Fri 11:43 - SS5: WRC 2 Update
After the cancellation of SS3 and SS4, WRC 2 competitors ARE tackling SS5. However, until organisers allocate notional times for the two missed stages, they will not show in the overall standings.
Fri 11:40 - WRC top 5 after SS5
Neuville the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 52m43.1s, 2. Neuville (Hyundai): +8.9s, 3. Latvala (VW): +15.0s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +23.9s, 5. Evans (VW): +31.1s
Fri 11:29 - SS5: Bertelli
The Italian struggling with a wayward handling Fiesta. "We got a puncture in the stage before and I think the rear anti-roll bar is broken. We'll get that fixed in service."
Fri 11:24 - SS5: Prokop
"We had to stop for a cow, until it had decided where to go. There were lots of impacts underneath, we lost the sump guard and the car is damaged. We will have a lot of work to do in service."
Fri 11:20 - SS5: Sordo
He's fifth fastest and still affected by the gearbox issue that left him stuck at the start of SS4. "It's not so good. I was pushing very hard, I tried my hardest but I have problems with the gearbox."
Fri 11:07 - SS5: Evans
"Not too special, but not too bad. Looking at the amount of attrition it's good to still be here."
Fri 11:05 - SS5: Ostberg
Fourth fastest, but it sounds like he's sick of this rally already. "We are through it, and that's a good thing. It's okay. Not a lot more to say." What's the plan for the afternoon Mads? "No plans."
Fri 11:02 - SS5: Latvala
Third fastest, 5.3sec slower than Ogier and clearly very frustrated. "I need to improve my driving. The feeling has not been the best today and I don't know why. But that's how it is. Time to go to service and reset."
Fri 10:58 - SS5: Mikkelsen
"Okay, but this is a new stage for me. Tricky roads I must stay. I have to learn them. The second lap I hope will be better." He completes 15.7sec adrift of Ogier's stage leading time.
Fri 10:56 - SS5: Neuville
He completes 4.4sec quicker than Ogier. "A crazy stage, but everything went well. A couple of small moments but mostly perfect. We hit a stone in the previous stage, it was put in a cut by spectators, and I was a bit angry. Without that I think we could be leading."
Fri 10:52 - SS5: Ogier
He reaches the finish in 11m11.9s. "I'm very pleased with this loop. Clever with my soft tyre choice - that compensated for the fact that we had to sweep the road. The second loop is never so good either, but we'll see."
Fri 10:47 - SS5: Stage notes
Las Minas 1, 15.54km: Las Minas has an unusual character for a Mexican stage. The first 6.3km are narrow, tight and technical, but then the road opens and it becomes faster, with several sharp climbs and descents. Near the end there are loose rocks on the roadside which will be pulled out as cars make cuts.
Fri 10:45 - WRC top 5 after SS4
Ogier the stage winner. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 41m31.2s, 2. Neuville (Hyundai): +13.3s, 3. Latvala (VW): +14.1s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +21.2s, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +22.2s
Fri 10:43 - SS4: Casulty list
This one certainly lived up to Mexico's car-breaking reputation. Meeke and Paddon are both out. Kubica is nursing his damaged Fiesta through.
Fri 10:40 - Up next: SS5
Ogier began the 15km Las Minas at 1038hrs
Fri 10:39 - SS4: Prokop
"We had a big, big moment near the start because of a pace note issue. Then a lot of under-steer. Also, I think we have destroyed something with the gearshift - we're going to have a look now."
Fri 10:37 - SS4: Sordo
He completes 49sec slower than stage leader Ogier. He explains his delay on the start line. "The problem is the gearbox - I couldn't get it to select the gear. Later we lost time after the watersplash when the windscreen fogged up."
Fri 10:33 - SS4: Kubica moving again
He's lost about 10 minutes though
Fri 10:30 - SS4: Meeke update
Citroen confirm Meeke went off. Crew are okay.
Fri 10:29 - SS4: M-Sport team
have just broadcast a radio message to their drivers confirming that Ott Tanak and his co-driver Raigo Molder are okay. They added they have no idea where the car is.
Fri 10:26 - SS4: Itinerary update
Organisers have confirmed that SS4 will be stopped after car 37, Lorenzo Bertelli. This is a consequence of the earlier delay on SS3.
Fri 10:24 - SS4: Kubica stopped!
His car is 18.2km into the stage.
Fri 10:23 - SS4: Evans
He is third quickest, but he doesn't sound comfortable. "I'm struggling to get a nice rhythm. I'm not relaxed enough at the wheel."
Fri 10:21 - SS4: Ostberg
Second fastest so far, 8.8sec slower than Ogier - despite his ongoing gearbox problem. "I'm just trying to stay calm and drive through."
Fri 10:18 - SS3: Update
Stage cancelled after Lorenzo Bertelli. Benito Guerra and those drivers behind will be awarded notional times.
Fri 10:17 - SS4: Latvala and Mikkelsen
Safely through but neither can match the pace of their VW team-mate Ogier. Mikkelsen is 18.9sec slower. Latvala 10.5sec adrift. "Very bad driving from me," says Latvala. "It's terribly slippery out there. Maybe it's the cold? I've never known it as cold as this in Mexico before."
Fri 10:10 - SS4: Sordo
Sounds like the Spaniard had a problem on the start line. WRC TV crew reports his Hyundai sat on the line for 8sec after getting the green light to go
Fri 10:09 - SS4: Neuville
The Belgian is next to complete. His time 13.1sec slower than Ogier's
Fri 10:06 - SS4: Ogier completes
His time is 29m41.5s
Fri 10:02 - SS4: Meeke stopped!
His Citroen is parked 1.5km from the start.
Fri 10:01 - SS4: Paddon stopped!
Tracking shows his car stopped 3.1km from the start. WRC TV crews report his Hyundai has right-rear suspension damage. Sounds like it's going no further.
Fri 09:59 - WRC top 5 after SS3
Stage win for Meeke moves him up to third [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 11m49.7s, 2. Neuville (Hyundai): +0.2s, 3. Meeke (Citroen): +1.2s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +3.3s, 5. Latvala (VW): +3.6s
Fri 09:54 - SS4: Stage notes
El Chocolate 1, 44.13km. The longest stage of the opening leg is also the rally’s high point, reaching 2781 metres. It contains a mix of everything – climbs, descents, hairpins, fast sections and a remarkably narrow 3km section. Some roads are covered in thick dust and the final 2km are on clay.
Fri 09:54 - Up next: SS4
The 44km El Chocolate - the first of the rally's endurance tests - began at 0935hrs
Fri 09:51 - SS3: Tanak update
Both Ott and his co-driver Raido Molder are reported to be okay and are being driven to the end of the stage in a safety car - hence the pause in the competition.
Fri 09:50 - SS3: Stage stopped
Guerra and all competitors behind are held at the start line.
Fri 09:48 - SS3: Bertelli
A clean run for the Italian who clears in the 12th fastest time.
Fri 09:47 - SS3: Kubica
Fourth fastest, 1.8sec off Meeke's stage leading time. "All okay, quite a smooth stage for us - not so bad. We are struggling with a lack of power and acceleration on the uphill sections."
Fri 09:43 - SS3: Prokop
The Czech driver had a worrying start to the day when his car refused to start in Parc Ferme. He had to push it out and get a bump start. All seems okay now. "I'm quite happy to have cleared that stage. A lot happened earlier, with the car not starting, and we had work to do before the stage as well."
Fri 09:39 - SS3: Sordo
He felt his car was down on power last night, but all seems okay this morning. "It feels very good in the stage. The sensation of the car was great."
Fri 09:35 - SS3: Meeke
Fastest so far in 7m35.2s. No dramas. "Happy and content with my start. This stage doesn't clean as much as the others."
Fri 09:34 - SS3: Paddon
He started behind Tanak but didn't see the Estonian's car. Paddon had a clean run. "The surface is becoming dusty and powdery."
Fri 09:32 - SS3: Tanak off
More news to follow
Fri 09:28 - SS3: Evans
The Welshman is fifth-fastest of six cars through. Can he see a swept line in the road? "I can see marks, but it's hard to judge the grip. I'm braking too early in many places. I haven't found a good rhythm yet."
Fri 09:25 - SS3: Ostberg
He completes 11.3 sec slower than Neuville. His car shows no obvious sign of damage after his spin. Inside the car Mads is furious. "It's the same gearbox problem we had in Sweden: I go to change down, it goes into neutral and I go off. It's unbelievable."
Fri 09:22 - Tyre choices
News just in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard or soft) that cars left with for this morning’s stages: Citroën/Latvala: 4H+1S - Ogier/Neuville: 3H+2S -Mikkelsen: 4H+2S - M Sport/Sordo: 4H+1S - Paddon: 5H
Fri 09:21 - SS3: Latvala
"There is a little bit of a cleaning line. I think the soft tyre is one to have here and I only have one soft."
Fri 09:18 - SS3: Mikkelsen
"A little bit too careful in some places, but I'm taking time to settle into the rhythm of these stages." He completes 3.1sec slower than Neuville.
Fri 09:16 - SS3: Ostberg spin
At 1.2km. More to follow
Fri 09:16 - SS3: Neuville
The Belgian is quicker than Ogier by 1sec but the inside of his Hyundai i20 is full of dust. "I went wide and hit once. It's okay, but I struggled with visibility. The car is sucking dust into the cockpit."
Fri 09:13 - SS3: Ogier
His first stage as road sweeper today. His time is 7m36.7s - a few seconds down on his 2014 record. Ogier seems pretty calm. "It's okay, a good stage. everything fine." We'll see soon how that time stacks up.
Fri 09:06 - SS3: Stage live!
Sebastien Ogier began the stage at 0902hrs. Last year he set the stage record here. The time to beat: 7m33.7s
Fri 09:04 - SS3: Stage notes
Los Mexicanos 1, 9.91km. First run in 2012, this stage is fast and wide, but also contains narrower sections to keep drivers alert. The opening 800 metres are covered in a thick layer of dust, before the route climbs and falls again to run alongside a lake. Recently regarded roads at the midpoint mean plenty of loose surface gravel.
Fri 09:03 - Start intervals
Competitors will start at 3-minute intervals to let the dust settle between each car
Fri 09:00 - Start order
Here’s how the World Rally Cars will tackle today’s stages: 1) Ogier, 2) Neuville, 3) Mikkelsen, 4) Latvala, 5) Ostberg, 6) Evans, 7) Tanak, 8) Paddon, 9) Meeke, 10) Sordo, 11) Prokop, 12) Kubica, 13) Bertelli, 14) Guerra
Fri 09:00 - Friday’s running order
Cars will run in championship order today and on Saturday, which puts Sebastien Ogier first through the stages
Fri 09:00 - Weather update
It’s a fresh 14ºC in service right now, but a chilly 7ºC at the end of opening stage (SS3). There is some high cloud but plenty of blue showing too. The temperature should hit 26ºC this afternoon. No sign of rain
Fri 08:59 - Friday’s stages
Los Mexicanos (9.81km), Las Minas (15.54km), the León Street Stage (1.37km) and the 44.13km monster El Chocolate which climbs to 2,781 metres above sea level - the highest point of the rally
Fri 08:59 - Friday’s itinerary
Features a loop of four stages in the morning which are repeated in the afternoon after a 30-minute service. In total, crews will tackle 145.13 competitive kilometres - a total of 412.84km including liaison sections
Fri 08:58 - Coming up today
After Thursday night’s spectacular curtain raiser in Guanajuato, the action shifts to gravel roads in the mountains east of Leon
Fri 08:57 - We’re all set
at the wrc.com live text desk, in the heart of the Service Park, ready for the first full day of competition
Fri 08:57 - Good morning from Leon
And welcome back to our live text coverage of Rally Guanajuato Mexico, round three of the FIA World Rally Championship
Thu 21:41 - Until then
keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Rally Guanajuato Mexico, and don’t forget to check out WRC Plus for clips from tonight’s spectacular opening stage. Adiós for now.
Thu 21:40 - That’s Thursday’s stages done
And the end of our live text service for today. We will return on Friday at 0850hrs (local) to report of the first full day of the rally, when the action shifts to gravel roads high in the Sierra de Guanajuato mountains.
Thu 21:40 - WRC 2 top 5 after day one
(after SS2) Protasov is quickest again to hold the overnight lead [+ times compared to leader] 1. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): 4m21.8.s, 2. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +3.5s, 3. Fuchs (Ford Fiesta R5): +3.7s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +5.9s, 5. Gorban (Mini JCW S2000): +7.1s.
Thu 21:28 - WRC top 5 after day one
(after SS2): Stage win moves Ogier into a slender overnight lead. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 4m13.0s, =2. Neuville (Hyundai): +1.2s, =2. Mikkelsen (VW): +1.2s, 4. Latvala (VW): +1.8s, 5. Ostberg (DS 3): +2.1s
Thu 21:20 - SS2: Ogier vs Neuville
Ogier wins the heat, the stage AND takes the overnight lead. "You can count on me to give my best," he acknowledges. "It's a good start to the rally, tomorrow all I can do is go flat out." Neuville ends the day 1.2sec behind, tied in second with Mikkelsen. "A good start, I tried to push hard here but Ogier had a very strong run. I hope I can have a competitive run tomorrow," he says.
Thu 21:11 - SS2: Latvala vs Mikkelsen
Mikkelsen wins the heat and is fastest so far. "It was okay, a close race, but I managed to get him at the end - great fun!" he says. Latvala is second quickest so far, 0.1sec off his team-mate's pace. "I took it a bit too carefully," he says.
Thu 21:04 - SS2: Evans vs Ostberg
Ostberg now shares joint fastest time with Tanak. "The stage was quite okay, no problems, nothing to complain about," he says. Evans is 7.4sec slower. He says he lost confidence after almost missing a braking point in a muddy section.
Thu 20:59 - SS2: Paddon vs Tanak
Now Tanak is fastest so far, in a time of 3m21.5s. "Very tricky, but generally quite good. Not so bad." Paddon is 11sec slower. "We lost 10sec in a spin."
Thu 20:53 - SS2: Sordo vs Meeke
Meeke wins the heat with the quickest time so far. "Not so bad. A tricky little stage, I had a reasonable run." he says. Sordo meanwhile seems happier with his Hyundai. "A little bit better than the first stage. I'm happy and looking forward to tomorrow."
Thu 20:48 - SS2: Bertelli vs Prokop
Goes Prokop's way by 1sec - but both drivers are angry at the amount of water organisers have sprayed on the stage. Bertelli says: "They cannot make it so wet as this - it is crazy! It is like mud, so slippery in one braking place. It wasn't like this for the recce!"
Thu 20:41 - SS2: Kubica vs Guerra
Kubica the heat winner, by 2.8sec, and fastest driver so far in 3m23.1. It looked drama-free too, unlike his Friday appearance here last year when he rolled. "A very tricky stage, but the real rally starts tomorrow," he says. Guerra says his car is missing its launch control system. He hopes to get that fixed for tomorrow.
Thu 20:36 - SS2: Al-Attiyah vs Lefebvre
No surprise that the experienced Al-Attiyah has the edge here. He completes 6.5secs quicker than Mexico novice Lefebvre. "Fantastic, but not easy - there's a lot of water in the corners," says Al-Attiyah.
Thu 20:31 - SS2: Stage live!
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Lefebvre are the first pairing on track.
Thu 20:26 - SS2 Stage notes
Super Special 1, 4.60km. León’s motor racing circuit hosts this test, in which two cars at a time tackle a mix of asphalt and gravel roads. A big jump and water splash are fan favourites and this is the first of three visits during the rally. It caught out Robert Kubica last year who rolled his Ford Fiesta RS.
Thu 20:25 - Up next: SS2
The head-to-head Super Special gets underway at 2029hrs
Thu 20:24 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS1
Protasov the early leader [+ times compared to leader] 1. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): 54.0s, 2. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +1.0s, 3. Fuchs (Ford Fiesta R5): +1.3s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1.6s, 5. Gorban (Mini JCW S2000): +3.1s.
Thu 20:21 - SS1: WRC2
Protasov is the early leader in WRC 2. The Ukrainian completes the stage one second quicker than Ketomaa. Fuchs is third with Al-Attiyah fourth
Thu 20:05 - WRC top 5 after SS1
Stage win moves Neuville into the early lead, Bertelli is a remarkable second. [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Neuville (Hyundai): 52.8s, 2. Bertelli (Ford): +0.2s, 3. Ogier (VW): +0.4s, 4. Mikkelsen (VW): +0.4s, 5. Meeke (DS 3): +0.7s
Thu 19:57 - SS1: Ogier
He slots third fastest, behind stage winner Neuville and Bertelli in second. "This stage is something to enjoy, but you really have to concentrate. Great to hear the crowds here."
Thu 19:55 - SS1: Neuville topples Bertelli
The Belgian goes fastest by 0.2sec - but it wasn't an easy ride. "My pace notes were not 100 per cent right - I had no length on the last right-hander. We have to find out why. Not the best start but the time wasn't bad, so I have to be happy."
Thu 19:51 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Second fastest so far - despite a cautious start. "It was very, very slippery. Okay, safe for us, an okay start."
Thu 19:48 - SS1: Latvala
The Finn slots fourth quickest so far - 0.7sec slower than Bertelli. "A bit slippy in a couple of places, so I chose to drive smart. We have a long rally to go."
Thu 19:45 - SS1: Ostberg
Third fastest for the Norwegian. "We have a decent start position here. My objective is to build on what we achieved in 2013 and 2014." Can you challenge for the win Mads? "Let's see..."
Thu 19:42 - SS1: Evans
The Welshman slots fifth fastest. "That was more slippery than I expected so the drive was was just about being safe."
Thu 19:39 - SS1: Tanak
He's fifth fastest so far - even with a couple of scary moments. "Very tricky, really slippery in places. We had two big slides, which definitely weren't good for the time, but we're okay."
Thu 19:36 - SS1: Paddon
It's fourth-fastest for the Kiwi. "Amazing. I've never seen so many people here and on the road section. The plan was to keep it neat and away from the kerbs."
Thu 19:34 - SS1: Meeke
Second quickest, 0.5sec off Bertelli's stage leading time. "Pretty special in there. We saw tens of thousands of people on the route here! I want a strong result this weekend. A clean rally with no mistakes would do."
Thu 19:31 - SS1: Sordo
The Spaniard now third fastest, but he seems uncomfortable. "I don't know what happened, but it seems we are down on power - so I took it easy."
Thu 19:28 - SS1: Prokop
Third fastest so far, but it sounds like Prokop also had a hairy moment at Kubica's corner. "I had a moment near the beginning, so I'm happy I didn't hit anything."
Thu 19:24 - SS1: Bertelli
The Italian fastest so far in 53sec exactly. "A clean stage no problems. The atmosphere is incredible. Every rally should be like this!"
Thu 19:22 - SS1: Guerra
Huge cheers for the Mexican, who completes 2sec off Kubica's pace. "An amazing reaction from the fans here, and yes, that adds a lot of pressure. But we're going to do a good rally and keep them happy. We're aiming for top five."
Thu 19:20 - SS1: Kubica
The Pole is first of the World Rally Car drivers to complete. His time is quickest so far (53.7sec) but his Fiesta has a broken left-rear wheel. "It was very slippery in the tunnel, we touched [a kerb] but its okay." You can read about the tricky corner Kubica clipped in our 'recce notes' news story.
Thu 19:16 - SS1: Al-Attiyah
The defending WRC 2 champ is quickest so far - 1.8sec up on Lefebvre. "We are so happy to be here - we enjoy and try to keep going." And what is your aim this weekend Nasser? "To win." At the wheel of an RRC spec Fiesta he is certainly the pre-event favourite
Thu 19:12 - SS1: Lefebvre completes
The DS 3 R5 driver is first through. His benchmark time is 57.4sec. "A great feeling to open the rally here. It's my first time here. A fabulous atmosphere!"
Thu 19:10 - Stage live!
Don't forget you can watch the live stream on WRC
Thu 19:05 - Tyre choices
News just in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard or soft) that cars left with for tonight’s stages: Citroen/Hyundai: 3xsoft & 2hard. M-Sport/Latvala/Mikkelsen/Paddon: 4soft & 1hard. Sordo: 3hard & 2soft. Al-Attiyah/Lefebvre: 5hard
Thu 18:40 - SS1 Stage notes
Street Stage Guanajuato, 1.01km. Immediately after the start ceremony, drivers tackle a brief blast through the narrow streets of Guanajuato. Part of the test, driven in the same format as 2014, runs underground in former mining tunnels with high kerbs a constant threat. A roundabout donut near the finish is a big hit with fans
Thu 18:40 - Start intervals
Cars will start at 3-minute intervals
Thu 18:35 - Start order
So, here’s how the cars will tackle tonight’s stages: 1) Lefebvre, 2) Al-Attiyah, 3) Kubica, 4) Guerra, 5) Bertelli, 6) Prokop, 7) Sordo, 8) Meeke, 9) Paddon, 10) Tanak, 11) Evans, 12) Ostberg, 13) Latvala, 14) Mikkelsen, 15) Neuville, 16) Ogier
Thu 18:34 - Thursday’s running order
Is a special one, modified from the championship standings order that will apply on Friday and Saturday
Thu 18:34 - Weather update
Things have warmed up nicely after the ice and snow of Monte and Sweden. The temperature in Leon has peaked in the high 20s Celsius for the past few days and the skies have been largely clear (although it's rather overcast at the moment). Sunset is at 1841hrs and the temperature out there now is 25ºC
Thu 18:31 - Start ceremony
Probably the most spectacular of the season. The whole city comes to a halt when the WRC crews drive over the podium and launch, nine minutes later, straight into the opening stage. Tonight's first competitor, Stephane Lefebvre, will cross the podium at 1900hrs
Thu 18:30 - Thursday’s itinerary
So, just two stages tonight, totalling just 5.61 competitive kilometres. The Guanajuato Street Stage kicks off at 1909hrs, with the Super Special at 2029hrs
Thu 18:30 - Coming up tonight
A colourful prelude to the main competition, which will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This evening, crews will tackle just two short stages: one in (and under) the historic silver mining city of Guanajuato, the other a head-to-head Super Special close to Leon
Thu 18:27 - We’re back
at the wrc.com live text desk, located this weekend in the TV production compound in the Service Park in Leon. That’s us in the corner, waving.
Thu 18:26 - Buena noches!
And welcome to our live text coverage of Rally Guanajuato Mexico, round three of the FIA World Rally Championship