Fri 12:25 - SS4: WRC 2 Lefebvre
"Incredible. My first time on this stage and I really enjoyed it."
Fri 12:24 - SS4: WRC 2 Tidemand
He loses 23.9sec to his Skoda team-mate Lappi, and his car is looking rough - missing its front bumper and sporting damage on all corners. "We went wide into a ditch. After than we had a slow puncture. There is still a long way to go."
Fri 12:20 - WRC top 5 after SS4
Latvala up to second. Meeke, Kubica and Evans mechanical problems. [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 35m10.2s, 2. Latvala (VW): +4.8s, 3. Meeke (DS 3): +5.7s, 4. Ostberg (DS 3): +18.7s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): +25.3s
Fri 12:16 - SS4: Bertelli
"My first time in Ouninpohja and we just have to get used to this stuff. This first pass was all about checking our pace notes."
Fri 12:14 - SS4: Kubica
His terrible morning continues. And after the faulty transmission sensor, puncture and lack of handbrake, this one is potentially the most serious. "We have an alternator problem. I don't know how much longer we can continue," he says.
Fri 12:10 - SS4: Al Qassimi
Lucky to escape a trip into a ditch. Car unscathed.
Fri 12:06 - SS4: Tanak
He's 1m12s slower than Ogier because of his broken front damper. "You can imagine it's not so easy over the jumps in here."
Fri 12:04 - SS4: Paddon
He arrives at the finish control shaking his head. "Disastrous. The rear of the car was all over the place. Every corner I could feel the time loss." He is 15.9sec off Ogier's pace.
Fri 12:02 - SS4: Evans
He completes with rear-right suspension damage and the wheel running out of alignment. "We went wide near the start and hit a rock," he explains. "It was fine for a while, but broke soon after." He completes 1m52.8s slower than Ogier.
Fri 11:58 - SS4: Meeke
He completes 5.3sec off the pace and is immediately out of the car to look underneath. He looks extremely cross. "There's something wrong. The drive-shaft has gone I think. It happened in the last seven or eight kilometers. I think we have only three-wheel-drive."
Fri 11:56 - SS4: Neuville
25.8sec off Ogier's pace. "This stage was better but I fight with the car and when you're not fully committed you can't do the times. I don't know why, but I have to accept it and try and move forward."
Fri 11:54 - SS4: Latvala
Just fourt-tenths slower than Ogier but Jari-Matti isn't sounding massively confident. "I've never been so good here - especially the opening 17km which I don't know too well. It was okay."
Fri 11:52 - SS4: Ostberg
3.8sec slower than Ogier and Mads completes with a huge smile on his face. "I'm enjoying my driving so much here - to fly the car over these jumps is just amazing."
Fri 11:50 - SS4: Mikkelsen
16.4sec off Ogier's pace. No dramas - Mikkelsen's just not feeling it yet.
Fri 11:49 - SS4: Ogier
The previous record for Ouninpohja in this format was 15m58.6, set by Peugeot 206 driver Harri Rovanpera in 2002. Ogier smashes that with a 15m53.9s. "We enjoy it a lot. Not a bad stage. Very difficult to find the limit all the way through."
Fri 11:31 - SS4: Stage notes
Ouninpohja 1, 34.39km. The legendary Ouninpohja, regarded as the sport’s biggest test of bravery and commitment, returns in its full length. It’s a rollercoaster from start to finish, with more than 75 jumps, and hardly a straight worthy of the name as it flows from corner to corner at crazy speeds. The roads are wide up to the famous Kakaristo hairpin after 25.60km after which it narrows. Sébastien Ogier holds the record at average of 130.75kph…..
Fri 11:30 - Seb's Polo landmark
Ogier's stage win on SS3 was his 250th in the Polo R WRC. In total, the v-dub has claimed 420 WRC stage wins!
Fri 11:25 - Up next: SS4
Crews en-route to the start control of Ouninpohja. Ogier will begin it at 1129hrs.
Fri 11:23 - SS3: WRC 2 Lappi
Another astonishing time for the Finn, who leads WRC 2 in his Skoda Fabia R5 and sits 14th overall - ahead of two World Rally Cars.
Fri 11:21 - WRC top 5 after SS3
Ogier fastest to take the lead [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 19m16.3s, 2. Meeke (DS 3): +0.4s, 3. Latvala (VW): +4.4s, 4. Tanak (Ford): +6.9s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): +9.4s
Fri 11:17 - SS3: Bertelli
"Quite a good stage. We went wide onto the grass in one corner, that lost us about 15sec, but we got away with it."
Fri 11:15 - SS3: Kubica
His earlier diff problem was traced to a faulty sensor. That's fixed, and he has four-wheel-drive again, but now he has no handbrake. "I also had a puncture - and in general my confidence is not there. I have to rediscover the rhythm."
Fri 11:12 - SS3: Al Qassimi
"These roads need a lot of commitment, you have to drive beyond the normal pace notes. I'm building my pace gradually."
Fri 11:10 - SS3: Prokop
"It's horrible. I was really scared of some jumps. I didn't feel confident with the speed in the corners." Slowest of the WRC runners so far.
Fri 11:07 - SS3: Sordo
Ninth-fastest through so far. "I didn't do this stage last year."
Fri 11:06 - SS3: Tanak
A decent time, 3.8sec slower than Ogier's but Tanak picks up a serious problem. "I cocked it up. I was too fast into one corner, went sideways into a rock and broke the front-left damper. That's pretty much it for us today."
Fri 11:03 - SS3: Paddon
4.8sec slower than Ogler. "I tried to push a bit more but the grip isn't where I wanted it to be and we're probably over driving a little."
Fri 11:01 - SS3: Evans
"I'm not quite as happy as I was after the first one - my driving wasn't quite as clean - but I'm happy enough."
Fri 10:59 - SS3: Meeke
Second quickest so far. 0.8sec slower than Ogier. "This one was quite slippery. A few places we were sliding around on the road, but what a beautiful place to go rallying."
Fri 10:58 - SS3: Neuville
Slowest so far again - 21sec adrift of Ogier. Sounds like his Shakedown crash is still on his mind. "Yesterday was a big moment and I'm trying to rediscover the feeling. I'm just not confident enough to push."
Fri 10:55 - SS3: Latvala
4.7sec off Ogier's pace. "A bit of a moment at the beginning. It was surprisingly slippery and I struggled to find the feeling. I lost a few valuable seconds. Not what I was hoping for."
Fri 10:53 - SS3: Ostberg
6.5sec off Ogier's pace. "I struggled a bit with my confidence in the fast stuff. In too many places I'm lifting off the throttle. I was swearing a lot in the stage. I'm a bit upset with myself."
Fri 10:52 - SS3: Mikeklsen
11.4sec slower than Ogier. "Not really perfect. There were a few too many places where I braked and I didn't need to. I need to get used to these conditions as soon as possible so I don't lose too much to Seb."
Fri 10:50 - SS3: Ogier
The Frenchman first to complete in 10m49.4s. "Not easy to read the road. The surface is very compact and it's hard to find the perfect rhythm. Some corners are more slippery than others. I could have taken more risks."
Fri 10:38 - SS3: Stage notes
Päijälä 1, 23.56km. Mikko Hirvonen refers to this stage as ‘the little brother of Ouninpohja’. It’s an awesome test with crests, jumps and technical sections on wide and blisteringly fast roads. The opening 4km are the most technical, but the second half is full rollercoaster. The only difference from last year is a new 180 metre section at the start. Finland at its best.
Fri 10:36 - Up next: SS3
The first run through Päijälä kicks off at 1036hrs
Fri 10:34 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS2
Skoda duo Lappi and Tidemand set the pace. [+ times to leader]: 1. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): 8m54.5s, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1.7s, 3. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +3.4s, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 RRC): +6.5s, 5. Parn (Ford Fiesta R5): +7.9s
Fri 10:23 - SS2: WRC2 Brynildsen
"We were stopped on stage for more than 10 seconds. Everything stopped. We had to do a complete reset. Not the start to the rally we wanted."
Fri 10:17 - WRC top 5 after SS2
Meeke the stage winner. Diff problem for Kubica. [ times to leader]: 1. Meeke (DS 3): 8m26.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): 0.1s, 3. Ogier (VW): 0.4s, 4. Tanak (Ford): 3.5s, 5. Paddon (Hyundai): 5.0s
Fri 10:09 - SS2: Latvala
So Jari-Matti takes the stage win at an average speed of 131.78 km/h - that's the highest average speed of the season so far.
Fri 10:05 - SS2: Prokop
The Czech driver loses a few seconds in a ditch near the start.
Fri 10:04 - SS2: Hanninen
14.6sec off the pace on his first proper stage in the Fiesta RS. "Hesitating too much because we are not used to the car. We try to keep this pace and increase it step-by-step."
Fri 10:02 - SS2: Kubica
18.1sec off the pace here, and it sounds like more time loss is inevitable. "We have a diff problem," he explains. "The car is in front-wheel drive only."
Fri 10:00 - SS2: Al Qassimi
He's 48.7sec off Latvala's pace and taking time to dial himself into the high-speed roads. "I just don't have the confidence."
Fri 09:59 - SS2: Sordo
Slowest of the WRC runners through so far. The Spaniard 22.4sec off the pace after missing a junction and losing around 10sec
Fri 09:58 - SS2: Tanak
1.1sec off Latvala's pace. The Estonian reports changeable grip
Fri 09:57 - SS2: Paddon
A great start for the Kiwi who completes 2.5sec off Latvala's pace.
Fri 09:49 - SS2: Evans
"It was alright, although I lost a little time when I was too sideways in a few places. Overall a clean run - I'm happy." Fourth quickest so far.
Fri 09:47 - SS2: Meeke
Second quickest, 0.9sec off Latvala's pace and Meeke is in the lead of Neste Oil Rally Finland. "A good start. It felt really comfortable. A really nice run. A couple of small errors which cost me some momentum but happy so far."
Fri 09:45 - SS2: Neuville
He completes 17.1sec off the pace. What's wrong? "My pace notes are a bit slow so I try and correct then. Also the guys ahead are cutting and there is some dirt and even some plastic in the road. I was a bit off line."
Fri 09:43 - SS2: Latvala
Quickest so far, 1.9sec up on Ogier. "A good stage, a small moment on the first crest, but one we could get away with."
Fri 09:41 - SS2: Ostberg
6.7sec off Ogier's pace. "A quite okay rhythm. A tricky start though, the road is wide and I struggled to place the car correctly. But we're through the first stage now. I'm looking forward to the next one."
Fri 09:40 - SS2: Mikkelsen
7.3sec slower than Ogier. "I was way too careful. I had different conditions on my test and the grip here was better than I expected."
Fri 09:37 - SS2: Ogier completes
"Okay, but the grip is really low. It's not so easy to find the rhythm, I could have taken more risk, but it was not bad." How is it running as first car? "There is not a cleaning situation here. There is no lose gravel, but the tyres still struggle to bite. We do the best we can."
Fri 09:29 - SS2: Stage notes
Pihlajakoski 1, 14.51km. A repeat of the stage used last year for the first time since the 1980s. It starts on a wide road with plenty of small crests that require precision, before becoming narrower from 9.60km to the finish. There’s only one big jump and it’s not the most challenging test, but the speed will wake up drivers.
Fri 09:26 - Tyre choices
Here are the numbers and compounds (hard (H) or soft (S)) of the LTX Force tyres the Michelin runners have this morning. Unsurprisingly, given the conditions, it's fairly straightforward: all Michelin drivers have five soft compound tyres
Fri 09:25 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't forget our WRC Live radio commentary and Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section
Fri 09:25 - Start intervals
All crews will start today's stages at 2min intervals
Fri 09:25 - Start order
Crews will tackle Friday and Saturday's stages in championship order. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Mikkelsen, 3. Ostberg, 4. Latvala, 5. Neuville, 6. Meeke, 7. Evans, 8. Paddon, 9. Tanak, 10. Sordo, 11. Prokop, 12. Al Qassimi, 13. Kubica, 14. Hanninen, 15. Bertelli
Fri 09:24 - Set your watches
Here are tonight's crucial times (all GMT+3): 0730hrs (first car leaves service), 0928hrs (SS2), 1036hrs (SS3), 1129hrs (SS4), 1242hrs (SS5) 1428hrs (SS6), 1536hrs (SS7), 1629hrs (SS8) 1742hrs (SS9), 1900hrs (SS10), 1930hrs (first car returns to Service Park)
Fri 09:24 - Weather
The pavements are dry in Jyväskylä but the skies are cloudy and we're expecting rain on and off today. The temperature is a fresh 12ºC right now but should hit 19ºC later. WRC TV camera crews report sunshine on SS2 but lots of puddles on the road
Fri 09:22 - Coming up today
After last night's short super special, Friday gets serious with almost half of the rally’s competitive distance. And all run without a midpoint service - so there's no room for error. Friday also sees the return of the 34km Ouninpohja stage, widely regarded as the ultimate test of bravery and commitment
Fri 09:21 - Hyvää huomenta!
Good morning from Jyväskylä, and welcome back to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland
Thu 21:43 - Stage complete
And that's where we'll end our live text service for tonight. Join us on Friday for what promises to be a thrilling day of competition with 160km of stages and NO service break. The action resumes with the 14.51km Pihlajakowski at 0928hrs local (GMT+3). Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Jyväskylä. Bye for now!
Thu 21:43 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS1
[+ times to leader]: =1. Lefebvre (DS3 RRC): 1m53.4s, =1. Brynildsen (Ford Fiesta RRC): +0s, 3. Protasov (Ford Fiesta RRC): +1.3s, 4. Lappi (Skoda Fabia R5): +1.6s, 5. Nikara (Ford Fiesta R5): +1.8s
Thu 21:23 - SS1: Weather update
Rain falling in Jyväskylä now. Eric Camille in stage with the wipers on his Fiesta going flat out. Looks like the remaining eight WRC 2 drivers are in for a wet ride.
Thu 21:07 - Driver Q&A
We'll show the end-of-day news conference on our Live Stream from 2115hrs. Find it in the 'Live' section on the home page.
Thu 20:57 - WRC top 5 after SS1
[+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 1m48.6s, 2. Meeke (DS 3): +0.6s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +0.8s, 4. Kubica (Ford): +1.1s, 5. Latvala (VW): +1.6s
Thu 20:54 - SS1: Ogier
And he's fastest. Six-tenths up on Meeke. "Happy to finish like this, it's easy to make a mistake here. Okay, a small advantage with the drying road. Tomorrow we have a really long day ahead. A tough challenge."
Thu 20:51 - SS1: Ogier on stage
But he's not the first world champion though tonight's test. That honour went to four time champ Tommi Makinen who drove an enormous green Valtra tractor through before the first rally car. It was the same tractor another former champ, Juha Kankkunen, broke the tractor world speed record with earlier this year. 80.88 miles per hour. On snow. We kid you not.
Thu 20:51 - SS1: Tanak
A hairy moment for The Estonian when his Fiesta collects a massive sandbag on an apex. I have no handbrake, I was locking all four wheels. I'm not happy at the moment." He is ninth fastest, 3.3sec off the pace.
Thu 20:48 - SS1: Mikkelsen
Pushing hard, and he's lucky to escape a very wide moment though the forest section when he gets both right-hand wheels off the tarmac. Second fastest so far. "Very slippery but it was a clean run, no worries. The fun starts tomorrow."
Thu 20:44 - SS1: Ostberg
Fourth fastest so far. "It was okay, nothing really special."
Thu 20:42 - SS1: Latvala
Third fastest so far, 1sec off Meeke's pace. "It was slippery, not an easy start. A little mistake, a little touch of the sandbags, but all okay."
Thu 20:39 - SS1: Neuville
His Hyundai looks brand new after his shunt earlier today on Shakedown. It seems to go well too - he's fourth quickest so far. "I'm happy to be here. Our team has done an incredible job to fix the car. Huge, huge thanks to them. I hope we can bring back a good result for them."
Thu 20:36 - SS1: Meeke
He sets a new fastest time, 0.5sec up on Kubica. "It's drying out all the time. A tricky stage, a bit of dirt pulled onto the road. Really looking forward to the stages this weekend. I hope I find a good feeling tomorrow."
Thu 20:33 - SS1: Paddon
Hayden's co-driver John Kennard is marking his 50th WRC rally and his 30th anniversary in the sport this week. Paddon says: "Super Specials aren't really my thing. It was really slippery there so we took no risks. It's important to have a clean start."
Thu 20:30 - SS1: Evans
Fourth quickest, 3.8sec off Kubica's benchmark. "It was a lot more slippery than expected and I missed a lot of apexes. Still, we're here in one piece and looking forward to getting out on the proper stages tomorrow."
Thu 20:27 - SS1: Sordo
The Spaniard snakes his Hyundai off the line to try and put some heat into the tyres. Third fastest so far. "Very, very slippery on the tarmac. Okay, we don't take too many risks today because there is a lot of this rally ahead."
Thu 20:25 - SS1: Prokop
A good start for Martin who completes 0.8sec slower than Kubica. But it wasn't a smooth ride. "It was slippery like hell and our handbrake isn't working properly. It was difficult to manage the tight corners. We have to work on it before tomorrow."
Thu 20:20 - SS1: Al Qassimi
The DS 3 driver fourth quickest so far in 2m0.5s. "Surprisingly slippery and a lot of wheel spin on the uphill gravel section too."
Thu 20:18 - SS1: Kubica
A great start for the Pole who completes in a new fastest time 3.9sec quicker than Hanninen. The new time to beat: 1m49.7s. "It was okay. Very slippery though, and for sure the track - sorry, the road - will get drier and faster for the cars behind."
Thu 20:14 - SS1: Bertelli
The Italian completes 0.3sec slower than Hanninen. "Very slippery and we made a small mistake in the last corner. We lost maybe a second."
Thu 20:11 - SS1: Hanninen
Former Hyundai team member Juho is the first World Rally Car driver on stage. He's in a Ford Fiesta RS this week. His time is quickest so far: 1m53.6s. Not bad considering he didn't have the benefit of a pre-event test. "Not the easiest start, but okay, no hits. We took it quite steadily."
Thu 20:01 - WRC+
SS1 is now streaming live on WRC+
Thu 19:59 - SS1: Quentin Gilbert
The Junior Championship leader bags fastest time in JWRC - 2m03.3s. Up next, the WRC runners...
Thu 19:54 - SS1: Junior WRC drivers
On stage now. Terry Folb the early class pace-setter in 2m03.9s
Thu 19:44 - SS1: Stage update
Changeable. A dry line is appearing in some of the asphalt sections but there are some ominous-looking clouds building overhead.
Thu 19:37 - SS1: Van Den Brand update
Hit a wall, broken steering. He's out of tonight's competition. All being well he will restart tomorrow.
Thu 19:33 - SS1: Huttunen spins
It's a rough start for the man recently crowned 'Future Rally Star of Finland" who spins his Citroen into a barrier. He's underway again. 'A little bit too fast and hit a wall. I think it's okay," he says at the finish.
Thu 19:27 - SS1: Drive DMACK Trophy
Drivers are now filtering through. Early problems though for Mats Van Den Brand, who is reported to have gone off in the forest section.
Thu 19:15 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't forget our WRC Live radio commentary and Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section
Thu 19:14 - SS1: Stage underway
And the wet asphalt is already proving tricky. Daniele Pellegrineschi's Citroen DS3 R3T has just done a neat pirouette backwards into a barrier. Daniele is back underway having escaped with just a broken rear light.
Thu 19:07 - SS1: Stage Notes
Harju 1, 2.27km. Neste Oil Rally Finland kicks off with the short Harju test near the centre of the host town of Jyväskylä. After returning to the itinerary in 2014 following a 16-year lay-off, it is used in virtually the same format. It’s a mix of asphalt roads and gravel tracks, and drivers must take care at a fast and tricky downhill descent into tight turns between trees.
Thu 19:06 - Start intervals
All WRC crews will start tonight's stage at 3min intervals
Thu 19:06 - Start order
Crews will tackle Friday and Saturday's stages in championship order. Tonight, however, the order is a bit special to suit the live TV (and WRC+) schedule. Mitsubishi Lancer driver Fabrizio De Sanctis was first to start at 1900hrs. The first of the World Rally Car drivers, Juho Hanninen, will be on stage at 1950hrs. The last, Sébastien Ogier, will start at 2032hrs, followed by the WRC 2 runners
Thu 19:03 - Set your watches
Here are tonight's crucial times (all GMT 3): 1842hrs (first car leaves service), 1900hrs (first car on stage SS1), 1930hrs (first car returns to Service Park)
Thu 18:53 - Weather
Summer in Jyväskylä has been a bit of a washout so far and there's no sign of a change on the horizon. Today we've seen bright spells but also some sharp bursts of torrential rain. More showers are likely. Right now the roads are wet but there's bright sunshine overhead (we're in Finland remember, so sunset is not until 2210hrs). The temperature is 14ºC.
Thu 18:52 - Coming up today
A short curtain raiser. Just one stage, Harjiu (2.27km) will run this evening before a packed schedule of competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Thu 18:52 - We're set
At the WRC text desk, assembled this time in a cavernous hall in the Paviljonki exhibition complex - home to the rally Service Park
Thu 18:51 - Hyvää iltaa!
That's good evening from Jyväskylä, and welcome to our live text coverage of Neste Oil Rally Finland
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