage.

Sat 10:15 - SS10: Meeke completes
He gets his C3 to the stage finish with the loss of more than 24min. The Brit doesn't give away any details of what went wrong. "We had a problem and had to stop and do some repairs," he says before setting off for service.

Sat 10:11 - Itinerary update
A 15-min regroup after service offers a chance to make up some of the 21min delay. For now, SS11 is due to start at 1134hrs.

Sat 10:07 - Up next: Service
Crews are en route to Gap for a 30-minute service. Evans will be first to check-in at 1013hrs.

Sat 10:03 - Monte WRC 2 after SS10
1.Mikkelsen 2:46:33.4, 2.Kopecky +2m43.1s, 3.Bouffier +4m53.0s, 4.Camilli +8m12.9s, 5.Gilbert +8m21.5s

Sat 10:02 - SS10: WRC 2 Crugnola
The Italian explains his delay on the previous test. "I had a hard knock on the front-right. I don't know what happened but now we have a bad vibration."

Sat 09:58 - SS10: WRC 2 Gilbert
4.8sec slower than Camilli here, but he believes he was on course to catch him. "We had a spin near the finish."

Sat 09:57 - SS10: WRC 2 Camilli
"I'm too slow today. I need to come back."

Sat 09:56 - SS10: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"We are being very safe and careful. We have a really good gap. The win is ours to lose."

Sat 09:53 - SS10: Meeke update
Car parked off the road. The bonnet is up. Looks like a mechanical problem. No Rally 2 opportunity for Sunday on Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Sat 09:50 - Monte after SS10
1.Neuville 2m38:43.7s, 2.Ogier +1m00.7s, 3.Tanak +1m12.0s, 4.Latvala +2m50.9s, 5.Sordo +3m26.5s

Sat 09:46 - SS10: Lefebvre
The Frenchman drops a minute to the leaders here. "I lost power-steering near the start. The car was difficult to drive. Okay, now we have a service."

Sat 09:44 - SS10: Neuville
Our rally leader completes 1sec slower than stage winner Evans. He's on a crossed slick/stud mix. "I had some understeer near the start so I had to slow the rhythm." Neuville's overall lead is now 1m.00.7s from Ogier.

Sat 09:41 - SS10: Ogier
A diagonal cross-tyre choice for the champ. "It was okay but I was quite cautious in the icy sections. Its okay, not so bad."

Sat 09:39 - SS10: Meeke
WRC live tracking shows him stopped in stage. 2.7km from the start.

Sat 09:39 - SS10: Tanak
"We still have some gear shift issues. Like yesterday, struggling with the downshifts."

Sat 09:37 - SS10: Latvala
7.1sec slower than stage leader Evans. He looks furious. "Very disappointed. It is not going as I wanted. I don't know what is wrong but I thought I was driving well on this stage."

Sat 09:35 - SS10: Sordo
"Very fast. On these tyres in normal conditions it would have been nice, in some corners I was too cautious."

Sat 09:33 - SS10: Breen
"Unfortunately we had a problem with our phone between the stages so I couldn't speak to our gravel note crew. A network problem I think. I didn't get the ice notes for the last five kilometres. Frustrating."

Sat 09:32 - SS10: Evans
The splits show another great time from the Welshman. "This one was really tricky. Frost under the trees and sunshine changing the situation all the time. We have a cross tyre choice here - so it was interesting in places!"

Sat 09:29 - SS9: WRC 2 Crugnola
WRC+ live timing shows him stopped 500 meters from the finish line.

Sat 09:27 - Stage info: SS10
La Bâtie Montsaleon – Faye 1, 16.78kk. This is fast throughout, and the final section is REALLY quick! A new stretch of bumpy road at the start leads onto the final part of the long 2016 stage, crossing Col la Croix and Col de Faye.

Sat 09:26 - SS10: LIVE
Evans started at 0919hrs. Far less ice here than on the previous stage. Zero car driver reports only five per cent snow/ice.

Sat 09:24 - Monte WRC 2 after SS9
1.Mikkelsen 2:36:30.5, 2.Kopecky +2m41.7s, 3.Bouffier +4m54.7s, 4.Camilli +8m03.9s, 5.Gilbert +8m07.7s

Sat 09:23 - SS9: WRC 2 Gilbert
10sec quicker than Camilli on this stage and Gilbert is just 3.8sec off his rival's fourth position in WRC 2. "We push in this one. I have more confidence than yesterday."

Sat 09:21 - SS9: WRC 2 Camilli
"Nothing special. We were cautious. The car was a little bit too stiff."

Sat 09:18 - SS9: Tidemand
Front-right puncture 10km before the finish.

Sat 09:17 - Monte after SS9
1.Neuville 2m29:27.5s, 2.Ogier +47.7s, 3.Tanak +1m05.6s, 4.Latvala +2m44.8s, 5.Breen +3m20.8s

Sat 09:15 - SS9: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"Really cautious in there. The last 15 - 20 km it was proper Sunday speed. Really careful."

Sat 09:14 - SS9: Meeke
Rejoining the rally today, Kris is 39sec off the pace here. "Good to be back but I was hesitating in here. When that happens it's easy to lose a lot of time."

Sat 09:12 - SS9: Hanninen
Damage to the right-rear wheel arch of his i20 Coupe. "I went a little wide and hit a barrier. It's okay, in these icy conditions the aero isn't so important."

Sat 09:10 - SS9: Lefebvre
"Quite okay at the start but on the snow part I had a front-right puncture." The tyres looks soft but in relatively good condition.

Sat 09:09 - SS9: Neuville
A new fastest time for the rally leader who goes 2.6sec quicker than Ogier. "Okay, not a massive difference but I had a clean run. No surprises for us, good information from our ice crew. l am committed and confident. The car is working really well. I've never had a car like this for the first rally in a season. It's enjoyable."

Sat 09:06 - SS9: Ogier
Fastest so far. He beats Evans here by 3.2sec. "I tried to save the tyres at the beginning. Its tricky on the ice. I'm happy to be here again. No easier than yesterday."

Sat 09:03 - SS9: Tanak
15sec slower than Evans, but the Estonian denies he has a problem. "I tried to be nice but in the ice it's very slippery. Very hard conditions."

Sat 09:02 - SS9: Latvala
Slowest so far. "I think I made a mistake here. I pushed too hard in the beginning on the dry Tarmac and I killed the studs before the ice."

Sat 09:01 - SS9: Sordo
"Like yesterday really bad conditions. The first section, on just Tarmac, was okay. After, on the ice, it was difficult to drive. On this surface it is impossible for me to get confidence." Sordo loses fifth place to Breen.

Sat 08:57 - SS9: Breen
10.9sec slower that Evans. "Far more difficult than yesterday. So tricky and narrow, no room for error. I struggled a little, I was not committed enough to my ice notes."

Sat 08:56 - SS9: Evans
The Welshman completes in 24m08.7s. Split times show him comfortably the fastest world rally car driver so far on the opening sectors. He's on DMACK's studded tyres. "That's a surprise, but okay, I'll take it," he says. "The ice felt really slow again but there was more fluffy snow - less hard packed - and that suits us better. The first split felt really good.

Sat 08:51 - SS9: Condition update
Starts on largely clear asphalt. Snow and ice from 12 - 27km.

Sat 08:48 - SS9: Splits watch
After a tough Friday, it's a much better start for Evans today. He's quickest of the eight cars so far to reach the 6.8km split.

Sat 08:29 - SS9: LIVE
Evans start time: 0829hrs

Sat 08:20 - SS9: Delay update
Ongoing delay while organisers ensure spectators are in safe positions. More news when we get it.

Sat 08:18 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the tyres chosen for the morning loop. Meeke/Lefebvre/Neuville/Tanak/Ogier: 4 winter stud + 2 super soft. Sordo: 4 winter stud + 1 winter (no stud). Breen: 5 winter stud. Hanninen/Latvala: 4 winter stud + 2 winter (no stud).

Sat 08:14 - Stage info: SS9
Lardier et Valenca - Oze 1, 31.17km. This is familiar to drivers as it features the opening two-thirds of last year’s monster 51km stage. It climbs initially on patchy ice before crossing the Col d’Espréaux and Col des Verniers, where snow can be expected. From there it descends through the valley to Oze. It contains a bit of everything – long fast straights, twisty and narrow sections and climbs and descents.

Sat 08:13 - SS9: Delayed
Saturday's opener is delayed slightly. Organisers expect new start time of 0818hrs. Stage notes coming up.

Sat 08:11 - WRC Live
Becs Williams is hosting 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 CENTRE on the homepage.

Sat 08:11 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. And for Gap, Monaco and everything in between that's Central European Time or UTC +1hour.

Sat 08:07 - Start intervals
Priority 1 drivers of World Rally Cars will start at two-minute intervals. For everybody else, the gap is one minute.

Sat 08:07 - Rally 2 restarters
Kris Meeke (Citroën) and Juho Hänninen (Toyota) rejoin the competition today after retiring on Friday

Sat 08:06 - Saturday's start order
All change from the 2016 championship order of Thursday and Friday. Instead, World Rally Car crews are in reverse rally classification order today. Here's how they will line up: 1. Evans, 2. Breen, 3. Sordo, 4. Latvala, 5. Tanak, 6. Ogier, 7. Neuville, 8. Lefebvre, 9. Hanninen, 10. Meeke.

Sat 08:06 - Weather
More clear, crisp and cold conditions - but a few degrees warmer than yesterday. Clear blue skies overhead. It's currently 1˚C in Gap. A high of 7˚C is predicted later. A few degrees colder in the mountains where today's stages are located.

Sat 08:04 - Watch SS12 LIVE
WRC+ users can watch this afternoon's stage live. Steaming starts at 1200hrs local [UTC +1]. So there's still time to sort a subscription if you haven't already.

Sat 08:04 - Saturday's itinerary 2/2
Teams will have a second 30-minute service before the day’s final stage, a repeat of Thursday’s Bayons-Brezier test, this time in daylight. After that, they will journey south to a luxurious, designer overnight parc fermé in Monaco.

Sat 08:03 - Saturday's itinerary 1/2
Drivers restarted from 0717hrs this morning. After a 15-minute service in Gap, they left for a morning loop of two stages: the 31.17km Lardier et Valenca, followed by the 16.78km La Batie Montsaleon – Faye. These will be followed by a 30-minute service in Gap before crews embark on the repeat loop.

Sat 08:03 - Saturday is LIVE
It's day three of the four-day rally, and five more wintry mountain stages are on today's agenda.

Sat 08:03 - Good morning
Again from Gap, France, and welcome back to our live text coverage of Rallye Monte-Carlo. We're reporting from the service park to bring you all the news from today's stages.

Fri 17:02 - Until tomorrow
Keep an eye on wrc.com for rally reports and all the news from Gap. And don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stacks of stage footage, highlights shows and onboards.

Fri 17:00 - Service Park TV
You can watch the WRC teams re-prep their cars in service tonight via our live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE CENTRE.

Fri 16:58 - We will return
On Saturday to bring you coverage of the five stages in the mountains south of Gap. We'll be here from 0808hrs (local) when the opening stage gets underway.

Fri 16:55 - Join us on Saturday
For the rally's third leg.

Fri 16:54 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Fri 16:52 - Monte WRC 2 after SS8
1.Mikkelsen 2:11:15.4, 2.Kopecky +2m47.4s, 3.Bouffier +4m55.0s, 4.Camilli +7m44.6s, 5.Gilbert +7m58.5s

Fri 16:50 - Monte after SS8
1.Neuville 2m05:24.6s, 2.Ogier +45.1s, 3.Tanak +45.4s, 4.Latvala +2m09.7s, 5.Sordo +2m57.8s

Fri 16:45 - SS8: WRC 2 Camilli
"I'm disappointed because we found a good rhythm and then, in one corner there was some delay with the pace note. Okay, this guy is my team-mate - we are a team. We need to work together and get a good rhythm with the notes all the time."

Fri 16:42 - SS8: WRC 2 Bouffier
"A shame to get the puncture on the stage before, but it's like this. Otherwise a good day."

Fri 16:40 - SS8: WRC 2 Kopecky
"So difficult in the slippery conditions. I'm happy to get to the finish."

Fri 16:39 - SS8: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
No issues to report. A trouble-free day for the WRC 2 leader.

Fri 16:38 - SS8: Lefebvre
He completes with damage to his Citroen's front splitter. "On the slower sections I didn't notice it, but I missed the aerodynamic benefit on the fast, clean roads."

Fri 16:35 - SS8: Evans
"A difficult day but I really enjoy this stage. Okay, it was difficult with the ice on the top, but we had a laugh on the way down - I love that section."

Fri 16:34 - SS8: Breen
Breen reports a slight off into a ditch. He lost a few seconds restarting the engine.

Fri 16:32 - SS8: Tanak
19.5sec slower than Ogier here and Tanak drops behind him to third in the overall standings. "No drama for me. I'm happy. Conditions are tricky but we are here. I'm enjoying myself. A really good day."

Fri 16:30 - SS8: Latvala
Time loss for the Finn. "I spun in a very, very icy corner and had to reverse. We lost 10 sec there. Later on another hairpin I had a half spin. I think I lost about 20 seconds in today."

Fri 16:28 - SS8: Sordo
Fifth overnight on a surface that he hasn't got to grips with. "A really bad day. For me it's impossible to drive the car in stages like this, with the ice and the grip changing all the time."

Fri 16:26 - SS8: Neuville
He loses 10 seconds in the final split. What happened? "We had a problem with the engine - we lost turbo boost. I stalled the engine a hairpin and did not press the reset button. It was not working properly. We drove for about 500 metres before we reset the system."

Fri 16:23 - SS8: Ogier
Looks like third overnight for Seb. "It's been a tough day for sure. Tough conditions and the afternoon was not any easier. We had a better feeling with the car in the afternoon. Some improvement. Step-by-step."

Fri 16:09 - SS8: LIVE
Today's final stage is underway. Ogier's start time: 1609hrs

Fri 16:00 - Monte WRC 2 after SS7
1.Mikkelsen 1:59:32.2, 2.Kopecky +2m26.4s, 3.Bouffier +4m36.1s, 4.Camilli +7m05.3s, 5.Gilbert +7m25.0s

Fri 15:58 - SS7: WRC 2 Camilli
The Frenchman more than four minutes off the pace here. There is some panel damage to the rear of his Fiesta. What happened? "In an icy corner my co-driver was a little bit late with a note." Eric clings on to fourth place but is less than 20sec ahead of Gilbert.

Fri 15:55 - SS7: WRC 2 Bouffier
2m41sec off the pace. "I got a rear-left puncture. It's a shame. Maybe I slide and hit a rock. That can happen. What can we do?" The sizeable gaps in WRC 2, and problems too for rival Camilli (hold tight) mean Bouffier holds on to third place.

Fri 15:52 - Monte after SS7
1.Neuville 1m54:11.6s, 2.Tanak +33.5s, 3.Ogier +52.7s, 4.Latvala +1m40.3s, 5.Breen +2m31.0s

Fri 15:50 - SS7: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"Better, cleaner than the first pass and easier to drive. There is still some slush in places - and that is worse than ice. No mistakes though. Pleased to be here."

Fri 15:47 - SS7: Lefebvre
"A little better. I hope to improve the rhythm on the next stage. A good day for us."

Fri 15:45 - SS7: Evans
"Still the same, the grip is incredibly low, but hey, we're still here and still learning."

Fri 15:45 - SS7: Breen
Feeling the power differential between his 2016-spec car and the new, more powerful models. "Too much black stuff here, I'm afraid. Big wide open roads and these [other] guys are just putting the power down."

Fri 15:42 - SS7: Tanak
Second fastest but the Estonian reports a downshifting issue. He leaves to investigate.

Fri 15:41 - SS7: Latvala
Third quickest so far. "I'm pleased. This was the first stage today when I was focused only on the driving. No other issues. I'm really pleased with the car - it has lots of performance and a lot of potential."

Fri 15:38 - SS7: Sordo
"Really slippery everywhere. Not nice to drive. Sometimes there's grip, sometimes none. It's not easy to build the confidence when it's like this. I'm happy to be at the finish."

Fri 15:35 - SS7: Neuville
19.6sec slower than Ogier - and Neuville blames an overly cautious approach. "The stage was okay but to be honest my pace notes had too much snow and ice. The road was cleaner that I expected. I dropped too much."

Fri 15:34 - SS7: Ogier through
His time is 21m17.8s and he looks exhausted. "It's definitely a hard job to drive with the slush now. I do what I can, but in very wet snow it is incredibly slippery and I was aquaplaning. We did what we could. We made some small adjustments in service - the car feels better."

Fri 15:27 - SS7: Splits watch
Ogier has the edge over Neuville here. The Frenchman is 14.5sec quicker at the 23.6km split.

Fri 15:12 - Monte WRC 2 after SS6
1.Mikkelsen 1:34:00.6, 2.Kopecky +1m53.6s, 3.Bouffier +1m54.2s, 4.Camilli +2m23.6s, 5.Gilbert +6m03.0s

Fri 15:09 - SS7: LIVE
Ogier started at 1506hrs.

Fri 15:08 - SS6: WRC 2 Bouffier
"Okay. A much cleaner road than before but still very easy to make a mistake. The car is working well."

Fri 15:07 - SS6: WRC 2 Camilli
"I have a slow puncture on the front right. I finished very carefully."

Fri 15:06 - SS6: WRC 2 Kopecky
"Okay, I'm just trying to come back to get second place in WRC 2."

Fri 15:05 - SS6: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"The grip was better but quite tricky. We took it quite safely."

Fri 15:04 - Monte after SS6
1.Neuville 1m29:34.2s, 2.Tanak +38.2s, 3.Ogier +1m12.3s, 4.Latvala +1m43.9s, 5.Sordo +2m03.9s

Fri 15:01 - SS6: Evans
1m21s down on Neuville here. "A bit more experience, a bit better grip, so the deficit is less but it's still tricky out there."

Fri 14:59 - SS6: Breen
"Hats off to [my ice-crew driver] Mikko Hirvonen. Everything he's saying is spot on. Okay, a couple of squeaky bum moments in there - but that's how this rally is."

Fri 14:57 - SS6: Tanak
"The road was cleaner this time. It's melted since our ice crew went through - so we are finding things out for ourselves. I think we had a clean run, though, and that's the most important thing."

Fri 14:55 - SS6: Latvala
Three-tenths quicker than Sordo. "We had a problem with the fuel on the road section. I was a bit stressed when I started the stage and I stalled on a hairpin."

Fri 14:53 - SS6: Sordo
22.8sec off the pace of his team-mate Neuville. "The road is really really slippery like before. There is snow, ice and water together. It is difficult to find the grip. We try to do our best but we're not quick enough."

Fri 14:50 - SS6: Neuville
13.2sec quicker than Ogier here. "We are cleaning a bit the line for the cars behind. Overall, this was more tricky than the first pass - difficult to know how much speed to carry."

Fri 14:49 - SS6: Ogier
"A little better than this morning but there is some slush around which is hard to handle. I think it will clear, so being first car is no so easy. A better feeling for me this time."

Fri 14:47 - SS6: Ogier splits?
Not showing. Don't panic - he is nearing the stage finish.

Fri 14:40 - SS6: Update
Bruno Saby is through again in the zero car. How are the conditions this time? "A little bit better than this morning, but still very difficult."

Fri 14:29 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the tyres chosen for the afternoon's loop. Like this morning, all Michelin drivers have selected six studded winter tyres.

Fri 14:26 - Welcome back
The afternoon loop is underway. After a 30-minute service in Gap, cars are gathering at the start of SS6.

Fri 12:56 - Next stage: 1428hrs
That's Ogier's start time for the repeated Agnieres en Devoluy - Le Motty stage. We'll take a live text break until then.

Fri 12:54 - Ott Tanak
"It's been tricky but I think we can be happy with the result so far. Even in the full snow the conditions are varied - and the grip very difficult to judge." And how is new co-driver Martin Jarveoja getting on? "He is doing quite well. There are many things to learn, and it's not so easy for him, but he's doing very well. Considering the conditions it's the toughest event of the season for a co-driver. It can be quite a pain in the ass..."

Fri 12:48 - Dani Sordo
Fifth after the morning loop, 1m40sec off the lead, and already considering what he can salvage this weekend. "We need to try and save the position and finish the rally - the points will be important. We tried to fight but it wasn't possible. Now we need to try a different strategy."

Fri 12:45 - Thierry Neuville
Back in service, the rally leader reflects on his morning: "A good feeling, especially inside the car. It is very nice, and we are getting a lot of information. I feel comfortable - that's the main thing. Conditions have been more slippery than I expected. No mistakes so far - just a stall in a hairpin - otherwise we kept all four wheels on the road."

Fri 12:40 - Monte WRC 2 after SS5
1.Mikkelsen 1:14:59.7, 2.Bouffier +1m44.2s, 3.Kopecky +1m46.6s, 4.Camilli +2m10.4s, 5.Gilbert +5m08.4s

Fri 12:36 - SS5: Hanninen update
Confirmation that they went off the road. Crew okay.

Fri 12:35 - Monte after SS5
1.Neuville 1m11:24.6s, 2.Tanak +31.7s, 3.Ogier +59.1s, 4.Latvala +1m21.4s, 5.Sordo +1m41.1s. Hanninen stops

Fri 12:32 - SS5: WRC 2 Camilli
"It's my home rally but I don't like these conditions. I know I can push more, but I don't have a good feeling. It's strange.'

Fri 12:31 - SS5: WRC 2 Kopecky
One minute lost here with a front-right puncture. "It's strange. We hit some stones on the left-side and I thought we might get a puncture. But we were okay and then we felt the front right go down."

Fri 12:30 - SS5: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"We dialled ourselves in quite well I think. Careful in the tricky conditions early on, then we increased the pace and now we are comfortable. I'm very satisfied with the car - but it's very different to what I'm used to."

Fri 12:24 - SS5: Lefebvre
"Hanninen is parked up by the road. It was not a problem for us. For me, this was the best stage of the morning, the confidence is coming."

Fri 12:21 - SS5: Evans
"Conditions were more mixed here, there was more Tarmac. We tried to push a bit harder. It was better."

Fri 12:20 - SS5: Hanninen
WRC live tracking shows his Toyota stopped at 11.8km

Fri 12:19 - SS5: Breen
"A lot cleaner than the previous stage - where I spun twice. Conditions here make it a bit more level with the cars - but on the tarmac they [the 2017-spec cars] are getting away from me."

Fri 12:16 - SS5: Tanak
The Estonian holds second place after the morning loop, 31.7sec adrift of Neuville. "It's okay. "The rhythm is improving - more consistent now." And the faulty radio? "Not a problem - we disconnected it."

Fri 12:13 - SS5: Latvala
"Better now we have more tarmac on the road - but it's not been easy. We pushed the car out of parc ferme when it didn't start this morning - the team got it going in service with two minute to spare. We have a misfire in the engine and the wrong set-up."

Fri 12:10 - SS5: Sordo
Stalled in a hairpin. Dani thinks he might have a diff problem.

Fri 12:10 - SS5: Neuville
Cleanly though and the Belgian maintains his rally lead. "Okay but my pace note weren't perfect here. I see that Ogier was pushing. It's nice with the studded tyres on the tarmac - a lot of movement - a nice show - but it's not that efficient."

Fri 12:06 - SS5: Ogier
He's through. "More or less the same conditions. Okay, it's been a difficult morning but we are here - and that's not the case for everybody. It's not the best, but we keep going."

Fri 11:59 - SS5: Ogier vs Neuville
One-tenth between them at the 5.7km split - in Ogier's favour.

Fri 11:47 - Stage info: SS5
St-Leger-les-Mélèzes – La-Bâtie-Neuve 1, 17.82km. Apart from a different start and finish, this is identical to the 2016 test. A steep climb to the Col de Moissière mixes clear roads and snowy asphalt, after which the stage descends on a narrow and bumpy road which twists and turns through Sapet forest. The final section is wide with a series of long open hairpins leading to the finish.

Fri 11:46 - Up next: SS5
Crews en route to the start of the next test - the final stage of the morning loop. Ogier's start time 1152hrs - five minutes later than scheduled

Fri 11:44 - SS4: WRC 2 Bouffier
"Okay. A nice stage. In a few places the snow is melting but I cannot complain." The Frenchman second quickest in WRC 2 so far - but a whopping 46.5sec off the pace of runaway leader Mikkelsen.

Fri 11:42 - Monte after SS4
1.Neuville 1:00:02.4s, 2.Tanak +25.8s, 3.Hanninen +45.3s, 4.Ogier +54.3s, 5.Latvala +1m09.1s. Meeke stops

Fri 11:41 - Monte after SS4
1.Neuville 1m00:02.4s, 2.Tanak +25.8s, 3.Hanninen +45.3s, 4.Ogier +54.3s, 5.Latvala +1m09.1s. Meeke stops

Fri 11:39 - SS4: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"Still on the safe side - just exploring the car."

Fri 11:38 - SS4: Lefebvre
"I have no direct experience in these conditions. Struggling for grip. Not so nice."

Fri 11:35 - SS4: Hanninen
Fourth-fastest in the Toyota Yaris keeps him third overall. "Okay. Not an easy stage, the grip was changing a lot. It's difficult to find and keep the rhythm. I'm quite happy though. The car is still good."

Fri 11:33 - SS4: Evans
Another disappointing time - 2min off the pace of stage leader Neuville. "It's been difficult for sure. Just a lot less grip on the ice than I expected. Still, could be worse..."

Fri 11:31 - SS4: Breen
"Conditions was even worse that the previous stage. Obviously Kris has gone off. It's so, so simple to make a mistake so I'm trying to keep it neat and tidy. Taking it easy. I'm happy to get to the end."

Fri 11:25 - SS4: Meeke update
Parked up in a snowy field. Kris and co-driver Paul Nagle are out of the car. Front-left suspension damage. That looks like it for the day.

Fri 11:24 - SS4: Latvala
"My suspension is too stiff. We had a problem with the engine this morning - it didn't start. The team engineers fixed it in service but that meant there wasn't enough time to adjust the suspension."

Fri 11:23 - SS4: Meeke update
His C3 still stopped on stage at 26.6km. He has been passed Citroen team-mate Craig Breen.

Fri 11:21 - SS4: Sordo
"Very, very slippery. Difficult conditions. Hard to read the road. No drama. We drive safely."

Fri 11:20 - SS4: Meeke stops
In stage. Between the 25km and 27km point.

Fri 11:19 - SS4: Neuville
4.9sec quicker than Ogier. "The grip is not that good. Very tricky. I stalled the engine on a hairpin near the end. I tried to be as clean as possible. Not much grip near the end - probably the studs had gone."

Fri 11:17 - SS4: Ogier though
"Pretty slippy once again, but at least no mistakes from me in this one. The road is a mix of everything. The problem is when there is snow - the thin layer is very, very slippy. I'm not happy with everything on the car at the moment."

Fri 11:04 - SS4: Splits watch
Five cars have reached the 7.1km split. Tanak is quickest, by 2.5sec from Neuville. Ogier again off the pace - he's 3.2sec slower than Tanak.

Fri 10:59 - Stage info: SS4
Aspres les Corps - Chaillol 1, 38.94km. This stage joins two 2016 tests into one. Much of it lies above 1000 metres and it peaks at 1542 metres, meaning wintry weather is likely on the opening section to the Col de Festreaux. The following downhill run is clear on a wide and fast road. It is more technical from the midpoint, with ice and snow a strong possibility on the final few kilometres to Chaillol.

Fri 10:58 - SS4 LIVE
And well underway. Ogier started at 1049hrs

Fri 10:57 - SS3: Camilli
"Different conditions to the recce. A lot of ice and I'm a little afraid after last year. I'm trying to find my confidence. Not easy for me."

Fri 10:56 - Monte after SS3
1.Neuville 34:20.5s, 2.Meeke +16.5s, 3.Tanak +17.8s, 4.Hanninen +27.9s, 5.Latvala +38.7s

Fri 10:56 - Monte after SS3
1.Neuville 34:20.5s, 2.Meeke +16.5s, 3.Tanak +17.8s, 4.Hanninen +27.9s, 5.Latvala +38.7s

Fri 10:54 - SS3: WRC 2 Kopecky
"I didn't have so much experience in this snow and ice. I took it cautiously, lots more tricky stages to come."

Fri 10:53 - SS3: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
"Really, really difficult. Just sliding around on the safe side. No risk."

Fri 10:51 - SS3: Lefebvre
Back after his clutch-related retirement yesterday. Eighth-quickest here. "All is okay today. I've never driven in these conditions. I take zero risks. The car is perfect."

Fri 10:50 - SS3: Evans
2m17sec off the pace and his DMACK-shod Fiesta looks fine. What happened? "Nothing. It's just the grip I have. I went in the ditch once but that was just 10 seconds."

Fri 10:48 - SS3: Hanninen
Fifth-fastest. He passes Evans in stage. "Okay. Nothing special. I lost some time passing Evans. Otherwise okay."

Fri 10:46 - SS3: Evans
Still in stage and losing time - perhaps as a result of his ditch trip. He's more than a minute off the pace at the 18km point.

Fri 10:45 - SS3: Breen
"Unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it in my life. I just tried to keep it neat and tidy. Trying to learn with every kilometres and see how we go."

Fri 10:43 - SS3: Meeke
2.3sec off the pace - and he's smiling. "I can't believe after all that there's only a few seconds in it! It's a lottery. Some places are sheet ice - you lose a lot there. The snow's not so bad. It's easy to lose a minute here and not know why. So it's good."

Fri 10:41 - SS3: Tanak
Fastest so far! 1.6sec up on Neuville. "Really tricky - some bad moments. Some radio interference too, we could hear people in our team talking, and that was distracting."

Fri 10:39 - SS3: Latvala
"I'm sure we lost one minute near the end. There was a section of Tarmac but you can't use it - it's so cold the tyres have no heat in them."

Fri 10:37 - SS3: Sordo
13.7sec slower than his team-mate Neuville. Dani no fan of the inconsistent conditions. "Some places it felt not much faster than the recce. Not great at all. It's difficult to learn the grip on the surface. It's changing. We are really slow, no?"

Fri 10:35 - SS3: Neuville
41.1sec up on Ogier. "It was okay, some places a bit wide but I enjoyed the stage even though it was very slippery. I have a good balance with the car. It feels great."

Fri 10:33 - SS3: Ogier
He's through and the car looks straight. "It happened in a junction. Very, very icy. I pulled the handbrake but the car never turned. It was very slow - 10kph. Super tricky. First on the road is a disaster. I think it will get quicker. Not the start we wanted today."

Fri 10:28 - SS3: Evans
Another driver to land in Ogier's ditch. WRC TV crew reports that he got out quickly.

Fri 10:26 - SS3: Latvala
Fastest of the five drivers so far to reach the 5.4km split. Great start - although we hear he had to push his car out of overnight parc ferme this morning. More later...

Fri 10:24 - SS3: Ogier
Ogier within one-tenth of Neuville's time between the 5.4km and 12.4km split points - which suggests the Frenchman's Ford Fiesta is running okay.

Fri 10:19 - SS3: Time loss for Ogier
Ogier 41sec SLOWER than Neuville at the opening 5.4km split.

Fri 10:16 - SS3: Neuville lucky
WRC TV crews the Belgian was almost off at the same point.

Fri 10:15 - SS3: Ogier stops!
WRC TV crew report his car in a ditch after 2.5km. He's out of the ditch and underway again.

Fri 10:14 - SS3: Ogier stops!
WRC TV crew report his car in a ditch after 2.5km. He's out of the ditch and underway again.

Fri 10:06 - Stage info: SS3
Agnières-en-Dévoluy – Le Motty 1, 24.63km Set in the heart of the Dévoluy mountains, this test is pacy and mostly downhill on narrow roads that are far from easy. It twists and turns in and out of trees, and crosses several villages with stunning views of Lake Sautet and its dam before the finish in Le Motty. There is plenty of snow throughout the test.

Fri 10:05 - Up first: SS3
Crews are on their way there now, after leaving the service park from 0900hrs. Stage notes coming up...

Fri 10:04 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and type of tyres chosen for this morning's loop. As expected, the snow and ice on today's roads makes this one fairly straightforward: All Michelin drivers have selected six studded winter tyres.

Fri 10:04 - WRC Live
Becs Williams is hosting 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 CENTRE on the homepage.

Fri 10:04 - Start intervals
Priority 1 drivers of World Rally Cars will start at two-minute intervals. For everybody else, the gap is one minute.

Fri 10:03 - Rally 2 Lefebvre
The Frenchman is the sole World Rally Car restarter this morning following a gearbox-related retirement last night. He slots 10th in the start order.

Fri 10:03 - Friday's start order
Like Thursday, crews will tackle today's stages in 2016 championship order, led by last year's winner Sebastien Ogier. Here's how the WRC runners will line up: 1. Ogier, 2. Neuville, 3. Sordo, 4. Latvala, 5. Tanak, 6. Meeke, 7. Breen, 8. Evans, 9. Hanninen, 10. Lefebvre.

Fri 10:03 - Weather
More clear, crisp and cold conditions. Blue skies overhead. It's currently 1˚C in Gap. A high of 4˚C is predicted later.

Fri 10:02 - Friday's itinerary
Day two of four, Friday features 160.80km of special stages. A loop of three stages – Agnières en Dévoluy–Le Motty (24.63km), Aspres-lès Corps–Chaillol (38.94km) and St Léger les Mélèzes–La Bâtie Neuve (16.83km) will run twice, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The two loops will be split by a 30-minute service at Gap, while a 45-minute flexi service will end the day.

Fri 10:02 - Day two underway
Rallye Monte-Carlo restarted at 0900hrs this morning.

Fri 10:02 - SS1 cancelled
In a statement, the Clerk of the Course confirmed that none of the times from SS1 would count.

Fri 10:02 - Paddon withdraws
The Kiwi crashed in SS1 after hitting black ice. His Hyundai team has withdrawn his car from the rally as a mark of respect for the spectator who sadly passed away in the incident.

Fri 10:01 - Thursday's tragedy
There's a sombre mood in the service park this morning following news last night that a spectator had died in an incident on SS1. All of us at wrc.com extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

Fri 10:00 - Welcome
Hello from Gap, France, and welcome back to our live text coverage of Rallye Monte-Carlo

Fri 00:43 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for rally reports and all the news from Gap. And don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find stacks of stage footage, highlights shows and onboards.

Fri 00:43 - We will return
On Saturday from 1011hrs (local) when the opening stage gets underway.

Fri 00:41 - Join us on Friday
For the rally's second, and longest, leg.

Fri 00:40 - Service Park TV
Watch teams re-prep the cars in service tonight via our live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE CENTRE

Fri 00:38 - Stage time update
Organizers are yet to award notional times for competitors on SS1, but they are expected to be given the same time as Ogier. Therefore the stage times on SS2 should reflect the overall positions. Our live timing section will be updated when the situation is resolved.

Fri 00:35 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Fri 00:28 - SS2: WRC 2 Mikkelsen
No big surprise that the Norwegian is the class of the WRC 2 field. He completes 4.8sec quicker than his Skoda team-mate Kopecky. But it wasn't easy. "It was chaos. We started with cold tyres and I passed a Porsche in stage when it went off. It's my first time ever in this car on slicks. I tried to get used to them on the road section but it's different! Safely though. No risks. It will be a long rally."

Fri 00:24 - SS2: Delecour
First stage complete in his RGT class Abarth 124. "A good start. It's a new car and the most important thing is to get to the finish."

Fri 00:22 - SS2: Tidemand
Reports a small spin. He sounds cheerful enough.

Fri 00:21 - SS2: Hanninen
A terrific stage for the Finn who goes third fastest in the second of the new Toyotas. "So it was okay, a reasonable start," he says. "Not an easy start - we had to wait for half an hour [on the start line] and everything was cold. I know the car is good - it's up to the driver now."

Fri 00:18 - SS2: Abbring
"My first rally with new co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe. So it will take time to settle in."

Fri 00:16 - SS2: Evans
A good start for the Welshman - sixth-fastest in his DMACK-shod Fiesta. "Overall pretty happy with the first stage in the new car."

Fri 00:15 - SS2: WRC 2 Bergkvist
Three minutes off the pace. Transmission problems and a spin.

Fri 00:13 - SS2: WRC 2 Bouffier
The former rally winner is second quickest, 18.2sec slower than Kopecky. "Happy to be here. More gravel than I was expecting but less ice too."

Fri 00:11 - SS2: WRC 2 Giordano
The Frenchman completes 2min 45sec off the pace. He switches off the headlights. "Engine," he sighs. "I think it broke 5km before the finish. That's the fifth time. I'm so bored. I think the rally is finished for me."

Fri 00:06 - SS2: WRC 2 Bonato
"I have a pop-off valve problem, which is normal. And the tyres feel strange. A long way to go. I must be patient."

Fri 00:05 - SS2: WRC 2 Gilbert
55sec slower than WRC 2 pace-setter Kopecky. "Bad. A big problem with my brakes. It was impossible to brake hard."

Fri 00:02 - SS2: WRC 2 Kremer
Another of the R5 Skoda drivers. "The end was really slippery and difficult. A lot of mud and water in the cuts. We are on the maximum for the grip."

Thu 23:59 - SS2: WRC 2 Kopecky
"Much better than on recce, but still some icy patches where I need to build my confidence. I'd be happy to have the similar pace to [Skoda team-mate] Andreas Mikkelsen on a couple of stages."

Thu 23:58 - SS2: Running order
The re-routing after SS1 has affected the published road order. Nine WRC 2 drivers will be next to complete the stage - followed by Evans, Abbring and Hanninen.

Thu 23:55 - SS2: Lefebvre update
Still stopped in stage. Mechanical.

Thu 23:54 - SS2: Breen
19.2sec off the lead pace in Citroen's 2016-spec DS 3. "I'm in a race of my own here but I'm happy with that stage to be honest. In a few places my pace notes weren't great but I'm pleased to get through okay."

Thu 23:51 - SS2: Meeke
Third quickest so far on his first stage in the Citroen C3. He's 15.3sec off the lead pace. "Quite tricky, a lot of stuff on the road. We knew about the ice, but it was hard to see - very patchy. A steady start."

Thu 23:47 - SS2: Tanak
Third fastest so far. "Very tricky. The car felt fine but I'm really struggling to get a rhythm. It is very challenging but we are through. That's the main thing."

Thu 23:46 - SS2: Latvala
28.4sec slower than Neuville. "Quite a demanding stage. Some damp, some dry places, some ice. I was very, very careful. I lost more time in the ice but I wanted to make sure we made no mistakes. I am surprised by the time difference. If you are confident on the ice you can make the difference."

Thu 23:44 - SS2: Lefebvre stopped
WRC+ live tracking shows his Citroen C3 stopped at 5.1km

Thu 23:43 - SS1: Organiser's statement
Rallye Monte-Carlo has issued the following statement following this evening's cancellation of SS1: ‘‘SS 1 has been cancelled due to the crash of Paddon and Kennard. The crew is unharmed. A spectator passed out. The emergency services have been called to rescue him. SS2 is maintained as expected.’’ Further information to follow…

Thu 23:43 - SS2: Sordo
26.6sec off the pace of his team-mate Neuville. "The car feels good but the time is not great," he explains. "I don't know. The time felt really good. Better than I expected. The car is good, it felt really fast in the corners."

Thu 23:39 - SS2: Neuville
Another scorching run from the Belgian. He completes 7.8sec quicker than Ogier and holds the overnight lead by 8.5sec. "It was okay. Maybe too soft - the car was moving about too much. I didn't like it but I tried to do my best."

Thu 23:36 - SS2: Ogier
He completes in 15m08.9s and that's his evening's work done. "Happy to be here after two tricky night stages. It's hard to start in the dark. The main aim was to get through safely. Quite a bit of loose gravel in here, it was slippery but not a bad stage. Maybe too careful in places. It was fun."

Thu 23:32 - SS2: Latvala
Not at great start for Jari-Matti. 9.6sec off Neuville's pace at the 6.3km split.

Thu 23:30 - SS2: Splits watch
Neuville 3.6sec quicker than Ogier at the 14.2km split.

Thu 23:26 - SS2: Splits watch
Rally leader Neuville 2.4sec quicker than Ogier to the 6.3km split

Thu 23:25 - SS2: Stage conditions
Update from the road opening zero car driver - 1988 Monte Carlo winner Bruno Saby. "Not completely easy. Stage is largely clean asphalt, but there is ice at 20km." Air temperature at the finish is -4˚C

Thu 23:19 - SS2: LIVE
Ogier's start time: 2318hrs.

Thu 23:14 - SS2: Further delay
More news when we get it.

Thu 22:59 - Stage info: SS2
Bayons - Bréziers 1, 25.49km. This stage was widely used until 1999 but in the opposite direction. It climbs uphill initially through a series of narrow hairpins to the summit of the 1148 metres Col des Sagnes. It descends through two villages on a fast and wide road before a flatter, but more technical, section leading to the finish. It’s fast throughout and identifying the correct braking points is crucial.

Thu 22:24 - SS2: Slight delay
Rally organisers confirm a 10-minute delay to the start of SS2. Ogier's new time: 2307hrs. First eight cars - at least - will run at 3-minute intervals. A decision on the intervals between the cars following will be made later.

Thu 22:18 - SS1 Update
SS1 Cancelled

Thu 21:14 - Schedule update
Crews are being directed to Bayons - the start of Stage 2. The stage is due to start at 2257hrs.

Thu 20:51 - Paddon update
Confirmation in from Hyundai that Hayden and his co-driver John Kennard are out of the car and okay.

Thu 20:44 - SS1: Stage cancelled
The stage has been red flagged. More updates to come.

Thu 20:34 - SS1: Stage stopped
Paddon's car is blocking the road

Thu 20:30 - SS1: Paddon rolls!
The Kiwi slides wide on a left-hander at the 19.9km point. His Hyundai rides up a bank and flips onto its side, coming to rest across the road.

Thu 20:30 - SS1: Neuville
Seven tenths quicker than Ogier! "A good start. I was discovering the car, to be honest. I did well but I can do better. My car set-up was very soft, it was moving around."

Thu 20:29 - SS1: Ogier completes
His time: 12m10.9s. First stop line comments from Ogier in the Fiesta World Rally Car: "Definitely I took it on the safe side. Hard to find the limit in these conditions. For sure I could go faster, but... first stage of the year. A bit safe on the tyre choice and the driving."

Thu 20:26 - SS1: Splits watch
Sordo closest so far to Ogier's early pace. The Spaniard is 1.8sec slower to the 4.9km split. Latvala, in the first of the new Toyota's is 2.4sec off Ogier's pace.

Thu 20:21 - SS1: Splits watch
The first split of the season is in. Ogier is 2.1sec UP on Neuville at the 4.9km point.

Thu 20:20 - SS1: Conditions update
Dry at the start with a few patches of black ice. Ice note crews report some damp sections near the finish. Temperature currently -1˚C at the finish.

Thu 20:14 - SS1: LIVE
Ogier underway! Ride with him LIVE on WRC Plus

Thu 20:01 - Stage info: SS1
Entrevaux - Ubraye, 21.25km. The main feature of the 2017 season-opener is the climb of the 1100 metres Col de Laval, which drivers crest shortly after the midpoint. After a narrow start on roads lined by a rock face, it opens out after the village of Le Champ and a short descent at 6.3km carries the risk of ice. The climb and descent of the col are on rolling roads but it narrows and becomes twistier near the finish.

Thu 20:01 - Up first: SS1
Crews are lining up at the control. Ogier's start time: 2014hrs. Stage notes coming up...

Thu 19:52 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and type of tyres chosen for this evening's loop. Ogier: 4 Super Soft + 1 Soft. Tanak/Breen/Neuville/Paddon: 5 Super Soft. Meeke: 3 Super Soft + 3 Soft. Lefebvre/Hanninen: 6 Super Soft. Latvala: 4 Soft + 2 Super Soft. Sordo: 5 Soft.

Thu 19:51 - WRC Live
Becs Williams is hosting 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 CENTRE on the homepage.

Thu 19:36 - Start intervals
Priority 1 drivers of World Rally Cars will start at two-minute intervals. For everybody else, the gap is one minute.

Thu 19:36 - Thursday's start order
Crews will tackle tonight's stages in 2016 championship order, led by last year's winner Ogier. Here's how the WRC runners will line up: 1. Ogier, 2. Neuville, 3. Paddon, 4. Sordo, 5. Latvala, 6. Tanak, 7. Meeke, 8. Breen, 9. Lefebvre, 10. Evans, 11. Hanninen.

Thu 19:36 - Weather
It's a clear, crisp and bitterly cold night. There is snow around on roadside verges but the roads are generally dry and clear. Today's temperature in Gap peaked at 6˚C but plunged to below zero once the sun went down. It will get down to -8˚C tonight.

Thu 19:35 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. And for Gap, Monaco and everything in between that's Central European Time or UTC +1hour.

Thu 19:34 - Thursday's stages
From Monaco, crews face a 286-kilometre journey back to service and overnight parc fermé in Gap. On the way they will take in two night stages: the 21km Entrevaux-Val de Chalvagne-Ubray from 2014hrs and the 25km Bayons-Breziers 1 from 2257hrs. We'll bring you stage notes shortly.

Thu 19:33 - Monte is LIVE!
The competition proper got underway this evening from 1811hrs when defending champ Sébastien Ogier drove his Ford Fiesta over the start ramp in Monaco.

Thu 19:33 - Coming up
After months of build-up and expectation, the WRC's new era is finally here. New World Rally Cars, new teams and a nail-biting eleventh-hour driver/team shake-up make this one of the most keenly-anticipated seasons EVER

Thu 19:33 - We're live
Reporting from the the WRC TV production office overlooking the service park to bring you all the news from tonight's two stages

Thu 19:33 - Welcome to the 2017 WRC
Good evening from Gap, France, and welcome to our live text coverage of Rallye Monte-Carlo, the opening round of the 2017 World Rally Championship

Thu 17:52 - Watch SS1 LIVE
WRC+ users can watch tonight's stage live. Steaming starts at 2000hrs local [UTC +1]. So there's still time to sort a subscription if you haven't already. We'll be back later to bring you all the news from the stage. Bye for now.

Thu 13:55 - WRC eSports 2017
All info @ esportswrc.com

Tue 17:25 - Round 1 of the FIA World Rally Championship 2017
Rallye Monte-Carlo ceremonial start: Thursday 19th January 1811hrs local (UTC 1)

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# Pilote Copilote Equipe/Voiture Eligibilité Groupe Classe Contrôle Motif
4 NZLH. PADDON NZLJ. KENNARD Hyundai Motorsport
7 GBRK. MEEKE IRLP. NAGLE Citroen Total Abu Dhabi Wrt
34 DEUA. KREMER DEUP. WINKLHOFER Brr Baumschlager Rally & Rally Team
FORD Fiesta
43 FRAQ. GIORDANO FRAT. ROUX Giordano Quentin
61 CHEC. ALTHAUS CHEJ. BAYARD Renault Sport Racing Team
FORD Fiesta
84 CHEL. VUKASOVIC CHES. GROUX Vukasovic Laurent
FORD Fiesta
86 FRAP. BAFFOUN FRAB. LARUE Baffoun Philippe
108 FRAN. RENCHET FRAC. AMOROS Renchet Nicolas