13 - 16 Sep 12
14:05 Emotional SWRC triumph for Breen
Craig Breen comes through to claim Super 2000 WRC victory, back at the scene of his WRC Academy coronation last year. He pays a tearful tribute to his former co-driver and "best friend" Gareth Roberts, who was killed in a crash in June.
13:58 Latvala wins!
Jari-Matti Latvala comes through to take his first victory since Rally Sweden. Power Stage maximum points go to Hirvonen.
13:57 Solberg loses out in second place fight
Sebastien Loeb is quick enough to fend off Petter Solberg and prevent a Ford one-two. The gap is 0.8s."It has been incredible," says Loeb.
13:53 Ostberg survives engine scare
Mads Ostberg finishes and reveals his engine problems lingered into the afternoon - but he preferred to stay quiet about it so that Hirvonen didn't try and chase him down."It's been very positive and I'm very pleased with the weekend. I've been very concerned about the engine today. It's been a big challenge. The engine is going slower and slower and slower. We have been working really hard not to lose time," says Ostberg, who is on course for fourth.
13:50 Hirvonen fastest so far
Mikko Hirvonen sets the Power Stage pace so far as he completes a pretty disappointing weekend with fifth place in the bag."I was really struggling to find the pace, rhythm, speed and confidence," he says. "Today has been a little bit more encouraging. It's nice to finish the rally like this but it's not really the result we came for."
13:46 Novikov claims sixth
Evgeny Novikov picks up a top-six finish in his first run with llka Minor as co-driver."I think it's a very good result. Everything worked very well with Ilka," says Novikov.
13:45 Neuville safely to the end
Thierry Neuville finishes a muted seventh but says that was always the plan after recent slip-ups."It was a bit strange to drive at a slow pace but we had to get some confidence back before the next rallies," says Neuville.
13:43 Wilson finishes his comeback rally
Matthew Wilson is slower than early pacesetter Nasser Al-Attiyah but comes home a very satisfied eighth in his first rally back since Monte Carlo.
13:42 Work to do for Prokop
Martin Prokop clinches a likely ninth but admits he wanted to be a lot faster."It was very tough for us because after Germany we had not such a good feeling and I couldn't do anything with the car in the slippery conditions. I'm glad we are at the finish. We have to improve a lot," he says.
13:40 Last gasp drama for Atkinson
Chris Atkinson sustains damage to his MINI's left rear corner on the Power Stage. "I thought we had a puncture," says the puzzled Australian. "I really have no idea."
13:35 Latvala through safely
Just one stage to go between Jari-Matti Latvala and his first win in nine months as he completes Rheola without drama.
13:33 Loeb gets second back
Petter Solberg is a crucial few tenths slower than Loeb and loses second place again - by just 0.001s with one stage to go!
13:32 Loeb unsure he can regain second
Sebastien Loeb says he is doing his utmost to reclaim second from Petter Solberg."I was flat-out all the stage but again we are in the afternoon conditions and I cannot go much faster," says Loeb.
13:28 Hirvonen shrugs off return of rain
Citroen has preferred dry conditions this weekend, but a few hints of rain on Rheola have not troubled Hirvonen this time."Now it's raining again in some places it's a little bit more slippery, but it's okay," says Mikko.
13:25 Novikov cruising towards seventh
Evgeny Novikov is having an easy run to the flag now that team-mate Ott Tanak has crashed out of sixth."Everything is fine. At the finish of the previous stage they told me that Ott had a problem, but I didn't know that he had taken the wheel off," says Novikov.
13:23 Neuville goes quickest
Thierry Neuville beats Wilson by 2.8s to become the new fastest time holder.
13:22 Wilson escapes moment to set pace
Matthew Wilson has a moment in a place "quite fast enough" but still beats Martin Prokop by 2s to set the pace among the early runners on Rally GB's penultimate stage.
12:42 Latvala third quickest
Jari-Matti Latvala is only third fastest and a bit perturbed by not having splits on his dashboard, but he maintains a 28.1s lead.
12:40 Solberg back into second
Petter Solberg beats Sebastien Loeb by enough to reclaim second, 0.3s ahead of the Citroen."We had him on every split, so that was nice. Got to stay focused and not make any mistakes," says Solberg.
12:38 Loeb under pressure
Split times suggest Petter Solberg is coming back at Sebastien Loeb on this stage."He seems to be a bit faster than me in this one. We'll see what we can do," says Loeb.
12:37 Ostberg's Ford back to full health
With the morning misfire sorted, Mads Ostberg is back on the pace and fastest so far."The misfire is sorted, so just trying to control the pace now really. I'm driving to Mikko's splits and don't want him to take any time off me," he said.
12:36 Tanak missing a wheel
Sounds like a mistake ended Tanak's rally. Reports suggest his Ford is missing its right front wheel.
12:31 Novikov set to gain sixth
Evgeny Novikov sounds disappointed to learn that his team-mate Tanak seems to be out of the event, even though it elevates the Russian to sixth.
12:29 Tanak stops on stage
News coming through that sixth-placed Ott Tanak has stopped at a hairpin.
12:24 Prokop changing style
Martin Prokop reports that he's adopting a more aggressive style for the final loop. He remains 10th.
12:20 Al-Attiyah escapes big spin
Nasser Al-Attiyah reaches the finish despite a wild moment."It's not bad but the last part I think there was a little bit of rain an hour ago. We had a big spin and we lost a few seconds. Afterwards the engine was in safe mode and I had to switch it off again," he says.
12:19 Late heartbreak for Nobre
Paolo Nobre looked set to reach the finish without resorting to Rally 2, only to suffer an apparent alternator problem on the run towards the final loop of stages, ending his Rally GB.
09:08 Latvala fastest
Jari-Matti Latvala extends his rally lead to 29s by winning Walters Arena."I have a good feeling and it's also good [practice] for the power stage," he said. "I'm happy because on the first two stages this morning I was losing a bit of time and was maybe too relaxed. Now the feeling is coming."
09:06 Mistake costs Solberg
Petter Solberg loses two more seconds to Loeb as he finishes with a tyre off the rim."I heard it happen when I landed over a jump. We lost a little bit but got some time back at the end. We just have to keep on pushing and see if we can do something in the service," says Solberg.
09:04 Loeb insists it's not over yet
Sebastien Loeb looks set to stretch his lead over Petter Solberg, but the champion reckons the battle will run to the finish."We are now in front of Petter but it's not finished. Since the start of the rally we've always struggled in the afternoon. The morning has always been okay," he says.
09:01 Hirvonen's weekend improves
Mikko Hirvonen is fastest by 11s over Neuville, and feeling much more confident in his Citroen today.
08:59 No hurry for M-Sport pair
Evgeny Novikov and Ott Tanak are both driving steadily now their earlier mistakes have spread out their battle. "It's definitely over now," says Tanak. "It's a bit boring..."
08:56 Neuville being conservative
With no threat to his eighth place and seventh out of reach, Thierry Neuville takes it easy through Walters Arena."A good stage but I went quite slowly. It's very narrow and a lot of bumpy parts. The whole rally is smooth so you're not sure if the set-up will give you confidence on the bumps," he says
08:50 Atkinson's gearbox puzzle continues
Chris Atkinson's gear change read-out is still insisting he's always in sixth gear."It's telling me I'm flat in sixth everywhere so I would've expected a better time with that..." he jokes. "Even though the result's not what we wanted, we've been learning heaps and putting our energy towards the future."
08:46 Latvala not worried by Loeb's pace
Jari-Matti Latvala comes through second fastest behind Loeb but is still holding a 27.6s lead."I'm driving fast but I'm avoiding any big risks," says Latvala.
08:45 Solberg loses second
Petter Solberg completes two seconds down on Loeb and loses second place to the Citroen."I'm trying," he says, "but he's found something extra."
08:44 Loeb flying again
Sebastien Loeb comes through fastest, will he take second?"It's going a bit better for us this morning. It's a long day," says Loeb.
08:43 Ostberg keeps going
Mads Ostberg's misfire continues, but he completes the stage having only lost 4s to Hirvonen.
08:40 Hirvonen quickest so far
Mikko Hirvonen goes 5s quicker than Neuville to set the pace, and is much happier with his Citroen in Sunday morning's conditions.
08:38 Tanak also playing it cool
Tanak is quicker than Novikov to open up the gap to 40s, but says he's also taking it very easy now their battle is basically settled.
08:35 Novikov takes it easy
With his error on the previous stage having opened a big gap to team-mate Ott Tanak, Evgeny Novikov comes through in a cautious fourth.
08:32 Neuville leads the early group
Thierry Neuville is the fastest of the first few cars through Rheola, 4s up on Matthew Wilson.
07:52 Second-fastest fine for Latvala
Jari-Matti Latvala loses a couple of seconds to Loeb, but his lead remains healthy."It's alright, I've never been so great on this stage to be honest. It doesn't suit my driving style," says Latvala.
07:51 Solberg only 1s ahead of Loeb
Loeb takes 5s out of Solberg, so the gap is just 1s with five stages left."I was pushing," says Solberg. "I did maybe one small mistake. But I can't say that I lost anything special, so I'm not sure what they have done."
07:50 Loeb resumes the chase of Solberg
Split times suggest Sebastien Loeb is going to take several seconds out of Petter Solberg in the battle for second as the world champion completes Port Talbot with the quickest time so far."I pushed really hard. The stage was a bit better for us today. I tried. There are still five stages to go so we have to try," says Loeb.
07:48 Ostberg on the pace despite misfire
Mads Ostberg's sick-sounding Adapta Ford reaches the finish having lost only 4s to Mikko Hirvonen."I don't have the slightest idea. Something with the engine. It's not running as it's supposed to do. We are pushing hard anyway," says Ostberg.
07:44 Tanak also in trouble
Yet more early-morning drama as Ott Tanak spins his M-Sport Ford as well."I just touched the bank and spun. It was a very narrow place so it took a really long time to get it straight again," says the Estonian.
07:43 Minor drama for Novikov
Evgeny Novikov loses around half a minute when he slides off the road near the end of the stage."The end of the stage was a bit slippery. Just before the last corner I missed the braking and I stalled. It's fine, no problems," he says.
07:38 Wilson hits problems too
Ostberg isn't the only Ford privateer having a tough start - Matthew Wilson comes through with a misfire."I don't know how we managed to do that time because the misfire is just incredible. It's really not a smooth acceleration, it's just juddering all the time," he says.
07:36 Ostberg in trouble
Reports from the startline suggest technical problems looming for fourth-placed Mads Ostberg.
07:35 Atkinson's deceptive gearbox
Chris Atkinson was happy with his MINI's performance on the day's opening stage, but slightly distracted by a gearbox worry."The feeling was good with the chassis, we had a good balance. I had really good grip in there. But we picked up a gearbox problem early on. It was always saying sixth. It's maybe a sensor problem so if we turn off the car and switch it on again it might be okay." he says.
07:28 Habig back in action
After crashing out early on Saturday, Jan Habig is back under Rally 2 and commences Sunday's action on Port Talbot.
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