Sat 18:19 - Au revoir –
Until the morning!
Sat 18:18 - While we’re away –
Make sure you check the news section for our end of leg reports from the WRC, WRC 2 and JWRC categories. And don’t forget our WRC+ service that offers stage footage, highlights and onboards.
Sat 18:17 - We'll return –
A short while before the first stage gets underway at 08.58. It's the longest of the rally at 53.78km so make sure you don't miss our updates.
Sat 18:14 - Join us tomorrow –
We’ll return bright and breezy on Sunday morning for the final day at the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse.
Sat 18:14 - It's a wrap –
The leading crews have completed today's four stages so we’ll now park our live text service for this afternoon.
Sat 18:07 - Tour de Corse WRC 2 after SS8:
1. Evans 3h 32m 57.0s; 2. Kopecky +37.8s; 3. Bonato +3m 15.7s; 4. Maurin +3h 53.3s; 5.Gilbert +32m 38.2s.
Sat 18:04 - SS8: JWRC Tempestini –
The championship leader is third fastest and remains fourth on the overnight Junior WRC leaderboard.
Sat 18:02 - SS8: JWRC Koci –
"There's no reason to try and catch the guys in front from here. It's sensible to stay in third place and go drive again tomorrow." He's 1m 40.1s shy of second place.
Sat 18:00 - SS8: JWRC Pellier –
The FFSA-backed driver ends the day in second place. "I didn't have any soft tyres so it was very difficult. But we'll try and push tomorrow to catch Yohan."
Sat 17:59 - SS8: JWRC Rossel –
He's 5.2s faster than Pellier to further extend his lead at the head of the field to 14.9s.
Sat 17:57 - SS8: WRC 2 Gilbert –
The Rally 2 runner is 54.7s off the pace, after nursing his car's engine temperature. "There is a problem with the engine and we also had a spin in this one on a left-hand corner.
Sat 17:51 - SS8: WRC 2 Maurin –
The Frenchman is second fastest on this one and remains fourth overall. "We did a good job. We tried a good tyre choice and we took a bit of time to Bonato. I'm happy to end the day like this."
Sat 17:49 - Tour de Corse after SS8:
1. Ogier 3h 27m 10.0s; 2. Neuville +46.5s; 3. Mikkelsen +1m 08.0s; 4. Latvala +1m 41.3s; 5. Breen +2m 04.9s; 6. Paddon +2m 42.7s.
Sat 17:47 - SS8: Bertelli –
"We had a puncture 11km from the end and we had to change. I have no idea what I hit. This is a very frustrating rally."
Sat 17:46 - SS8: WRC 2 Kopecky –
He's 15.5s slower than Evans and slips further back behind the category leader. The gap is now 37.8s.
Sat 17:45 - SS8 WRC 2 Evans –
He completes in 19m 45.1s. "That was a clean stage for us. I really concentrated on the technique of driving when it's like this. It seemed to work for us."
Sat 17:40 - SS8: Camilli –
He goes tenth fastest as things stand. "It was okay; nothing special. We didn't push because we want to finish this leg."
Sat 17:39 - SS8: Breen –
He now goes third fastest, just 6.0s off Neuville's pace. "That was really hairy. It's the first time I've done something like that with this car so it's quite a good time. It's beyond what I expected it to be." He's now only 23.6s behind fourth-placed Latvala in the overall standings.
Sat 17:36 - SS9: Tänak –
Third fastest for the Estonian and his best time of the weekend on the wet road. "Water cooling for the tyres is good and no drop off any more. I think we had quite a good run."
Sat 17:35 - SS8: Østberg –
The Fiesta driver drops 21.6s. "It's just wet in there but so difficult to judge the grip. I was really lucky in one corner, but we managed through with a rhythm that was as nice as it could be."
Sat 17:32 - SS8: Sordo –
Great time – only 2.0s slower than pacesetter Neuville. "That was really hard. I had one soft tyre that helped a bit but I couldn't really take any risks. I had some understeer."
Sat 17:30 - SS8: Latvala –
15.2 slower than Neuville. The gap to the podium is now 33.3s. "The time is not good. We went very soft with the car on the clicks but it was too soft. Some of the grip was better than I thought."
Sat 17:29 - SS8: Neuville –
Fastest time for the Hyundai driver. He goes 10.7s faster than Mikkelsen to underline his second place. "I went off a little in the beginning and hit some stones. I had a vibration but then it went. I tried to push and I know I'm good in these conditions."
Sat 17:27 - SS8: Paddon –
Better from the Kiwi – only 2.6s slower than Mikkelsen. "The tyres were a compromise and it changes the balance of the car. But you've got to try something in these conditions."
Sat 17:24 - SS8: Mikkelsen –
He's 2.3s faster than Ogier. "I wished I had another soft tyre for the front but it was okay. I think we did a good stage."
Sat 17:23 - SS8: Ogier –
"Just wanted to finish the day in the tricky conditions. That was really cruising for us." He's crossed soft and hard tyres in an attempt to maximise his Polo R's grip.
Sat 17:23 - SS8: Ogier –
"Just wanted to finish the day in the tricky conditions. That was really cruising for us." He's crossed soft and hard tyres in an attempt to maximise his Polo R's grip.
Sat 17:21 - SS8: Ogier –
The local hero completes in a time of 19m 19.1s. That's almost a minute slower than he was on the same stage this morning.
Sat 17:16 - SS8: Ogier –
The rally leader is currently the slowest man on the final stage of the day. Mikkelsen is still quickest.
Sat 17:12 - SS8: Ogier –
The Volkswagen driver hasn't made the fastest start to this one. He's passed the 7.90km first split and is 5.1s slower than Mikkelsen.
Sat 16:52 - Stage info: SS8 –
Novella - Pietralba 2, 30.80km A repeat of this morning’s SS6, this is a stage where the locals say that if your car works on this one, it will work on any of Corsica’s roads. The crews start close to the Pietra Monetta Auberge and they have to cope with several difficult corners to reach the Novella village perched high in the mountains. The stage then follows a much narrower and bumpier road on a worn road surface before arriving at the finish in Pietralba.
Sat 16:51 - On to the next one –
The leading crews are now waiting at the start of SS8 where some rain-soaked asphalt awaits.
Sat 16:49 - SS7: WRC 2 Abbring –
The Dutchman has retired his Hyundai i20 R5 from third place in the WRC 2 standings after discovering a water leak in this test. He's parked up to avoid causing any damage.
Sat 16:46 - SS7: JWRC Tempestini –
"We had a puncture in the middle of the stage and had to change it. Not happy with that." The Italian remains fourth overall, but is now almost four minutes off the lead.
Sat 16:44 - Tour de Corse WRC 2 after SS7:
1. Evans 3h 13m 11.9s; 2. Kopecky +22.3s; 3. Bonato +3m 06.1s; 4. Maurin 3m 48.7s; 5. Gilbert +31m 43.5s.
Sat 16:41 - SS7: JWRC Koci –
"We had the hardest tyres for the front and medium for the rear. It was a nightmare." Waiting to see whether he retains his third place.
Sat 16:40 - SS7: JWRC Pellier –
The Frenchman has a nightmare end to the stage and drops to second place in the JWRC standings. Referring to the rain and the performance of his hard tyres: "It was very crazy. Wow."
Sat 16:38 - SS7: JWRC Rossel –
The youngster takes the lead after going 9.7s faster than Pellier."Incredible. I am very happy to be here!"
Sat 16:28 - SS7: WRC 2 Maurin –
The Frenchman goes third quickest as things stand. "The last 10km were very wet and with three hard tyres it was tough."
Sat 16:27 - SS7: WRC 2 Bonato –
"That was unbelievable! On the wet surface with these tyres it was impossible." He is more than a minute shy of Evans' leading pace.
Sat 16:25 - Tour de Corse after SS7:
1. Ogier 3h 07m 50.9s; 2. Neuville +59.5s; 3. Mikkelsen +1m 10.3s; 4. Latvala +1m 38.8s; 5. Breen +2m 11.9s; 6. Paddon +2m 40.1s.
Sat 16:23 - SS7: WRC 2 Kopecky –
The Skoda Fabia R5 driver's time loss in this one means he's now 22.3s behind Evans in the overall WRC 2 standings.
Sat 16:22 - SS7: WRC 2 Evans –
He goes 5.9s faster than Kopecky to extend his category lead. "It was okay. The grip was okay until we got to the end and then all of a sudden it started raining and it was tricky."
Sat 16:18 - SS7: Camilli –
Ninth fastest means the M-Sport man drops a place to eighth overall. The rain has been a big factor.
Sat 16:15 - SS7: Breen –
The rain slows the Irishman down. He's 41.2s down at the finish but retains fifth place. "That was really tricky and hard to judge the pace in these conditions."
Sat 16:13 - SS7: Tänak –
He's 1m 13.2s down at the finish. But the rain won't do him any harm as he's been struggling with the heat in his DMACK tyres up until this point.
Sat 16:11 - SS7: Østberg –
"It was wet before the end and it's getting wet quite quickly. We maybe had the wipers on for 10km."
Sat 16:09 - SS7: WRC 2 Abbring –
We're hearing the man who was third in WRC 2 has stopped after the 32.4km mark in this stage. More as we get it...
Sat 16:08 - SS7: Sordo –
"I had a good feeling with the car. I tried to drive fast but it looks like I lost a lot of time."
Sat 16:07 - SS7: Latvala –
The Finn drops 25.0s in this one. Not a good run and he's unhappy to now be 28.5s away from the podium. "The brakes are horrible, the car is so difficult to brake."
Sat 16:05 - SS7: Neuville –
The Belgian retains second place by going second fastest. The gap between him and Mikkelsen is now 10.8s. "I had a very good stage. We made a nice change with the rear differential on the car in service and I now have a bit more turn in. That's what I wanted."
Sat 16:03 - SS7: Paddon –
The Hyundai driver completes 30.0s shy of Ogier's benchmark pace. "That was as much as I could do. Car is there or there abouts – it just comes down to my driving. But we can go away and look at all the data after the rally to see where we can improve."
Sat 16:00 - SS7: Mikkelsen –
He finishes 11.3s slower than Ogier. "I think I used my tyres a bit too much in the beginning. They were going off in the end."
Sat 15:58 - SS7: Ogier –
"Close to the start we had some rain just before and it was a bit on the limit. Some parts on the road are messy after the first pass but this is normal."
Sat 15:57 - SS7: Ogier –
The rally leader has completed the stage in 35m 38.1s.
Sat 15:54 - SS7: Neuville –
The Belgian is currently winning the race for second place. He's 5.6s up on Mikkelsen at the 33.4km split, having started the stage with only a 5.4 advantage.
Sat 15:47 - SS7: Ogier
The rally leader continues to set the pace. He's the fastest at the 33km split so far.
Sat 15:37 - SS7: Latvala –
The Finn is currently the quickest driver at the first 9.9km split. He's 1.5s up as things stand.
Sat 15:35 - Weather update: SS8 –
We're hearing its raining at the 21.5km mark in today's final stage.
Sat 15:31 - Kris Meeke –
The Citroën driver has confirmed he'll restart under Rally 2 tomorrow. Explaining his retirement this morning, the Brit blamed a wrong pace note. "Basically, I was on the gas when I should have been on the brakes," he said. Meeke's DS 3 hit a small tree at the side of the road and damaged the front-right wheel.
Sat 15:26 - Tyre update –
Ogier, Latvala, Breen and the Ford drivers have taken 4 hard MICHELIN tyres and 2 soft. Mikkelsen and Neuville have opted for 4 hard and 1 soft. Sordo has gone for 5 hard compound tyres.
Sat 15:23 - SS7: Ogier
The rally leader has left the start line. We're live!
Sat 15:22 - Weather update –
Our WRC TV crews are reporting the weather is dry in SS7 but there are black clouds at the 29km mark that could be about to dump some water on the road. We'll watch with interest.
Sat 15:08 - Stage info: SS7 –
La Porta - Valle di Rostino 2, 53.72km A legendary stage that is a re-run of SS5 earlier in the day. A technical uphill section from the Pont de Rimitorio start ends at La Porta church, before twisty and bumpy roads run through Giocatojo and up to the Col Saint Antoine. The descent on new and older asphalt heads through several villages before climbing again to Campile. A twistier road tracks the mountainside before a series of abrasive downhill hairpins leads to the finish.
Sat 15:07 - We're back –
And poised for SS7 that gets underway at 15.20.
Sat 12:36 - We'll be back –
Very soon to resume our live text service from Corsica. In the meantime, check out our WRC+ content and the news section for the latest stories that are making the headlines.
Sat 12:34 - Coming up –
The competitive action resumes at 15.20 this afternoon when SS7 (a re-run of SS5) gets underway. Then it on to SS8 (the re-run of SS6) at 17.01.
Sat 12:31 - Service halt –
The cars are now at Bastia Airport for the midday service halt.
Sat 12:17 - Tour de Corse WRC 2 after SS6:
1. Evans 2h 36m 01.6s; 2. Kopecky +16.4s; 3. Bonato +2m 04.5s; 4.Abbring +2m 43.7s; 5.Maurin 2m 51.6s; 6. Suarez 5m 19.8s.
Sat 12:13 - SS6: JWRC Tempestini –
The championship leader goes second quickest in this one to remain fourth overall. "We have to manage the gearbox because it's still not changing too well. Hopefully we can fix it in service and continue."
Sat 12:09 - SS6: JWRC Rossel
He's 2.5s faster than Pellier to claw back some time to the Junior WRC leader. "That was maximum attack. The set-up is perfect." He's now 5.0s behind his rival overall.
Sat 12:06 - SS6: WRC 2 Gilbert
"This was a really fast stage and with lots of good corners. I had a puncture in the first one this morning but it was better here."
Sat 12:05 - SS6: WRC 2 Suarez
The Spaniard has sustained some front-end damage after hitting some rocks at the side of the road. He's dropped more than three minutes and has lost his fifth place.
Sat 12:01 - Tour de Corse after SS6:
1. Ogier 2h 32m 12.8s; 2. Neuville +53.6s; 3. Mikkelsen +59.0s; 4. Latvala +1m 13.8s; 5. Breen +1m 30.7s; 6. Paddon +2m 10.1s.
Sat 11:58 - SS6: WRC 2 Abbring –
The Dutchman's Hyundai i20 R5 picked up a front-left puncture 10km before the end. Possible broken top mount as well. He's hoping he can get back to service.
Sat 11:54 - SS6: WRC 2 Kopecky –
"I tried to push and I don't want to give up. I hope it doesn't rain because that will make the roads very dirty and we won't be able to push this afternoon."
Sat 11:53 - SS6: WRC 2 Evans –
He still leads WRC 2, despite losing 4.2s to Kopecky in this one. "I didn't have a great feeling and struggled all the way through. The feeling wasn't quite there."
Sat 11:51 - SS6: Bertelli –
It doesn't get any easier for the Fiesta RS privateer. He drops 56.9s on this one. "We are a bit too soft on the damper and I'm struggling on the narrow roads where it's dirty."
Sat 11:49 - SS6: Camilli –
The M-Sport driver is 27.0s shy of the ultimate pace. He's seventh overall. "I thought that we were fast but the time is completely the opposite. I don't understand."
Sat 11:47 - SS6: Breen –
The DS 3 driver is in fifth place overall after going sixth fastest. "Really difficult at the start and the first time I've really been at high speed on these roads."
Sat 11:43 - SS6: Meeke update –
Citroën reporting the Briton exited the event after hitting a tree. Both he and Paul Nagle are okay.
Sat 11:41 - SS6: Østberg –
"That was a much better feeling when I can focus on the driving." He's 20.8s shy of the ultimate pace.
Sat 11:39 - SS6: Sordo –
The Spaniard is 3.9s off the pace.
Sat 11:37 - SS6: Latvala –
The Finn's not been quick in this one. He's 8.1s off the pace and he's now 14.8s away from Mikkelsen's third place.
Sat 11:34 - SS6: Neuville –
He's 1.0s off the pace and that allows Mikkelsen to close the gap for his second place. The difference is now 5.4s.
Sat 11:33 - SS6: Paddon –
He completes 18.3s off the pace. "Things aren't working this morning. We'll have to go back to the drawing board."
Sat 11:31 - SS6: Mikkelsen –
He matches Ogier's time in this one. "We hit something a couple of times on the inside and feared we'd punctured but all was okay. We saw some cows going into a blind corner on the entry and was expecting the worst. But we kept our foot at full throttle and it was okay."
Sat 11:29 - SS6: Meeke –
We're hearing the Briton has gone off the road early in the stage. More as we get it...
Sat 11:28 - SS6: Ogier –
He completes is 18m 26.2s. "All okay. When not at the limit you lose a bit of time but this is something that I can control at the moment."
Sat 11:27 - SS6: Meeke –
We're hearing Kris has stopped just 0.4km into the stage. More as we get it...
Sat 11:25 - SS6: Ogier –
The Frenchman is edging towards the stage finish. Neuville is currently the fastest by 3.4s at the second split.
Sat 11:17 - SS6: Mikkelsen –
Has made a good start to this one. He's 1.2s faster than Ogier at the first 7.9km split.
Sat 11:08 - SS6: Ogier –
The VW driver has left the start line. SS6 is go!
Sat 11:02 - Weather update –
Despite rain at the Bastia Airport service park, the sun is shining and the sky is blue in SS6.
Sat 10:55 - Stage info: SS6 –
Novella - Pietralba 1, 30.80km A stage that has never been used in the modern version of the rally but has been popular for testing in the past. The crews start close to the Pietra Monetta Auberge and they have to cope with several difficult corners to reach the Novella village perched high in the mountains. The stage then follows a much narrower and bumpier worn road surface before arriving at the finish in Pietralba.
Sat 10:53 - SS6 coming up –
The crews are ready to head into the second stage of the day. Ogier starts at 11.08.
Sat 10:51 - SS5: JWRC Tempestini –
The Italian posts a blistering time in the Junior WRC category – he's 9.9s faster than his rivals. "That was okay. Start to have some problems with the gearshift downshift close to the end – maybe because it's getting too hot. We will see." The championship leader stays fourth overall.
Sat 10:48 - SS5: JWRC Pellier –
The youngster leaps into the Junior WRC lead after going 11.9s faster than Rossel. His lead stands at 7.5s.
Sat 10:47 - SS5: JWRC Rossel –
The Frenchman loses the lead in the Junior WRC standings. "That was the hardest stage of my career."
Sat 10:46 - The rain has arrived –
In the service park at Bastia Airport. That means it could arrive a bit earlier than expected in the stages.
Sat 10:40 - Tour de Corse after SS5:
1.Ogier 2h13m 46.6s; 2.Neuville 52.6s; 3.Mikkelsen 59.0s; 4.Latvala 1m 05.7s; 5.Breen 1m 21.7s; 6.Paddon 1m 51.8s.
Sat 10:38 - Tour de Corse WRC 2 after SS5:
1.Evans 2h17m05.1s; 2.Kopecky 20.6s; 3.Abbring 1m07.5s; 4.Bonato 1m46.3s; 5.Suaraz 2m13s; 6.Maurin 2m25.3s.
Sat 10:36 - SS5: WRC 2 Suarez –
The Spaniard is fifth fastest to stay fifth overall in the WRC 2 ranks. "I did a spin on the last hairpin and I lost too much time."
Sat 10:34 - SS5: WRC 2 Bonato –
He stays fourth overall in the category. "The car is okay but I'm not happy with my driving. I was too slow and braked too early. Not perfect."
Sat 10:33 - SS5: WRC 2 Abbring –
He completes 5.0s slower than Evans and retains his third place in the category. "Going better but the feeling was that I had no grip from the first kilometre to the last one."
Sat 10:31 - SS5: WRC 2 Kopecky –
"Elfyn's doing a great job but we will try to push."
Sat 10:30 - SS5: WRC 2 Evans –
The Welshman extends his WRC 2 lead after going 4.9s faster than Kopecky's Skoda on this one. The gap is now 20.6s.
Sat 10:29 - SS5: Bertelli –
The Italian continues his recovery after yesterday afternoon's intercom problems. But he's still 2m 15.3s off the ultimate pace on this test. "The car is bouncing everywhere and I'm really struggling a lot."
Sat 10:26 - SS5: Camilli –
The M-Sport driver completes ninth fastest and he remains in seventh overall. But Kris Meeke is only 4.4s behind heading into SS6.
Sat 10:23 - SS5: Breen –
The Citroën driver is fifth overall after this one. "I drove terrible. I'm quite disappointed with my drive but looking at the time it obviously wasn't that bad. I suppose I should be happy with that."
Sat 10:22 - SS5: Meeke –
A staggering time from the Brit – 17.3sec faster than anyone else. "I really thought that was slow. Everything in my mind is now focused on 2017. This feels good." Shame he had his puncture yesterday. Up to eighth overall now.
Sat 10:20 - SS5: Tänak –
The Estonian DMACK driver is ninth overall as things stand.
Sat 10:18 - SS5: Østberg –
The Norwegian is 53.8s off the pace as he continues to work on his new asphalt driving style.
Sat 10:15 - SS5: Sordo –
The Spaniard finishes 16.4s off the pace. "We are a little bit out of the race after yesterday's puncture but I do my best."
Sat 10:13 - SS5: Latvala –
The Finn has lost his third place to Mikkelsen. The gap is now 6.7s. "I know I could improve still. Sections where my notes were not the best. But we are heading in the right direction after the recce."
Sat 10:12 - SS5: Neuville –
The Belgian is 8.6s slower. "I was on a consistent rhythm. I didn't take any risks and managed everything very well." Mikkelsen is now only 6.4s behind him.
Sat 10:10 - SS5: Paddon –
Timing shows he's 25.6s down. "Very difficult stage, changing rhythm a lot. We cooked the brakes and they never came back. I lost confidence for the last two thirds of the stage."
Sat 10:08 - SS5: Mikkelsen –
The VW ace confirms his left foot – which was going numb on the brake pedal yesterday – is fine this morning.
Sat 10:07 - SS5: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian is 0.3s faster than Ogier. "That was a clean stage but really difficult on the tyres and to know how hard to push. Happy enough with the drive."
Sat 10:05 - SS5: Ogier –
"I had a bad start, I was too cautious. Too slippy maybe. I didn't want to take too many risks as this is a stage for punctures. No need to push really and I try to drive clean."
Sat 10:04 - SS5: Ogier –
The rally leader completes this morning's opener in 35m 53.8s.
Sat 10:03 - SS5: Ogier –
The rally leader completes this morning's opener in 35m 53.8s.
Sat 09:58 - SS5: Neuville –
The Belgian's speed has now improved and he's now only 6.8sec down on Ogier at the fourth split.
Sat 09:56 - SS5: Mikkelsen –
The VW driver's quick this morning. As things stand, he could pass Latvala for third – and potentially move into second depending on what Neuville can salvage from the rest of the stage.
Sat 09:53 - SS5: Neuville –
As things stand, the Hyundai driver is at risk of losing his second place to Latvala who is faster at the moment.
Sat 09:50 - SS5: Neuville –
Yep, the Belgian's first split was rogue. He's now 12.5s down on Ogier at the third split.
Sat 09:48 - SS5: Paddon –
His fast start has evaporated. He's now 11.9sec slower than Ogier's benchmark at the 23.3km split.
Sat 09:47 - SS5: Ogier –
He's now halfway through the twisty opener.
Sat 09:41 - SS5: Neuville –
Timing now shows Neuville is fastest by a mammoth 11.3sec at the first split. Checking to see if that's accurate.
Sat 09:39 - SS5: Paddon –
Unexpectedly, the Kiwi is the fastest man on the stage at the first split. He's 1.7sec up on Ogier as things stand.
Sat 09:35 - SS5: Five cars –
Are now in the 53.72km stage. Ogier has already reached the first split at the 9.9km mark.
Sat 09:28 - SS5: Ogier –
The Frenchman is in the stage. Let's see what he can do this morning.
Sat 09:25 - SS5: New start time –
Ogier will now leave the line at 09.27. Standby...
Sat 09:24 - SS5: Delayed start –
The first stage will start a little later than planned, only by a handful of minutes. We'll keep you posted.
Sat 09:21 - Road conditions –
Our WRC Live crews are reporting that the asphalt is dry in this morning's first stage and that the air temperature is currently hovering around the 12°C.
Sat 09:19 - Stage info: SS5 –
La Porta - Valle di Rostino 1, 53.72km This morning’s action kicks off with a legendary stage that has not been driven in its full format for several years. A technical uphill section from the Pont de Rimitorio start ends at La Porta church, before twisty and bumpy roads run through Giocatojo and up to the Col Saint Antoine. The descent on new and older asphalt heads through several villages before climbing again to Campile. A twistier road tracks the mountainside before a series of abrasive downhill hairpins lead to the finish.
Sat 09:18 - Tyre info –
All of the World Rally Car drivers have chosen to take five hard compound MICHELIN Pilot Sport H5 tyres into the stages this morning.
Sat 09:15 - First stage: 09.22 –
That’s the time Ogier will make his dash into this morning's first stage in a bid to extend his 44.0sec advantage at the top of the leaderboard.
Sat 09:14 - WRC Live –
Becs Williams is doing her thing in the radio studio today, while Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan are the end of stage reporters in Corsica. You can find a radio link in the LIVE section on the homepage.
Sat 09:12 - Time zones –
All times quoted on here are local to Corsica, so that’s CET (GMT +1)
Sat 09:12 - Start intervals –
The World Rally Cars will be spaced two minutes apart. Everyone else goes one-minute intervals.
Sat 09:11 - Who else is running?
Tour de Corse is also a round of the WRC 2 series and the Junior WRC.
Sat 09:10 - Saturday start order –
The crews will leave the line in championship order. That means rally leader Sébastien Ogier leads the way. The order is: 1 Ogier, 2 Mikkelsen, 3 Paddon, 4 Neuville, 5 Latvala, 6 Sordo, 7 Østberg, 8 Tanak, 9 Meeke, 10 Breen, 11 Camilli, 12 Bertelli.
Sat 09:08 - Weather –
Day one’s action was run in beautiful sunshine, but things are expected to get a little damp today as rain is expected later this afternoon. That could make things interesting.
Sat 09:06 - Saturday’s schedule –
The crews will contest four stages today, starting with the 53.72km blast through La Porta - Valle di Rostino 1. This is then followed by the 30.80km test at Novella - Pietralba 1. Both stages are then repeated in the afternoon, either side of a midday service at Bastia Airport.
Sat 09:05 - The plan for today –
Sébastien Ogier dominated on Friday, but will he have it all his own way today? The stages to the south and west of Bastia will provide the answer.
Sat 09:05 - Bonjour –
and welcome to the second day of our live text coverage from the Che Guevara Tour de Corse, round ten of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Fri 18:02 - While we’re away –
Make sure you check the news section for our end of leg reports from the WRC, WRC 2 and JWRC categories. And don’t forget our WRC+ service that offers stage footage, highlights and onboards. Au revoir until tomorrow!
Fri 18:01 - We’re back on duty –
Tomorrow morning just before the first stage kicks off at 09.22. Be sure to join us.
Fri 18:00 - Join us on Saturday –
We’ll return bright and breezy tomorrow morning for day two at the Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse. Today belonged to Sébastien Ogier, but could things turn against him tomorrow?
Fri 17:59 - The leaders are through –
So that’s where we’ll park our live text service for this afternoon.
Fri 17:51 - SS4: JWRC Pellier –
"This is our first WRC rally and it's perfect. But this rally isn't finished." That's fighting talk after dropping down to second place.
Fri 17:49 - SS4: JWRC Rossel –
The Frenchman has taken the JWRC lead with a fastest time in SS4. He's 4.4s ahead of compatriot Pellier.
Fri 17:41 - SS4: JWRC –
As the JWRC runners start to come through, all eyes are on the times of Laurent Pellier and Yohan Rossel who were separated by only 0.3s at the head of the leaderboard coming into this one.
Fri 17:38 - SS4: JWRC Koci –
"We lost the front tyres a bit on this stage and we had to reverse on a tight hairpin. But we liked this stage. It's been a good day – apart form the crash with Veiby this morning."
Fri 17:36 - Tour de Corse WRC 2 after SS4:
1.Evans 1h 40m 29.1s; 2.Kopecky +15.7s; 3.Abbring +1m 02.5s; 4.Bonato +1m 23.2s; 5.Suarez +1m 41.1s; 6.Maurin +1m 51.0s.
Fri 17:33 - Tour de Corse after SS4:
1.Ogier 1h 37m 52.8s; 2.Neuville +44.0s; 3.Latvala +58.0s; 4.Mikkelsen +59.3s; 5.Breen +1m 18.7s; 6.Paddon +1m 26.2s.
Fri 17:29 - SS4: WRC 2 Abbring –
The Dutchman has placed the new Hyundai i20 R5 in third place at the end of day one. "The feeling with the car has been improved since this morning but we still lose some time. Might have to do some more work to be more competitive. But really looking forward to tomorrow."
Fri 17:27 - SS4: WRC 2 Maurin –
"It was a good day for us. Jan (Kopecky) and Elfyn (Evans) are going very fast and it's hard to catch them if you don't want to take risks. Tomorrow will be important because I think it's the toughest day."
Fri 17:26 - SS4: WRC 2 Suarez –
The Spaniard is fourth overall in WRC 2 as things stand. "It was a good day. We did a big step change this morning with the set up and I have to be happy."
Fri 17:24 - SS4: WRC 2 Bonato –
"It's been a good day for us. This stage was perfect and fantastic to drive. It's like all the stages in Corsica."
Fri 17:22 - SS4: WRC 2 Gilbert –
"It's been a bad day. We've had some problems between SS3 and SS4. We had a problem with the alternator." The Frenchman is more than four minutes shy of the overall WRC 2 pace.
Fri 17:21 - SS4: WRC 2 Kopecky –
The Skoda driver ends the first day 15.7s behind Evans in the battle for WRC 2 honours.
Fri 17:19 - SS4: WRC 2 Evans –
The Welshman's time of 19m 06.6s is enough to hold on to his WRC 2 category lead after day one. "That was okay and felt like a pretty good run. There was lots of gravel on the road that meant I couldn't commit 100% in some of the corners but that's what happens here."
Fri 17:16 - SS4: Bertelli –
The Italian privateer has fixed the intercom problem that blighted his performance on SS3 but he's only 11th fastest on this one.
Fri 17:13 - SS4: Camilli –
The Frenchman is seventh overnight after a positive final stage. "That was a big pleasure. Maybe the best moment of my season because every note was perfect."
Fri 17:12 - SS4: Breen –
The Irishman is sixth fastest in this one and is now fifth overall.
Fri 17:09 - SS4: Meeke –
"That stage was good and I'm happy. The puncture in the previous stage was frustrating but we're the second fastest car on this stage and that's positive."
Fri 17:08 - SS4: Tänak –
The Estonian is still struggling with his DMACK tyres. "I'm trying to drive differently but it doesn't make any difference if we try to push more or less. We'll keep working." He's currently ninth overall.
Fri 17:07 - SS4: Østberg –
"It's been a difficult day but I'm quite pleased because we're trying something. I said before I started this wouldn't be easy but I'm prepared to take the time that I need. We are getting somewhere."
Fri 17:05 - SS4: Sordo –
The Spaniard's problems in SS4 have dropped him from third to sixth as things stand. "We had a rear puncture. I don't understand because I didn't touch anything. I did some kilometres and tried to stay calm but we had to stop and change the wheel."
Fri 17:03 - JWRC update –
Terry Folb has retired from the event following his crash at the end of SS3. He was third in the JWRC standings.
Fri 17:01 - SS4: Latvala –
The Finn ends 10.6s down. Looking at Ogier's stage time, he's a little confused. "I don't understand how Sébastien can go so fast!"
Fri 17:00 - SS4: Sordo –
The Spaniard has lost almost two minutes for some reason in this test. His third place has gone. More as we get it...
Fri 16:59 - SS4: Neuville –
The Hyundai driver is safe in second place, 44s shy of Ogier. "I pushed hard at the beginning and overheated the tyres. I had to slow down."
Fri 16:57 - SS4: Paddon –
The Kiwi is 24.9s down on Ogier as he bids to retain his seventh place. "We had a puncture for the last 8kms."
Fri 16:55 - SS4: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian ends 10.7s slower than his dominant team-mate. "We're still in the fight. Séb has been in his own world today – very impressive. Maybe he's in the 2017 car already!"
Fri 16:53 - SS4: Ogier –
The rally leader completes in 18m 37.5s. "I'm very happy, it's a great day for us. No mistakes – all good so far. Everything was there to enjoy."
Fri 16:35 - SS4: Ogier –
The rally leader is into the 29.12km test. His lead currently stands at 32.5s.
Fri 16:24 - Stage info: SS4 –
Plage du Liamone - Sarrola-Carcopino 2, 29.12km The crews are poised to end day one with a blast through the only stage on the route that is identical to 2015. A fast climb from Liamone beach leads to a tight hairpin at Casaligione. There’s a change of pace and profile as a wide, twisty road heads to Furcina bridge before a string of corners along a winding bumpy climb to Calcatoggio hairpin. After the villages of Sant’ Andrea d’Orcino and Cannelle, wide asphalt leads to Col de Sarzoggio and then a tricky run down to the finish.
Fri 16:02 - Onto the final stage –
The crews are now on their way to SS4, the second pass of Plage du Liamone – Sarrola-Carcopino. The action starts at 16.32.
Fri 15:57 - SS3: JWRC Pellier –
The new JWRC leader – backed by the FFSA – is pleased with his afternoon's work so far. "Everything was very good. This is great on my first WRC event.
Fri 15:56 - SS3: JWRC Rossel –
The Frenchman has dropped to second overall behind Pellier. But the gap is only 0.3s after 1h 28m of driving. "The feeling with the car is very good. The brakes aren't perfect but it's okay."
Fri 15:49 - SS3 JWRC Folb –
The Frenchman explains his problem after the flying finish: "I went off the road after losing the brakes." He hopes he can continue to SS4.
Fri 15:45 - SS3: JWRC Folb –
Looks like the man that was third overall after SS2 has crashed just after the flying finish on SS3. More as we get it...
Fri 15:43 - SS3: JWRC Koci –
He goes 12.7s faster than Folb on this one and is 29.5s faster than Tempestini.
Fri 15:41 - SS3: JWRC Veiby –
The Norwegian is trying to fight back after this morning's troubles. "I think we got the rhythm back but my rear axle is bent from this morning's crash with Koci."
Fri 15:37 - Tour de Corse WRC 2 after SS3:
1. Evans 1h 21m 22.5s; 2.Kopecky +11.8s; 3.Abbring +51s; 4. Bonato +1m 05.1s; 5.Suarez +1m 12s; 6. Maurin +1m 32.8s.
Fri 15:31 - SS3: WRC 2 Maurin –
The Frenchman is only sixth fastest after losing around 20s. "We had a big spin in fifth gear – without that the time would have been very good."
Fri 15:30 - SS3: WRC 2 Suarez –
"The stage was okay. We changed the set-up a bit at lunch and it was better." He sits in 5th place overall.
Fri 15:28 - SS3: WRC 2 Bonato –
"The car was fine but it's just the tyres. When you do a 50km stage, they get very hot."
Fri 15:26 - SS3: WRC 2 Gilbert
The Frenchman has dropped more than a minute in this one. "The car is working okay but the gearbox didn't allow me to use first gear."
Fri 15:24 - SS3: WRC 2 Kopecky –
"We've changed the set-up of the car a little bit and now we have more grip. It will be nice to try and have a battle with Evans." The gap between the two is now 11.8s.
Fri 15:23 - SS3: WRC 2 Evans
The category leader is happy with his time of 31m 00.2s. But he's 1.8s slower than pacesetter Kopecky.
Fri 15:22 - SS3: Bertelli –
The Italian has had no intercom from the start of the stage. That's 49.72km of shouting and pointing for his co-driver.
Fri 15:20 - Tour de Corse after SS3:
1.Ogier 1h 19m 15.3s; 2.Neuville 32.5s; 3.Sordo 39.2s; 4.Latvala 47.4s; 5. Mikkelsen 48.6s; 6. Breen 59.0s.
Fri 15:17 - SS3: Camilli –
Up to eighth overall. "I really couldn't push much more in this stage. I had a really good set up and it was a pleasure."
Fri 15:16 - SS3: Meeke –
The Briton has dropped from second to 11th overall with his problem. "We had a puncture early on, no idea where. We had to stop and change. Okay, we're not in the championship but it's frustrating."
Fri 15:13 - SS3: Breen –
The Citroën driver moves up to sixth place, despite being 24.5s off Ogier's pace.
Fri 15:12 - SS3: Tänak –
"It would be nice to say it was fun to drive but it's quite tricky on these roads right now. We try to learn as much as we can."
Fri 15:10 - SS3: Østberg –
The Norwegian has struggled on the second pass of the stage, losing 59.6s. It's a brake issue. "We are trying but we don't have any brake cooling. Half way through I lost the pedal. I tried to stay focussed but I was struggling to stop the car."
Fri 15:07 - SS3: Sordo –
20.3s slower than Ogier but currently third overall. Commenting on Ogier's improved pace this afternoon, the Spaniard says: "I think maybe Ogier was sleeping this morning."
Fri 15:05 - SS3: Latvala –
"The set-up is definitely better. The biggest problem I have now is that after 30kms the brakes are a fight."
Fri 15:03 - SS3 Neuville –
The Belgian is 15s slower than Ogier but is second overall as things stand after Meeke's problems.
Fri 15:01 - SS3: Paddon –
The Kiwi is 31.6s slower than Ogier and has been passed by Mikkelsen for fifth place. "I completely overheated the front tyres with 10kms to go. Maybe I pushed them too hard in the beginning?"
Fri 14:59 - SS3: Mikkelsen –
He completes 18.1s slower than his team-mate. "I'm really struggling with the brakes in the last 10kms – I have to push the pedal so hard."
Fri 14:57 - SS3: Ogier –
The rally leader completes in 30m 11.6s – almost 13 seconds faster than his time this morning. "Very hot conditions and the tyre was moving a lot. I couldn't really push because of the tyres and I had no idea what rhythm I had at the end. It wasn't easy for me."
Fri 14:54 - SS3: Meeke –
The Briton is moving again – but he's lost more than two minutes.
Fri 14:49 - SS3: Meeke –
The Citroën driver appears to have stopped after 10.75km. More as we get it...
Fri 14:48 - SS3: Latvala –
The Finn looks to have discovered some much-needed pace this afternoon. He's only 3.7s slower than Ogier at the 24.3k split.
Fri 14:46 - SS3: Meeke –
The second-place driver matches Ogier's pace at the first split (8.2km). Game on.
Fri 14:43 - SS3 –
Ten cars now in the stage. Everyone's chasing Ogier's benchmark pace.
Fri 14:37 - SS3: Ogier –
The Frenchman is pushing hard – he's already three seconds faster than he was this morning at the 17.3km split.
Fri 14:35 - WRC Live –
Remember, Colin Clark will be speaking to the drivers as they come through the SS3 finish shortly. Tune in via the link on the homepage.
Fri 14:27 - SS3: Ogier –
The world champion's in the stage, bidding to extend his 14.7s rally lead.
Fri 14:22 - Almost time –
Rally leader Sébastien Ogier leads the field into SS3 at 14.24. Standby...
Fri 14:18 - Stage info: SS3 –
Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 2, 49.72km This afternoon kicks off with some of Corsica’s toughest roads. This one is a second pass of SS1 and climbs from the coast to Tassinca village on asphalt that is fast in places and twisty in others, before crossing the Col de Gradello and onto the famous Pietrosella hairpin via a worn and bumpy surface. It’s onwards and upwards along a poorly surfaced road to the legendary Col de Bellevalle hairpin. It widens on the climb to Bisinao, before a narrow road with many surface changes leads to the finish in Albitreccia.
Fri 12:32 - WRC Live –
While we wait for SS3 to get underway, be sure to tune into WRC Live radio and listen to Colin Clark interviewing the crews at the Porticcio regroup.
Fri 12:27 - A little wait before SS3 –
Today's third test – a re-run of the 49.72km opening stage – will get underway at 14.24.
Fri 12:24 - SS2: JWRC Tempestini
The Italian has had a good morning. His third fastest time in SS2 reinforces his second place overall. He remains on course for the JWRC title.
Fri 12:17 - SS2: JWRC Folb –
The Frenchman is second fastest in this one and currently leads Simone Tempestini by 12.1s overall.
Fri 12:13 - SS2: JWRC Koci –
The Slovakian driver is fastest in SS2 so far and sits fourth overall among the point-scoring drivers.
Fri 12:07 - A break after SS2 –
The top crews are now in the regroup at Porticcio. There is a 10-minute technical zone afterwards.
Fri 12:03 - Tour de Corse WRC 2 after SS2:
1.Evans 50m 22.3s; 2.Kopecky +13.6s; 3.Abbring +30.6s; 4.Bonato +40.7s; 5.Suarez +45.1s; 6.Maurin +50.8s.
Fri 12:01 - Tour de Corse after SS2:
1.Ogier 49m 03.7s; 2.Meeke +14.7s; 3.Neuville +17.5s; 4.Sordo +18.9s; 5.Paddon +29.7s; 6.Mikkelsen +30.5s
Fri 11:58 - SS2: WRC 2 Maurin –
The Frenchman is fifth overall in his Skoda – 50.8s off the lead. "We tried to push a little bit but did two or three mistakes."
Fri 11:57 - SS2: WRC 2 Bonato –
The solid run puts the Frenchman in third place overall.
Fri 11:55 - SS2 WRC 2 Loubet –
The Citroën DS 3 R5 driver has lost 1m 21.2s. "I lose the power steering half way through the stage."
Fri 11:54 - SS2: WRC 2 Gilbert –
He's lost 43.9s to Kopecky. "We have a problem with the clutch. The performance is finished." With no midday service, that could be a tricky one to fix.
Fri 11:52 - SS2: WRC 2 Kopecky –
The Czech driver is the fastest WRC 2 runner in this stage so far. "I was pushing from the beginning but struggling with the handling of the car a bit – some understeer in places."
Fri 11:51 - SS2: WRC 2 Evans –
The Welshman drops 4.3s to Kopecky but still leads the category by 13.6s. "The car was moving around quite a lot but the time isn't too bad."
Fri 11:50 - SS2: Bertelli –
The Italian loses more than a minute to Ogier. "Better feeling but Tarmac is not my favourite surface and I'm struggling a lot. There is a huge difference between my pace on Tarmac and gravel."
Fri 11:47 - SS2: Camilli –
The Fiesta RS driver holds on to his tenth place overall and is now 9.7 behind Breen ahead. "Difficult. We have pushed in the stage but the time was not really there. I don't know."
Fri 11:45 - SS2: Breen –
The Irishman is 17s off the pace and drops two places to eighth position. "That was a better stage for us and happy with the time. All the other drivers have come fresh from a Tarmac rally in Germany. A lot more quicker than I expected."
Fri 11:43 - SS2: Meeke –
The DS 3 driver is fourth fastest and retains his second place. But the gap to Ogier is now 14.7s. "Had a good stage, although quite dirty in a few places. Happy with what we're doing."
Fri 11:41 - SS2: Tänak –
The Fiesta driver drops 38.2s and is now 1m 32.3 off the lead. "It's a learning curve at the moment."
Fri 11:40 - SS2 Østberg –
The M-Sport driver loses 32.4s as he learns a new driving style. "Hit a bank and some rocks on the outside so a bit lucky there. It felt better in here but I maybe wanted a bit too much and we lost time?"
Fri 11:38 - SS2: Sordo –
The Spaniard loses 14.1s and is confused as to why. "Felt much better than the first stage but the time was not good. I had a bit of understeer but not the best time."
Fri 11:36 - SS2: Latvala
The 2015 rally winner loses another 14s and now 32.1s off the lead. "Not the time I should be able to do. I don't know. Maybe I was a bit wrong with what I did in the test and thought it would be good for the rally? Maybe the set-up has gone in the wrong direction and the rhythm isn't the greatest either?"
Fri 11:33 - SS2: Neuville –
The Belgian is 8.7s slower than Ogier at the stage finish. "I'm not comfortable all the time. Sometimes I have huge oversteer and then some understeer. It was a bit better than the first stage."
Fri 11:31 - SS2: Paddon –
He's 14.6s slower than Ogier. "The notes were better, but sliding a lot quite a lot especially in the rear."
Fri 11:29 - SS2: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian's slow start continues. He's 10.1s slower than Ogier at the finish. "Struggling with my foot a little but I think I did an okay time in there. Hopefully I can get a massage and that will work some magic."
Fri 11:27 - SS2: Ogier –
The rally leader completes the stage in 18m 39.6s. "Very enjoyable stage. Some work to do on the set-up to be perfect but it's not bad and a good start to the rally for us. Try to get a good felling and, for sure, I was pushing a bit more in this one than I did in the first."
Fri 11:25 - SS2: Paddon –
The timing system is showing the Hyundai driver hasn't made it to the second split and has been passed by Neuville just behind. More info to follow...
Fri 11:20 - SS2: Ogier –
It's all going well for the world champion. He's already 3.3s up on Mikkelsen at the second split. Second-place Meeke leaves the start line at 11.22.
Fri 11:07 - SS2 is underway –
Sébastien Ogier is in the stage, looking to build on his 4s lead over Citroën's Kris Meeke.
Fri 10:36 - On to the next stage
The front-running crews are now on their way to SS2, the 29.12km run through Plage du Liamone - Sarrola-Carcopino 1. The action gets underway at 11.06.
Fri 10:33 - SS1: Veiby
The JWRC front-runner explains why he stopped a couple of time in the opening test and lost almost 15 minutes. "We had a problem with the turbo in the stage and no pressure. I'm not sure if we can fix it because we don't have any pipe."
Fri 10:27 - After SS1: WRC 2 overall times
1. Evans 31m 11.6s; 2. Kopecky +17.9s; 3. Abbring +18.5s; 4. Bonato +23.3s; 5. Suarez +31.7s; 6. Maurin +31.8s.
Fri 10:18 - SS1: Koci
The Slovakian's car has some damage, but not as a result from an incident in the stage. "Very strange situation. I was coming to the stage and was warming the brakes. Unfortunately, Veiby crashed into me."
Fri 10:15 - SS1: Tempestini –
The first of the JWRC runners is in with a time of 34m 15.6s. "Our rhythm was really good. After the recce I expected that the road would be dirty but it wasn't so bad. We didn't push at all. The rally is really long."
Fri 10:10 - SS1: Suninen –
The Skoda Fabia R5 driver has had a problem. "We lost the brakes and that was very difficult for the stage. We will have to look at that."
Fri 10:09 - SS1: Sarrazin –
The former rally winner is in Hyundai's new i20 R5 for this event. "That was really tricky on my first stage with the car. I will need to work with the car for the rest of the rally and try to improve."
Fri 10:07 - SS1: Veiby –
The JWRC front-runner is moving again. More to follow...
Fri 10:06 - SS1: Bouffier –
The Frenchman's DS 3 R5 is in. "I had quite a lot of understeering and it was hard to find a good pace. But seems to be not so bad compared to some of the younger guys."
Fri 10:05 - SS1: Abbring –
The Dutchman is third fastest in WRC 2. "Really enjoyable. I took it a bit easy as I didn't want to overdrive the tyres. I could have pushed a bit more and some other things I'd like to change on the car."
Fri 10:03 - SS1: Veiby –
The JWRC front-runner appears to have stopped after the second split in the stage. Reason unknown...
Fri 10:01 - SS1: Suarez –
"Not really happy with the set up of the car and it's moving a lot. I will have to try and change this."
Fri 10:00 - SS1: Bonato –
"It's okay. Very tricky for the first stage, but we are here."
Fri 09:59 - SS1: Loubet –
"The run was clean. A difficult stage but it's okay."
Fri 09:59 - SS1: Gilbert –
"We had a big spin and lost a lot of time. I'm not confident."
Fri 09:57 - SS1: Kopecky –
The Czech driver is slower than Evans in his Skoda R5. Wasn't happy with his tyres.
Fri 09:56 - SS1: Evans
The WRC 2 championship leader is in on 31m 11.6s. "The rhythm wasn't great because we had a small issue with the car."
Fri 09:54 - After SS1: overall times:
1.Ogier 30m 24.1s; 2.Meeke +4s; 3.Sordo +4.8s; 4.Neuville 8.8s; 5.Paddon +15.1s; 6.Breen +17.1s
Fri 09:51 - SS1: Camilli –
The Frenchman – whose family hail from Corsica – is 37.2s slower at the finish. "I wanted just to finish the stage. This was just the start of the race and no problems."
Fri 09:49 - SS1: Breen –
Current sixth fastest as he posts a time that's 17s slower than Ogier's best. "That was a bit of a wake up call. Really struggled to get a rhythm and killed the tyres early. I had to wait for them to come back on again."
Fri 09:47 - SS1: Meeke –
The Brit is only 4s slower than Ogier and currently second overall. "I spun at a hairpin not far into the stage. But I got back into my rhythm straight away and that time is good on a dirty road."
Fri 09:45 - SS1: Tänak –
Oops. The DMACK driver is 54.1s slower than Ogier. The Estonian is a man of few words this morning. "What can I say? Really trying but no precision."
Fri 09:44 - SS1: Østberg –
The M-Sport driver is 31.5 down on Ogier's ultimate pace. "That was okay. I'm trying to change my driving on Tarmac. The feeling is completely bad but I'm trying to do something I'm not used to. This is a project I'm continuing with for a long time. This is just the beginning."
Fri 09:41 - SS1: Sordo –
The asphalt expert emerges as the closest challenger to Ogier so far. He's only 4.8s down on the rally leader. "Happy with the time. Really, really bad time with the brakes at the end and was understeering a lot. But the time is okay."
Fri 09:39 - SS1: Latvala –
The 2015 rally winner has had a nightmare start. He's 18.1s slower than Ogier. "Didn't have the best rhythm on the driving and started to improve at the end. I know I can do a better job. I was a bit cautious on this stage."
Fri 09:37 - SS1: Neuville –
The Hyundai ace is 8.8s slower than Ogier but he's still the closest to the Frenchman's pace as things stand. "I can't really go for the perfect line because struggling with understeer. I'm really surprised. We have to check the set up and tyres."
Fri 09:35 - SS1: Paddon –
The Kiwi is 15.1s slower than Ogier at the stage finish. "That was an enjoyable stage. Struggled with the notes a little because they were a touch inconsistent. Thought my time was a lot slower than that so that's not too bad."
Fri 09:33 - SS1: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian is 20.4s slower than his team-mate. He's had a problem: "Everything was going well and then my left foot went to sleep with some vibrations. I didn't have a good feeling with the brakes."
Fri 09:31 - SS1: Ogier –
The world champion completes the opener in 30m 24.1s. "Not so easy to find a good rhythm; I think my notes are a bit too low and slowing me down a bit. But maybe it's better this way on such a long rally."
Fri 09:27 - SS1: Meeke –
His fast start at split one comes to nothing, He's now 3.4s slower than Ogier's benchmark at split two.
Fri 09:24 - SS1: Neuville –
The Hyundai driver is now slower than Ogier at the third split. His 0.6s advantage at split two has now turned into a 1.0s deficit.
Fri 09:22 - SS1: Mikkelsen –
The second driver on the road is now 9.2s slower than Ogier at the 33.6km split. Not the start he would have wanted.
Fri 09:20 - SS1: Meeke –
The Briton is the fastest driver at the opening split. His DS 3 is 0.6s faster than anyone else at the 8.2km mark.
Fri 09:15 - SS1: Neuville
The Belgian's second split is in and he's 0.2s faster than Ogier at the 17.3km mark.
Fri 09:13 - SS1: Latvala
Last year's winner is 2.6s slower than his Volkswagen Motorsport team-mate at the first split.
Fri 09:10 - SS1: Neuville –
The Hyundai driver is the closest to Ogier's pace at the moment, only 0.6s slower at the first split.
Fri 09:06 - SS1: Mikkelsen –
The Norwegian is 1.4s slower than Ogier at the first split (8.2km).
Fri 09:02 - SS1:
The 2016 Tour de Corse is underway. Sébastien Ogier is in the opening stage.
Fri 08:59 - Road conditions –
The road conditions in SS1 are dry and the sun is shining. Just what the crews were hoping for.
Fri 08:58 - Stage info: SS1 –
Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 1, 49.72km. There’s no easy start as drivers are greeted by some of Corsica’s toughest roads. This stage climbs from the coast to Tassinca village on asphalt that is fast in places and twisty in others, before crossing the Col de Gradello and onto the famous Pietrosella hairpin via a worn and bumpy surface. It’s onwards and upwards along a poorly surfaced road to the legendary Col de Bellevalle hairpin. It widens on the climb to Bisinao, before a narrow road with many surface changes leads to the finish in Albitreccia.
Fri 08:57 - Tyre info –
All of the World Rally Car drivers have chosen to take five hard compound MICHELIN Pilot Sport H5 tyres into the stages this morning.
Fri 08:52 - First stage: 08.58 –
That’s the time Ogier will drop the clutch on his Polo R and begin his quest for victory on home soil.
Fri 08:52 - WRC Live –
The trusty Becs Williams is doing her thing in the radio studio, while Colin Clark is back on duty as an end of stage reporter, along with Emyr Penlan. You can find a radio link in the LIVE section on the homepage.
Fri 08:50 - Time zones –
All times quoted on this live text feed are local to Corsica, so that’s CET (GMT +1)
Fri 08:50 - Start intervals –
The World Rally Cars will be spaced two minutes apart, while everyone else will run at minute intervals.
Fri 08:49 - Who else is running?
The Tour de Corse is also a round of the WRC 2 series and the JWRC.
Fri 08:46 - Friday start order –
The crews will leave the line in championship order. That means French hero Sébastien Ogier leads the way. The order is: 1 Ogier, 2 Mikkelsen, 3 Paddon, 4 Neuville, 5 Latvala, 6 Sordo, 7 Ostberg, 8 Tanak, 9 Meeke, 10 Breen, 11 Camilli, 12 Bertelli.
Fri 08:45 - Weather –
Corsica has been blessed with warm and sunny weather this week and those are the conditions that will greet the crews on the SS1 start line this morning. We’re expecting an air temperatures of round 25°C.
Fri 08:44 - Friday's schedule –
The crews will contest four stages today, starting with the 49.72km blast through Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 1. This is then followed by the slightly shorter test at Plage du Liamone - Sarrola-Carcopino. Both tests are repeated this afternoon – without the luxury of a midday service…
Fri 08:43 - The plan for today
Last night’s ceremonial start in Ajaccio is complete so that means we head onto the roads north and south of Ajaccio for some competitive action.
Fri 08:38 - Bonjour –
and welcome to our live text coverage from the Che Guevara Tour de Corse, round ten of the FIA World Rally Championship and the second all-asphalt rally of the season.
Thu 14:20 - Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse 2016
SS1 Acqua Doria - Albitreccia 1 starts Friday 30th September 08:58 (local time France)