Jari-Matti Latvala beat Sebastien Loeb on stage 11 to the fastest time through Pays de la Haute Bruche, but remains 30s down on the Frenchman in the overall classification
The Norwegian Ford-driver went off the road on a fast left-hand bend into a vineyard where he struck and felled a telegraph pole.
WRC expert Julian Porter wraps up the Friday action at Rallye de France - Alsace 2012.
Sebastien Loeb, Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen give their opinions on the first day and the upcoming weekend at Rallye de France - Alsace 2012.
Yves Matton, Malcolm Wilson and David Wilcock on the podium in the service park after day 1 at Rallye de France - Alsace 2012.
Sebastien Loeb will start day two of Rallye de France Alsace leading the FIA World Rally Championship qualifier by 13.1s
The flying Finn through Friday's second-last stage at Rallye de France - Alsace 2012
The Ford driver Petter Solberg in Friday's SS5
Sebastien Loeb is on course to make it nine FIA World Rally Championship titles in a row after reaching the midday service halt in Colmar leading Rallye de France Alsace following Friday's opening trio of stages
The Belgian Citroën driver through SS4 at Rallye de France - Alsace 2012
The eighth-time world champions sets the pace in SS2 this morning
Julian Porter, Colin Clark and David Evans analyse Sebastien Loeb's performance, as he is on the point of winning his 9th world championship
Dani Sordo has gone fastest in shakedown for Rallye de France Alsace, but all eyes are on Sebastien Loeb, who can secure his ninth WRC drivers’ crown in France this week.
Our WRC field-reporter Conny takes a ride with MINI-driver Chris Atkinson at Rallye de France - Alsace 2012.
Sebastien Loeb and Jari-Matti Latvala talk about their expectations for the 11th station of FIA World Rally Championship 2012.