Sun 14:44 - We will return
On 10 September for WRC round ten, Coates Hire Rally Australia. Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest and don’t forget to check out WRC+ for full programmes and onboards from Germany
Sun 14:43 - Stages complete
And that's where we'll end our live text service from Germany.
Sun 14:41 - WRC Drivers’ Standings top 10
1) Ogier: 207 points, 2) Latvala: 114, 3) Mikkelsen: 98, 4) Østberg: 90, 5) Neuville: 80, 6) Evans: 61, 7): Meeke: 56, 8) Tanak: 54, 9) Sordo: 52, 10) Paddon: 46
Sun 14:36 - WRC Manufacturers’ Standings
1) Volkswagen Motorsport: 300 points, 2) Hyundai Motorsport: 161, 3): Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team: 148, 4) M-Sport World Rally Team: 138, 5) Volkswagen Motorsport II: 64, 6) Hyundai Motorsport N: 45, 7) Jipocar Czech National Team: 43, 8) FWRT SRL: 9
Sun 14:14 - WRC 2 top 5 FINAL
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 3:47:18.8s, 2. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +4m13.8s, 3. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +6m14.7s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Skoda Fabia R5): +6m36.5s, 5. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +6m54.0s
Sun 14:12 - WRC 2 All clear
With no late surprises to the order. Jan Kopecky secures the win, with Eric Camilli second and Quentin Giordano third.
Sun 12:58 - WRC top 5 FINAL
[+ times to leader] 1. Ogier (VW): 3:35m49.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): +23.0s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m56.6s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +2m09.3s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +2m33.8s
Sun 12:57 - Power Stage result
1: Latvala 9m07.4s (3 points) 2: Meeke 9m08.6s (2 points) 3: Sordo 9m09.1s (1 point)
Sun 12:56 - VW job done
Volkswagen has its complete set of WRC rally wins since joining in 2013. It also becomes the first German car manufacturer to win this round of the championship.
Sun 12:54 - Ogier:
"It's a big relief. The pressure for a win was on all weekend and we made it with a 1-2-3. And now I am so close to a third title. So, so happy! The rally was really enjoyable. Well done to everyone!"
Sun 12:52 - A VW 1-2-3!
Latvala and Mikkelsen have a jubilant Ogier on their shoulders
Sun 12:51 - Ogier Wins!
He reaches the finish control waving from the open door of his Polo R!
Sun 12:49 - SS21: Latvala
A huge moment on stage for the Finn - sideways on gravel - but he still manages the fastest time, 1.2sec quicker than Meeke. Second place overall. "One cut moved the car and we hit the sumpguard which unbalanced the car. All okay."
Sun 12:46 - SS21: Mikkelsen
A steady run through the Power Stage and it's at least third place for Andreas. "Wow. I really hope Jari-Matti and Seb can finish and we bring the 1-2-3 home for Volkswagen. We all deserve it."
Sun 12:44 - SS21: Sordo
Second quickest on the Power Stage, 0.5sec off Meeke's pace, and it's fourth place for Dani. "I'm really happy for me and the team. I need to give congratulations to Thierry. Finally I beat him, but he did well here like always."
Sun 12:41 - SS21: Neuville
Last year's winner brings his Hyundai home in fifth position. "A good edition and a good fight with Dani - he deserves fourth. Thanks to the team, the car was working without any problems."
Sun 12:37 - SS21: Evans
Safely through to take sixth place. "There have been some real positives this week but still there's a lot of work to be done between now and Corsica. When the feeling is right and everything is working right we can be right up there."
Sun 12:34 - SS21: Ostberg
He completes 12.8sec off Meeke's pace and much of that was lost in a spin. He should take seventh overall. "It took me a while to turn the car around. Overall I'm happy with my tarmac progression. I hope to get better and better on the Tarmac rallies still to come."
Sun 12:32 - SS21: Tanak
2.3sec off Meeke's Power Stage time. Looks like eighth for Ott. "Actually quite a busy weekend. I haven't been on Tarmac for a long time. Definitely we have areas where we need to improve, and now we know more about what we need to do."
Sun 12:29 - SS21: Paddon
Looks like ninth for Paddon. "There are positives to take from this rally. We've only done a handful of tarmac rallies, so we know we have work to do, but in the long run this will be a positive experience."
Sun 12:25 - SS21: Meeke
He posts the fastest time so far, 9m08.6s. Great pace from the Brit this weekend, but more frustration too. "I did something stupid on day one, so I didn't want to do anything stupid here."
Sun 12:22 - SS21: Lefebvre
An impressive top ten finish on his first event in a World Rally Car. "An incredible week for us. Improvement stage after stage. I'm very happy."
Sun 12:21 - SS21: Kubica
"The rally was difficult from the start with the engine change and time penalty. And it didn't get much easier. The balance of the car after our test wasn't right although things improved a bit today. We will miss Australia so I am looking forward to returning in Corsica."
Sun 12:15 - SS21: Kubica
On stage now. TV pictures showing lots of gravel in the corners. A few hairy moments for the Pole.
Sun 11:33 - Start intervals
The first 12 cars will start at three-minute intervals (up from the previous two).
Sun 11:32 - Revised start list
A few tweaks to suit the TV broadcast schedule. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Kubica, 2. Lefebvre, 3. Meeke, 4. Paddon, 5. Tanak, 6. Ostberg, 7. Evans, 8. Neuville, 9. Sordo, 10. Mikkelsen, 11. Latvala, 12. Ogier.
Sun 11:31 - Watch SS21 LIVE
This stage will be streamed live on WRC Plus
Sun 11:30 - Up next: Power Stage
Crews are on their way to the start of Dhrontal which will close the rally as the bonus-point Power Stage. First car will start at 1208hrs.
Sun 11:22 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS20
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 3:37:40.1s, 2. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +4m13.0s, 3. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +6m05.6s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Skoda Fabia R5): +6m25.6s, 5. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +6m47.4s
Sun 11:19 - SS20: WRC 2 Giordano & Al-Attiyah
Al-Attiyah completes 5.2sec quicker than a determined Giordano, but the gap between them remains a sizable 20sec. "I tried to catch but it's not enough," says Al-Attiyah. "But I never give up."
Sun 11:12 - SS20: WRC 2 Kopecky & Camilli
The drivers in first and second are clear. No dramas. All eyes now on the fight for third...
Sun 11:09 - WRC top 5 after SS20
[+ times to leader] 1. Ogier (VW): 3:26m38.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): +26.6s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m54.4s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +2m11.2s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +2m32.3s
Sun 11:07 - SS20: Ogier
He clears in the fastest time, five-tenths quicker than Mikkelsen. "It's looking good. I hope we celebrate the same feeling in 15km. I just want to finish."
Sun 11:06 - SS20: Latvala
Seventh fastest. He seems to have come off the gas at last. "No problem. Relaxed. Easy driving."
Sun 11:04 - SS20: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far, nine-tenths up on Meeke. "I upped the pace a bit because Dani was closing. The most important thing is to keep the 1-2-3 until the finish."
Sun 11:02 - SS20: Sordo
His bonnet is carrying some straw from a bale. "Just touched a chicane. All okay."
Sun 11:00 - SS20: Neuville
"No big push, a comfortable rhythm."
Sun 10:58 - SS20: Evans
He's 1.2sec slower than Ostberg, but takes an 11sec advantage into the final stage. "No problem. I didn't take any risks in the gravel cuts."
Sun 10:55 - SS20: Ostberg
Second quickest, 1.2sec slower than Meeke. "A stable rhythm through the stage. It's not possible to catch Elfyn."
Sun 10:54 - SS20: Tanak
"It was okay. We're playing a lot with the set-up. Sometimes it's better, sometimes it's worse. We're trying to learn all we can."
Sun 10:52 - SS20: Paddon
"The car seems fine, that's a good thing, but we can't do everything at once. I'm trying to gather as much information as I can. I have plenty to think about."
Sun 10:50 - SS20: Lefebvre
"Really good experience for us with the car. A stall on a hairpin in here cost me about five seconds but I'm happy."
Sun 10:48 - SS20: Abbring
18.2sec off Meeke's pace. "We're trying. This stage was slippery in places but nice to drive."
Sun 10:45 - SS20: Meeke
2.1sec quicker than Kubica. "We'll see what we can do from here."
Sun 10:43 - SS20: Kubica
"It was okay. A better feeling on this second pass. One more stage to go. Hoping to go through without problems and enjoy."
Sun 09:13 - Next stage: SS20
The repeat of Stein & Wein will start at 1031hrs. We'll resume our live text coverage then.
Sun 09:12 - Up next: Service
Crews are en-route to Trier for Sunday's mid-point service. First car in: 0921hrs.
Sun 09:11 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS19
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 3:26:16.8s, 2. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +4m08.0s, 3. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +5m59.0s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Skoda Fabia R5): +6m24.2s, 5. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +6m42.3s
Sun 09:06 - WRC top 5 after SS19
[+ times to leader] 1. Ogier (VW): 3:15m52.8s, 2. Latvala (VW): +22.6s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m53.9s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +2m07.4s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +2m26.1s
Sun 09:04 - SS19: WRC 2 Breen
Fastest time in WRC 2 and he's up to fourth place. "My engineer made a few changes to the set-up and they really worked. The car feels great."
Sun 09:02 - SS19: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah
He is 2.2sec slower than Giordano and the gap between them widens to 25.2sec. What happened? "We had a big spin. It lost us six or seven seconds. We were pushing! Okay, we try again now. Never give up."
Sun 09:00 - SS19: WRC 2 Giordano
He's pushing hard in his Fiesta RRC to keep Al-Attiyah behind. "It's fantastic to fight with him. I'm a beginner here in this car. Nasser had a lot of experience and we know the Skoda is a good car with a good engine. I tried to push."
Sun 08:53 - SS19: WRC 2 Kopecky
Two stages to go. "We would like to bring this wonderful car to the finish."
Sun 08:52 - SS19: Ogier
"Completely relaxed. Completely no risks." He is surprised to see that Latvala has gone 9sec quicker. "I don't think Jari-Matti can relax. It seems funny to me that he doesn't want to take any risks but he's pushing like hell."
Sun 08:49 - SS19: Latvala
Quickest so far, 2.5sec up on Sordo. "Now I've driven these two stages I can relax a bit. I've never driven this one better. I know now why I made my mistake last year - my notes were too fast. I wish I could go back in a time machine. Every day is a school day."
Sun 08:47 - SS19: Mikkelsen
Another cautious run. "Last year Jari-Matti had his accident and I spun here. I took it very, very carefully."
Sun 08:45 - SS19: Sordo
Quickest so far. "It was okay. I'm surprised by the time because I thought I was slow. I'm disappointed because the car feels great now, we've found a good set-up. I wish we had this feeling earlier in the rally."
Sun 08:42 - SS19: Neuville
Just eight-tenths down on Evans. "A good run, we can be quite pleased."
Sun 08:42 - SS19: Evans
Quickest so far, 4.9 sec up on Ostberg and the gap between them is up to 12.2sec. "Not a clean start but it got better. The time to Mads is what's important today. It'll do."
Sun 08:39 - SS19: Ostberg
He completes 4sec slower than his team-mate Meeke. "Not a good stage. Probably the worst of the rally for me. I have a problem with the brakes. The fronts are locking. We went off the road many times."
Sun 08:36 - SS19: Tanak
"I've been quite steady. All good. Trying to keep a good rhythm."
Sun 08:35 - SS19: Paddon
"It doesn't feel 100 per cent. The biggest concern is my driving on Tarmac. I seem to have forgotten the basics and it's hard to get that back on an event. We need to go away and brush up on the technique."
Sun 08:33 - SS19: Lefebvre
"Not bad but I braked too early for a hairpin and on cold tyres I think I lost five seconds."
Sun 08:31 - SS19: Abbring
19sec slower than Meeke and Kevin sounds lost. "I'm really not really making progress. It's difficult to get momentum. I don't recognise myself. It's more difficult than I expected."
Sun 08:26 - SS19: Meeke
1.5sec quicker than Kubica. "Just taking it quite gently. We'll see how we do on the second pass."
Sun 08:23 - SS19: Kubica
He's through in 9m18.5s. "We have to get back the good feeling on tarmac for the next events. When you have the car which doesn't do what you want the confidence is going down."
Sun 08:11 - Stage notes: Dhrontal
SS19/21. 14.08km Dhrontal is where Jari-Matti Latvala’s victory hopes ended in 2014. It’s a shorter version of last year’s test but retains its mix of vineyard and open sections. The opening part is technical with many tight junctions, but the second half is more open and wider.
Sun 08:10 - Up next: SS19
Crews are queued at the start of Sunday's second stage, Dhrontal. Kubica will start it at 0811hrs
Sun 08:09 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS18
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 3:16:28.9s, 2. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +4m09.4s, 3. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +5m55.4s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Skoda Fabia R5): +6m18.4s, 5. Suninen (Ford Fiesta R5): +6m39.2s
Sun 08:07 - WRC top 5 after SS18
[+ times to leader] 1. Ogier (VW): 3:06m33.3s, 2. Latvala (VW): +31.6s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m47.8s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +2m13.9s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +2m28.7s
Sun 08:05 - SS18: WRC 2 Breen
Another man on a mission. He closes the gap on fifth-placed Suninen to 5.9sec. "After my mistake yesterday I'm hesitating in some corners but it's not so bad at the moment."
Sun 08:03 - SS18: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah
Nasser quickest so far in WRC 2 as he reels in third-placed Giordano ahead. He's 17.3sec quicker on stage and narrows the gap to 23sec. "We have a good pace and the notes are working well. I try to push. They are very close now. If we can make up one position it would be fantastic. We need the points."
Sun 07:58 - SS18: WRC 2 Camilli
"The plan is to finish second. No problems this morning. Everything is okay. I hope it will continue.'
Sun 07:57 - SS18: WRC 2 Kopecky
A troublefree run for the WRC 2 leader. "Lots of loose gravel coming out now. We have a big gap behind us, so took it carefully."
Sun 07:55 - SS18: Ogier
He completes in the fourth-fastest time and his rally lead stands at 31.6sec. "It's important to finish this rally - we know why. We'd be stupid to push this morning. Running down the order there is a little more mess on the road, but in this weather it's not so bad."
Sun 07:49 - SS18: Latvala
Second quickest so far, in 10m48.6s, but he's not thinking about chasing Ogier. "Today is the day to accept the situation and get to the finish. Next year can be another story."
Sun 07:47 - SS18: Mikkelsen
"Today is all about finding a good rhythm where you feel comfortable. No risks at all. Three stages to go."
Sun 07:47 - SS18: Sordo
Second-quickest so far, 2.4sec slower than Evans and still wary of his team-mate Neuville. "A few less risks, but I still keep the pace. You never know what Thierry can do."
Sun 07:45 - SS18: Neuville
A cautious stage for Thierry, who is following Hyundai instructions to give up the fight with Sordo for fourth place. "We've been fighting all weekend for tenths of seconds. In accordance with what we want to achieve here I just want to keep it smooth and clean and bring it home."
Sun 07:40 - SS18: Evans
A new quickest time, 4.1sec quicker than Ostberg, and Evans is 7.3sec ahead in the standings. "Quite a big moment in one place where we put the wheels on the grass, but okay, we're still here."
Sun 07:38 - SS18: Ostberg
Fastest so far in 10m52.1s, but he doesn't sound hopeful of closing the gap to Evans ahead of him in sixth. "I tried. And I'm happy with the rhythm. I felt I did a good stage. If Evans is quicker there's nothing I can do."
Sun 07:35 - SS18: Prokop
A double-puncture for Martin. And with only one spare in his car that's game over.
Sun 07:34 - SS18: Tanak
Well cushioned in 8th place. "You can feel that it's really grippy out there. We're not pushing too much today."
Sun 07:33 - SS18: Paddon
His progress was hampered by a faulty turbo yesterday. All fixed today? "It felt better but it doesn't feel normal up the hills. I'm not sure."
Sun 07:30 - SS18: Prokop update
Sun 07:30 - SS18: Lefebvre
"I pushed a little bit and I think it's okay." He's closest so far to Kubica's time, just 1.2sec slower.
Sun 07:28 - SS18: Abbring
17.9sec off Kubica's pace, "It's alright, but the stage was more difficult than I thought. There were some clean sections with little grip."
Sun 07:25 - SS18: Meeke
1.4sec slower than Kubica. "We're using the opportunity to test. We got a couple of wheels on the grass at a hairpin, that cost us a few seconds, otherwise okay."
Sun 07:22 - SS18: Prokop update
Moving again. Wheel change?
Sun 07:21 - SS18: Kubica
First through in a benchmark 10m54.1s. "Being first through is not nice because it means we are Rally 2... I'm struggling a lot. I didn't have a good feeling here either. We have to have a big think about how we can improve."
Sun 07:18 - SS18: Prokop
WRC tracking system shows him stopped 6.4km into the stage.
Sun 07:10 - Stage notes: Stein & Wein
SS18/SS20. 19.59km A Rallye Deutschland regular, but this year’s version has some new roads and a middle section that is driven in the opposite direction to 2014. It is fast and flowing with a mix of wide main roads and narrow vineyard tracks. There are plenty of hairpins and many chances for drivers to save valuable tenths of a second by cutting corners.
Sun 07:08 - Up next: SS18
Robert Kubica began the opening Stein & Wein stage at 0707hrs.
Sun 07:07 - WRC Live
WRC Live radio commentary today comes courtesy of Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin and Simon Clark. You can also keep an eye on the teams with our Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section
Sun 07:06 - Start intervals
All crews will start today's stages at 2min intervals
Sun 07:06 - Start list
Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Kubica, 2 Meeke, 3. Prokop, 4. Abbring, 5. Lefebvre, 6. Paddon, 7. Tanak, 8. Ostberg, 9. Evans, 10. Neuville, 11. Sordo, 12. Mikkelsen, 13. Latvala, 14. Ogier. [Melicharek has retired]
Sun 07:06 - Start order
On Sunday, the priority crews will start in reverse order of the overall rally standings headed by Rally 2 restarters. Step forward Robert Kubica.
Sun 07:05 - Weather
Clear blue skies over Trier. The current temperature of 14ºC should hit 28ºC this afternoon. Rain is forecast later today, but there's a good chance the rally will be done and dusted before it arrives.
Sun 07:04 - Sunday's leg
Coming up are two runs on Stein & Wein (19.59km) and Dhrontal (14.08km), along the banks of the Mosel. Crews will return to Trier for a 30-minute service halfway through. The rally closing Power Stage is due to get underway at 1208hrs. The rally is scheduled to finish in front of Trier's Porta Nigra from 1500hrs
Sun 07:00 - Coming up today
The grand finale. The third and final leg takes crews back to the vineyards for four stages totalling 67.34 competitive kilometres.
Sun 07:00 - Guten morgen
And welcome back to our text coverage of ADAC Rallye Deutschland, coming to you live from the Service Park in Trier
Sat 20:06 - Stages complete
And that's the end of our live text service for today. We'll be back on Sunday for the third and final leg. Will Volkswagen end their run of rotten luck at home? We'll find out soon. The action resumes with the 19km Stein & Wein at 0707hrs (GMT+2). Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Trier. Bye for now!
Sat 19:57 - WRC 2 top 5 after day two
(after SS17) [+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 3:05:05.8s, 2. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +4m01.5s, 3. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +5m39.8s, 4. Al-Attiyah (Skoda Fabia R5): +6m20.1s, 5. Suninen (Ford Fiesta R5): +6m21.9s
Sat 19:53 - WRC top 5 after day two
(after SS17) [+ times to leader] 1. Ogier (VW): 2:55m42.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): +33.8s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m47.5s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +2m14.3s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +2m23.8s
Sat 19:48 - Saturday leaderboards
A recap of today's top five positions in WRC and WRC 2 coming up
Sat 19:46 - SS17: Melicharek update
Stopped again. And that appears to be game over for the Czech driver today.
Sat 19:44 - SS17: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah
After a terrific fight back, Al-Attiyah ends the day fourth in WRC 2. "We pushed a lot. I'm really very, very happy with the pace of this Skoda. We show we are fast on the Tarmac. I'm happy to move up and now I understand how to drive this car! Tomorrow we will push more and if we can get a top three finish - fantastic."
Sat 19:40 - SS17: RGT Dumas
The Porsche driver still in the game after stopping for a couple of minutes on the Panzerplatte repeat. "We had a puncture and stopped to change it. Unfortunately I forgot to close the bonnet and we had to stop again to secure it."
Sat 19:35 - SS17: WRC 2 Suninen
He ends the day fourth in WRC 2. "A really good day for me. I've been able to push where I felt it was safe to do so. Now I need more experience before I can go faster."
Sat 19:34 - SS17: WRC 2 Breen
Still raw after a his off on the previous stage cost him second in WRC 2. "I feel gutted. Today has been an absolute catastrophe. Some good times and then we threw it away with one mistake."
Sat 19:31 - SS17: WRC 2 Camilli.
"We tried to push a little bit more in here but apparently the time is not so good. I'm trying to find a good balance between attack and caution."
Sat 19:30 - SS17: WRC 2 Kopecky
He rounds off Saturday's leg with a category lead of more than three minutes. "A good day. No mistakes. No pushing this afternoon because we didn't want to lose this excellent position."
Sat 19:29 - SS17: Melicharek
Stopped at the 14km point. He's moving again now, but very slowly.
Sat 19:22 - SS17: Lefebvre
"Of course I'm very happy. I'm progressing all the time. I hope to do the same tomorrow and get to the finish."
Sat 19:21 - SS17: Abbring
"This afternoon has been enjoyable. We are getting there with the car set-up step-by-step. Now we are using different brake pads and I have to get used to them. I'm happy to have made some positive steps."
Sat 19:18 - SS17: Prokop
"From beginning to end it's been a horrible day. I'm happy to get through it."
Sat 19:17 - SS17: Sordo
"Not such a bad day. We've had a few problems, but the gap [to Neuville behind] is looking okay now." The gap is 9.5sec.
Sat 19:15 - SS17: Paddon
Slowest of the eight WRC runners through so far. "We've got the turbo problem, which makes me a bit of a sitting duck, but I'm happy enough that we have an answer. I was a bit disheartened earlier."
Sat 19:13 - SS17: Tanak
"A clean run in here with no issues. Of course, we didn't need to push any more but it's good to get a better run though. I struggled a lot with the set-up this morning and I'm happy with the changes we made at service."
Sat 19:11 - SS17: Evans
Sixth overnight for Elfyn, with Ostberg just 3.2sec behind "A positive day for sure but Panzerplatte was very frustrating. We were forced to take two spares because we were concerned about tyre wear. We need to start tomorrow like today - we need to keep Ostberg at bay."
Sat 19:09 - SS17: Meeke
"The pace today has been good, but we already knew that. I really need to get it together. My future is on the line. I'll continue to try and do my best."
Sat 19:07 - SS17: Neuville
He ends the day fifth. "I'm quite happy with my day. Managing my time, keeping up the battle with Dani and keeping an eye on the manufacturers' points. We will try to keep up the fight tomorrow."
Sat 19:05 - SS17: Mikkelsen
"We learned some things today. No we must keep full concentration for the four stages still to come."
Sat 19:05 - SS17: Ostberg
Looks like seventh place tonight for Mads. "Not so bad. It's getting better and better. I struggle to hold back. If I push too hard I seem to go slower."
Sat 19:03 - SS17: Latvala
He completes the stage 1.5sec slower than Ogier and with grass filling a front wheel. "I went wide in a corner near the end, nothing serious. It's been a sensible drive from me today. I'm not trying to push too hard. We want to end it like this." He will start Sunday 33.8sec adrift of Ogier.
Sat 18:59 - SS17: Ogier
Seb rounds off a flawless day with a 9m13.6s time on the final stage. "A perfect day for us - really happy. We made most of the difference in Panzerplatte - that was the key. We had the right set-up and tyre management. I had a really good feeling. Okay, four more stages to go tomorrow."
Sat 18:42 - Up next: SS17
Saturday's final stage, the repeat of Bosenberg, starts at 1847hrs
Sat 18:41 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS16
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 2:55:20.6s, 2. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +3m49.3s, 3. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +5m19.1s, 4. Suninen (Ford Fiesta R5): +6m04.0s, 5. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +6m10.8s
Sat 18:37 - WRC top 5 after SS16
[+ times to leader] 1. Ogier (VW): 2:46m28.9s, 2. Latvala (VW): +32.3s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m37.1s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +2m06.6s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +2m17.1s
Sat 18:31 - SS16: WRC 2 Breen
"We got a puncture quite early in the stage. Without gravel crews we're driving blind and a corner that was clean before was full of dirt this time." The incident costs him almost four minutes and drops him from second to fifth place, 6.8sec behind Suninen.
Sat 18:28 - SS16: WRC 2 Camilli
We should have had Breen through first, but Camilli has passed him in the stage. The Frenchman is now up to second place, 3m49sec off Kopecky's lead. "I think Craig has a puncture, so I was very, very, VERY careful to avoid getting one myself. Okay, I'm happy to be up to second now, it's important for me to complete the event."
Sat 18:23 - SS16: WRC 2 Kopecky
"One stage to go today, so driving carefully but I tried to put on a show for the Czech fans I saw in the stage."
Sat 18:18 - SS16: Lefebvre
"It's not easy for the tyres, and its not easy for me to get a good feeling for the grip, but all good." He is ninth-fastest, 36sec off Ogier's time.
Sat 18:17 - SS16: Abbring
"That went really well. Okay, I wasn't able to do the last 10 kilometres at speed earlier because of the power steering problem but I enjoyed it this time. The 26 minutes just flew by."
Sat 18:15 - SS16: Prokop
A clean run through for Martin.
Sat 18:14 - SS16: Sordo
Fifth quickest, 3.5sec up on his team-mate Neuville. "The car felt much better with the modifications my engineers made in service. We have more grip and I enjoyed the stage."
Sat 18:13 - SS16: Paddon
"I'm a little bit happier now because my engineer has confirmed we have a turbo problem. We've probably had it since before service, and that's why the car feels flat. It answers a few questions."
Sat 18:10 - SS16: Tanak
He went off early in the stage and completes one minute slower than Evans. There is grass and shrubbery stuffed in the front of his Fiesta RS. "We went off but the starter motor isn't working and it took us one minute to get the engine going."
Sat 18:07 - SS16: Evans
Slowest of the seven drivers through so far. "There was gravel on the road in one of the last corners and we went wide. We always knew we would lose a bit of time here because we're carrying two spares."
Sat 18:04 - SS16: Breen update
On the move again
Sat 18:04 - SS16: Meeke
Third quickest so far, 16sec off Ogier's pace. "Good. There's a maze of roads here and it's a little easier on the second pass. Wide in one junction but that's it."
Sat 18:02 - SS16: Neuville
"This one was much better than before. In the last 5/6 kilometres we were still able to push."
Sat 18:01 - SS16: Breen
Stopped at the 7km point. He was second in WRC 2
Sat 18:00 - SS16: Mikkelsen
"Okay, perhaps not the best place to test our Corsica settings, but a clean stage."
Sat 17:58 - SS16: Ostberg
25.1sec off Ogier's pace. "I tried a bit too hard and made too many mistakes. Too many late brakes, especially in the slow corners."
Sat 17:57 - SS16: Latvala
He completes 15.3sec slower than Ogier and the gap between them is up to 32.3sec. "I'm surprised by the time because I felt we had a good run. But it seems that we didn't. It's disappointing. I don't understand."
Sat 17:54 - SS16: Ogier
He completes in 25m35.0s. At the 37km split he was 12.7sec up on Latvala. He asks about Latvala's time at the stop control. "I had a really good stage. I managed to find a good set-up. The tyres survived okay. Even at the end they were good. It was enjoyable to drive."
Sat 17:48 - SS16: Tanak
Stopped 12.36km from the start. May have gone off. Moving again
Sat 17:40 - SS16: Splits watch
Ogier 5.1sec quicker than Latvala to the 20km split.
Sat 17:39 - SS16: Underway
We're straight over to the 45km version of Panzerplatte. Ogier began the stage at 1726hrs and has just reached the 20km point.
Sat 17:37 - WRC top 5 after SS15
[+ times to leader] 1. Ogier (VW): 2:20m54.9s, 2. Latvala (VW): +17.0s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m19.6s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m46.5s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +1m53.5s
Sat 17:36 - SS15: All WRC cars through
And Latvala's time is unbeaten. Neuville is second fastest, while Sordo joins Ogier and Meeke in the tie for third.
Sat 17:23 - SS15: Eight cars through
And it doesn't look like anybody is going to better Latvala's time. Neuville is closest so far, just one-tenth adrift, with Meeke and Ogier tying third fastest, two-tenths behind.
Sat 17:12 - SS15: Ogier
Ogier is through cleanly, but Latvala completes two-tenths quicker. The gap between them at the top of the leaderboard now 17sec.
Sat 16:30 - Up next: SS15
Cars are heading back to Baumholder for the Panzerplatte repeats. SS15, the Arena sprint, will start at 1706hrs. We'll resume our texting then.
Sat 16:28 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS14
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 2:26:36.1s, 2. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +2m23.0s, 3. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +2m50.2s, 4. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +4m20.1s, 5. Suninen (Ford Fiesta R5): +5m02.9s
Sat 16:17 - SS14: WRC 2 Camilli
Harder suspension settings for the Frenchman this afternoon.
Sat 16:13 - SS14: WRC 2 Kopecky
"We made some small corrections to our pace notes on the earlier pass. This time was much better."
Sat 16:12 - WRC top 5 after SS14
[+ times to leader] 1. Ogier (VW): 2:19m09.0s, 2. Latvala (VW): +17.2s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m18.2s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m46.5s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +1m53.6s
Sat 16:08 - SS14: Lefebvre
"Much better on the second pass. We made some changes to our pace notes earlier."
Sat 16:07 - SS14: Abbring
"The power-steering is fixed. The feeling is good, now we can start to build the speed."
Sat 16:06 - SS14: Prokop
He completes with a front-left puncture.
Sat 16:05 - SS14: Sordo
The Spaniard has a gearbox problem and is struggling to select the correct gears for the hairpins - especially when shifting from second to first.
Sat 16:04 - SS14: Paddon
He's 13.6sec slower than Latvala and sounding deeply frustrated. "It felt better in the car, but the time doesn't match that. I feel lost at the moment. Homework to do."
Sat 16:01 - SS14: Tanak
He completes with a front tyre missing a big chunk of rubber. "We touched rocks on the inside of the first corner and that upset the rhythm," he says. "In service we made some set-up changes to make the car more reactive and I can tell its better."
Sat 15:57 - SS14: Evans
Seven seconds off the pace. "That's a disappointment considering our earlier time here, but it seems that when the heat goes up we're not able to match them. Maybe we're too aggressive on the tyres."
Sat 15:54 - SS14: Meeke
He completes just two-tenths slower than Ogier. "This morning I had never driven this stage in this direction, so we were checking our notes. This was better but it will take a lot to get over the disappointment of yesterday."
Sat 15:51 - SS14: Neuville
A decent time, 5.6sec off the pace. "The fight with Dani carries on."
Sat 15:50 - SS14: Mikkelsen
He completes 12.5sec off the pace and is using his safe position in the standings to his advantage. "We changed the diff in service and it takes time to get used to. We're testing some set-ups for Corsica."
Sat 15:48 - SS14: Ostberg
Six seconds off Latvala's pace. "Not so bad. I tried to push a little bit more but I'm too careful in the gravel. I could have pushed more there. There's always something to do but at least it's moving in the right direction."
Sat 15:46 - SS14: Latvala
He's quicker than Ogier by 1.3sec and completes with a damaged front-right wheel. "I didn't know about that. Perhaps it happened in a compression. The stage felt good."
Sat 15:44 - SS14: Ogier
He completes in 10m42.5s. "Happy with the stage. Some dirty places but it's okay. It was a clean stage for me."
Sat 12:27 - SS13: Delecour
Late breaking text: He's gone off 11km into Panzerplatte. Crew okay.
Sat 12:20 - Next stage: 1531hrs
The afternoon loop kicks off with the repeat of Grafschaft. Set your alarm. We'll take a text break until then.
Sat 12:19 - Up next: Service
Crews are en-route to Trier for the mid-leg 30-minute service. First car due in at 1354hrs
Sat 12:18 - SS13: Dumas
The Frenchman has a 12-minute class lead in his Porsche, but didn't have a comfortable ride through Panzerplatte. "This one is no fun in a GT car. There's no grip and it's too bumpy. Go fast here and you wreck your car."
Sat 12:15 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS13
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 2:15:21.0s, 2. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +2m10.9s, 3. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +2m31.5s, 4. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +4m07.9s, 5. Suninen (Ford Fiesta R5): +4m46.7s
Sat 12:10 - SS13: WRC 2 Camilli
He's 29.7sec slower than WRC 2 pace-setter Kopecky and can't decide what he thinks of the stage. "It's alright, but not so good. I'm happy but not happy."
Sat 12:07 - SS13: WRC 2 Breen
"Tricky stage. I lost all feeling in the car towards the end when the tyres went off. I knew it would happen but when it does it's no fun - there's no feel at the front and I had to keep using the handbrake."
Sat 12:04 - SS13: WRC 2 Kopecky
"The guys ahead are cutting a lot, so we have to be careful. We had one or two big slides, but I guess they are nice for the spectators."
Sat 12:03 - WRC top 5 after SS13
[+ times to leader] Sordo up to fourth 1. Ogier (VW): 2:08m26.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): +18.5s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +1m07.0s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m42.6s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +1m49.3s
Sat 12:00 - SS13: Kubica update
He has taken a wheel off. Hinkelstein?
Sat 12:00 - SS13: Lefebvre
"Not easy. I stalled and lost some time on the start line but otherwise okay."
Sat 11:59 - SS13: Abbring
"We had no power steering for the last 10 kilometres."
Sat 11:58 - SS13: Prokop
His right-rear tyre is badly damaged. "It's because of the broken driveshaft," he explains. "It's making a flat spot on the tyre and even though we were careful we destroyed it. We almost didn't make it around the last corner."
Sat 11:56 - SS13: Sordo
He's 7.7sec quicker than Neuville and steals fourth place. Dani jumps out of the car at the stop control to inspect his tyres. "I'm surprised they look so good because I didn't have such a good feeling in the stage. It's good to get past Thierry, but the pace of the guys ahead is crazy."
Sat 11:50 - SS13: Paddon
He's 1min off Ogier's pace and slips behind Ostberg to ninth. "I don't really have much good to say at the moment - so I'd probably best say nothing. The car is fine - it's down to me and the set-up."
Sat 11:47 - SS13: Tanak
"It was reasonably okay but when the tyres started to go off I lost a bit of confidence."
Sat 11:46 - SS13: Evans
"I tried to start quite slow, but still my tyres were worn by the end. It's very difficult to judge your pace in there without the split times."
Sat 11:44 - SS13: Kubica
Tracking system shows his car stopped 17.8km into the stage.
Sat 11:43 - SS13: Meeke
"I thought I had a good rhythm in there. Just one mistake when I out-braked myself at a junction, but otherwise okay."
Sat 11:42 - SS13: Neuville
He completes 31 seconds off Ogier's pace. "I struggled with understeer and the brakes here. I lost my confidence."
Sat 11:40 - SS13: Mikkelsen
"A long stage and very difficult. It's hard to know how much to push the new tyres, but at the end mine are okay - so I could have pushed harder."
Sat 11:37 - SS13: Ostberg
Mads is 24.5sec off Ogier's stage leading time and appears shaken. "We had a huge jump in there and a heavy impact on landing."
Sat 11:36 - SS13: Latvala
He loses another 6.8sec to Ogier. The gap between them now 18.5sec. "The car did not work as I expected it to after the test. It did not work in here. It was too stiff." It looks like the fight for the lead is over. Are you under pressure to finish here? "Well, history has not been kind to us here."
Sat 11:34 - SS13: Ogier
He completes in 25m39.1s and from the look of the splits nobody is going to get close to catching him in here. "Without splits it's very difficult to judge your pace. Not a bad run. The front tyres were moving a bit near the end, but no problems."
Sat 11:24 - SS13: Splits watch
Ogier has reached the 28km point. Neuville is slower than expected - 13.4sec off Ogier's pace at the 16km marker.
Sat 11:11 - WRC top 5 after SS12
[ times to leader] Latvala loses more ground. Lefebvre goes second quickest! 1. Ogier (VW): 1:42m47.4s, 2. Latvala (VW): 11.7s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): 47.0s, 4. Neuville (Hyundai): 1m18.3s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai) 1m19.3s
Sat 11:00 - WRC top 5 after SS11
[ times to leader] Latvala drops 1.6sec to Ogier 1. Ogier (VW): 1:41m01.8s, 2. Latvala (VW): 10.6s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): 46.1s, 4. Neuville (Hyundai): 1m16.9s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai) 1m18.4s
Sat 10:55 - Stage notes: Panzerplatte Long
SS13/SS16. 45.61km. The longest stage of the rally and one of the toughest of the entire season with 103 junctions packed into less than 46km. The surface changes constantly and many roads are lined with hinkelsteins, massive concrete kerbstones designed to keep tanks on the military tracks. Slippery sand coats the surface in the dry while in the wet conditions become treacherous.
Sat 10:44 - SS11: Underway
As this, SS12 and SS13 are run consecutively we'll bring you a summary of the times once all the WRC runners have completed each stage. Driver comments will come after SS12.
Sat 10:14 - SS10: Paused
Organisers have paused the stage after WRC 2 entrant Jonathan Hirschi so that some stray cows can be moved to a safe area. An eight-minute delay.
Sat 10:01 - Stage notes: Arena Panzerplatte
SS11/SS12/SS15. 2.87km. A short stage for the fans and a warm-up for the drivers on the daunting Baumholder military ranges ahead of the monster test to follow. The roads are wide and there is a mixture of surfaces, covering smooth and broken asphalt, cobble stones and bumpy concrete. There are many junctions and although much of the stage is new from last year, the roads are not.
Sat 09:59 - Up next: SS11
Crews are making the 46km journey to the Baumholder military training area and the first taste of Panzerplatte. The first run through the 2.87km Arena stage will start at 1032hrs.
Sat 09:55 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS10
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 1:44:30.6s, 2. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +1m41.2s, 3. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +1m58.8s, 4. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +3m13.0s, 5. Suninen (Ford Fiesta R5): +4m10.8s
Sat 09:49 - SS10: WRC 2 Camilli
He's 4.2sec quicker than Breen to reduce the gap between them to 17.6sec. "We were too careful this morning. Now it's better. A bit more of a push. 80 or 85 per cent - but no more."
Sat 09:46 - SS10: WRC 2 Breen
"I struggled in there. I've not done it before and on some of the high-speed sections I was getting caught out for no real reason."
Sat 09:44 - WRC top 5 after SS10
[+ times to leader]: Neuville up to fourth. 1. Ogier (VW): 1:39m15.3s, 2. Latvala (VW): +9.0s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +44.9s, 4. Neuville (Hyundai): +1m16.2s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai) +1m18.0s
Sat 09:43 - SS10: WRC 2 Kopecky
"I don't want to slow down too much - that's when you can make a mistake."
Sat 09:40 - SS10: Lefebvre
"Not bad but this one is new for me, it's very fast and I lost some of the feeling."
Sat 09:38 - SS10: Abbring
"I was really happy with the last split, that went well, but I'm still struggling with the braking. Normally that shouldn't be so difficult for me."
Sat 09:36 - SS10: Kubica
"A smooth morning. This stage is new for me. I'm trying to learn and correct pace notes."
Sat 09:35 - SS10: Prokop
He completes 45sec off Latvala's stage leading pace. "We have a broken drive shaft. I'm losing a lot of time under braking and acceleration."
Sat 09:33 - SS10: Sordo
More than three seconds slower than his team-mate Neuville and loses fourth place to him. "Not so good. We have a problem with the gear change. It's not shifting down for hairpins. We lost a little time there."
Sat 09:31 - SS10: Paddon
His bumper now tied back in place. "I'm trying to learn some new techniques and for now that's more important than stage times."
Sat 09:28 - SS10: Tanak
An onboard camera has come loose and is rattling around the footwell. "It was a distraction. I didn't want it to get stuck behind the brake pedal."
Sat 09:26 - SS10: Evans
"A clean run from us on a stage we don't know too well. That's a great time from Jari-Matti."
Sat 09:25 - SS10: Meeke
It's a decent stage time, but having lost so much time yesterday Meeke is clearly struggling for motivation. "We have to continue."
Sat 09:22 - SS10: Neuville
"It's a nice fight with Dani but perhaps I was over-driving too much here. For the team it doesnt make a difference which one of us comes out on top."
Sat 09:20 - SS10: Mikkelsen
He's 5.9sec off Latvala's pace and content to stay well cushioned in third. "Certainly not a 100 per cent attack. I'm in a good position. A long way from the front, which okay is not great, but there's a good gap behind. I'm enjoying my driving."
Sat 09:18 - SS10: Ostberg
"I had a big impact quite early on, I hit something in a corner and had a bad vibration afterwards." From the outside there is no obvious sign of damage.
Sat 09:16 - SS10: Latvala
He's 2.8sec quicker than Ogier and the gap between them is down to 9sec. "It was a good stage. I remember it from 2007. I had a good feeling. With a few more straights it was easier to see the road."
Sat 09:14 - SS10: Ogier
He completes in 9m17.7s - but Latvala is faster at the first split point. Is that a concern? "I didn't take all the risks, I have a little margin. On the first loop I confirm the pace notes."
Sat 08:44 - Stage notes: Bosenberg
SS10/SS17 17.13km. This is the rally’s only test on Saarland’s country roads and mixes asphalt last used in 2007 with new sections. The opening kilometres contain a bit of everything - narrow and muddy lanes, wide flowing roads and gravel on the surface. Afterwards it’s a mix of small and large roads with plenty of opportunities to cut corners.
Sat 08:42 - Up next: SS10
Crews are making the 60km road trip to the beginning of the Bosenberg stage. Ogier will start it at 0902hrs
Sat 08:40 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS9
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 1:34:41.7s, 2. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +1m30.6s, 3. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +1m52.4s, 4. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +2m53.7s, 5. Suninen (Ford Fiesta R5): +4m01.6s
Sat 08:27 - WRC top 5 after SS9
[+ times to leader]: Ogier stretches ahead. 1. Ogier (VW): 1:29m57.6s, 2. Latvala (VW): +11.8s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +41.8s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m10.7s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +1m12.2s
Sat 08:24 - SS9: WRC 2 Camilli
He's 7.5sec slower than Breen but doesn't seem concerned. "My target for the day is to conserve third place - that would be a very important result for me."
Sat 08:19 - SS9: WRC 2 Breen
"Jan [Kopecky] is on a good pace. I'm going to try and keep Eric [Camilli] behind and see how we go."
Sat 08:18 - SS9: WRC 2 Kopecky
"We'd like to keep our position today, so I plan to go fast enough to do that but not so quick that I make mistakes. I need to push to keep up my concentration."
Sat 08:15 - SS9: Abbring
"The first bit of the stage was really good but later my pace notes were too slow. I have to thank the team, they analysed the data from yesterday and I know I have to change my braking to get the feeling better."
Sat 08:13 - SS9: Kubica
"No big problems - all good. We didn't do this stage last year because we had retired by this point, so we had to correct a few pace notes."
Sat 08:12 - SS9: Prokop
"We didn't get good grip on the first stages yesterday so we tried a cross mix [of hard and softs] today. It didn't go well."
Sat 08:09 - SS9: Sordo
He's four-tenths slower than Neuville but still ahead in the standings by 1.5sec. "Not so bad. Not flat out all the time, but I'm happy because last year I lost a lot of time in this stage. Its a nice battle with Thierry."
Sat 08:06 - SS9: Paddon
His Hyundai's front bumper has dropped slightly and is scraping the ground. "We caught it on a hairpin - it's nothing," he says. "I studied our on-boards last night and I'm trying to concentrate on my throttle and braking - I've got to learn how to do it right."
Sat 08:02 - SS9: Tanak
A decent start for Ott, but Evans is pulling further ahead in fifth. What can he do? "Go faster"
Sat 08:00 - SS9: Evans
An amazing start to the day for the Welshman who completes just seven-tenths off Ogier's pace! Elfyn is typically modest. "It's alright. Maybe we should do the whole rally in this stage? The feeling is better. We weren't perfect but overall not too bad."
Sat 07:58 - SS9: Meeke
He crashed out of the lead on this stage last year so it's a cautious start for the Brit. "I've not completed this one before. I wasn't that confident about where to brake."
Sat 07:56 - SS9: Neuville
Resumes his inter-team battle for fourth with Dani Sordo. "A big push. A good stage but my brakes are getting soft. I have to bleed them." It's a great time - just 3.5 slower than Ogier.
Sat 07:54 - SS9: Mikkelsen
6.9sec off Ogier's pace but there's no fight from Andreas. "This stage was all about getting into a rhythm for the day. Not going flat out at all. Just trying to find a comfortable pace to stay at all day."
Sat 07:52 - SS9: Ostberg
"I did a couple of mistakes in the junctions. I'm unable to do handbrake turns properly and end up on the edge of the road - very strange." He completes 7.6sec slower than Ogier.
Sat 07:50 - SS9: Latvala
2.3sec slower than Ogier and he sounds utterly deflated. "It would have been nice to be faster but there we go. In some places I can't get the braking right." The gap to Ogier is up to double figures for the first time - 11.8sec.
Sat 07:48 - SS9: Ogier
He reaches the finish in 10m44.1s. "I had a clean drive, getting back in the rhythm. A little bit conscious of the slippery sections but I'm happy with the start of the day."
Sat 07:28 - Stage notes: Grafschaft
SS9/SS14. 18.35km. Saturday’s curtain-raiser is a typical vineyard test, with a high wall on one side of the road, a drop into the grapes on the other and plenty of unseen junctions. However, there is a 3km section early on which crosses open fields. It’s virtually identical to last year except that the opening 800 metres have been chopped off.
Sat 07:25 - Up next: SS9
Crews are queued near the start of today's opening stage - Grafschaft. It's German for county, apparently.
Sat 07:22 - WRC Live
As well as our text service, don't miss our WRC Live radio commentary courtesy of Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin and Simon Clark. You can also keep an eye on the teams with our Service Park live stream cameras. You'll find links to both in the LIVE section
Sat 07:16 - Start intervals
All crews will start today's stages at 2min intervals
Sat 07:16 - WRC start order
Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Ostberg, 4. Mikkelsen, 5. Neuville, 6. Meeke, 7. Evans, 8. Tanak, 9. Paddon, 10. Sordo, 11. Prokop, 12. Kubica, 13. Abbring, 14. Lefebvre, 15. Melicharek
Sat 07:16 - Start order
Crews will tackle Saturday's stages in championship standings order headed by any Rally 2 restarters. Unusually we have none of those today, so Sébastien Ogier is up first again.
Sat 07:14 - Weather
It's beautiful out there again today with blue skies and no rain forecast. The current temperature of 14ºC should hit a sticky 29ºC later. Further ahead, it looks like we could be in for rain on Sunday.
Sat 07:13 - Saturday's leg
Crews set off from 0610hrs for Grafschaft (18.35km) in the vineyards and the high-speed Bosenberg (17.13km). They then head for the Baumholder military base with two runs on the short Panzerplatte Arena (2.87km), followed by the monster Panzerplatte (45.61km). More of the same in the afternoon after a service, but with just one run on Panzerplatte Arena. Crews are expected back in Trier from 2042hrs.
Sat 07:13 - Coming up today
The longest and toughest leg. Drivers face more than 13 hours behind the wheel and 170.79km of stage action. It includes five stages on the daunting Panzerplatte military roads at Baumholder.
Sat 07:12 - We're in position
At WRC live text central at the Service Park in Trier, ready for the rally's second day
Sat 07:11 - Guten morgen world
And welcome back to our live text coverage of ADAC Rallye Deutschland
Fri 19:44 - The action resumes
With the 18km Grafschaft at 0734hrs (GMT+2). Until then, keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Trier. Bye for now!
Fri 19:43 - Leaders through
And the end of our live text service for today. Join us on Saturday for the longest day of the rally when the action includes the daunting military roads at Baumholder
Fri 19:35 - WRC 2 top 5 after day one
(after SS8) [+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 1:23:20.7s, 2. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +1m22.6s, 3. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +1m36.9s, 4. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +2m38.9s, 5. Suninen (Ford Fiesta R5): +3m49.6s
Fri 19:00 - SS8: WRC 2 Kopecky
Jan rounds off the day with another stage win and his lead over Breen up to 1m22.6s. "I have a great feeling in the car. We are enjoying every single metre."
Fri 18:57 - SS8: WRC 2 Camilli
Third in WRC 2, trailing Breen by 14.3sec. "We are very happy to be in this position. We will see tomorrow how we do against Breen but he is very fast."
Fri 18:55 - SS8: WRC 2 Breen
He ends the opening day second in WRC 2. "Up to now the championship has been a catastrophe so I'm delighted to be here at the end of the first leg - it's the first time this has happened since Monte Carlo."
Fri 18:52 - WRC top 5 after day one
(after SS8) [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 1:19m13.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): +9.5s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +34.9s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +1m06.8s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +1m08.7s
Fri 18:51 - SS8: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah
"We didn't start well but overall it haven't been a bad day. We will continue to try and improve. If we can finish in the top five I will be very happy." He ends the day seventh in class.
Fri 18:49 - SS8: Dumas
He leads RGT and it looks like the battle is over - Francois Delecour has not started the stage.
Fri 18:46 - SS8: Lefebvre
"The first day of my career in a WRC car and it's been incredible. It's so difficult for us in the vineyard roads but it's been a great start."
Fri 18:45 - SS8: Abbring
"The tyres pressures are a bit high. I have to find a way to work this out. All good learning."
Fri 18:44 - SS8: Kubica
Robert and his co-driver are wearing goggles after losing their windscreen in the previous test. "We went off on a corner I had changed in my notes after the first pass from a 4 to a 6. We understeered straight off. Driving this car without a screen is a new experience. I had to slow a little on the straights because there was a lot of turbulence."
Fri 18:39 - SS8: Prokop
"The day started really, really well. But since the accident on SS6 I have been thinking only about getting to the finish. The team have a lot of work to do tonight."
Fri 18:37 - SS8: Sordo
Dani finishes with a flourish - a third-fastest time moving him into fourth overall - ahead of his team-mate Neuville. "A few modifications and the car felt better this afternoon."
Fri 18:34 - SS8: Paddon
"We've got to be realistic, we know our team-mates have more experience on this surface, but I don't like being being behind them."
Fri 18:31 - SS8: Tanak
"It's been an okay afternoon but we've been struggling a bit with the set-up and the rhythm. It's been a long time since we've been on Tarmac."
Fri 18:30 - SS8: Evans
Third quickest of the eight drivers though so far. "It felt a lot better in there, it's much cleaner"
Fri 18:29 - SS8: Meeke
His suspension problem costs him another three minutes in the stage. He ends the day 10 minutes off the lead.
Fri 18:25 - SS8: Neuville
"I tried to do a good stage but I got a bit disturbed when I felt something on the car was bottoming out. I lost my driving rhythm." The Belgian rounds off the day in fourth - more than a minute off the lead but best of the non-VW runners.
Fri 18:22 - SS8: Mikkelsen
He completes a VW 1-2-3 at the end of day one. "It's a good day for Volkswagen," he acknowledges.
Fri 18:20 - SS8: Ostberg
"This stage was a little bit better but today maybe I tried too hard too soon and the times have not been there."
Fri 18:18 - SS8: Latvala
He ends the day 9.5sec behind Ogier and isn't in the mood to chat. "I did not have the best feeling this afternoon but Seb has been driving well. That's it." What can you do about it? "I haven't decided yet."
Fri 18:15 - SS8: Ogier
The end of a terrific day for Seb. "I had a great afternoon. Really good fun. It's been a long time since I've had to push so hard on tarmac. Jari-Matti is not too far behind so we have to keep on going."
Fri 18:08 - WRC top 5 after SS7
Neuville up to fourth [ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 1:11m10.9s, 2. Latvala (VW): 9.4s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): 28.9s, 4. Neuville (Hyundai): 1m00.8s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai) 1m01.5s
Fri 18:05 - SS7: Kubica
He completes with the loss of five minutes and his car's windscreen. "We went off into the vines and broke the screen. We carried on but couldn't see properly so had to stop and kick it out."
Fri 18:03 - SS7: Lefebvre
"I made one mistake and lost time in a spin at a chicane."
Fri 17:58 - SS7: Kubica update
Moving again. Wheel change?
Fri 17:56 - SS7: Kubica
WRC tracking shows his car stopped 17km into the stage
Fri 17:55 - SS7: Sordo
The Spaniard completes 2.1sec slower than his team-mate Neuville and slips behind him to fifth place. "I'm at maximum attack all the time. Thierry's time is very good."
Fri 17:53 - SS7: Meeke
He completes with left-front damage to his DS 3 - a legacy of his trip into a field on the previous stage. "After we went off we were back to full speed for four or five kilometres but then the compression strut broke. I've made a repair and I hope to get back to service."
Fri 17:50 - SS7: Tanak
"The drive was quite okay. We caught and passed Meeke in a section with lots of cuts, so it was very dusty."
Fri 17:49 - SS7: Evans
We should have Meeke though first, but Evans had passed him mid-stage. "He pulled over, it looks like he's running with some sort of problem. For me this stage was alright. Nothing special but overall okay,"
Fri 17:45 - SS7: Neuville
"Flat out. I did my best and had a few moments in there. I nearly hit a wall near the finish because we had a lot of understeer and the brakes were going. Let's see how it compares to Dani."
Fri 17:42 - SS7: Mikkelsen
"We hit the right-rear wheel when we slid wide on a left-hand corner. My mistake. It seems to be okay."
Fri 17:41 - SS7: Splits watch
Meeke losing time. He's 2m50sec down on Ogier at the second split.
Fri 17:40 - SS7: Ostberg
"I feel I have a good rhythm. No problems. The car is running well." He completes 17.4sec slower than Ogier.
Fri 17:39 - SS7: Latvala
Ogier does beat him - by 4.7sec - and Ogier's rally lead is up to 9.4sec. "He had a good run," acknowledges Latvala, "I can't really go any faster for the moment. I'm doing all I can."
Fri 17:36 - SS7: Ogier
"I drove better than this morning. Not a perfect stage, but if I manage to beat Jari-Matti here I will be pleased - normally he can't be beaten here."
Fri 17:21 - Up next: SS7
We're back to the vineyards for Friday's final two stages. Ogier began the repeated Moselland at 1715hrs.
Fri 17:07 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS6
[+ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 1:00:13.8s, 2. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): +1m06.8s, 3. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): +1m20.2s, 4. Fabian Kreim (Skoda Fabia R5): +1m44.7s, 5. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): +1m53.4s
Fri 16:56 - SS6: WRC 2 Kopecky
Another fastest time from the Czech driver pulls him clear in WRC 2 by 1m06s from Craig Breen
Fri 16:45 - WRC top 5 after SS6
Meeke drops from 4th to 11th [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 57m16.7s, 2. Latvala (VW): +4.7s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +21.5s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +51.6s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai) +53.0s
Fri 16:41 - SS6: Lefebvre
Another clean run and another terrific time on his World Rally Car debut: 9m49.8s is good enough for 10th fastest
Fri 16:38 - SS6: Abbring
A working front diff has transformed the handling of the Dutchman's Hyundai. "The car feels so different to this morning I almost don't recognise it. I'm finding the limits now and then, so I have to be careful not to overdrive."
Fri 16:32 - SS6: Kubica
"All okay for us, but I could see from the dust in the distance that maybe Prokop had a problem..."
Fri 16:31 - SS6: Prokop
He loses a minute in the final split. Some left-front damage evident. What happened? "We went off in some gravel, hit a tree and ended up a long way off the road in a field. Some spectators showed us back on, but after that we went off again and then had a spin."
Fri 16:28 - SS6: Sordo
"There is still a lot of gravel about. How much it slows me I cannot say, but even with a clean road I could not go as fast as Ogier with this car." Maybe not, but Meeke's misfortune means Dani is up to fourth,
Fri 16:26 - SS6: Paddon
"I don't enjoy this stage - it doesn't flow for me. We'll wipe this one off the board and will start again on the next."
Fri 16:24 - SS6: Tanak
Seven-tenths slower that his team-mate Evans. "The grip is still changing quite a lot. The gravel crew note most of them, but there are still surprises."
Fri 16:23 - SS6: Evans
A decent time - 7.5sec slower than Ogier
Fri 16:21 - SS6: Meeke
He completes with some light front-left damage. What happened? "I got caught out in a bit of gravel, went off into a field and it took some time to get back on. The car felt okay after that but now I have a problem - I have to go..."
Fri 16:19 - SS6: Splits watch
Kris Meeke appears to have dropped one minute in the middle section.
Fri 16:18 - SS6: Neuville
"This stage felt good - I should be able to take some time out of Sordo."
Fri 16:17 - SS6: Mikkelsen
Third quickest once again. "Not flat out yet - I'm just trying to get back into the rhythm. It's been a long time since I've rallied on tarmac."
Fri 16:16 - SS6: Ostberg
He completes 10.4sec off Ogier's pace but in a positive frame of mind. "It's still hard to commit in the dirty sections but I'm feeling more and more confident. It's going in a good way."
Fri 16:14 - SS6: Latvala
He completes 2.3sec slower than Ogier and the gap overall is up to 4.7sec. "It's going well in the car but I just don't have the confidence when the road is dirty. "I'm doing my best but I much prefer the cleaner roads."
Fri 16:11 - SS6: Ogier
He completes in 9m38.s - and from the look of the splits that's going to be quicker than Latvala. "It's going well. I took it a little carefully near the beginning but I feel more comfortable than on the earlier pass."
Fri 15:50 - Up next: SS6
The repeat of Waxweiler gets underway at 1558hrs
Fri 15:47 - WRC top 5 after SS5
[ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 47m38.2s, 2. Latvala (VW): 2.4s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): 18.7s, 4. Meeke (DS 3): 26.1s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai) 42.7s
Fri 15:46 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS5
[ times to leader]: 1. Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5): 50m03.9s, 2. Breen (Peugeot 208 T16 R5): 1m01.1s, 3. Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5): 1m04.0s, 4. Giordano (DS 3 RRC): 1m35.8s, 5. Fabian Kreim (Skoda Fabia R5): 1m38.6s
Fri 15:41 - SS5: Kopecky
The WRC 2 leader is safely through - in the fastest time - and he now has a lead of more than one minute. Recap of WRC 2 top five coming up...
Fri 15:37 - SS5: WRC 2 Maurin
He completes with a rear puncture and the wheel jammed in the arch. He's off to try and fix it.
Fri 15:35 - SS5: WRC 2 Breen
Up to second in class despite a high-speed spin after he clipped a kerb. "It was quite an eye-opener."
Fri 15:34 - SS5: WRC 2 Kremer
Out of second place. The German has not started the stage. His Skoda is on the road section just before the start control.
Fri 15:27 - SS5: Dumas
Fastest again in RGT, his lead over Delecour now up to 2m25s
Fri 15:26 - SS5: Delecour
His Porsche still has a big appetite for tyres - but after a trip to service he now knows why: "We have a differential problem but we can't change it until tonight."
Fri 15:21 - SS5: Lefebvre
A terrific sixth-fastest time for the Frenchman. "I'm loving driving the car - flat out."
Fri 15:20 - SS5: Abbring
"I think we had a problem with the differential this morning so we changed the gearbox in service and the car feels much better than this morning."
Fri 15:17 - SS5: Kubica
"Okay. Quite okay, We changed the set-up. It's slightly better. Trying to keep up a reasonable speed without taking too many risks."
Fri 15:16 - SS5: Prokop
"I was pushing too hard."
Fri 15:14 - SS5: Sordo
Quickest of the Hyundai drivers. "We had a big moment early in the stage when we bounced off a concrete kerb and sideways into a ditch. I'm happy still to be here!"
Fri 15:11 - SS5: Paddon
"Better. Still struggling on the gravel sections, where we don't know what the car is going to do, but it's much better on the clean."
Fri 15:10 - SS5: Tanak
"I'm happy. Yeah, pretty similar conditions to earlier. All good."
Fri 15:07 - SS5: Evans
"The handbrake is working fine now - the boys got it sorted. The car is more enjoyable to drive on this repeated stage."
Fri 15:05 - SS5: Meeke
Quickest non Volkswagen so far. "Generally the stage is a bit cleaner than before. The car is fine after we bent the wheel earlier."
Fri 15:03 - SS5: Neuville
"The car is working a bit better. I think I had a good stage. We will see how Dani [Sordo] comes but I couldn't go much faster."
Fri 15:01 - SS5: Mikkelsen
Third fastest so far. "Everything is fine. My best stage of the rally so far."
Fri 15:00 - SS5: Ostberg
10.5sec off Ogier's pace. "I had a warning alarm come on early in the stage, I don't know what it was for - it's in French - but that took away some of my focus. I need to speak to the team."
Fri 14:58 - SS5: Latvala
He's 2.5sec slower than Ogier and loses the rally lead, dropping 2.4sec behind. "I'm losing in the cuts. He's doing a better job there I think."
Fri 14:56 - SS5: Ogier
He completes in 7m56.4s. "I'm quite happy with the car - the set-up was good. Some of the corners were cleaner than I was expecting, so I lost a little time there, but it's better to be surprised like that and not the other way around..."
Fri 14:41 - Revised start times
Welcome back. The start time for SS5 and all remaining stages today has been pushed back five minutes. Ogier will SS5 start at 1445hrs.
Fri 13:02 - Next stage: 1440hrs
The afternoon loop kicks off with the repeat of Sauertal. We'll take a text break until then.
Fri 13:02 - Up next: Service
Crews are en-route to Trier for the mid-leg 30-minute service. First car due in at 1340hrs.
Fri 13:01 - SS4: WRC 2: Kopecky
Another fastest WRC 2 stage time for the Skoda driver, who leads the category by 21.2sec from Armin Kremer. "The car is working really well, a little understeer, but I'm enjoying myself."
Fri 12:52 - SS4: WRC 2 Al Attiyah
"We had a flat tyre in the previous stage. In here we didn't take any risks. Now we try to finish the day without any more dramas."
Fri 12:49 - SS4: RGT update
Romain Dumas leads the all-Porsche battle against Francois Delecour by more than two minutes. "Not the best stages for the Porsches, but we are very competitive against the WRC 2 cars," he says. Delecour blames the time loss on his tyres. "We made a big mistake - our tyres are way too soft."
Fri 12:43 - WRC top 5 after SS4
[ times to leader]: 1. Latvala (VW): 39m41.7s, 2. Ogier (VW): 0.1s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): 15.9s, 4. Meeke (DS 3): 21.4s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai) 33.9s
Fri 12:42 - SS4: Abbring and Lefebvre
Both clear, completing the morning loop in 13th and 11th places receptively. WRC position recap coming up...
Fri 12:22 - SS4: Kubica
Tenth-fastest on stage but way down the standings because of his engine change penalty. "Okay. All good for us, no issues, just driving."
Fri 12:20 - SS4: Prokop
"We changed the set-up a bit, but I'm sure that it worked."
Fri 12:19 - SS4: Sordo
He's fastest of the three Hyundai drivers through so far but is frustrated to be in fifth place, 33sec off the lead. "Okay, but nothing special. In service we will try to find a way to get more grip at the front."
Fri 12:17 - SS4: Paddon
7.6sec slower than Ogier. "It felt a little better in here. I tried to bring my corner speed down a bit and made a few little changes. Still a long way to go, more things to work on and I hope we can improve this afternoon."
Fri 12:15 - SS4: Tanak
9.9sec off Ogier's pace on stage and Ott heads to service in 10th position. "After the problem on the first stage it's all going okay now."
Fri 12:12 - SS4: Evans
"The handbrake worked well in here but we have all-new pace notes for this stage and I was a bit too cautious." He returns to service in seventh place.
Fri 12:11 - SS4: Meeke
No problems following his earlier kerb impact. "It was just a broken rim - not a big drama. A good run in here, I took my time, but it's impossible to catch the three guys ahead. My target is just to keep ahead of the other drivers."
Fri 12:09 - SS4: Neuville
Thierry is fifth after the morning loop but he's 11.6sec off Ogier's pace in the stage. "That's a lot off the pace. I didn't drive fast enough in here. Still many more stages to go."
Fri 12:07 - SS4: Mikkelsen
He completes a VW 1-2-3 on the leaderboard. "I haven't got one stage yet that is clean and good. I lose my speed after the corners because I'm going too fast into them. I need some time to settle in. Not too much to worry about. I just need more time."
Fri 12:04 - SS4: Ostberg
Looks like ninth overall for Mads after the morning loop. "It felt better but it doesn't look better on the timesheet. We have a huge gap to improve. We have some work to do this weekend."
Fri 12:02 - SS4: Latvala
He completes four-tenths slower than Ogier but keeps the rally lead by one-tenth. Tense stuff. "It's getting better. It's all about getting the braking right. More difficult this morning that I thought it would be. Now we have a service. Normally this rally gets easier in the afternoon."
Fri 12:00 - SS4: Ogier
"On this stage I was a bit happier with the set-up. Still slippery in the corners, and not a perfect loop, but a good drive."
Fri 11:58 - Stage notes: SS4
Mittelmosel 1, 13.67km. After an initial section among the grapes, the stage crosses open fields before entering the vines again shortly before the midpoint, dropping downhill through a sequence of hairpin bends. The sections between the bends are very fast with plenty of opportunities for cutting. Much of this stage was used in 2011, but the opening and closing kilometres are new.
Fri 11:58 - SS4: Well underway
Ogier is almost at the finish line
Fri 11:51 - SS3: Stand by...
A small break again until our next car. Abbring began the stage at 1143hrs.
Fri 11:47 - SS3: Kubica
Given his limited arm strength, sequences of hairpins are never comfortable for Kubica and he tends to throw the car sideways under braking to help it around. This time however he feels he was too aggressive. "Maybe too much sideways," he says.
Fri 11:41 - SS3: Prokop
"Our set-up was too soft for this stage. We will try to change it before the next one."
Fri 11:40 - SS3: Sordo
The Spaniard remains unhappy with his position of 10th in the start order. "The stages are very, very dirty. There's a lot of gravel in the road and we're losing time in it. These are not the times we were expecting."
Fri 11:38 - SS3: Paddon
13 sec off the leading pace, How was that, Hayden? "A lot depends on the nature of the roads. I prefer this narrow and technical stuff to the two earlier ones but the car is set-up too soft so we were washing away the speed."
Fri 11:36 - SS3: Tanak
"The feeling improved as the stage went on." His time 11.4sec slower than stage leader Latvala.
Fri 11:35 - SS3: Evans
Slowed in the opening section by a mechanical problem. "We had no handbrake. We re-set the system with the button on the dash and it was okay in the second half."
Fri 11:33 - SS3: Meeke
A decent time, 5sec slower than Latvala, but his DS 3 completes with its right-hand rear wheel wobbling badly. "It happened in a slow junction, second gear, the rear just stepped out and hit a kerb. We don't know how bad it is until we have a look."
Fri 11:30 - SS3: Neuville
7.7sec slower than Latvala but Thierry was hoping for better. "Tired and frustrated. I had the feeling that I pushed quite hard and that I had done a good stage. Without the understeer we could have been quicker."
Fri 11:28 - SS3: Mikkelsen
Third fastest so far, 4.5sec off Latvala's pace."It's very easy to make a mistake in there, a lot of gravel in the cuts already."
Fri 11:26 - SS3: Ostberg
15.9sec slower than Latvala and he's frustrated to see the times at the stop control. "Quite happy with my driving but of course it's not very funny when you see their times at the stage end. We can't get near them. I have no idea what to do."
Fri 11:24 - SS3: Lavala
Quicker than Ogier by 2.3sec on stage and Jari-Matti springs into the rally lead. "Still I did a few mistakes so I'm not completely satisfied. I'm still struggling to find the correct feeling with the braking."
Fri 11:22 - SS3: Ogier
His time 14m03.4s. "Last year I went off in here and perhaps I was a bit too cautious. I'm not driving perfectly. Okay, a good drive for sure but I'm looking for perfection and at the minute it's not the case."
Fri 11:11 - WRC 2 Lappi
Confirmation from Skoda that Lappi and his co-driver Janne Ferm are okay
Fri 10:56 - Stage notes: SS3
Moselland 1, 23.24km. The rally’s first journey into the vineyards and it’s typical of the tests found on the banks of the Mosel river. Narrow fast roads, used to access the vines, are lined by walls on one side and a drop to the road below on the other. It climbs and descends via strings of hairpin bends and apart from the opening 4.6km, it’s a repeat of the 2014 test.
Fri 10:54 - Up next: SS3
The Moselland test begins at 1105hrs
Fri 10:54 - WRC top 5 after SS2
[ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 17m31.5s, 2. Latvala (VW): 1.8s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): 9.5s, 4. Meeke (DS 3): 14.5s, 5. Evans (Ford) 19.0s
Fri 10:51 - SS2: WRC 2 Maurin
"I lost the rear and made a spin. I'm not happy - that's two big mistakes."
Fri 10:49 - SS2: WRC 2 Breen
A clean stage for Craig, but it doesn't sound like Lappi is going to get back on. "We saw Lappi and his car is a good bit off the road. It's a tricky little stage this one."
Fri 10:45 - SS2: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah
First WRC 2 driver to complete. "I think Lappi has had a crash."
Fri 10:44 - SS2: WRC 2 Lappi?
WRC tracking shows his Skoda Fabia stopped on stage
Fri 10:42 - SS2: Delecour/Dumas
He's been off and completes with front left damage to his Porsche and dragging a lot of shrubbery. The car is driving okay though. Romain Dumas leads the RGT class in another Porsche but suspects he might have a diff problem.
Fri 10:39 - SS2: Lefebvre
Problem for the Frenchman? Maybe. He completes with a decent time but didn't stop at the stage end to talk
Fri 10:33 - SS2: Abbring
"There was understeer in the first one but now it's much, much worse. I'm having to use the handbrake all the time. It's not a feeling I had on the pre-event test."
Fri 10:18 - SS2: Stage paused
The horse-related gap from SS1 carries over to SS2. The next competitor, Kevin Abbring, is scheduled to start the stage at 1021hrs
Fri 10:16 - SS2: Kubica
"Quite a smooth run although we have a lot of wheelspin out of the hairpins - maybe an issue with the handbrake or the diff."
Fri 10:14 - SS2: Prokop
"Same for everybody: I have low grip and massive understeer. It's not nice. I'm trying to find a way to keep the speed in the corners."
Fri 10:12 - SS2: Sordo
"I don't have a lot of confidence in the car. It is not working very well."
Fri 10:10 - SS2: Paddon
"Another slippery stage. We made some damper changes but they didn't really help - as soon as I hit the gravel I lose my confidence."
Fri 10:08 - SS2: Tanak
His Fiesta running well despite his off on the opening stage. "No problems but I was more careful in the cuts. it's getting extremely slippery."
Fri 10:06 - SS2: Evans
8.9sec off Ogier's pace. "Clean enough but I'm struggling for grip. I can't get the car to give me enough feeling."
Fri 10:04 - SS2: Meeke
Almost six seconds quicker than his team-mate Ostberg. How was it? "The rhythm is okay. We'll keep going."
Fri 10:02 - SS2: Neuville
10.9sec off the pace. "It was okay, I changed the set-up a bit and found some more grip."
Fri 10:00 - SS2: Mikkelsen
5.9sec off Ogier's pace. "I was way too careful in many places. The car feels great and it was a nice clean drive but I was not near enough to the limit."
Fri 09:58 - SS2: Ostberg
His time on stage is 14sec slower than Ogier's and he's 27.1sec adrift in the overall standings. "I'm not happy, but I felt it was better in here than the first one. Still too cautious in places."
Fri 09:56 - SS2: Latvala
0.4sec slower than Ogier. "The first stage was okay but I'm not happy with my driving in here. I'm losing too much time with understeer and I don't know why."
Fri 09:54 - SS2: Ogier
First to complete. His time: 9m33.1s. "Okay. Not a perfect stage again, and I'm yet to find the perfect rhythm, but I'm satisfied."
Fri 09:44 - Stage notes: SS2
Waxweiler, 16.40km: This is the only stage used in the same format as 2014. It runs on fast, flowing, narrow roads between fields and forests, until a final 2km section on a more major road. It climbs and descends throughout on smooth and shiny asphalt, with many hairpin bends.
Fri 09:43 - Up next: SS2
The first run through Waxweiler kicks off at 0943hrs
Fri 09:41 - WRC top 5 after SS1
WRC top 5 after SS1 [+ times to leader]: 1. Ogier (VW): 7m58.4s, 2. Latvala (VW): +1.4s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +3.6s, 4. Meeke (DS 3): +6.3s, 5. Sordo (Hyundai) +8.1s
Fri 09:37 - SS1: WRC 2 Maurin
Another victim of the gravel - Julien suffers a spin and a stall early in the stage.
Fri 09:35 - SS1: WRC 2 Breen
"Quite happy but there's more loose stuff on the road than I was expecting. But that's a clean stage from me - not such a bad way to start the day,"
Fri 09:33 - SS1: WRC 2 Al-Attiyah
His new Skoda completes the stage looking very second hand. Front-left damage to the wing, bumper and bonnet. "There was a lot of gravel in the road and we understeered off. Spectators pushed us back on. Okay, we try to continue." He's lost more than a minute to Lappi.
Fri 09:28 - SS1: WRC 2 Lappi
"On tarmac I feel good, but there's so much dirt on this road that I don't feel too confident." His time 8m26.0s
Fri 09:26 - SS1: Delecour
The former factory team driver is here in a RGT class Porsche. "Completely new for me - a difficult stage but I pushed hard. The car felt good."
Fri 09:22 - SS1: Melicharek
"A long morning but this is good. I like it."
Fri 09:21 - SS1: Lefebvre
The stage is getting dirtier, but DS 3 driver Lefebvre bangs in an astonishing time - 12.3sec slower than Ogier. Don't forget, this is his first stage ever driving a World Rally Car. "The car is incredible. I'm very happy. I didn't push hard."
Fri 09:19 - SS1: Abbring
Horse contained and Abbring completes 19.4sec off the pace. "It's not easy - the grip levels were very variable."
Fri 09:08 - SS1: Paused
Rally organisers have stopped the stage briefly so they can retrieve a horse which has wandered close to the road. Stage due to resume at 0908hrs
Fri 09:04 - SS1: Kubica
His replacement engine appears to be working fine but Kubica is sounding understandably flat... "Very dirty and slippery. We struggled with the grip but, okay, we start with a five minute penalty - so just driving."
Fri 08:59 - SS1: Prokop
"A quite okay start. Not much grip at the beginning but it got better and better."
Fri 08:58 - SS1: Sordo
Quickest of the three Hyundai's through so far - 8.1sec off Ogier's pace. "I tried. We can be a little bit better I think but not enough to match the times of Ogier and Latvala..."
Fri 08:56 - SS1: Paddon
"I didn't enjoy it so much. The road was very different to Shakedown and there is a lot of gravel around. I lost the rhythm. I was driving like a blouse. More learning to do."
Fri 08:55 - SS1: Tanak
He's been off. His Fiesta is sporting front-right wing and front bumper damage. It happened just at the beginning - I hit a patch of gravel in a braking zone and went off the road, I understeered into a field. It was a big surprise. The car is okay." He is slowest so far - 19.4sec off Ogier's pace.
Fri 08:52 - SS1: Evans
"Not the best start. Not as much grip as I was expecting and the road is pretty dirty. Not a clean run from me."
Fri 08:51 - SS1: Ostberg
A slow start - seventh quickest so far and 13.1sec off Ogier's pace
Fri 08:50 - SS1: Meeke
6.3sec off Ogier's pace and he's frustrated when he sees the times of the Volkswagens. "They've got something we haven't."
Fri 08:48 - SS1: Neuville
8.8sec slower than Ogier. "Very, very tricky. In a few hairpins I lost time on the handbrake because the roads were more slippery than I expected."
Fri 08:47 - SS1: Mikkelsen
3.6sec slower than Ogier's benchmark time. "I'm satisfied with my start."
Fri 08:46 - SS1: Latvala
The Finn completes 1.4sec slower than Ogier.
Fri 08:40 - SS1: Ogier
First to complete. His time: 7m58.4s. "A lot of hay bales on the stage, we hit one quite hard but we're okay."
Fri 08:34 - Kubica penalty
The Pole will start with a five-penalty for changing the engine in his Fiesta RS. A new unit was fitted last night after a terminal problem with the original was noticed at Shakedown. Last night Kubica and his co-driver Jan Tomanek had to walk over the start ramp while their car was being worked on.
Fri 08:27 - Stage notes: SS1
Sauertal, 14.84km: The rally’s opener is used in the opposite direction to last year with some small changes. It starts on a narrow road before joining wider asphalt and dropping into Trierweiler village. It alternates between narrow and wide roads throughout, with many junctions, before ending with an ultra-fast 2km section. A high-speed test which allows rusty drivers room for errors.
Fri 08:26 - Up next: SS1
The first run through Sauertal begins at 0830hrs
Fri 08:24 - 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 08:24 - Start intervals
All crews will start today's stages at 2min intervals
Fri 08:24 - Start order
Crews will tackle Friday's stages in championship standings order, which puts runaway leader Sébastien Ogier through first. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Latvala, 3. Ostberg, 4. Mikkelsen, 5. Neuville, 6. Meeke, 7. Evans, 8. Tanak, 9. Paddon, 10. Sordo, 11. Prokop, 12. Kubica, 13. Abbring, 14. Lefebvre, 15. Melicharek
Fri 08:23 - Weather
Sunnies on - it's beautiful out there. Blue skies overhead and although there might be some clouds about later there is no rain forecast. The current temperature of 13ºC should hit 27ºC later.
Fri 08:23 - Friday's leg
Comprises four stages located to the north of Trier, each run twice: Sauertal (14.84km), Waxweiler (16.40km), then Moselland (23.24km) and Mittelmosel (13.67km) through the heart of the vineyards. The morning and afternoon loops will be broken up by a 30-minute service at 1.10pm. The leg is due to finish from 7.20pm in Trier.
Fri 08:22 - Coming up today
After an epic start ceremony last night in front of Trier's Porta Nigra Roman gate (complete with dancing girls, rappers and a guy who was dancing with a BMX bicycle) the real on-stage action starts today
Fri 08:21 - We're set
At the WRC text desk, assembled this week inside a huge hall in Trier's Messepark, home to the rally Service Park.
Fri 08:20 - Guten Morgen!
From rally central in Trier and welcome to our live text coverage of ADAC Rallye Deutschland, round nine of the FIA World Rally Championship.
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