Neste Rally Finland


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Thu 21:38 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Jyväskylä. Bye for now.

Thu 21:37 - We will return
On Friday from 0713hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the 13.84km Mökkiperä stage.

Thu 21:35 - Stage complete
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Thu 21:34 - Finland WRC2 after SS1
1.Lappi 1m49.6s, 2.Evans +0.2s, 3.Suninen +1.1s, 4.Tidemand +1.2s, 5.Gilbert +1.3s

Thu 21:32 - WRC 2 Update
All cleanly through and it's Lappi who leads the category overnight. Evans is two-tenths adrift in second with Suninen third.

Thu 21:11 - WRC 2 update
The rest of the WRC 2 competitors are making their way through SS1. Evans still quickest of the eight cars to complete. His closest rivals are yet to come.

Thu 20:58 - Finland after SS1
=1.Mikkelsen 1m45.9s, =1.Tanak +0.0s, 3.Ogier +0.1s, 4.Neuville +1.2s, 5.Meeke +1.9s

Thu 20:54 - SS1: Ogier
The champ is through, one tenth slower than Tanak/Mikkelsen who tie the rally lead tonight. "I hope for a good fight for the victory but it will be tough with the loose gravel," he says. "Tomorrow morning I will start my big push and see what we can do."

Thu 20:51 - SS1: Neuville
Third quickest so far, 1.2sec off the lead pace. "Pretty happy with that."

Thu 20:50 - SS1: Latvala
The home hero is after a hat-trick of Finland wins this week - but he's 2.1sec off the pace here. "I had a bad start. I'm not happy with my driving. I'm struggling with the gears, braking too early. Tomorrow the rally starts."

Thu 20:48 - SS1: Meeke
Making his WRC return after victory in Portugal. He's third quickest here so far, 1.9sec off Tanak/Mikkelsen and dismissive of VW boss Jost Capito's prediction that he will win this weekend. "Volkswagen have won almost every rally in the last three years. I don't know what planet he's on."

Thu 20:44 - SS1: Tanak
Will this be the rally where Tanak collects the win he lost in Poland? It's a great start - exactly the same time through SS1 as his nemesis Mikkelsen. Spooky. "We were not working enough in Poland. I try to a make perfect weekend here."

Thu 20:41 - SS1: Paddon
Fourth quickest, 3sec off Mikkelsen's pace. How was that? "The slowest stage we're going to do this weekend I think. I went wide on the first corner and sat out wide for a few moments."

Thu 20:39 - SS1: Ostberg
Six-tenths up on his M-Sport team-mate Camilli but a chunky 3.2sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "I'm not getting a podium from that," he says. "The rally starts tomorrow I think. I tried here but that was not a good time."

Thu 20:36 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Massively quick but massively wide. The Norwegian 2.8sec quicker than Breen but lucky to escape a very wide exit from a left-hander that left his Polo R completely off the road. "A good stage - I'm happy with that," he grins.

Thu 20:34 - SS1: Camilli
"We want to learn this event. These Super Specials are not my favourites - I can't take the risks."

Thu 20:33 - SS1: Abbring
The Dutchman here in place of the injured Dani Sordo. "Not easy to find the rhythm."

Thu 20:31 - SS1: Breen
Quickest so far in 1m48.7s and his DS 3 looks terrific after a heavy shunt in pre-event testing. "First and foremost a huge thanks to the mechanics for putting the car right. It's fantastic - you'd never know anything was wrong. I've got my PlayStation back."

Thu 20:29 - SS1: Bertelli
Quickest time so far for the Italian: 1m49.5s. "A bit too cautious. It was very slippery - more than I expected."

Thu 20:27 - SS1: Al Rajhi
Fresh from contesting the Moscow - Beijing Silk Way Rally, Al Rajhi returns the WRC here. He was lucky to take the start at all after rolling his Fiesta during this morning's shakedown. "The team did a great job to get it back together. Tomorrow the real rally starts."

Thu 20:23 - SS1: Ligato
Marcos back in a DS 3 World Rally Car for the first time since his home round in Argentina. "It's our first time here in a World Rally Car. We want to find the right speed and we want to finish." He's no stranger to this event though - he first tackled it in 2001 in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI.

Thu 20:20 - SS1: Al Qassimi
The Abu Dhabi team patron is through. This is his first WRC stage since Portugal. "A nice atmosphere here, but the stage is very slippery. All part of the fun."

Thu 20:17 - SS1: Gorban
The first of the top line World Rally Car drivers to complete. He slots second quickest so far, 2.2sec off the pace of Evans in the R5 Fiesta.

Thu 20:16 - SS1: WRC 2 Evans
The first of the WRC 2 drivers through and Evans has a turbo boost problem. "Not a great start. The pop-off valve is opening. I hope we can get it sorted before tomorrow's stages."

Thu 20:13 - SS1: Junior WRC update
Veiby, Tempestini and Nordgren lock out 1-2-3 in the Junior class. That's a great start from Finland's Future Star winner Nordgren. You can read more about him in the JWRC news section.

Thu 20:02 - SS1: DDFT update
Sousa, Price and Ciamin hold 1-2-3 in DDFT after SS1.

Thu 19:31 - WRC Live
This weekend's live radio coverage is up and running. Colin Clark and Stuart Loudon are on air now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.

Thu 19:11 - Tyre info
Update on the numbers and compounds (Hard or Soft) chosen for SS1: All Michelin drivers have taken five soft compound tyres.

Thu 19:11 - Thursday's start order
The 76 crews will tackle SS1 in a special order headed by national class competitors. The DDFT entries will be next followed by the Junior WRC and half of the WRC 2 entries. Valeriy Gorban heads the bulk of the WRC entries from 2011hrs, with championship leader Sébastien Ogier on stage at 2049hrs.

Thu 19:06 - Weather
It's a hot and dry and evening here in Jyväskylä. There is some light cloud around but no rain expected tonight. The temperature is a sticky 23˚C. The latest forecast is for more dry weather on Friday and Saturday and perhaps some rain on Sunday.

Thu 18:15 - Watch SS1 LIVE
WRC+ users can watch tonight's stage live. Steaming starts at 2000hrs. Still time to sort a subscription if you haven't already. We'll be back in time for the start. Ciao for now.

Thu 18:15 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. Currently, Finland is running in Eastern European Summer Time. In other words, UTC/GMT +3 hours.

Thu 18:14 - Coming up on Thursday
A Super Special starter before three packed days of competition. The 2.3km mixed-surface Harju stage gets underway at 1900hrs with the works team World Rally Cars on track an hour later.

Thu 18:13 - We're all set
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