Fri 09:56 - SS2 details
Up next, from 0956hrs, is Waxweiler - 16.4km long and brand new for this year. Based in the Eiffel hills north of Trier, the road is smooth and fast, and darts in and out of woodland. The stage is either climbing or desending with lots of hairpins on those climbs and desends.
Fri 09:52 - WRC2 top 5 after SS1
1. Chardonnet (Citroen DS3 R5): 7m46.7s, 2. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1.0s, 3. Kremer (Skoda Fabia S2000): +4.6s, 4. Tanak (Fiesta R5): +5.9s, 5. Tidemand (Fiesta R5): +7.1s
Fri 09:31 - SS1: Chardonnet
The Citroen DS3 R5 driver is the early pace setter in WRC2: "The stage was quite okay, but dirtier than I expected in the cuts. I tried hard and the car feels good."
Fri 09:29 - WRC top 5 after SS1
1. Ogier (VW): 7m:18.9s, 2. Latvala (VW): +0.4s, 3. Ostberg (Citroen): +4.0s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +5.3, 5. Mikkelsen (VW): +5.7s
Fri 09:22 - SS1: Sordo flies!
Asphalt ace Sordo won this event in a Citroen last year. His return in a Hyundai starts well and his time of 5.3sec is good enough for fourth quickest. The Spaniard reckons the car feels perfect.
Fri 09:19 - SS1: Protasov debut
The WRC2 driver completes his first stage in a World Rally Car. "It's good for us, we are happy, but it will take time to adjust to the speed and braking." He's 27.2sec slower than Ogier.
Fri 09:16 - SS1: Slippy for Melicharek
The Slovakian driver not a fan of the cool weather which, he says, is reducing grip and making things a bit too lively in the Fiesta RS.
Fri 09:13 - SS1: Kubica clear
Went wide on one corner, but no serious problems to report. Sets the eighth-quickest time so far.
Fri 09:12 - SS1: Bouffier
A steady start for the Frenchman who is making his WRC debut for a manufacturer team here with Hyundai. "First stage completed and I didn't crash it - we have to be happy with this!" He's 10.4sec off Ogier's time.
Fri 09:10 - SS1: Prokop unsettled
"Something is wrong. I have a bad feeling with the brakes - the balance between the front and rear is not right." His time is 10.6sec slower than Ogier's.
Fri 09:07 - SS1: Evans critical
6.4sec from Ogier's time seems like a decent start for the Welshman - but he wants more. "It was alright, but I didnlt feel I had a very clear run. A bit scrappy in places. Could be better."
Fri 09:05 - SS1: Neuville clear
He thanks his mechanics for working through the night to repair his car but reports an intermittent handbrake problem.
Fri 09:04 - SS1: Meeke spins
His car is sporting some rear panel damage and a squeezed exhaust tail pipe. "It happened near the midpoint on a tight right-hander. There was some gravel on the road side, we got the back wheel on it and spun 360 degrees. Not the start I wanted but the car feels fine."
Fri 09:01 - SS1: Hirvonen
The Finn reporting an overshoot onto grass at a junction. Caused by an extra slippery braking area, according to the Finn.
Fri 08:59 - SS1: Ostberg
4 sec off Ogier's time, but he's sounding positive: "It's the first time I've enjoyed a tarmac stage. The car is fantastic. I'm not using the potential but I'm enjoying it."
Fri 08:57 - SS1: Mikkelsen
No worries for the Norwegian. A cautious start. He completes 5.7sec slower than Ogier.
Fri 08:56 - SS1: Near miss for Latvala
He was quicker than Ogier on the opening splits, but ended up slower. "I did a little mistake, I marked a bank inside a corner but I cut it too much and put the car onto two wheels." His time is 0.4sec slower than Ogier's benchmark of 7m18.9s
Fri 08:53 - SS1: Ragged start for Ogier
"It's not the best start from me - a few mistakes. I was expecting better grip. Not a big time loss but, for sure, not perfect. We'll try to make it better."
Fri 08:47 - SS1: Ogier in stage
Our defending world champion is underway!
Fri 08:47 - Neuville goes global
Okay, it's probably not the way he wanted to do this, but the footage of Thierry's i20 rolling though the vines has made the TV news from the UK to New Zealand
Fri 08:43 - And a bit tired too
The Hyundai mechanics worked a 19 hour overnight shift to get Neuville's car ready
Fri 08:35 - Busy night for Hyundai
But Thierry Neuville’s i20 WRC left service looking as good as new after its multiple roll at shakedown yesterday. Clever chaps those mechanics.
Fri 08:34 - Start order
For Friday is based on championship standings, which puts leader Ogier first on the road. Here’s the full World Rally Car start order: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Ostberg, 5. Hirvonen, 6. Meeke, 7. Neuville, 8. Evans, 9. Prokop, 10. Bouffier, 11. Kubica, 12. Melicharek, 13. Protasov, 14. Sordo, 15. Kuipers 16. Moffett
Fri 08:34 - SS1 details
Sauertal is 14.14km long and familiar to many drivers as it was run in more or less the same form last year - just a 40m section near the finish is different. The road starts narrow and bumpy but fast. Sauertal runs close to the Mosel River, but this is not a vineyard test - instead it mostly runs through open, fast roads between fields and passes through a couple of villages.
Fri 08:33 - Weather
TV crews on SS1 and SS2 report the same: grey sky, sun peeping from clouds and no sign of rain. The asphalt road surface is dry, but the grass verges are wet with dew
Fri 08:33 - Cars have left service
and are en route to the start of SS1 Sauertal, which kicks off at 0843hrs local time - a few minutes later than planned after a late itinerary tweak by organisers
Fri 08:32 - Today we have
a mix of narrow, bumpy roads in open countryside (Sauertal), a new hilly challenge through the Eiffel Mountains (Waxweiler) and tight and twisty vineyard roads; made slippery by grape mulch (Moselland)
Fri 08:32 - Coming up
Friday’s opening leg takes crews north of host city Trier for two passes of a loop of three stages
Fri 08:31 - Hello from Trier
and welcome to our live text coverage of ADAC Rallye Deutschland - round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship and the first all-asphalt rally of the season