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Fri 11:48 - SS3: Neuville
Had a few issues 'getting lost' in his pace notes but it's a decent time for the Belgian who is 11.8sec slower than stage leader Latvala.

Fri 11:46 - SS3: Kubica slips off
Reports from TV crews suggest he drove off the road 0.6km from the start line. Spectators pushed him back on and he is underway. There's talk of wheel damage. More soon...

Fri 11:44 - SS3: Mikko happy-ish
No problems to report for the Finn, but he has no answer to the pace of the Volkwagens ahead. 'It's like we're in a different championship' he says.

Fri 11:42 - SS3: Ostberg relief
He's crashed on this stage twice before so is delighted to complete it cleanly. No dramas for the Norwegian whose time is 14.2sec slower than Latvala's

Fri 11:39 - SS3: Mikkelsen lucky escape
The Norwegian clouted the left-hand wheel early in the stage. The rim was badly damaged but the tyre stayed inflated until 4km before the finish. He loses around 14 seconds.

Fri 11:37 - SS3: Latvala quickest
So far, anyway. He's 0.3sec faster than Ogier but sounds a little uncomfortable. "Yes, it's a good time, but it seems more slippery this year that last time. I don't know why but in some places it's very difficult to to judge exactly how much grip is there."

Fri 11:35 - SS3: Ogier completes
His time is 12m48.4s and Seb sounds super chilled. "A nice stage. At the moment it's a close battle between Jari-Matti and me but there's a long way to go..."

Fri 11:21 - To the grapes!
We’re off into the Mosel vineyards for Stage 3 and Moselland which kicks off at 1119hrs. Running in the opposite direction to 2013, it mixes picturesque scenery with one of the most specialised challenges of the season. The road twists and winds its way through 60 junctions in the 21.02kms. Good brakes - especially the handbrake - are essential.

Fri 11:02 - WRC2 top 5 after SS2
1. Chardonnet (Citroen DS3 R5): 18m17.8s, 2. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1.3s, 3. Sousa (Ford Fiesta RRC): +5.8s, 4. Tanak (Fiesta R5): +5.9s, 5. Tidemand (Fiesta R5): +7.8s

Fri 10:49 - SS2: WRC2
Sousa goes quickest but it's Chardonnet who still leads the category. "Too much caution," said Chardonet, who was slower that Sousa by 1.5sec. "We had an SMS before the stage to warn of the mud. We were very careful. The good thing is I know I can push harder and go faster than the others."

Fri 10:41 - WRC top 5 after SS2
1. Ogier (VW): 16m:58.8s, 2. Latvala (VW): +2.1s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +17.3s, 4. Ostberg (Citroen): +17.7s, 5. Meeke (Citroen): +18.7s

Fri 10:38 - SS2: Sordo furious
He's eighth-fastest and angry about being seeded behind privateers in the running order. "It's incredible, the corners are so muddy and slippery. I cannot start in these f***ing conditions! Here we are fighting to do something good but we cannot do it behind these cars."

Fri 10:33 - SS2: Melicharek & Protasov
Both clear. No problems but neither driver found the muddy conditions very comfortable.

Fri 10:28 - SS2: Kubica caution
"The further down the start order you are the worse the road conditions are. Where it was muddy its very easy to make a mistake. We were careful. All okay."

Fri 10:26 - SS2: Bouffier
"Okay I tried to do my best but the slippery conditions took me by surprise and I had to back off in some places."

Fri 10:25 - SS2: Prokop confused
"I just can't get into the right driving rhythm here. Whether it's the road, or the conditions I don't know. It's strange but I don't feel it like I need to."

Fri 10:22 - SS2: Neuville
Fourth quickest so far, and he's fixed his earlier handbrake problem. "It was probably caused by the roll yesterday, but I have found a way to make it work. We should be okay for the next stage."

Fri 10:19 - SS2: Meeke
"Did the leaders complain about their places in the road order here? Thought not! There's full mud for so much of this stage. That's where we lost the time. When it was clear we were matching their pace." He completes 9.8sec slower than Ogier.

Fri 10:17 - SS2: Hirvonen amazed
He's 10sec slower than both Ogier and Latvala and when he sees the times at the stop line he's almost speechless. "Look at those two! Bloody hell, it's unbelievable!"

Fri 10:15 - SS2: Ostberg
He's 13.7sec slower than Ogier - and it seems that road conditions are getting worse as every car pulls more mud onto the road when cutting corners. "Lots of mud on the stage. It was quite slippery. We struggled a bit.

Fri 10:12 - SS2: Mikkesen
Another clean run from the Norwegian, who also reports muddy conditions and, like Latvala, too much understeer. He's 11.6sec slower than Ogier.

Fri 10:11 - SS2: Latvala
The Finn completes 1.7sec slower than Ogier and with his Polo spattered with mud. "The road is getting quite dirty - especially near the beginning. That's where I lost the time to Seb. I'm not 100 per cent confident with car - some understeer."

Fri 10:09 - SS2: Ogier clears
And he's happy with his time of 9m39.9s. "Perhaps I tried a bit too hard in the first one. On this one I make less mistakes. A a few tricky cuts, where there was mud in the road, but a good stage."

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


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