Sun 14:23 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for our post event reports from Sardinia and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find a massive selection of stage footage, highlights shows and onboards. Ciao for now!
Sun 14:22 - We will return
On 30 June for the championship's seventh round: 73rd PZM Rally Poland
Sun 14:18 - Rally complete
And that's where we'll end our live text service from Sardinia
Sun 14:17 - WRC Drivers’ Standings
Top 10: 1) Ogier: 132 points, 2) Sordo: 68, 3) Mikkelsen: 67, 4) Østberg: 58, 5) Paddon: 57, 6) Latvala: 56, 7) Neuville: 48, 8) Tanak: 34, 9) Meeke: 26, 10) Camilli: 22
Sun 14:16 - Sardinia WRC2 FINAL
1.Suninen 3h44m23.2s, 2.Kopecky +49.6s, 3.Kruuda +4m31.1s, 4.Kremer +6m38.0s, 5.Maurin +7m39.8s
Sun 13:05 - Power Stage result
1: Ogier 4m50.1s (3 points) 2: Abbring +0.6s (2 points) 3: Latvala +1.1s (1 point)
Sun 13:03 - Sardinia FINAL
1.Neuville 3h35m25.8s, 2.Latvala +24.8s, 3.Ogier +1m37.8s, 4.Sordo +2m54.0s, 5.Tanak +5m26.4s
Sun 13:02 - SS19: WRC 2 Kruuda
Third place in WRC 2 and a great championship comeback for the Estonian. "A fantastic result. I thought top five here would be good. Thanks to the DMACK guys for giving me the chance to drive. I think I've proved I still have some speed in me. I hope to be back in Poland and Finland where I can push much, much harder."
Sun 12:58 - SS19: WRC 2 Kopecky
It's second place in WRC 2 for Kopecky. "Thanks to the team. A nice weekend apart from one puncture - that's it. This stage was like Dakar. I feel too young to drive this sort of stage!"
Sun 12:56 - SS19: WRC 2 Suninen
Takes the win in WRC 2. "It's been a tough weekend - especially the last stage, almost impossible to turn the car in the hairpins."
Sun 12:54 - Neuville
He's on the roof of his Hyundai with co-driver Nicholas Gilsoul. It's a terrific comeback after a long run of disappointment. "We had a great weekend. Great things come to those who go and earn it. This result goes to Philippe Bugalski. He helped me a lot with my career and it would have been his birthday today. Hopefully this win will set me up for the rest of the season. A great confidence boost."
Sun 12:49 - SS19: Neuville wins!
Safely through and the Belgian takes his second WRC victory by 24.8sec from Jari-Matti Latvala!
Sun 12:47 - SS19: Latvala
Third quickest so far on the Power Stage and it's second position overall for Jari-Matti. "One of the hardest final stages I have driven. I wanted to drive fast but save the car too."
Sun 12:43 - SS19: Ogier
Loses a few seconds with an overshoot at a hairpin but he's still quickest so far by six-tenths. Third position overall and he extends his championship lead. "Such big ruts it was impossible to turn - I had to go backwards. I've never seen such bad conditions in a stage. It's been a very positive weekend in terms of points - and that's what matters most."
Sun 12:39 - SS19: Sordo
Looks like fourth place her - that's his fourth in a row. "Important points here. We worked really really hard and now we are second in the drivers' championship."
Sun 12:37 - SS19: Tanak
Fifth position here for Ott. "The most tricky rally that I've ever done. I'm happy to get through. We have to sit down and work out what we can do in Poland."
Sun 12:34 - SS19: Camilli
Closest so far to Abbring's stage leading time and a strong end to a really positive event for the Frenchman. Another driver to bag his first WRC stage win here. Sixth position overall. "We are so, so happy. A big boost to our confidence. Good speed on gravel on the first and second loop. Thanks to the team and to Malcolm."
Sun 12:30 - SS19: Solberg
"I'm quite happy, flat-out! Difficult with the rear suspension in the ruts here but I did my best." Looks like seventh position for Henning.
Sun 12:29 - SS19: Prokop
Clobbered with a five-minute penalty before the rally and he's still furious. "My favourite rally of the year but from the beginning we struggled with the penalty decision. I will leave the championship now. I'm not happy with this situation. I don't know when I will come back."
Sun 12:25 - SS19: Mikkelsen
18.9sec slower than Abbring and it's a tactical finish to a disappointing weekend for Mikkelsen. "I went slow here so I can have a better start position in Poland. Not such fun for the TV but these are the rules."
Sun 12:22 - SS19: Abbring
12.5sec quicker than Al Rajhi here and the end to a rally of highs and lows. "The technical problems can happen and the team did a good job to get us through. The positives are my first stage win and we got a nice set-up for the future. We worked really hard to get a rhythm. We really enjoyed this last stage."
Sun 12:18 - SS19: Al Rajhi
9.1sec quicker than Gorban here, but like Gorban a crash on SS2 ruined his chance of a decent placing overall. "Okay, we finish and take some good experience, that's the most important thing."
Sun 12:16 - SS19: Gorban
First to complete in 5m12.3s. Co-driver Volodymyr gives his verdict. "So rough in there now - a lot of stones on the road. We're happy to finish after so many problems."
Sun 12:09 - SS19: LIVE
Gorban is underway. Don't forget you can watch this stage live on WRC+
Sun 11:55 - SS19 start intervals
Top four WRC runners will start at four-minute gaps. It's three minutes for the other WRC cars.
Sun 11:54 - SS19 running order
Camilli and Solberg swap places for the Power Stage. Here's how they'll line up: 1. Gorban, 2. Al Rajhi, 3. Abbring, 4. Mikkelsen, 5. Prokop, 6. Solberg, 7. Camilli, 8. Tanak, 9. Sordo, 10. Ogier, 11. Latvala, 12. Neuville
Sun 11:50 - Next stage: 1208hrs
The live TV Power Stage is just around the corner
Sun 11:49 - Sardinia WRC2 after SS18
1.Suninen 3h38m54.7s, 2.Kopecky +1m04.1s, 3.Kruuda +4m39.5s, 4.Kremer +6m43.7s, 5.Maurin +7m57.4s
Sun 11:46 - Sardinia after SS18
1.Neuville 3h30m33.7s, 2.Latvala +25.7s, 3.Ogier +1m39.8s, 4.Sordo +2m53.5s, 5.Tanak +5m27.2s. Neuville quickest
Sun 11:44 - SS18: WRC 2 Kruuda
"I would have liked to be fighting but at the same time I'm pleased I don't have to go flat-out here."
Sun 11:41 - SS18: WRC 2 Kopecky
"We cracked our jack changing wheels, but the guys in the team helped to fix it."
Sun 11:39 - SS18: WRC 2 Suninen
The WRC 2 leader completes. "Quite fun. Clean with no risks."
Sun 11:38 - SS18: Neuville
Another stage win and his rally lead is up to 25.7sec. "That's pretty comfortable now. If I do no mistakes it should be okay. We will focus on bringing the car back home - that's more important than pushing for Power Stage points."
Sun 11:36 - SS18: Latvala
Slower than Neuville on the splits. "No attack, just trying go keep a good rhythm. There's no chance to close the gap. Let's see if we can get some points on the Power Stage. I have one new tyre to fit."
Sun 11:34 - SS18: Ogier
"All okay. Nothing changed for us, just trying to save the tyres. The next one is not the sort of Power Stage I'd like to push on but for sure one or two points would be good."
Sun 11:31 - SS18: Sordo
"It was okay. Just driving. A really clean line here. We will try to take some Power Stage points."
Sun 11:29 - SS18: Tanak
"Quite high grip. This is always a stage I enjoy but this time I was just floating around."
Sun 11:27 - SS18: Solberg
"Flat out" He's fourth quickest so far.
Sun 11:25 - SS18: Camilli
5.8sec slower than Mikkelsen. "It was good. A couple of small mistakes." Plan for the next stage? "A win on the Power Stage is not the target."
Sun 11:23 - SS18: Prokop
"Really clean. I enjoyed it."
Sun 11:22 - SS18: Mikkelsen
A new quickest time: 8m57.6s. "Better on the second pass. Trying to push a little bit to see what we can do. I'm happy enough. On the Power Stage we will go easy. I promise. I want to be third on the road in Poland."
Sun 11:19 - SS18: Abbring
Quickest through so far. "Nice rhythm. We want to save the tyres a bit for the last stage. It's so sandy we'll need the grip."
Sun 11:17 - SS18: Al Rajhi
"More grip than I was expecting. We improve."
Sun 11:16 - SS18: Gorban
Through cleanly and co-driver Volodymyr gives his verdict: "Much better than the first time. The road is looking quite good."
Sun 11:08 - SS18: Live
Gorban began on schedule at 1104hrs
Sun 10:05 - Next stage: 1104hrs
That's Gorban's start time for the repeat of Cala Flumini. We'll take a live text break until then
Sun 10:04 - Up next: Regroup
Drivers are heading to a regroup at Palmadula. They will wait there before the repeat loop gets underway.
Sun 10:02 - Sardinia WRC2 after SS17
1.Suninen 3h29m29.2s, 2.Kopecky +1m09.8s, 3.Kruuda +4m44.8s, 4.Kremer +6m31.8s, 5.Maurin +7m55.4s
Sun 10:00 - SS17: WRC 2 Maurin
Fastest WRC 2 driver on stage so far and Maurin is on course for fifth position here. "So much gravel but a lot of fun."
Sun 09:57 - SS17: WRC 2 Kremer
"So sandy here. Very slippery." The German is fourth in WRC 2
Sun 09:56 - Sardinia after SS17
1.Neuville 3h21m40.7s, 2.Latvala +19.4s, 3.Ogier +1m28.5s, 4.Sordo +2m39.4s, 5.Tanak +5m11.8s. Camilli the stage winner
Sun 09:55 - SS17: WRC 2 Kruuda
Quickest of the three WRC 2 drivers through so far and up to third overall after Fuch's exit. "A very pleasant morning I would say. Beautiful scenery but a tricky stage."
Sun 09:53 - SS17: WRC 2 Kopecky
Secure in second following Fuch's roll on the previous stage. "It's a pity about Fuchs. It was a good battle with him."
Sun 09:51 - SS17: WRC 2 Suninen
The WRC 2 leader safety through. "Okay, but so sandy it feels like we are in Dakar."
Sun 09:49 - Eric Camilli
He secures the stage win - his first at WRC level. Better still, M-Sport confirm that his car is okay after the hiccup at the finish control.
Sun 09:48 - SS17: Neuville
Two-tenths quicker than Latvala and Neuville's lead is up to 19.4sec. "Jari-Matti never gives up! A pretty clean run but it's going to be tough for the car on the second pass here."
Sun 09:46 - SS17: Latvala
Four-tenths slower than stage leader Camilli and Jari-Matti concedes the lead battle is over. "I lost three seconds on the first stage and the gap is 19sec - I have no chance to catch Thierry without a mistake. I just try to find a comfortable rhythm without big risks."
Sun 09:43 - SS17: Ogier
A clean run, four seconds off the pace. "A bit like driving on the beach. So much sand. Not so enjoyable to drive. In conditions like this I don't think there will be a big push on the Power Stage."
Sun 09:39 - SS17: Sordo
"I missed a junction. Nothing very important. Very slippy and rocky."
Sun 09:37 - SS16: WRC 2 Fuchs
Retired. Rolled on a right-hander. Crew okay. He had been third in class.
Sun 09:36 - SS17: Tanak
Fourth fastest so far. "All good. No worries. It's been a tricky rally, I try to manage to get to the end."
Sun 09:33 - Sardinia after SS16
1.Neuville 3h16m43.3s, 2.Latvala +19.2s, 3.Ogier +1m24.7s, 4.Sordo +2m32.4s, 5.Tanak +5m01.8s
Sun 09:33 - SS17: Solberg
"The rear suspension is broken so I just pushed as fast as I could. It's not easy but I don't care. I just drive."
Sun 09:31 - SS17: Camilli
Quickest so far in 4m57.2s. But there's a problem. His engine cuts out twice at the finish control. He looks very concerned and says nothing before leaving.
Sun 09:28 - SS17: Prokop
"Quite fine dust. Interesting to drive like this. It's a bit like Dakar. I hit a big stone in the middle of the car. Lots of stones on the road from Mikkelsen - he's pushing. "
Sun 09:25 - SS17: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far but surprised by the amount of sand and dust on the road. There are huge dust clouds trailing his car at the finish. "Probably the worst stage I've ever done in terms of cleaning. "
Sun 09:22 - SS17: Abbring
A mid-stage stop-and-go for Abbring. "In one section I couldn't downshift properly. Then it stopped completely. I did a power cycle and now it seems okay. Difficult to get a clean run here."
Sun 09:18 - SS17: Al Rajhi
Missed a junction near the finish.
Sun 09:17 - SS17: Gorban
"In places it's like the Sahara desert."
Sun 09:16 - Watch it LIVE
Both passes through this Sassari - Argentiera stage are being streamed live on WRC+
Sun 09:15 - Stage info: SS17
Sassari - Argentiera 1, 6.07km New for 2016, this spectacular test ends with the final 1.2km next to the beach, providing stunning views. It’s dusty with tricky hairpins and hidden stones.
Sun 09:13 - Up next: SS17
We're straight over to the Sassari - Argentiera test now. Gorban started at 0908hrs.
Sun 09:12 - SS16: Neuville
Quickest! And Neuville's lead is up to 19.2sec with three stages to go. "A good stage for us. I tried to drive clean. The feeling is good and I'm much more comfortable with the balance of the car. I think we can continue like this."
Sun 09:10 - SS16: Latvala
Quickest so far, 4.3sec up on Camilli, but Neuville is quicker on the splits. Can Latvala catch Neuville? "I tried to have a good run and not to take risks. We had a good rhythm but if Thierry's gaining three or four seconds here then without a mistake then no chance."
Sun 09:07 - SS16: Ogier
6.6sec off the pace and he overshot a junction at 8km. "I'm not fully concentrated. In really, really safe driving mode. There is a big gap in front and behind now, so it's just about saving the tyres ready for the Power Stage."
Sun 09:02 - SS16: Sordo
Fourth fastest and well cushioned in fourth position overall. "It was okay. Normal. Not taking risks. Just watching the battle at the front."
Sun 09:01 - SS16: Tanak
Third fastest so far and Ott eludes to his ongoing tyre issues. "A nice stage, but like normal I'm struggling with the same thing. We're doing what we can."
Sun 08:58 - SS16: Solberg
He loses 11sec to Camilli here - so that's sixth place gone. And it's no surprise to Henning. "The rear suspension is broken on the right side," he explains. "It was broken when we left service earlier. So no fight here. A shame."
Sun 08:54 - SS16: Camilli
Quickest so far and Camilli is after Henning Solberg's sixth place. "Good. I like this stage. It should be good on the second pass. Henning is the target today."
Sun 08:51 - SS16: Prokop
"A nice start but there was a marshal in the road. Enjoying my driving much more than earlier in the event."
Sun 08:49 - Tyre update
News in from Michelin. All its drivers have taken five soft-compound tyres for the loop except Abbring and Sordo who have six.
Sun 08:49 - SS16: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far, 26.2s up on Abbring. Back after his retirement on Saturday, it's all about testing for him today. "It was alright. Trying a few different set-ups. Okay."
Sun 08:45 - SS16: Abbring
19.6sec quicker than Gorban. "I have to wake up a bit I think. Hard to get the rhythm. Much more grip than expected."
Sun 08:42 - SS16: Al Rajhi
Three-tenths slower than Gorban. He overshot one junction. "It's very slippery."
Sun 08:41 - SS16: Gorban
First through and we have a benchmark of 10m01.7s for the Ukrainian. He's not enjoying the loose conditions at the head of the field. "It's tough"
Sun 08:35 - Weather
Blue skies and a few scattered clouds over Alghero right now. Roads are dry and there is no rain forecast (although like yesterday that *might* change). The current temperature of 21ºC should hit 26ºC this afternoon.
Sun 08:32 - Stage info: SS16
Cala Flumini 1, 14.06km. Cala Flumini has formed the Power Stage for the last two seasons but opens Sunday’s action this year. It begins with a new 3.50km section on smooth roads which are lined by stone walls before reverting to the familiar route. After a short asphalt stretch midway through, it turns towards the sea and becomes faster, before a tricky narrow section leading to the finish via a jump over a bridge.
Sun 08:30 - SS16: Live
Gorban started on schedule at 0827hrs
Sun 08:29 - Sardinia WRC2 after SS15
1.Suninen 3h14m24.2s, 2.Kopecky +1m19.3s, 3.Fuchs +1m21.5s, 4.Kruuda +4m46.3s, 5.Kremer +6m22.5s
Sun 08:28 - WRC 2 times
Last night the Clerk of the Course altered the SS12 stage times of 16 competitors who had slowed down at Bertelli's crash scene. The WRC 2 standings are now confirmed. Standby...
Sun 08:26 - Start intervals
Crews will start at three-minute gaps
Sun 08:24 - Ostberg update
Not restarting today after his retirement on Saturday. A broken front driveshaft damaged the engine.
Sun 08:23 - Start order
All change. Drivers are in reverse rally classification order today. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Gorban, 2. Al Rajhi, 3. Abbring, 4. Mikkelsen, 5. Prokop, 6. Camilli, 7. Solberg, 8. Tanak, 9. Sordo, 10. Ogier, 11. Latvala, 12. Neuville
Sun 08:19 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. Sardinia time zone is UTC
Sun 08:18 - Sunday's itinerary
Highlights: Cars left Parc Fermé in Alghero from 0720hrs. First car will start the opening stage at 0827hrs and the final Power Stage at 1208hrs. Podium ceremony: 1345hrs. Top three crews splashing in the harbour: 1400hrs (approx)
Sun 08:18 - Coming up today
Sunday’s final day features two repeated stages covering 40.26km amid stunning scenery on the east coast, north of the host town. All four will run without a service or tyre change zone. The grand finale is the live TV Power Stage which offers bonus points to the three fastest drivers.
Sun 08:17 - Buongiorno
From Alghero and welcome back to our live text coverage from Rally Italia Sardegna
Sat 19:49 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for our post event reports from Sardinia and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find a massive selection of stage footage, highlights shows and onboards. Ciao for now.
Sat 19:49 - We will return
On Sunday from 0837hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the Cala Flumini stage
Sat 19:48 - Join us on Sunday
For the final, decisive day of the rally. Coming up: four stages, 40.26 kilometres and the all-new Power Stage!
Sat 19:45 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.
Sat 19:44 - WRC 2 classification
Pending confirmation later tonight by the Clerk of the Course who will decide if any adjustments need to be made to times on the first Monte Lerno stage. We will confirm the final standings later.
Sat 19:41 - SS15: WRC 2 Gilbert
"A very difficult rally. Today some good times when everything is good but on this one we broke the shifter - so stuck in fourth gear."
Sat 19:39 - SS15: WRC 2 Maurin
A puncture earlier and a tricky afternoon too. "Not easy today," he sighs. "We went off on the first stage this afternoon and damaged the front of the car. We lost power and from then on I just concentrated on completing the loop."
Sat 19:28 - SS15: WRC 2 Kruuda
Third quickest in WRC 2 here. "I really enjoyed this stage. I'm pretty happy that I'm learning the car - and in a safe mode too. Next time, if I come back, I can push much harder."
Sat 19:24 - SS15: WRC 2 Kopecky
"A good day for us but I lost the brakes for the last four kilometres in here."
Sat 19:17 - SS15: WRC 2 Fuchs
"A nice day. A few problems but I think it's okay."
Sat 19:17 - SS15: Gorban
Stopped to change a puncture after 7km
Sat 19:16 - SS15: WRC 2 Suninen
"I have to be happy with my driving but one spin so not 100 per cent."
Sat 19:14 - SS15: Al Rajhi
He completes with hazard lights flashing. What's the problem? "After 15km we heard something cracking, then step-by-step we lost drive. The prop-shaft is broken and we drove the last 25km with two-wheel drive."
Sat 19:11 - SS15: Abbring
Five minutes off the pace as he nurses his damaged i20 through. He's still positive though. "The first stage win earlier today was good for the confidence. We don't drive the WRC car very often so I'm pleased we're making progress. Okay, we've learned a lot and I hope for another good day tomorrow."
Sat 19:07 - Sardinia after SS15
1.Neuville 3h07m35.2s, 2.Latvala +16.1s, 3.Ogier +1m15.0s, 4.Sordo +2m19.2s, 5.Tanak +4m50.6s Østberg stops
Sat 19:02 - SS15: Solberg
"I broke the [anti] roll bar on the first stage. I've made a few changes since then. I really can't go any faster in this car."
Sat 19:00 - SS15: Prokop
"Something strange with the engine and the brake balance here. Difficult to drive. I'm pleased to get this one done."
Sat 18:56 - SS15: Camilli
He rounds off a great day with the third quickest time here. "We were pushing in this one. No brakes at the end. I'm tired."
Sat 18:54 - SS15: Neuville
3.2sec quicker and his overnight lead is up to 16.1sec. "The car in slippy conditions is just amazing to drive. We can go pretty, pretty fast. We've done another good day. It's been a pleasure to be fighting Jari-Matti. I'm happy. It will be tough tomorrow but we're going to prepare properly and keep fighting."
Sat 18:51 - SS15: Tanak
Another tyre-preservation mission from Ott. "This one was too long for us. Over the last 15kms we were driving very slowly. Tomorrow's shorter stages should suit us better."
Sat 18:49 - Ostberg update
Out. He has parked up near the end of the stage. Overheard on the radio asking the team to collect the car.
Sat 18:48 - SS15: Latvala
7.4sec quicker than Ogier and he also passed Ostberg in stage. "I can't do better than this, I did a really, really good run. If Thierry is faster then respect to him. I was a bit too careful earlier this afternoon. Sometimes you have to play safe. Let's see how Thierry does. Whether there is still a fight tomorrow."
Sat 18:44 - SS15: Sordo
He completes 23.4sec slower than Ogier. "I passed Mads and after that I drove more slowly, not to risk the car. But we also had a problem with a sticking throttle - very difficult in corners."
Sat 18:39 - SS15: Ostberg
Four minutes slower than Ogier at the 36km point.
Sat 18:37 - SS15: Splits watch
Neuville 1.2sec quicker than Latvala at the 21km split.
Sat 18:36 - SS15: Ostberg
At the 29km point he has lost 90 seconds to Ogier. Now stopped to let Sordo pass.
Sat 18:34 - SS15: Ogier
His time 28m57.7sec. There's a chunk of wheel rim missing from the right-rear but with Ostberg losing time he's looking more secure in third. "I try as much as I could. There's nothing more I can do. I said before if I reached the podium here it would be a great result. The strange feeling at the rear was a problem on the faster sections of the previous stage."
Sat 18:30 - SS15: Ostberg
Reported to be driving slowly
Sat 18:28 - SS15: Splits watch
Neuville 3sec quicker than Latvala at the 7.7km split.
Sat 18:25 - Tyres
Michelin update on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) of LTX force tyres its WRC runners have taken for the second Monte Lerno: All have 5H
Sat 18:07 - SS15 LIVE
Ogier began the Monte Lerno repeat, today's final stage, at 1800hrs
Sat 18:06 - SS14: WRC 2 Aasen
Didn't start the stage. Stopped and retired after SS13. Oil leak.
Sat 18:03 - SS14: WRC 2 Kremer
46sec off the pace. "We stopped in the stage once, we went off and had to turn the car around."
Sat 17:58 - SS14: WRC 2 Kopecky
"Good but a lot of rocks on the line. A big hit to the front right. Lucky to not get a puncture."
Sat 17:57 - WRC 2 standings
Event Stewards will decide tonight what, if any, adjustments to make to WRC 2 stage times from the earlier Monte Lerno stage (SS12).
Sat 17:55 - SS14: WRC 2 Fuchs
"A problem with the turbo I think."
Sat 17:52 - SS14: WRC 2 Suninen
"I spun and had to reverse once. Otherwise okay."
Sat 17:49 - SS14: Gorban
Hit a stone. Front left puncture
Sat 17:48 - Mikkelsen update
Confirmation from Volkswagen that he is out for the day
Sat 17:47 - SS14: Abbring
He completes 1m13.5sec off the pace with the hazard lights flashing. What's wrong? "Gearbox. We did it in a compression in the previous stage. We cannot jump or hit the gearbox now. I'm convinced we are going to make it but we have to be careful. We've had some great stage times but now we have to focus on surviving."
Sat 17:40 - Sardinia after SS14
1.Neuville 2h38m48.1s, 2.Latvala +12.9s, 3.Ogier +1m04.4s, 4.Østberg +1m14.0s, 5.Sordo +1m45.2s Latvala the stage winner
Sat 17:34 - SS14: Camilli
"Working well. Too cautious at the start of the stage when there was so much rain and I could see nothing."
Sat 17:32 - SS14: Neuville
Eighth-tenths slower than Latvala and his rally lead is trimmed to 12.9sec. "I started in heavy, heavy rain for the first six or seven kilometres. Very tricky. I tried to avoid the worst of the water splashes. We limited the damage at the end. I was expecting to lose much more."
Sat 17:28 - SS14: Tanak
"It was like being in a pool for the first few kilometres. You couldn't see anything and all the ruts were full of water. The second half was dry."
Sat 17:26 - SS14: Latvala
Quickest so far and Jari-Matti is exhausted. "It was raining very, very heavily near the start and the road is getting slippery. Very difficult to drive here. Visibility in the high speed places is bad."
Sat 17:24 - Mikkelsen update
Crew okay. Car went off after hitting a rock. It has a broken track control arm. Mikkelsen and his co-driver are trying to fix it.
Sat 17:22 - SS14: Sordo
"It's okay. It started to rain in the middle of the stage. I will be difficult. The car is good. Not so bad. Better than before."
Sat 17:20 - SS14: Ostberg
"Mikkelsen has crashed in a high-speed place. There were no trees around, I think he has rolled but they were both out of the car. It's raining heavily now in the stage. Not easy to judge the grip."
Sat 17:12 - SS14: Mikkelsen
WRC+ live tracking shows him stopped at the 18.5km point. He had been in fifth position.
Sat 17:11 - SS14: Ogier
"Difficult. I think I have a problem with car. I don't know what but the rear is very unstable. Maybe a diff problem. Really uncomfortable to drive."
Sat 17:07 - Weather update
WRC TV crews on SS14 report some short, sharp rain showers. Evaporating quickly, it isn't making a big difference to the conditions. For now.
Sat 17:05 - Up next: SS14
Ogier began the repeat of Coiluna - Loella at 1654hrs
Sat 17:01 - SS13: Abbring
Part of his car's digital dash display has fallen off. "That's not good because I couldn't see what gear I was in or the optimum time to change gear. Otherwise a really good stage. There was one big impact though." His car is trailing oil as it leaves the finish control.
Sat 16:54 - Sardinia after SS13
1.Neuville 2h24m50.8s, 2.Latvala +13.7s, 3.Ogier +1m02.0s, 4.Østberg +1m08.0s, 5.Mikkelsen +1m19.5s Neuville the stage winner
Sat 16:50 - SS13: Camilli
Sixth quickest. "The time is fine. A good stage. We are alright."
Sat 16:48 - SS13: Neuville
A massive push from the rally leader who goes quickest so far and pulls 10.8sec further ahead of Latvala. "I pushed hard. I sweat a lot. In the last part the car was jumping like hell, hitting rocks."
Sat 16:46 - SS13: Tanak
He loses 53sec with a front-left puncture, the rubber missing down to the rim. "It just exploded on the a straight. I was lucky."
Sat 16:42 - SS13: Latvala
4.1sec slower than Ogier. "Not a good time if you compare to Dani or Sebastien. With so many rocks around I wanted to be careful. Maybe I was too cautious."
Sat 16:39 - SS13: Sordo
Second quickest so far, three seconds slower than Ogier. "Outside the line there is not a lot of grip. I'm happy with my time."
Sat 16:38 - SS13: Ostberg
5.7sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "A big confusion at the start with our start time. Andreas was late starting and the marshals wanted to send me in just one minute after him. We refused, but it's not good to be arguing just before the start. That was a distraction."
Sat 16:30 - SS13: Mikkelsen
4.3sec slower than Ogier. "Fine. I'm actually quite happy with my drive. He [Seb] did a great job here."
Sat 16:27 - SS13: Ogier
13m17.9s. "No question on tyres. It's much too hot now for the softs. Struggled for grip at the rear. Some sections really rough. I tried."
Sat 15:45 - Tyre choices
Michelin update on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) of LTX force tyres its WRC runners have taken for the next two stages: All have 5H except Ogier who has 4H&1S
Sat 15:43 - Mikkelsen penalty
He collects a 10-second penalty for leaving midday service 1min late. A replacement sensor took a little longer to fit than planned. It doesn't cost him fifth position.
Sat 15:25 - SS13: 10-minute delay
Official timing system showing a new start time of 1611hrs for Ogier.
Sat 12:32 - Next stage: 1601hrs
That's the original plan for the repeat of Monte Di Ala. We'll take a live text break for now.
Sat 12:30 - SS12: WRC 2 Lappi
Confirmation from Skoda that Esapekka 'went off the track' in SS12. Crew okay.
Sat 12:28 - Afternoon itinerary
There's a good chance that this afternoon's itinerary will run late as a result of the delays on SS12. We'll keep you posted.
Sat 12:21 - Up next: service
Crews are en route to Alghero for Saturday's 30-minute midpoint service. You can follow the progress via our live streaming cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.
Sat 12:16 - Bertelli update
A team spokesman tells us that Lorenzo is okay following the crash on SS12. Bertelli's co-driver, Simone Scattolin, reported neck pain and has been taken to hospital.
Sat 12:03 - SS12 update
Organisers confirm the stage is still running but there is confusion about times, especially in WRC 2, after some drivers slowed at the scene of Bertelli's crash. We'll keep you posted.
Sat 12:01 - SS12: WRC 2 Aasen
"Front-left puncture and no brakes."
Sat 11:54 - SS12: WRC 2 Kopecky
"We drove this non-competitively. A marshal was in the road with an SOS board."
Sat 11:52 - SS12: WRC 2 Suninen
"The SOS board was shown at the Bertelli crash so we stopped. I think the stage is cancelled."
Sat 11:40 - Sardinia after SS12
1.Neuville 2h11m39.6s, 2.Latvala +2.9s, 3.Ogier +55.3s, 4.Østberg +55.6s, 5.Mikkelsen +58.5s Østberg the stage winner
Sat 11:37 - SS12: Gorban
He loses almost five minutes. "We stopped to change a wheel. We hit a rock and now the steering is not running straight."
Sat 11:34 - SS12: Abbring
He completes with the loss of more than seven minutes. His car is missing a lot of front bodywork. "After 10km we felt we had a slow puncture at the rear, then we had a front-left puncture but I didn't notice because of the one at the rear. I noticed when the front wing flew off."
Sat 11:30 - SS12: Al Rajhi
"Lucky. We had no brakes for the last 20km."
Sat 11:28 - SS12: WRC 2 Kopecky
Stopped at 18.5km. That's the same point where Bertelli stopped.
Sat 11:26 - SS12: WRC 2 Suninen
WRC+ tracking shows him moving again. He has rejoined right in front of Nicholas Fuchs.
Sat 11:22 - SS12: WRC 2 Suninen
WRC shows him stopped at 18.5km. He had been second in WRC 2
Sat 11:21 - SS12: Abbring
Both moving again
Sat 11:20 - SS12: Gorban
WRC+ tracking shows his MINI stopped at 24.1km
Sat 11:19 - SS12: Abbring
WRC+ shows him stopped at 31.1km
Sat 11:17 - SS12: Prokop
A flat front-left tyre. "We tried the soft compound but before the stage they got really warm. Not the best choice."
Sat 11:16 - SS12: WRC 2 Lappi
WRC+ tracking shows his Skoda stopped at the 3km point. He had been leading WRC 2.
Sat 11:14 - SS12: Camilli
Third quickest so far. "It's very hard to stay concentrated for such a long period of time. The time is a good surprise. I thought we would be slower."
Sat 11:11 - SS12: Neuville
8.8sec off the pace and he's lost all but 2.9sec of his rally lead. "I gave everything. A pretty good run, no mistakes, but maybe I was slightly too careful near the end. It was difficult to keep the car in a clean line."
Sat 11:09 - SS12: Bertelli
WRC+ tracking shows the Italian's car is stopped at 18.5km
Sat 11:08 - SS12: Tanak
11.1sec off the pace. "Really hard but we managed to make it through. I feel we have a big job to do. With this road position we should be winning stages."
Sat 11:05 - SS12: Latvala
Two seconds slower than Ostberg. "The rear was moving about and I was struggling with the grip with the soft tyres. I definitely needed hard at the front though."
Sat 11:02 - SS12: Sordo
Slowest of the cars through so far. "Very hot and dusty. We lost time with the full soft tyres - we needed harder."
Sat 11:00 - SS12: Ostberg
Mads goes 9.5sec quicker than Mikkelsen and steals fourth position from him. He's only three-tenths from toppling Ogier too. "Not bad. A very good stage and tyre choice. A bit of a stress in the tyre fitting zone. We took the choice - two hards [front] and two softs [rear] - at the last minute after we saw that Ogier took full softs."
Sat 10:56 - SS12: Mikkelsen
He's 5.3sec up on Ogier and also on soft tyres, which look okay. "For the first time I'm not so bad here. Some room for improvement though - a bit cautious in places perhaps. We're closing in."
Sat 10:53 - SS12: Ogier
He completes in 29m49.5s. "I don't know. When you start first we have no choice than the soft tyres. In our position it's an obligation."
Sat 10:30 - SS12: Start intervals
Three minute gaps for the World Rally Car runners here
Sat 10:20 - SS12: Update
Ogier's new start time: 1020hrs
Sat 10:15 - SS12: Delay
Still no word on when Monte Lerno will get underway. Ogier was due to start at 0959hrs.
Sat 10:14 - Tyre zone
An update from Michelin on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) of LTX force tyres its WRC runners have taken for Monte Lerno: Ogier, Mikkelsen, Sordo: 5S. Latvala, Neuville, Camilli, Abbring: 5H. Østberg: 3H&2S
Sat 10:00 - Stage info: SS12
Monte Lerno 2, 44.26km. The rally’s longest stage is a mix of new roads, those used in the opposite direction to last year and about 22km of tracks run in the same formation. But it is all about the famous Micky’s Jump at 21.70km, one of the WRC’s most iconic locations at which cars fly high as the road literally drops away beneath them. The surface ranges from smooth to rough to sandy to concrete. Likely to be the key stage of the event.
Sat 09:57 - Up next: SS12
The rally's signature stage, Monte Lerno, is due to get underway at 0959hrs. We are hearing there might be a 10min delay.
Sat 09:56 - Sardinia WRC2 after SS11
1.Lappi 1h45m11.1s, 2.Suninen +15.8s, 3.Fuchs +26.0s, 4.Scandola +1m14.8s, 5.Kopecky +1m25.0s
Sat 09:46 - SS11: WRC 2 Fuchs
Quickest through in WRC 2. "I like this one a lot." He holds third in class just 10.2sec behind Suninen.
Sat 09:44 - SS11: WRC 2 Suninen
1.9sec quicker than Lappi but feels there's more to come. "My first time on this stage in a four-wheel drive car. Not such a great drive."
Sat 09:42 - SS11: WRC 2 Lappi
"Clean. No mistakes. Everything is fine."
Sat 09:42 - SS11: WRC 2 Scandola
More than a minute off the lead after his earlier puncture. "This is rally," he shrugs, "but we carry on with the day. We hope."
Sat 09:33 - Sardinia after SS11
1.Neuville 1h41m56.1s, 2.Latvala +9.7s, 3.Ogier +49.3s, 4.Mikkelsen +57.8s, 5.Ostberg +1m04.4s Tanak the stage winner
Sat 09:32 - SS11: Abbring
No stage win this time. "The stage is so soft there's no way to get enough heat in these hard tyres."
Sat 09:30 - SS11: Bertelli
Another driver to struggle for confidence here. "Not a good stage. The rear of the car was moving all around."
Sat 09:24 - SS11: Camilli
Third fastest of the eight cars through so far. "Very good. Narrow and fast between the trees here. We are very happy about this start to the morning."
Sat 09:22 - SS11: Neuville
Slower than Latvala by two seconds. "Not so nice, I didn't feel good with the car. In the very fast narrow sections the rear didn't feel comfortable. Sometimes I lost it and I didn't know why. Very difficult to drive." Neuville's rally lead is trimmed to 9.7sec.
Sat 09:19 - SS11: Tanak
Another great time for Ott, 1.3sec quicker than Latvala. "Always been a really fun stage. We have some damaged tyres from the previous stage so we had to fit two softs here."
Sat 09:18 - SS11: Latvala
Quickest of the five cars through. "I'm happy with the driving, I think we are the first car to use a mix of tyres here: soft at the front and hard at the rear."
Sat 09:16 - SS11: Sordo
He matches Mikkelsen's time but is frustrated by the handing of his Hyundai. And it's a familiar complaint from the Spaniard. "No grip at all in the rear. Impossible to keep it in the line. I lost a lot of time. Incredible. Like a two-wheel drive car."
Sat 09:14 - SS11: Ostberg
One-tenth slower than Mikkelsen. "A really nice stage. I enjoyed it. So far not so bad, Andreas has increased his pace a lot and it looks like we are still on his tail." The difference between them in the overall standings is just 6.6sec.
Sat 09:11 - SS11: Mikkelsen
"Happy with the driving, The car is amazing." He's 3.3sec quicker than Ogier.
Sat 09:10 - SS11: Ogier
"Like normal. A good stage. I tried to push but obviously it's not easy. I gave my best. That's how it is."
Sat 09:03 - Stage info: SS11
Coiluna - Loelle 1, 22.39km. A classic test, most of which is run to the same format as 2015. After passing a small lake near the start, it becomes fast as it winds through the valleys, with plenty of loose rocks on the road. After the big Rino’s Jump, drivers enter a tricky forested section with hidden rocks and bumps. It crosses Buddusò motocross track before the fan-favourite Nuraghe Loelle hairpin leads to a more open final 10km.
Sat 09:02 - SS11: Live
Ogier began the Coiluna - Loelle stage at 0853hrs.
Sat 09:01 - SS10: WRC 2 Suninen
Slower than rally leader Lappi by 8.6sec on stage - and that puts him 17.7sec adrift in the rally classification. "Ah. The driving felt good but different tyres I think. I hope I can make up the time. "
Sat 08:59 - SS10: WRC 2 Lappi
Into the lead, 1m05.2s ahead of Scalndola in the WRC 2 classification. "Everything is going to plan. We knew this rally was tough and rough, we have to stay on the safe side."
Sat 08:57 - SS10: WRC 2 Scandola
He completes with rubber flailing from a front-left puncture. And that's the WRC 2 lead gone. "We hit a rock at the 11km point," the Italian explains.
Sat 08:55 - Sardinia after SS10
1.Neuville 1h27m40.8s, 2.Latvala +11.7s, 3.Ogier +47.4s, 4.Mikkelsen +59.2s, 5.Ostberg +1m05.7s Abbring the stage winner
Sat 08:52 - SS10: Al Rajhi
"I feel okay after the roll yesterday but this was not a good start today. It is very slippery and we need softer springs. We start smoothly and see how we go."
Sat 08:50 - SS10: Abbring
A new quickest time, 13m34.6s, and that's the first WRC stage win for the Dutchman. "It feels really good. It was difficult after yesterday morning's loop, but we changed something on the car, which improved the balance and it feels really good now. I have confidence in the car and it is working well. All good."
Sat 08:46 - SS10: Bertelli
"We did a mistake, went wide in a junction and lost some seconds. Everything else okay."
Sat 08:44 - SS10: Solberg
He completes with sections of body trim hanging loose. "So many big stones in the road. I tried to avoid them. Flat out!"
Sat 08:43 - SS10: Prokop
Slowest through, 34sec off Camilli's pace. "It was okay. A lot of stones on the road that I was trying to avoid. I didn't enjoy it."
Sat 08:41 - SS10: Camilli
Fastest time so far, seven-tenths up on Neuville. And nobody is more surprised than Camilli. "The best time? Really?" and then he starts laughing. Uncontrollably. "That's very good. Thanks to the team and Malcolm."
Sat 08:39 - SS10: Neuville
The rally leader matches Tanak's time of 13m37.6s. "It was quite slippery. There was a lot of dust in the car and that distracted me - we went wide on one junction and that cost me a second or two."
Sat 08:36 - SS10: Tanak
Fastest of the six cars through so far. That's a great start for Ott and his DMACK-shod Fiesta RS. "I'm quite pleased. I lost a lot in the end because they [the tyres] were getting soft and moving around a lot. Happy with my driving."
Sat 08:34 - SS10: Latvala
Another new fastest time, 0.3sec up on Sordo." A clean run but in a couple of places I was too cautious in the rocks - hesitating. But the car is right now, a change of gearbox last night and the front diff is working well."
Sat 08:32 - SS10: Sordo
Quickest so far, 0.8sec up on Mikkelsen. "I have a little more confidence. It wasn't a great stage though, I lost a little in some corners, but I'm a little bit better than yesterday."
Sat 08:30 - SS10: Ostberg
One-tenth slower than Ogier. "Not bad. Quite a tricky stage. On the soft tyres the car is moving a lot but I felt the car was working well."
Sat 08:28 - SS10: Mikkelsen
5.4sec quicker than Ogier. "I saw Seb's lines and just tried to stay in them. I've not driven this stage too well in the past so I'm happy enough."
Sat 08:27 - SS10: Ogier
He's through in 13m44.9s but knows that won't be quickest. "Really, really loose. More than yesterday. Not a bad stage but not a big surprise to see the time."
Sat 08:19 - Stage info: SS10
Monti di Ala’ 1, 22.20km. Saturday’s opener is the only stage that is unchanged from last year. It begins with an 8km section that was introduced for the first time in 2015 before continuing on roads that have been driven in both directions previously. Much of the test is within a wind farm and twists across a hillside via fast corners. It reverts to man-made roads before a fast section to the finish. Drivers must keep an eye out for wild animals which roam throughout.
Sat 08:18 - SS10: Live
Ogier started at 0810hrs. Stage notes coming up.
Sat 08:18 - Weather
Blue skies and a few scattered clouds over Alghero at the moment. Roads are dry and there is no rain forecast. The current temperature of 20ºC should hit 27ºC this afternoon. WRC TV crews on the opening Monte Di Ala stage report a similar picture but it's a few degrees cooler. Niiiiice.
Sat 08:17 - WRC Live
WRC Live radio crew Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan are on air. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.
Sat 08:15 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) of the LTX force tyres its WRC runners have this morning: Ogier, Mikkelsen, Camilli, Sordo: 5S. Østberg: 4S&1H. Latvala, Neuville: 3S&2H. Abbring: 4H&1S
Sat 08:15 - Start intervals
Crews will start at two-minute gaps
Sat 08:15 - Rally 2
Al Rajhi and Gorban both return after crashing on day one. No return for Paddon, whose Hyundai's roll cage was damaged in his off.
Sat 08:14 - Start order
Drivers tackle Saturday's stages in championship order, which puts Sébastien Ogier first on the road again. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Mikkelsen, 3. Østberg, 4. Sordo, 5. Latvala, 6. Tanak, 7. Neuville, 8. Camilli, 9. Prokop, 10. H. Solberg, 11. Bertelli, 12. Abbring, 13. Al Rajhi, 14, Gorban.
Sat 08:13 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. Sardinia time zone is UTC
Sat 08:13 - Saturday's itinerary
Highlights: Cars left Parc Fermé in Alghero from 0530hrs. First car will start the opening stage at 0810hrs. First car back to midpoint service in Alghero at 1309hrs. Cars back to service after the second loop: 2040hrs. Last car returned to Parc Fermé: 0010hrs.
Sat 08:13 - Coming up today
Saturday is the longest and toughest of the rally, accounting for more than half the event’s competitive distance at 177.70km. The stages are clustered round Budduso in the Monte Acuto region and all three morning stages are repeated in the afternoon after service.
Sat 08:12 - Buongiorno
Welcome back to our text coverage of Rally Italia Sardegna, coming to you live from host town Alghero
Fri 19:11 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Alghero and don't forget our Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE section. Bye for now.
Fri 19:08 - We will return
On Saturday from 0810hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the Monti Di Ala stage.
Fri 19:07 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.
Fri 19:02 - Sardinia WRC2 after SS9
1.Scandola 1h16m39.1s, 2.Lappi +3.3s, 3.Suninen +12.4s, 4.Fuchs +20.7s, 5.Kopecky +1m28.6s
Fri 18:58 - SS9: WRC 2 Maurin
"The puncture has made this a very disappointing day."
Fri 18:55 - SS9: WRC 2 Scandola
Another stage win and Scandola leads WRC 2 tonight, 3.3sec up on Lappi. "We are very, very happy. This position is a surprise for us. The car, the feeling and the tyres - all good!"
Fri 18:48 - SS9: WRC 2 Kruuda
"I'd say I'm satisfied but not satisfied by today. We got a puncture on the previous stage and had to stop and change it. That ruined our strategy for this stage."
Fri 18:45 - SS9: WRC 2 Lappi
Quickest so far in WRC 2 - and depending on what Scandola does here it's first or second place overnight for Esapekka. "We stick to the plan we made before the rally," he says. "An okay day, not perfect. Reasonable. Tomorrow we need to be even more eyes open than today."
Fri 18:39 - SS9: WRC 2 Aasen
"The feeling is very good but we lost some time in the previous stage with a spin."
Fri 18:39 - SS9: WRC 2 Suninen
Teemu lost the WRC 2 lead on SS7 when he hit a rock and punctured a tyre - but he's fought his way back into winning contention. "Today has been good. Luckily we found good speed after the puncture, which was my mistake. Tomorrow let's see. I think we have enough pace to fight for the win."
Fri 18:35 - SS9: WRC 2 Kremer
Unusually off the pace today, but Kremer sounds optimistic. "Today has been much better in the afternoon, except for a spin in the first stage. We have made a lot of changes in a positive direction."
Fri 18:31 - SS9: WRC 2 Fuchs
"A spin in this stage on the asphalt section. I had to stop and turn around. I lost maybe 15sec."
Fri 18:28 - SS9: Abbring
"We managed to find some traction in this last one. The rhythm was quite good. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
Fri 18:25 - SS9: Bertelli
"It's not been a very good day. Two punctures; one my fault, one I don't know. Still a long way to go."
Fri 18:23 - Sardinia after SS9
1.Neuville 1h14m03.2s, 2.Latvala +11.1s, 3.Ogier +40.3s, 4.Mikkelsen +57.5s, 5.Ostberg +58.5s Neuville the overnight leader
Fri 18:21 - SS9: Solberg
"The car is okay now. I drive as fast as I can."
Fri 18:19 - SS9: Prokop
"A couple of good stages, but that's about all. Tomorrow is a new day. We'll change the set-up tonight."
Fri 18:16 - SS9: Camilli
"A good afternoon. We tried to push here but I made a mistake and spun which cost us around 15 seconds."
Fri 18:15 - SS9: Neuville
Rounds off a terrific day with a fastest time on SS9, 3.4sec quicker than Latvala. It's his 60th stage win and stretches his overnight lead to 11.1sec. "I think everybody is happy to see us back in the front," he says. "It increases our confidence. Tomorrow I hope to continue in the same rhythm and I hope it will be an interesting fight. We have had a lot of issues this year and the end of last year - it's well deserved."
Fri 18:11 - SS9: Tanak
The Estonian nurses his car through safely with his tyres absolutely on the limit. "This stage I was in road mode. The rear right has gone. All we can do is drive through - and that's all. Like a fast recce."
Fri 18:08 - SS9: Latvala
Quickest so far but still far from happy with the behaviour of his Polo R. "It's the front diff again," he says, shaking his head. "I can't get out of the corners quickly enough. It's been like this all day and it's getting worse. I cannot attack and the tyres are wearing. We have work to do."
Fri 18:05 - SS9: Sordo
"Not a bad day but once you are off the line this is a very difficult rally. We need to do some modifications tonight to try and make the rear of our car more stable."
Fri 18:04 - SS9: Ostberg
4.1sec slower than Mikkelsen and Mads loses fifth position to him. The gap is just 1sec though. The extra spare tyre didn't help. "It doesn't look like it paid off," says Mads. "I've been struggling to keep the rear in the line. Okay, we are here but maybe it was unnecessary. Otherwise the car is working perfectly. I'm really happy about that. "
Fri 17:59 - SS9: Mikkelsen
"It's been a lot of work today. We haven't really got the loops we wanted - either of them. Early to bed tonight and let's get ready for tomorrow."
Fri 17:55 - SS9: Ogier
"I did the maximum I could. I've said before that my focus is to fight with the guys I have a chance to fight with - those near me in the start order like Mads and Andreas. There's not such a gap to them so not too bad."
Fri 17:50 - Up next: SS9
We're straight over to Friday's final stage now which Ogier began at 1743hrs
Fri 17:48 - SS8: Abbring
"Better than the morning. I was really careful in the previous one and kept the ride-height high in here. Struggling for traction, like everybody I'm sure."
Fri 17:46 - SS8: Bertelli
He completes with a flat front-right tyre. "I had a puncture. Stupid mistake."
Fri 17:42 - SS8: Solberg
Maximum commitment from Henning. "I am flat out. I cannot go any faster."
Fri 17:40 - Sardinia after SS8
1.Neuville 1h04m31.8s, 2.Latvala +7.7s, 3.Ogier +34.9s, 4.Ostberg +46.7s, 5.Mikkelsen +49.8s Neuville the stage winner
Fri 17:39 - SS8: Prokop
"Some noise from the rear. I don't know what it is but it is disturbing me a lot. The feeling is okay but the noise is horrible."
Fri 17:38 - SS8: Camilli
15.1sec off the pace. "We tried to do a good time but it is not really good. It felt like we were driving this stage for the first time. We couldn't do more but we know where we can gain time next time."
Fri 17:33 - SS8: Neuville
Another fastest time - as predicted by Latvala - and Neuville's rally lead stands at 7.7sec. "It's going well. The car was sliding a bit on this stage, so I didn't feel too comfortable, but a good run in the clean lines. Out of those it is difficult."
Fri 17:30 - SS8: Tanak
He has a rear-left puncture and extremely worn front tyres. "These are the only tyres I have for the next stage. Okay, slicks it is then..."
Fri 17:29 - SS8: Latvala
Quickest so far but not driving at 100 per cent. "I can't got at the speed that Thierry is doing. There's something strange with the turning - it's not ideal. There's something with the front diff and I'm not happy with it. I'm getting understeer, especially on the throttle, it's not biting."
Fri 17:24 - WRC 2 update
All change on SS7 when Suninen lost his seemingly comfortable lead. Scandola is the new class leader with Lappi 2.3sec back in second and Suninen third, 8.6sec further back
Fri 17:24 - SS8: Sordo
"I tried to be in the rhythm but it is very difficult driving out of the line. I was braking too early. I hoped for a better time."
Fri 17:21 - SS8: Ostberg
5.2sec slower than Mikkelsen. "Quite a good stage but I'm struggling with the balance of the car. In hindsight maybe just one spare tyre would have been a better choice."
Fri 17:19 - SS7: Stopped
Federico Della Casa has crashed and his Ford Fiesta RS is blocking the road. Crew okay.
Fri 17:17 - SS8: Mikkelsen
3.2sec slower than Ogier. "A clean stage but maybe I lost a little near the end. Maybe a bit too careful, I don't know."
Fri 17:15 - SS8: Ogier
First through and 28sec quicker than the first pass. "That shows how different the road surface is now," he says. "It's much more abrasive, much better than this morning."
Fri 17:10 - SS8: Further delay
Stage started at 1702hrs. So that's a 12-minute delay
Fri 16:37 - Next stage: 1652hrs
A two-minute delay to the start of the Castelsardo repeat (SS8).
Fri 16:34 - Sardinia after SS7
1.Neuville 54m24.1s, 2.Latvala +3.5s, 3.Ogier +29.3s, 4.Ostberg +35.9s, 5.Mikkelsen +41.0s Neuville back up to P1
Fri 16:28 - SS7: Solberg
"The throttle is still not working properly."
Fri 16:27 - SS7: Prokop
"A really bad stage for me. The car was set-up too soft for these conditions."
Fri 16:25 - SS7: Camilli
Things are looking up for the Frenchman who has a trouble-free run. "Now the car is okay. We have fixed the earlier problem. We pushed but its not possible to do more."
Fri 16:23 - SS7: Neuville
Another stage win. His lead over Latvala up to 3.5sec. "Jari-Matti did well but I pushed hard and finally the time is nice. The car is working okay in these conditions. When the ruts are already there I can push the rear into them."
Fri 16:21 - SS7: Tanak
Slowest of the seven drivers through so far and thinking only about his tyres. "So grippy now. Nice to drive but still I think I went too quickly. I need to be very careful."
Fri 16:19 - Hayden Paddon update
Confirmation from Hyundai that his car left the road near the finish. Crew okay.
Fri 16:18 - SS7: Latvala
Quickest so far. "A hard, technical stage. Lots of dust in the car - it came in through the roof vent."
Fri 16:16 - SS7: Sordo
"I saw people at the end of the stage, just near the flying finish, but I didn't see Hayden."
Fri 16:15 - SS7: Paddon
WRC tracking shows Paddon stopped very close to the flying finish
Fri 16:12 - SS7: Ostberg
"We're losing a little by carrying an extra wheel but hopefully we'll make that up later with a fresh tyre."
Fri 16:10 - SS7: Mikkelsen
1.4sec off Ogier's pace. "These stages are much better. Like I said earlier - it's a different rally now."
Fri 16:09 - SS7: Ogier
Completes in 11m51.9s and gets out of his car for a breather. "It's very slow in this stage, and there's not a lot of air in the car. So far I'm happy with my tyre choice. I try to make the best of it."
Fri 15:50 - Up next: SS7
Ogier will start the repeat of Tula at 1552hrs
Fri 15:48 - Sardinia after SS6
1.Latvala 42m36.9s, 2.Neuville +0.9s, 3.Ogier +24.6s, 4.Ostberg +29.3s, 5.Mikkelsen +34.9s Latvala the stage winner
Fri 15:45 - SS6: Abbring
Prop-shaft fixed, Abbring completes his first proper stage of the rally. "A really enjoyable stage. Finally the car is accelerating and braking properly. Now we have to find a good rhythm this afternoon so we are ready for tomorrow morning."
Fri 15:44 - SS6: Bertelli
Eighth-quickest and just 9.9sec off Latvala's stage winning time. "The car is fixed and I'm feeling better than I did this morning.
Fri 15:41 - SS6: Solberg
"The throttle is sticking. I had to turn the engine off to stop it. It seems better now. We lost a lot though. Not funny."
Fri 15:39 - SS6: Prokop
"I don't like this stage. I don't like the narrow sections. Not the best feeling this weekend. Trying to keep positive and enjoy it."
Fri 15:38 - SS6: Camilli
After diff problems earlier, the Frenchman reports more technical issues with his Fiesta RS. "Not very good. Something is wrong with the car. When I am on the throttle the car pulls to the left. We had a spin."
Fri 15:36 - SS6: Neuville
Fifth-fastest on stage and Neuville slips to second position, nine-tenths behind rally leader Latvala. "I didn't feel really comfortable on stage. It was difficult for me. I took it a bit steady."
Fri 15:34 - SS6: Tanak
His tyres didn't last the morning loop, so it's a cautious start for Tanak on the repeat. "It was alright. This is all about trying to survive."
Fri 15:32 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) of LTX force tyres its WRC runners have selected this afternoon: All crews took five hard compound tyres [one spare] except Ostberg who has six [two spares].
Fri 15:31 - SS6: Latvala
Quickest so far, 1.3sec up on Mikkelsen. "A good run for us. The car feels good."
Fri 15:30 - SS6: Sordo
Slowest of the five drivers through so far - 8.8sec off the pace. "I'm lacking confidence in the fast, narrow places. Really bad pace notes in this stage."
Fri 15:27 - SS6: Paddon
One-tenth slower than Mikkelsen. "Good. The grip is a lot better this afternoon. My driving feels a lot smoother and under control. A clean drive is the objective today."
Fri 15:25 - SS6: Ostberg
4sec slower than Mikkelsen and the only driver to have the security of two spare tyres. "Okay. Pretty much like this morning only cleaner. I'm carrying two spares and that does affect the balance of the car."
Fri 15:24 - SS6: Mikkelsen
1.1sec quicker than Ogier. "That is an awful stage - so narrow and fast - but a clean run. Compared to earlier these are completely different conditions. It's a new rally for us at the front."
Fri 15:22 - SS6: Ogier
First to complete in 4m03.9s - that's almost six seconds quicker than his first pass. "Much better grip. This loop will be much better for me. A long way to go so no plans yet - just drive and let's see."
Fri 13:21 - Next stage: 1515hrs
That's when Ogier will start Ardara - Ozieri - the first stage of the afternoon's repeat loop. We'll take a lives text break until then. Ciao for now.
Fri 13:19 - Up next: service
Cars are approaching the Alghero harbourside for the midpoint 30-minute service. You can watch the teams at work via our Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find a link in the LIVE section
Fri 13:16 - SS5: WRC 2 Gilbert
Running out of order because of problems earlier. "We hit something in the second stage on a right-hand corner - a rock I think. I had to change the steering arm in the stage. Since then we have no power steering. I hope for a better afternoon."
Fri 13:10 - Sardinia WRC2 after SS5
1.Suninen 39m28.5s, 2.Scandola +16.3s, 3.Lappi +21.7s, 4.Fuchs +24.6s, 5.Maurin +46.9s
Fri 13:09 - SS5: WRC 2 Turan
"We struggled in the last couple of stages with the pop-off valve. No turbo. Apart from that I'm happy. I hope for a problem-free loop in the afternoon."
Fri 13:06 - SS5: WRC 2 Loubet
He picks up a 10-sec penalty for being late to the stage start.
Fri 13:05 - SS5: WRC 2 Maurin
He completes with an update on Giordano. "I think he has hit a rock and broken a wheel. For us a good feeling this morning. I tried not to hit anything and here we are in the top five with no risks and no punctures."
Fri 13:04 - SS5: WRC 2 Giordano
WRC+ live tracking shows his car stopped on stage
Fri 12:59 - SS5: WRC 2 Scandola
A spin costs him four or five seconds but the Italian holds second in WRC 2, 16.3sec off Suninen's lead.
Fri 12:57 - SS5: WRC 2 Kopecky
A badly punctured front-left tyre. "I don't know where it happened. A slow puncture to start I think then we drove for 6km like this."
Fri 12:53 - SS5: WRC 2 Kruuda
"Pure joy to drive the car here. We are building the feeling."
Fri 12:52 - SS5: WRC 2 Lappi
2.9sec slower than his team-mate Suninen and he lies 21sec adrift in the overall standings. He sounds rather flat. "Okay. No issues at all and no mistakes. That's the strategy for today I think."
Fri 12:47 - SS5: WRC 2 Aasen
"It's been really good. Some tricky stages, and I've been careful in places, but okay so far."
Fri 12:45 - SS5: WRC 2 Suninen
Fastest driver in WRC 2 and he's eighth-quickest overall - two-tenths up on Ogier on this stage. The stage end marshals give him a round of applause. He's modest as ever. "Quite okay. Some things to look at in service but no problem."
Fri 12:42 - SS5: WRC 2 Kremer
"Really hard. No feeling for the car and the tyres yet."
Fri 12:40 - Sardinia after SS5
1.Neuville 38m33.9s, 2.Latvala +1.5s, 3.Ogier +23.7s, 4.Ostberg +25.5s, 5.Mikkelsen +35.1s Neuville the new leader
Fri 12:39 - SS5: WRC 2 Fuchs
"A little crash in the second stage today but a good morning."
Fri 12:38 - SS5: Abbring
"The car has more than 300hp through the front wheels but like it feels worse than an R2 car. We can't get any rhythm like this."
Fri 12:34 - SS5: Bertelli
23sec off the pace and there are ongoing mechanical issues for the Italian. "I'm disappointed because we were going well."
Fri 12:30 - SS5: Solberg
Fifth-quickest in his Fiesta RS. "Very tough and slippery but whenever I have four tyres on the car and I can change gears I go flat out."
Fri 12:28 - SS5: Prokop
"I'm still struggling with the motivation after the Stewards' penalty. It's hard to find the reason to push. Really difficult."
Fri 12:26 - SS5: Camilli
He loses another 1m14s in his left-wheel drive Fiesta but remains positive. "The most important thing is to compete the race without retirement. It's a little bit hard to have that [problem] on only the second stage. This time it's not our rally."
Fri 12:23 - SS5: Neuville
Fastest through, 2.3sec up on Latvala and Neuville takes the rally lead by 1.5sec. "Of course there is some road cleaning, which we try to turn to our advantage. Apart from the spin I think we can be pleased with the morning loop."
Fri 12:21 - SS5: Tanak
47sec off Latvala's pace and Tanak's tyres are destroyed. The front-left is down to the canvas. "They're well used, that's for sure. This is a hard rally for the tyres and we have work to do."
Fri 12:19 - SS5: Latvala
Quickest so far and Jari-Matti's advantage over Ogier is up to 22.2sec. "I'm happy with the morning but it hasn't been easy. We were thinking all time about whether or not we had the right tyres. In the end I think it was the perfect choice."
Fri 12:16 - SS5: Sordo
Two-tenths slower than Paddon. "Very difficult to drive. Understeer and oversteer. Incredible. We almost went off in the first corner."
Fri 12:15 - SS5: Paddon
Quickest so far after replacing his car's bent rear suspension link. "The car's not perfect, we found the bolts were bent when we made the repairs."
Fri 12:13 - SS5: Ostberg
2.9sec quicker than Ogier despite a rear-left tyre that is completely bald. "I tried to manage my tyres this morning and I'm pretty happy."
Fri 12:11 - SS5: Mikkelsen
8.7sec slower than Ogier. "The tyre wear was more than I expected and I didn't have time to change the tyres as I had planned to before the previous stage. Here I had to use one tyre that was completely gone. Still, we are here. That's the main thing."
Fri 12:07 - SS5: Ogier
He's through in 10m01.2s and hops out to look at his badly worn tyres. There's a slight smile. "We expected to be on the limit like this. We had to try something. Overall I'm happy with the loop."
Fri 12:05 - Sardinia after SS4
1.Latvala 28m45.8s, 2.Neuville +0.8s, 3.Ogier +10.6s, 4.Mikkelsen +13.3s, 5.Ostberg +15.3s Latvala retakes the lead
Fri 12:02 - Stage info: SS5
Tergu - Osilo 1, 14.91km. Back after a year’s absence, this test is wide and smooth the whole way through. After a steady climb for the opening 5km, it descends gently to the finish via several barriered bridges. It’s a great drivers’ stage where keeping to the driving line is key.
Fri 12:01 - Up next: SS5
Ogier started the final stage of the morning loop at 1155hrs
Fri 11:58 - SS4: Abbring
He completes with hazard lights flashing almost 2min off the pace. "We broke a prop-shaft before the first stage today. Only front-wheel drive and only brakes at the rear. We will get it fixed at service. Very unlucky."
Fri 11:55 - SS4: Bertelli
His car has a right-rear puncture. And that just part of the story. "The rear diff failed at the end the previous stage. And a damper too. Then we went off in here and got a puncture."
Fri 11:50 - SS4: Solberg
"Not a good stage. I stopped twice in hairpins. My fault."
Fri 11:48 - SS4: Prokop
17sec off the pace and more issues for Martin to content with. "Now we have a problem with the front," he sighs. "Understeering. The feeling is changing. Also I'm not fully concentrated after the problem with the Stewards earlier."
Fri 11:46 - SS4: Camilli
1m39sec off the pace. "We still have the same broken rear diff. It's like I have left-wheel drive only. Not possible for me to fix. It's disappointing."
Fri 11:41 - SS4: Neuville
Quickest so far, 1sec up on Latvala, and up to second overall. But it could have been better. "I had a good stage but I spun near the finish and lost six or seven seconds."
Fri 11:38 - SS4: Tanak
Second quickest, just 1.9sec off Latvala's pace and Tanak's hard compound DMACK tyres are looking okay. "Maximum attack."
Fri 11:37 - SS4: Latvala
A new fastest time: 10m30.0s. A good time - better than I expected. A few mistakes. Overall I'm feeling positive."
Fri 11:36 - SS4: Sordo
13.4sec off the pace and no fan of this sort of loose gravel surface. "Not happy. Very slippery"
Fri 11:34 - SS4: Paddon
39.5sec off the pace and the rear-right wheel is running out of alignment. "We spun near the start and got stuck in a cloud of dust. When we were turning the car around we hit a wall and broke a rear toe-arm."
Fri 11:31 - SS4: Ostberg
Quickest so far. "Not so bad. A beautiful stage. I enjoyed it." His Fiesta's rear tyres are finished. "That's the plan. I'm off to change them now."
Fri 11:29 - SS4: Mikkelsen
1.1sec off Ogier's pace. "We've seen more tyre wear than I expected so I was cautious near the start."
Fri 11:27 - SS4: Ogier
He's through in 10m41.2s. "Still a bit the same. I'm happy with my drive, with the job so far, but let's see how we do after the whole loop."
Fri 10:59 - Stage info: SS4
Castelsardo 1, 14.02km. After an opening 4.50km across open moorland, Castelsardo switches from gravel to asphalt for 1.50km midway through. After a series of dips and compressions, the test changes character after a tunnel which links to a new road. A steep uphill climb through hairpin bends on a stony road, which will be hard on tyres and transmission, leads to the final section.
Fri 10:59 - Up next: SS4
World Rally Car crews are on the road section to Castelsardo. Ogier's start time: 1114hrs.
Fri 10:56 - Sardinia after SS3
1.Ogier 18m15.2s, 2.Latvala +0.6s, 3.Neuville +2.4s, 4.Mikkelsen +3.8s, 5.Paddon +8.2s Ogier retakes the lead
Fri 10:51 - SS3: Prokop
"The stage conditions are okay but the feeling with the car is strange. The balance isn't right. Maybe it's the anti-roll bar. I'll have to check."
Fri 10:49 - SS3: Camilli
58sec down on Ogier. "I think the rear diff broke somewhere near the start. In the first stage I already felt something strange with the front-right. I thought it was a tyre. Now I'm not sure. I hope to get through the next stages."
Fri 10:45 - SS3: Neuville
Second quickest, 0.2sec slower than Ogier, and Neuville is shaking his head. "I don't know how it's possible for him to do these times. It's impossible to go that fast, they must has a lot of traction. I expected to take more time."
Fri 10:43 - SS3: Tanak
'Getting really soft, too hot I think." He doesn't explain whether he's referring to the tyres or the road. "It's difficult to drive when it's like this. I did my best."
Fri 10:41 - SS3: Latvala
3.4sec slower than Ogier on a tyre mix of hards at the front and softs at the rear. "It's difficult to know what the best [tyre] option is. The balance in the car wasn't great but over the whole loop I think we have a good plan."
Fri 10:39 - SS3: Sordo
Running a cross mix of soft and hard tyres. "Very, very slippery everywhere. We do this one with these tyres, the next should be better."
Fri 10:37 - SS3: Paddon
Slowest through so far with hard compounds on the front and softs on the rear but Paddon sounds relaxed about his tyre strategy. "No braking grip on this stage but for whole loop it will be the best strategy."
Fri 10:35 - Abbring update
Front-wheel drive only for the opening stage. Broken prop-shaft.
Fri 10:35 - SS3: Ostberg
3.2sec off Ogier's pace. "I'm happy with the tyre choice [3H&2S] but it was confusing to fit the right ones before this stage."
Fri 10:33 - SS3: Mikkelsen
Like Ogier, he has concerns about his choice of soft tyres. "We had to try something from our position at the front. Here we will lose a lot of time as the road cleans."
Fri 10:30 - SS3: Ogier
He completes in 12m05.3 and is straight out to look at his tyres. "They're quite on the limit but with so much loose [gravel] the softs are all I can do here."
Fri 10:24 - SS2: WRC 2 Suninen
An astonishing time on the opening stage from Suninen who goes sixth quickest overall in his R5 spec Skoda! That gives him a six second lead in WRC 2 over Esapekka Lappi. Nicholas Fuchs is third.
Fri 10:20 - SS2: Abbring
Looks like a problem on the previous stage. He completed 1m13.6sec off the pace. We'll keep you posted.
Fri 10:17 - SS3: Stage delay
Just a small one. Ogier began at 1216hrs - so the schedule has slipped by four minutes .
Fri 10:12 - Stage info: SS3
Tula 1, 15.00km. Tula is a new stage to the rally and many of the roads have been cleared especially for the event. The surface is sandy in places and some roads still have grass growing in the middle. It’s twisty in parts with some big compressions and jumps, and passes through a wind farm before finishing on a single width road through a series of hairpin bends.
Fri 10:11 - Up next: SS3
The Tula stage gets underway at 1012hrs
Fri 10:10 - Sardinia after SS2
1.Latvala 6m07.1s, 2.Mikkelsen +2.7s, =3.Ogier +2.8s, =3.Paddon +2.8s, 5.Neuville +5.0s
Fri 10:07 - SS2: Gorban & Al Rajhi
WRC TV crew report that both cars have rolled approx 700m into the stage. Both crews okay.
Fri 10:04 - SS2: Gorban
WRC live tracking shows them both stopped just 700 metres into the stage.
Fri 10:02 - SS2: Bertelli
"Very tricky, very fast and narrow. The time is not so bad." Eighth quickest.
Fri 10:01 - SS2: Solberg
9.7sec off the pace. "I pushed my best - as hard as I could!"
Fri 10:00 - SS2: Prokop
Slowest through so far, 15.6sec off the pace and unusually subdued. Probably still feeling last night's five minute penalty.
Fri 09:57 - SS2: Camilli
"I drove not very well. It was very narrow and fast. Don't worry - I'm confident." Sixth-fastest so far.
Fri 09:55 - SS2: Neuville
"The rear was moving far too much with the soft [compound] tyre at the rear and hards at the front. That knocked my confidence. I decided to take it carefully." A decent time though - 4sec slower than stage leader Latvala.
Fri 09:54 - SS2: Tanak
A spin drops him 8.4sec off the pace "There was a stupid edge in the hairpin near the start. We spun and took a long time to get turned around. There's a long way to go."
Fri 09:51 - SS2: Latvala
A new fastest time: 4m06.4s. "A good start. Maybe a bit too aggressive in the opening section but I have to be happy with this stage."
Fri 09:50 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and compound (Hard or Soft) of the LTX force tyres its WRC runners have selected this morning: Camilli / Sordo / Neuville / Ostberg: 3H&2S. Paddon: 4H&2S. Abbring: 5H. Ogier/Mikkelsen: 4S&1H. Latvala: 3S&2H.
Fri 09:49 - SS2: Sordo
Slowest of the cars through so far, 7.7sec off the pace of his team-mate Paddon. "Really difficult. Narrow and fast. The time is not so good."
Fri 09:47 - SS2: Paddon
Quickest so far: 4m08.2s. "Quite slippery. I really struggled for a rhythm. Not the tidiest stage I've driven - the guys behind will be quicker."
Fri 09:44 - SS2: Ostberg
Mads completes 5.5sec slower than Mikkelsen. "Very slippery but exactly what we expected." And he's off.
Fri 09:43 - SS2: Mikkelsen
Seven-tenth quicker than his team-mate Ogier. "A nice stage. Rally fast. A proper wake up call. I was surprised by now slippery it was, but that's how it is. Now I have to build a good rhythm."
Fri 09:41 - SS2: Ogier
First to complete in a benchmark 4m09.5s. "Difficult, very slippery. No surprises."
Fri 09:39 - Stage info: SS2
Ardara - Ozieri 1, 7.50km. Friday’s opener is a narrow but fast stage, most of which was driven in the opposite direction last year. It has a messy surface and the gravel is interspersed with patches of concrete and asphalt. There are also several hidden crests and dips which could catch out drivers as they acclimatise to the Italian tracks.
Fri 09:38 - SS2: Live!
Ogier began the opening stage on schedule at 0935hrs
Fri 09:37 - Weather
It's a beautiful morning in Alghero. Clear skies, bright sunshine and a temperature of 22˚C. No rain expected today, temperature expected to hit 27˚C this afternoon.
Fri 09:32 - WRC Live
WRC Live radio crew Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Emyr Penlan are on air. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.
Fri 09:31 - Start intervals
Crews will start at two-minute gaps
Fri 09:30 - Start order
Drivers will tackle Friday's stages in championship order, which puts Sébastien Ogier first on the road. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Mikkelsen, 3. Østberg, 4. Paddon, 5. Sordo, 6. Latvala, 7. Tanak, 8. Neuville, 9. Camilli, 10. Prokop, 11. H. Solberg, 12. Bertelli, 13. Gorban, 14. Al Rajhi
Fri 09:24 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. Sardinia time zone is UTC
Fri 09:24 - Friday's itinerary
Highlights: Cars left Parc Fermé in Alghero from 0800hrs. First car will start the opening stage at 0935hrs. First car back to midpoint service in Alghero at 1328hrs. Cars back to service after the second loop: 1900hrs. Last car returned to Parc Fermé: 2230hrs.
Fri 09:24 - Coming up today
The first full day of the competition, 102.86km of stages based near Sassari, north-east of Alghero and close to the north coast. Four morning stages are repeated in the afternoon after service in Alghero and all are new compared to last year.
Fri 09:16 - Buongiorno
And welcome back to our coverage of Rally Italia Sardegna, coming to you live from the wrc.com text hub in the heart of Alghero
Thu 20:03 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Alghero. Bye for now.
Thu 20:03 - We will return
On Friday from 0935hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the Ardara - Ozieri stage
Thu 20:01 - Stage complete
And that's where we'll end our (brief) live text service for today
Thu 20:00 - Sardinia after SS1
1.Ogier 2m00.4s, 2.Latvala +0.3s, 3.Tanak +0.3s, =4.Mikkelsen +0.6s, =4.Abbring +0.6s
Thu 19:57 - SS1: Ogier vs Paddon
The champ completes in 2m00.4s to win the heat and the stage. "A great start. It's always good to be the fastest, especially here with such a lot of spectators and a great atmosphere." Paddon stops the clock 1.3sec slower. "This is an unusual super special, pretty wide, but my driving felt better - tidier than I have done before."
Thu 19:51 - SS1: Mikkelsen vs Ostberg
Mikkelsen wins the heat in the fourth-fastest time. "A funny little stage, quite slippery, tomorrow is when it really starts," he says. Ostberg is 1.3sec slower and puts this down to a soft-biased tyre choice. "It was okay, we're through it, that's the main thing."
Thu 19:46 - SS1: Latvala vs Sordo
Latvala ties the current fastest time with Tanak. "The feeling is good - I feel relaxed and motivated," he says. Sordo is 1.3sec slower. "This is a complex rally, slow and fast. It will be difficult."
Thu 19:41 - SS1: Tanak vs Neuville
Tanak goes quickest so far with a 2m00.7s. "A really great atmosphere here. I enjoyed it and it's a good way to start the rally." Neuville is exactly one second slower. "The rally will be long. We have to get a decent start tomorrow and try to push," he says.
Thu 19:37 - SS1: Times update
Abbring quickest so far in 2m01.0s. WRC 2 driver Suninen still clinging on to second - 1.3sec adrift.
Thu 19:35 - SS1: Prokop
Sixth-fastest and fuming after the earlier Stewards decision. "Thanks to the Stewards for the five-minute penalty. I'm really angry about this. I have completely lost my motivation."
Thu 19:32 - SS1: Bertelli vs Solberg
Bertelli returns after missing Portugal because of an ankle injury. "Some mistakes," says Bertelli. "I went wide after the watersplash but good fun for the spectators. I want to push my pace up this weekend." Henning says: "Quite fun, very slippery,"
Thu 19:26 - SS1: Gorban vs Abbring
Gorban spins on the first and second corners. He is caught and passed on stage by Abbring. "Something broken, maybe a diff or driveshaft," his co-driver explains. "Normally you're not supposed to overtake on a stage like this! I'm looking forward to pushing more tomorrow," says Abbring.
Thu 19:20 - SS1: Al Rajhi
Slots eighth fastest so far, "We made two mistakes but that's normal with the first super special. We feel comfortable."
Thu 19:17 - SS1: World Rally Cars
Filtering through next.
Thu 19:13 - Sardinia WRC2 after SS1
1.Suninen 2m02.3s, 2.Fuchs +0.1s, 3.Lappi +0.6s, 4.Aasen +2.6s, 5.Kopecky +2.6s
Thu 19:09 - SS1: WRC 2 Suninen
Quickest so far. "One stage, it's nothing. We're here to learn more about this rally."
Thu 19:08 - SS1: WRC 2 Lappi
We haven't seen Esapekka for a while. He's back with the second quickest WRC 2 time so far, five-tenths slower than Fuchs, and offers his Sardinia tip: "Survival is the key."
Thu 19:05 - SS1: WRC 2 Fuchs
The Peruvian bags fastest so far: 2m02.4s. "A very nice stage for me. Last year I didn't like it. I have good confidence."
Thu 19:02 - SS1: WRC 2 Kremer
"We had a bad start - a stall for a couple for seconds - but for this day that's okay. The real rally starts tomorrow."
Thu 19:00 - SS1: WRC 2 Aasen
"A really good start. Really fun too."
Thu 18:56 - SS1: WRC 2 Glbert
The reigning WRC 2 champ is fourth quickest so far, 1.6sec off Kruuda's pace. "Everything good. The car feels very well. A nice stage, a good way to start the weekend."
Thu 18:50 - SS1: WRC 2 Suarez
He completes with front bumper damage and a lightly damaged front-right wing. He doesn't sound too bothered. "The stage is just for fun. Everything is okay."
Thu 18:48 - Stewards update 2
As well as punishing Prokop, rally officials also hit Thierry Neuville with a pre-event €1,000 fine for exceeding the 70kph recce speed limit on three occasions
Thu 18:46 - SS1: WRC2 Kopecky
The Skoda Fabia R5 driver ties fastest time so far with Kruuda. "This rally will be very tricky. We try to do our best and get on the podium."
Thu 18:42 - Prokop penalised
Martin will start with a five-minute penalty after Stewards punished his team for opening sealed transmission components to carry out repair work between the rallies in Mexico and Portugal
Thu 18:37 - SS1: WRC 2 Kruuda
The Estonian is quickest so far in 2m04.9s. A great start to his first WRC outing this year driving for the DMACK team in place of Sander Parn. And he's delighted. "It felt awesome! No other words. Great to be back."
Thu 18:25 - Weather
It's a sunny, warm evening here in Alghero. There are a few clouds in the sky but plenty of sunshine too. The temperature is 23˚C. Sunset will be at 2057hrs
Thu 18:18 - WRC Live
Our WRC Live radio team of Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporter Colin Clark are on air. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.
Thu 18:18 - Thursday's start order 2/2
Highlights: 1830hrs: First WRC 2 car (Karl Kruuda). 1920hrs First WRC car (Roberto Tononi). 1950hrs: Final WRC pairing (Paddon vs Ogier)
Thu 18:11 - Thursday's start order 1/2
The 46-car entry will run in a loose-ish reverse championship order tonight, so we have a few pairings to get through before our WRC 2 and WRC crews take to the stage.
Thu 18:08 - Thursday's itinerary
Highlights: Cars flagged off from the start ramp in Alghero from 1700hrs. First pair of cars on stage at 1800hrs. First car back to Parc Ferme in Alghero at 1900hrs
Thu 18:05 - Stage info: SS1
Ittiri Arena, 2.00km. A revised version of the stage, used for the first time last year, at a former motocross track just outside the village of the same name. Two cars at a time compete head-to-head around two laps of the track on wide roads which include a jump and a watersplash.
Thu 18:03 - Coming up tonight
A Super Special opener. Last year's curtain-raising speed test in the southern capital of Cagliari has been replaced by a 2km stage at a motocross track at Ittiri, less than 30km from the Alghero rally base.
Thu 18:01 - We're back
At the wrc.com text desk, just three weeks after we packed it into a flight case in Portugal. Cables connected, coffee poured and we're ready to go.
Thu 18:01 - Buonasera
From a beautiful summer's evening in Alghero and welcome to our live text coverage from Rally Italia Sardegna, round six of the FIA World Rally Championship
Wed 12:51 - SSS1 ITTIRI ARENA SHOW
SSS1 starts on Thursday 18:00 local time Italy (CET)
Wed 08:55 - Rally Italia Sardegna 2016
Watch the 26min. Preview Magazine on WRC+